Archive | January 2015

Victoria/South Australia: Kangaroo Island

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The destination on our road trip was Kangaroo Island. It’s Australia’s 3rd largest island and is just off the coast of South Australia. You can fly from Cape Jervis on the mainland or take the ferry. If you know me you will know I would have chosen the ferry because I hate small planes. And small boats. So the ferry was the only option.

We got my car and drove off the ferry. Once we got to the top of the hill we weren’t sure what to see so we stopped to find an information office. They gave us a few suggestions and maps and we headed off to the town of Kingscote where we were staying. I noticed the view in the above photo in the rear vision mirror so stopped to take the photo. You can see across the sparkling ocean to the mainland of South Australia. It’s a stunning view.

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Victoria/South Australia: Granite Island (Victor Harbor)

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Granite Island is just off the coast of Victor Harbor on the southern coast of Australia. It is home to a colony of little penguins. There are tours run at dusk every night. Visitors can watch the penguins swim ashore and walk up to their burrows in the sand. We didn’t stay to watch this parade but I have seen similar ones at Phillip Island. The penguins are so cute, waddling up the beach.

You can walk on the bridge to the island or hop on the horse-drawn tram. They have a team of fourteen Clydesdales that take turns carrying passengers to and from the island. It is only a 630m walk but it’s a lot of fun going there or back on the tram.

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Penguins have right of way on the island.

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Victoria/South Australia: Bordertown – Childhood home of a Prime Minister

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This modest house in a street off the main highway was where former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, lived as a child.
These days it is being used as an office of community organisations. It was originally built in the late 1800’s as a branch of the National Australia Bank.

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Victoria/South Australia – The Giant Koala

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The Giant Koala is an icon and one of the ‘big’ things Aussies are so fond of. It is located on the Western Highway in the tiny ‘blink and you will miss it’ town of Dadswells Bridge.

I didn’t know it existed until we saw the signs that told us we were approaching it. Lucky there was no one driving behind us because I had to quickly put my foot on the brake to slow down to drive in to the carpark.

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