Sunday, March 13, 2011

Adelaide to Kangaroo Island RV Road Trip

It’s just 126km from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island, an easy day trip, but its much better to take things easy and relax, after all you’re on holiday.

Day 1.

Take the scenic route along the Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis. The name ‘Kangaroo Island’ is a bit of a giveaway, it’s an island so you’ll need to take the 45 minute Sealink ferry across the Backstairs Passage to Penneshaw.

Everything you’ll need today is within a short distance of the port, but as the island is only 155 km long nothing is too far away. A third of the island is National Park and, as you would expect, is surrounded by magnificent pristine beaches, so once you’ve got your bearings make your way past the penguin colony towards American River famous for its oysters and bird life. Finally finish off the day in the islands capital Kingscote; this is where you can stock up on food, fuel and anything else you may need for the next couple of days. Kingscote also has a resident population of Little Penguins which live on the cliffs, tours are arranged at dusk to witness them retuning home after a day’s fishing.

Camping and RV’s are only permitted in designated areas, and during the peak season can become fully booked, so make arrangements in advance. Camps are available at Penneshaw, Brown's Beach, Antechamber Bay, American River, Stokes Bay, Vivonne Bay, and Western River. So, once you’ve made it to your chosen site relax for the evening and prepare for a day with the seals tomorrow.

Day 2.

Today is a day of beaches and the wonderful seal colony at Seal Bay. Seal Bay is the third largest seal colony in Australia, and the most assessable. Spend time walking amongst the colony, but remember seals eat fish, so it can be a bit smelly! After you’ve had you’re seal fix, move out to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, Vivonne Bay. The long curved sandy bay is ideal for fishing; there are also some great places for a picnic as well as beautiful views of Point Ellen on the other side of the bay. Point Ellen is where you can see the lobster fishing fleet, and maybe even pick up something for dinner, but before you leave make sure you take a walk to the jetty which is a photographer’s delight.

Moving along, your next stop is the Kelly Hill Caves. The caves have some incredible decorations and further west, Flinders Chase National Park, where you can take a walk to visit some more natural rock formations.

Day 3.

After all the excitement of yesterday take a break and visit the north coast of the island for a different perspective. The north is rugged and isolated with beaches such as Emu Bay with its long stretch of sand, as well as coves and tall cliffs. Today is also about getting away from the beach and heading inland to the Parndana and the Heartland. This is a place for spotting wildlife and a trip here wouldn’t be complete with a visit to the Parndana Wildlife Reserve just outside the town.

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