“Haven’t We Seen Enough Koalas?”

 

 

“Stop!!”
 
Mike slammed his foot on the brake. Dust flew across the car park at Flinders Chase Visitor Centre, Kangaroo Island. I’d spotted a group of people with cameras, phones, whatever was to hand, pointing up into a gum tree. Such things cannot be ignored. Hauling Mike’s camera from the back seat I set off to join them.

 
 

 

As the audience swelled around the base of the tree the koala started to growl. It was a sound we’d heard at a koala sanctuary earlier that day and had dismissed at the time as probably coming from a chainsaw. Or maybe a motorbike on the road. But, no, apparently a tipping point can be reached for even this most laid back of creatures. Koalas sleep for some 20 hours a day, then feed for the remaining four.

 
 

 

Tiring work, chewing gum leaves.

 

Having returned the car to the spot so recently vacated, Mike reappeared. His wearisome expression said it all. Stupid boy. Doesn’t he know that it’s never possible to see enough koalas?

 
 

 

Hanson Bay Koala Sanctuary

See the baby?

 
 

 

Of course Kangaroo Island isn’t just about koalas. Five of its namesakes lived contentedly in the grassland surrounding our rented cottage. They turned up at dusk and dawn and seemed unperturbed by humans. Albeit through a pane of glass I could watch them from a couple of feet away. Briefly we would size each other up before they continued to feast upon the grass.

A week on the island turned out to be perfect. Enough time to chill out, recover from the journey and still travel to each corner of the 90 by 30 mile space.

 
 

 

The beaches alone are just heavenly. This was the view from the cottage. I could have sat and watched it all day.

But what of all the other places just waiting to be explored..

 
 

 

Pennington Bay

Oh, the colour of that sea.

 
 

 

At Stokes Bay we stopped briefly for an ice cream and dismissed it as boring. A small pebble cove. Nothing to write home about at all. And then I read the guide book. Which it pays to do first, obviously.

 
 

 

To get to the main beach the intrepid traveller has first to scramble up a hill strewn with boulders and then squeeze through a rock crevice barely the width and height of a man. My claustrophobia alarm bells went into overdrive. If you’ve ever been to the ancient city of Petra, Jordan, you’ll remember that moment at the end of the rocky canyon which serves as the way in. That moment when the path suddenly opens out?  One second you’re looking at nothing but rock and then, all of a sudden, a wonder of the world?

 
 

 

On a smaller scale it’s just the same here.

 
 

 

The hidden beach at Stokes Bay

Unbelievably, we had this place virtually to ourselves.

 

It’s very much pre season on Kangaroo Island in the first week of December and all the better for it. Mike took to counting cars. It was entirely possible to drive for over an hour and not see another soul. If, that is, you discount basking goannas. Or the echidna taking its life in its hands by just sauntering out across the road. On the rare occasion one does come across another vehicle the tradition is to give the driver a finger. In the nicest possible way of course. One’s forefinger should be raised lazily off the steering wheel, a form of acknowledgement known in these parts as the KI salute.

 
 

 

Only the main thoroughfares on the island are blessed with tarmac. Most roads remain unsealed, topped with gravel or just plain dirt. They may or may not be corrugated which presumably helps with traction in the wet but only serves to loosen one’s teeth for the rest of the time. No journey can be rushed on these back roads, affording plenty of time to take note of the surroundings. Or to call out “Stop…!!”, at risk of incurring further wrath, for yet another picture.

 
 

 
 

 

These verges surely couldn’t be purposefully planted and maintained by man. Virtually every roadside looks like this, even in the remotest spots. And yet, uplift any one of them to Chelsea and it would win a gold. If not Best In Show. The variety of plants, colours, texture and form and their ability to arrange themselves in the most perfect combination. Isn’t Mother Nature wonderful?

 
 

 

Pelicans at American River

“Do you have fish, lady?”

 

Driving on Kangaroo Island is, for the most part, pretty relaxing. Venture out after dark though and it won’t be just the echidnas taking their lives in their hands. Most hire companies won’t even allow their cars onto the island. The two that do will charge you dear. It’s no doubt partly to recompense for the seismic shaking inflicted by the roads. But mainly because much of the wildlife here is nocturnal. Even after the high cost of car rental, insurance doesn’t cover a collision with a kangaroo. Think you can avoid them? One morning out early, about an hour or so after sunrise, a large kangaroo appeared from nowhere bouncing straight out on to the road in front of the car. Fortunately Mike managed to swerve around it. Not every kangaroo is so lucky. The extent of roadkill, many of them youngsters, was very sad to see.

 
 

 

The Remarkable Rocks

 

More than 500 million years ago massive geological upheaval caused the melting of rock far below the earth’s surface. As it rose and cooled granite was formed, developing into blocks with irregular cracks and joins. Weathering over the millenia caused the top layer of granite to fracture further, leaving isolated rocks scattered over the surface. Further erosion, by wind and sea spray, continues to this day.

 
 

 
 

 

The Remarkable Rocks in the distance, from the lookout above Weirs Cove

 
 

 

Admirals Arch

The sea has smashed right through the rock at this point, leaving an arch, and providing a home for New Zealand fur seals.

 
 

 

If Kangaroo Island is aptly named then so too is Seal Bay. Or maybe not. It’s actually Australian Sea Lions which live here, amongst the rarest in the world. The entire population is estimated at just 14,700. Of these, 85 percent live in South Australia and the other 15 percent in Western Australia. Seal Bay supports the third largest colony of Australian sea lions with a population of around 1,000, about five percent of the world’s total.*

(* from the National Parks South Australia website. See here for more information.)

 
 

 
 

 

I was able to walk right out on to the beach, accompanied by a guide, to within metres of the seals.  The males tend to be darker brown and the females silver grey to light tan/brown on their backs and creamy coloured underneath. They don’t migrate but stay close to the area all year round. It’s breeding season in December and the beach is busy.

 
 

 
 

 

Mature male in amongst his harem

Females are pregnant for a whopping 17 months and come back into season for about 24 hours within 7 to 10 days of giving birth.

 
 

 

Males are extremely aggressive towards each other. It wasn’t difficult to spot those squaring up for a fight.

 
 

 

Battle scarred

 

Crikey, David Attenborough could have turned up at any moment. Hardly any wonder that Kangaroo Island is known as Australia’s Galapagos, for the sheer number and variety of endemic species which still thrive there.

 
 

 

The Enchanted Fig

 

At the end of a glorious first week in Australia we decided to celebrate with a special meal. It’s not just the food which is sublime at The Enchanted Fig, it’s the location. Dining in the midst of an enormous fig tree? Music playing ever so softly in the background and plate after plate of exquisite cuisine, using locally sourced ingredients, arriving at your table? Even with plenty more of Australia left to see, it was a real wrench to leave Kangaroo Island.

 

What’s that? You haven’t seen enough koalas?

We must have taken hundreds of shots. They are the cutest things I have ever seen. I’ll stop at two more. For now.

 
 

 

Not sure what’s happening here. A quiet moment of reflection..?

 
 

 

“Oy, you with the long lens, haven’t you got some place else to be?”

 
 
 

pin it?


 
 
 

2017-02-03T18:39:07+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Tags: |110 Comments

110 Comments

  1. annincumbria January 30, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

    What a fantastic trip you had, how much research did you do beforehand

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      Loads. I had some help from fellow blogger Janna Schreier who lived in Australia for six years and travelled extensively. Kangaroo Island was one of her suggestions and it was spot on. But travelling independently we had to find and book everything from scratch. It really did take months of planning. The sheaf of paper, flight & accommodation confirmations etc that we took with us was an inch thick. But in the end everything worked out, much to my relief!

  2. Pauline January 30, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

    No, you can’t have too many Koalas, or Kangaroos, or Seals, Pelicans etc, etc. Stunning scenery too, your trip sounds absolutely wonderful!

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      That was the place to see the wildlife, without a doubt. I never imagined I’d get quite so close to so many big seals. Perhaps too close as the big mature chappy in the picture decided to come and investigate us!

  3. kate@barnhouse January 30, 2017 at 11:43 am - Reply

    I agree with Pauline, what a wonderful adventure you’ve had. What I wasn’t expecting was the natural beauty of the bush road ‘borders’. Fabulous, Jessica.

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      I wasn’t expecting that either but it really was beautiful. I don’t think I’d have done a better job if I’d placed all those grasses by hand. In fact I know I wouldn’t. If only I could create something as good on the bank.

  4. bitaboutbritain January 30, 2017 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Simply fabulous, Jessica. What fantastic shots you have taken. It sounds – and looks – like the trip of a lifetime.

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 8:47 pm - Reply

      Definitely that. We took thousands of shots. By the law of averages at least some have to come out OK!

  5. Jayne Hill January 30, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    “Enough Koalas”, an oxymoron if ever I heard one.

    Not enough adjectives and superlatives to cover everything in your beautiful post so I’ll just say “thank you”, a delight for the eyes and the vicarious traveller this morning ?

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      I knew you would understand my way of thinking!

  6. FlowerAlley January 30, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    You are a lucky duck. Sweet koalas. Beautiful beaches. The rock formations are art. Thank you for sharing. These are a dream.

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      The rock formations do look like art. It is amazing what the wind can do.

  7. Christina January 30, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    This must be the dream holiday; and wonderful that you could hire a car to see it all at your leisure. Everyone of your photographs make me want to see it all too. what a wonderful experience Jessica, thank you so much for writing about it with such joy!

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Hiring a car is essential wherever we go. I would be lost without the freedom to explore! Thanks Christina. It’s good to relive it through the posts.. makes me want to go again, as if I didn’t already.

  8. Peter/Outlaw January 30, 2017 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Each picture became my favorite until I saw the next. Those koalas are adorable and we share a similar lifestyle (eating four hours a day and sleeping for twenty.) The color of the water is incredible. What a magnificent place this is. The roadsides are glorious!

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      The roadsides truly are glorious. I took so many pictures of them as well. Stopping on those dirt roads takes time though. There was plenty of reversing involved. Mike was very patient in the circumstances.

  9. gina January 30, 2017 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Never enough koalas! What an amazing trip

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      Nope, never enough!

  10. jannaschreier January 30, 2017 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Oh, what lovely memories you bring back. Kangaroo Island is such a great secret! I still can’t get over how remarkable the Remarkable Rocks are and, oh, all that wildlife and those stunning verges and oh…so many things. I’m thrilled you loved it! Did you get to Little Sahara by the way? If not, you’d just better go again.

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Drat. I’ll have to go back.. 🙂

  11. Sue C. January 30, 2017 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Awwww!! They are so cute. It looks an amazing place and a fabulous week.

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      I expected them to be cute but they were even more cute!

  12. Jet Willems January 30, 2017 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    That kangaroo is a journalist, fag in mouth, turning up his sleeves to write a really devastating article about … (fill in as you wish)

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Absolutely spot on! I had him down as a plumber or something, rolling up his sleeves before tackling some horrendous job. But, you’re right. The fag nails it. Welcome Jet.

  13. Dorothy Borders January 30, 2017 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Seriously, can one ever see enough koalas? Gorgeous photography. Gorgeous country. I am full of envy.

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      Well I tried very hard and I didn’t manage it. Thanks Dorothy.

  14. Marian St.Clair January 30, 2017 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Love those Koalas! Especially their funny ears, which make me laugh out loud. So glad to share in your amazing adventure. It makes South Carolina seem very boring, even with the winter blooms.

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      No place with winter blooms is boring!

  15. Kris P January 30, 2017 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    I definitely can’t can’t get enough of koalas. If the San Diego Wild Animal Park offered some for fostering, I’d raise my hand and plant a Eucalyptus tree in the backyard. Just seeing them in photos lowers my blood pressure, which currently spikes with every newscast. All your photos are tremendous – who knew rocks could be so fascinating?!

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      You’d need a lot of eucalyptus, however fast they grow. I hope that neighbour did eventually move..

  16. CJ January 30, 2017 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Wonderful, what an amazing beautiful wild place. Your photos are fantastic, you have really captured it all perfectly. I love, love, love that fig tree. They are one of my favourite trees, how brilliant to under/in one. Glad you had such an amazing time. I am adding Kangaroo Island to my list of Places I Want To Visit. CJ xx

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      The Fig Tree was brilliant. It must have been centuries old with all the knarled old trunks still there. We had to climb over some of them to get in!

  17. wherethejourneytakesme January 30, 2017 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Beautiful beyond words – you have sold Australia to me – just looking up all our nearest and dearest relatives to see if anyone lives anywhere close to Kangaroo Island!

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      Having nearest and dearest anywhere in Australia would be good for me. If you get a chance, go.

  18. CherryPie January 30, 2017 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    It looks absolutely stunning 🙂

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      Well worth the long journey to get there.

  19. hb January 30, 2017 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Wow, trip of a lifetime indeed. Those beaches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes the Koalas are cut as it gets, though I must put in a tie vote for Samoyed puppies.

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      Just googled Samoyed puppies. Oh my..

  20. Sue Garrett January 30, 2017 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    Those koala photos are so cute and the scenery is stunning. But I have to say again the koalas are so cute. I love the seals too but thise koalas!

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      We saw many places where you could cuddle a koala and get a photo (for $20) but the way they were handed around just didn’t seem fair and total exploitation. At one of the wildlife centres we did get to go into their enclosure though so I got pretty close and managed a hand through the fur. Yep, just as soft as you’d think!

  21. hb January 30, 2017 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    cute, not cut.

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 9:53 pm - Reply

      🙂

  22. Virginia January 31, 2017 at 1:38 am - Reply

    Oh, what an exceptional time you had. I’m longing to visit now. And from here it’s not too far. It’s gone on The List. You didn’t mention insects – were there bitey critters? Sandflies, mosquitos? Or bigger? And what was the temperature like? (Yes, warmer that Britain in December, but…..) Your photos were enchanting. Thank you. Waiting (impatiently) for the next instalment.

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      On KI it was fly season (Oct to Dec) and they were a bit of a pain but don’t bite. Mozzies in the tropics for sure and I got well bitten, as I always do anywhere. I took some repellent out from the UK but it didn’t work. By Uluru the flies were back but by then we’d discovered fly nets over your hat. Pretty, not. But effective.
      The weather across Australia has been iffy this year. KI was chilly. After that we left a trail of exceptional flooding in our wake, right across the continent according to the news and yet saw very little rain ourselves. So let me know if you know of anywhere that needs a drought breaking. Will travel for the right price!

  23. Beth @ PlantPostings January 31, 2017 at 3:03 am - Reply

    How delightful. I’ve so rarely seen koalas (I think at zoos, but rarely). I didn’t realize they growl–that’s a surprise. Such beautiful landscapes and wildlife!

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      It was such a surprise to hear the koala growl. But he couldn’t have been that upset because shortly after that came the yawn. And then he fell asleep!

  24. Denise January 31, 2017 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Sitting here, on a cold, dark and rainy last day of January about to set off for work, your photo story was just the sunshine tonic I needed! Thank you!! (P.S Koalas look like squirrels in disguise to me. Love the pelicans!)

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      The temperament of a squirrel is diametrically opposed to that of a koala. All a koala will steal is your heart.

  25. Mark and Gaz January 31, 2017 at 7:27 am - Reply

    But they’re so cute! And what an amazing adventure you had there!!

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      We were very lucky to see so many koalas, wild ones as well as captive.

  26. Amy at love made my home January 31, 2017 at 7:33 am - Reply

    There could never be enough koalas!!! What wonderful beautiful pictures. An amazing island. So glad you enjoyed it so much and could share with us too!

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 10:50 pm - Reply

      And we didn’t see all of it. Obviously can’t leave it like that!

  27. germac4 January 31, 2017 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Wonderful photos Jessica…and seeing koalas with their eyes open is a treat, they seem to sleep most of the day! We have never been to Kangaroo Island, but what a place to arrive in and get over jet-lag, absolutely perfect!
    So glad you enjoyed it all.

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 10:55 pm - Reply

      Maybe because it was cooler when we were there the koalas were more active. I was surprised how quickly they move around too. We’d go back and check a tree where we’d seen them before and they’d have disappeared, even within minutes, not in the same tree or any neighbouring ones that we could see.

  28. Rosie January 31, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

    What a super adventure you have experienced. Koalas in trees, kangaroos outside your window, dining in fig trees and glorious bays and beaches. Your photos are wonderful and I can take as many koala photos as you care to share:)

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      I might have to look out a few more then 🙂

  29. CT January 31, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

    I’d say no, clearly you can’t get enough of koalas and very photogenic they are too. Very interesting post I enjoyed it all x

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 11:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks CT. The wildlife out there is something else. What we are doing ecologically, to the rainforest and the barrier reef amongst other places, is just dreadful.

  30. Sigrun January 31, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    What a dream – each picture is so very special. Cute animals.

    Sigrun

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 11:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sigrun. It’s a very special place.

  31. Linda B. January 31, 2017 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    So glad you kept stopping and snapping pix. What an absolutely stunning landscape. And I loved every single Koala photo!

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 11:19 pm - Reply

      It’s so easy with digital cameras to just keep going. I have a card full of koalas. And another one of masked boobies. But that’s another story.

  32. Chloris January 31, 2017 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    What a fabulous post Jessica and stunning photos; views, plants and animals. The koalas are quite irresistible. Wbat an amazing trip.

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 11:22 pm - Reply

      Thanks Chloris. Even six weeks is not enough time to really get a feel for Australia. There’s just so much to take in.

  33. Steve January 31, 2017 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    What a great trip. It’s really great to get to places without tourists. I have week planned on a private island in Scotland. No electricity, internet or telephones, just plenty to eat and drink and will have some good friends with us.

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 11:33 pm - Reply

      Oh that is wonderful! I love Scotland and it sounds like you’ve found a cracker of a place. I could happily live without internet and phones for a week. Electricity.. maybe!

  34. Hoe hoe grow January 31, 2017 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Jessica, you must be having the time of your life! All that and koalas too! Who could ask for more. fantastic photos – keep ’em coming as you are warming the cockles here in the grey, cold UK.

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 11:36 pm - Reply

      Sadly I am back to the wet grey stuff now too. The holiday lives on while I can still blog about it though. Roll on Spring!

  35. snowbird January 31, 2017 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Stunning pictures, all of them. What a paradise. I fell in love with the koalas too along with kookaburras. xxx

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 11:37 pm - Reply

      Oh the kookaburras, aren’t they lovely? Their call made me smile every time.

  36. Sarah January 31, 2017 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    It’s just as well you made Mike stop, those are incredible photos. Kangaroo Island looks fantastic what a magical place to stay, it must have been wonderful looking out of the window at the Kangaroos! Those plants look incredible too! Your picture reminded me of a koala bear toy my god mother,who was an air hostess gave me as a child in the late 1960’s. It was covered in real fur – I have just investigated and discovered it was kangaroo fur, thank goodness that doesn’t happen now! Sarah x

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 at 11:50 pm - Reply

      I also have one of those koalas and I agree!

  37. bittster February 1, 2017 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Wow! These memories will hopefully keep you warm for quite a while… hopefully 😉

    • Jessica February 2, 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      It’s blowing a hoolie outside today, ghastly weather. I need all the warmth I can get. Thanks Frank.

  38. Sam February 1, 2017 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness, what amazing photographs! What a trip! Thanks so much for sharing these pictures – the koalas are such storybook creatures (I’d never tire of looking at them) and the scenery is fantastic. Wow. Memories of this holiday will keep you going for a long time. How fab. x

    • Jessica February 2, 2017 at 3:56 pm - Reply

      Koalas are even cuter in reality. I wondered whether they would be. But they are. Thanks Sam.

  39. Jacqueline February 1, 2017 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Oh my Jessica …how beautiful it all is and what an adventure you are both on . The koalas are very, very cute …. not such cute personalities I’ve heard though ? Is that true ? Beautiul flora and fauna and stunning beaches. A trip of a lifetime and so many wonderful memories. XXXX

    • Jessica February 2, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      Your comment made me do a bit more research on koalas. Yes, they can strike out if they are disturbed or cornered, a bit like any wild animal that fears itself threatened I guess. And those claws are pretty awesome. Certainly it has a fearsome growl!

  40. Caro February 1, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Awesome hols, Jessica! You’ll have a lifetime of memories there – brilliant to see all those creatures in their natural habitat; I always feel so sorry for the kangaroos at London Zoo, such a small space compared to what they would have in the wild. I remember pelicans from my childhood in Key West in Florida where I also got to swim with dolphins – it’s not something you forget in a hurry! Looking forward to the next instalment of your holiday memoirs! Cx

    • Jessica February 2, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      Swimming with dolphins must be a fabulous experience. Such an intelligent animal you can almost communicate with. This trip has changed my attitude to zoos which was iffy to begin with. Seeing large animals like cassowaries, which normally have a territory covering many acres, confined in a cage is very sad to see. A complicated issue I guess as their survival is threatened in the wild. Can we not stop chopping down rainforests rather than locking these magnificent creatures up? When you delve into the politics of it things get quite frightening.

  41. Julieanne February 1, 2017 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Thanks for the Kangaroo Island post. Just wonderful. I will try and get there on my next trip back. It’s always so exhausting catching up with everyone (with friends in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth as well as over in Auckland & Wellington) that a week at Kangaroo Island might be just the thing. I confess to being pretty meh about Koalas, but you did rather manage to make them look cute. Still, those claws – beware, they can be quite vicious! I love the photo of the battle scarred seal. Quite magnificent. Another great post. See you next installment.

    • Jessica February 2, 2017 at 4:13 pm - Reply

      Being metres away from those sea lions knocking each other about is quite awesome. Until one starts heading your way that is. The guide had us moving on quite sharply!

  42. Cathy February 1, 2017 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Oh such a delight, Jessica, every photo and every word a pleasure – but I have to confess that however cute the koalas are my favourite photos are of those wonderful rocks! 🙂

    • Jessica February 2, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      They are spectacular. You can see from the long distance shot the huge upsurge of granite underneath and imagine the top layer fragmenting to leave the rocks. It’s fascinating stuff.

  43. willow February 1, 2017 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Loved all your pictures, the beaches, the wildlife and particularly the roadside “plantings”. Nature does it so well, we can only try to copy.

    • Jessica February 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      I loved the roadside verges too. They look so natural, but at the same time too manicured to be natural. Every plant in its place. If only my garden would do that on its own!

  44. Tahoe girl February 1, 2017 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    What an amazing trip and adventure. I’m not sure I could take the flight as long as it was. I get claustrophobic after 4 hours or so. Love the pictures and I feel like I was there.

    • Jessica February 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      It’s why we went for so long. The effort of getting there would be too much for a short stay. It helps if you can sleep through the flight but it isn’t always easy.

  45. Brenda February 1, 2017 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    What a magical place. I can’t get enough of those rocks and sea lions …

    • Jessica February 2, 2017 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      The photos don’t capture just how many sea lions there were, hundreds of them spread out along the beach. It looks idyllic. It was actually freezing cold that day, wind straight from the South Pole!

  46. annie_h February 1, 2017 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    You definitely can’t have too many koalas!! Loved them, but then as I scrolled through your post there were more and more fabulous photos. This sounds like such an amazing place, the beaches, those rocks, the seal lions, the plants. You were so lucky to have such a great trip. Enjoying following you on your travels.

    • Jessica February 2, 2017 at 4:25 pm - Reply

      It was one of my favourite places of the entire trip. But then I love remote places and wildlife so it was always going to be high on the list. Thanks Annie.

  47. wherefivevalleysmeet February 1, 2017 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    The Remarkable Rocks are like pieces of sculpture – Koalas are very cute – their lifestyle reminds me of Red Pandas – eat, sleep, then eat, and sleep some more.

    • Jessica February 2, 2017 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      That sounds like koalas. Bit of a boring life though?

  48. karen February 1, 2017 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    The colour of that sea! The roadside planting! Every photo was a wow moment for me.

    • Jessica February 2, 2017 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      I’d always associated turquoise sea with the tropics and hadn’t expected to see it this far south. But then some northern Scottish beaches are like that and they’re hardly tropical!

  49. karen February 1, 2017 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    Sorry, pressed before finishing. Thanks for sharing. All the best. Karen x

    • Jessica February 2, 2017 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      🙂

  50. Julie February 2, 2017 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    I’m late to read your posts, what a joyful wonderful trip Jessica and as always, I would like your life! Beautiful photographs too. Both my husband and daughter have both visited Australia on separate trips, I would dearly love to go one day!

    • Jessica February 2, 2017 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      It has been a long standing ambition, I’ve wanted to go for years. All I would say is, if you get the chance, go. It won’t disappoint.

  51. smallsunnygarden February 4, 2017 at 5:16 am - Reply

    At last I get to view ALL the pictures, which I couldn’t do for days as our internet has been extra slow. Yes, I did want to come back and see the rest of the koalas 🙂 And the sea lions and just the landscape itself are fabulous. A note on corrugated roads: it’s simply a result of the weather. They can be smoothed back down after rain, but the bumps return all too quickly. This is the voice of experience as we live on a road of that sort! 😉 Last autumn the corrugation became ferocious; happily the rains softened the ground a bit and one of our neighbors did some levelling work on it. There are still a lot of bumps but not the t-t-t-t-t-t-teeth rattling texture.

    • Jessica February 5, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

      Thanks for the explanation of the corrugated roads. I wondered why some were and some were not. Clearly the most teeth rattling are those which don’t get maintained so often. Apart from that I loved the dirt roads. Tarmac does take away from the adventurous spirit somewhat!

  52. restlessjo February 4, 2017 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Incredible scenes, Jess! I’m in love with that first beach shot, across the Livingston daisies, but the rock formations, not to mention the koala… speechless! 🙂 🙂

    • Jessica February 5, 2017 at 11:58 am - Reply

      It is a place in a million. Only wish it was a bit nearer! Thanks Jo.

  53. welshhillsagain February 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Absolutely stunning. We are off to NZ and Australia on Tuesday. Hope our visit is even half as good as yours!

    • Jessica February 6, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Oh Elizabeth, I am so envious. I so miss it already and can’t wait to get back. Have an absolutely fabulous time. Which you will, of course!

  54. woolythymes February 7, 2017 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    OK….Kangaroo Island is obviously a must stop on our travels! Those koalas!!!

    • Jessica February 8, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      They are gorgeous, truly gorgeous. Maybe I’ll join you in 2019. Maybe? Definitely!

  55. pollymacleod February 20, 2017 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Oh, oh, oh the koalas, the handsome kangaroo, the seal – those eyes, the aquamarine water, the hidden beach, the pelicans, the amazing rocks, not to mention Admirals Arch, it’s all GREAT. Beautiful photos. Sorry to be tardy.

    • Jessica February 21, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      There is so much to see, it’s a fabulous place. Get across there if you get a chance on one of your trips!

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