August 23rd, 2009
One of the most amazing things about Kangaroo Island is its vastly varying landscapes and breathtaking environment. From one end of the island to the other (which is at least a two hour drive considering the distance), you can experience the South Australian wilderness in a wide spectrum of rustic surroundings – sandy deserts, craggy cliffs, luxuriant forests, sparkling rivers, to rolling hills and scenic bays. Drives along the winding roads of the island are always pleasant as there are very few cars around, plus the fact that virtually every square kilometre of the island is bursting with gorgeous scenery.
Our first scenic stop was the renowned beach at Vivonne Bay, which was once voted as the best beach in Australia in a survey of 10,000 beaches on the continent and its islands.
Here’s Ethan digging his shoe into the shore, and trying to inscribe a mark of his own.
Ethan flinging some sand into the sea, while Tina basks blissfully in the Sun.
As we were leaving, I noticed this overflowing bin containing what visitors ate and drank at the beach. Well, at least they kept the bay spotless!
For our next destination, we were guided by this solitary lighthouse. Notice the grey clouds crowding around the sky.
Admirals Arch located at Cape du Couedic was where we went, located at the Western tip of the island, and part of the larger Flinders Chase National Park.
As you can see, it was pretty wet and windy that morning.
We spotted this sign depicting a sordid tale of a shipwreck. Hmmm… perhaps there could be pirate’s treasure buried somewhere?
From far, this appeared to be just some craggy cliffs jutting into the sea. Until, we took a closer look…
…and saw that there were actually lots of seals! To be exact, New Zealand fur seals and Australian Sealions (more about these in my next episode)…
The wind was howling and so strong that it nearly blew us off the edge. Whooooosh!
A closer look at the waves cascading onto the rocky edges, aided by the strong winds and lashing rains.
A closer view of the cliffs beckoned as we drew nearer to the actual physical structure itself.
Ladies and gentlemen, here are the famous Admirals Arch of Kangaroo Island!
Our next stop was a short drive away, called the Remarkable Rocks. Here you can see the rocky outcrops in their entirety. Some have compared these natural formations to sculptures by renowned British sculptor Henry Moore!
What does this rock structure remind you of? Its probably a cross between a parrot and an eagle’s hooked beak.
Here’s Tina being helpful and taking a photograph of some visitors while I took a photograph of her. Another interesting rock formation behind her.
I thought that this one resembled a helmet of an ancient Roman or Grecian warrior. Notice the size of these rocks compared to us puny humans.
A shot from the top of Remarkable Rocks, with several rocks dotting the landscape leading into the blue ocean. Its actually much steeper than it looks.
Natural installation artworks by the best artist of all – God!
Finally, a sign to warn us not to feed the wildlife here… Now, where exactly are the kangaroos on Kangaroo Island?
Well, as they say, stay tuned for our next exciting episode…
Tags: admirals arch, kangaroo island, remarkable rocks, south australia, vivonne bay