Blog based on Facebook posts made by Alex Reid during a trip to Adelaide and Kangaroo Island in April 2022

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Map of part of South Australia, showing Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, together with a separate map of Kangaroo Island showing the location of the rented house near Emu Bay:

Sunday, 17-Apr-22:
At 09:30 we are traveling to Adelaide, South Australia from Qantas Departures - Perth Airport Terminal 4.

And thence to Kangaroo Island, assuming all the connections work OK!

This involves flight to Adelaide, taxi to Toorak Gardens to collect car, drive to Cape Jervis, park car for 3 days, catch ferry to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, meet up with family, and have dinner in local pub!

16:15 at Cape Jervis Sealink Ferry Terminal.
Well, Got this far! Seas look calm enough that I can feel fairly confident we'll get to Penneshaw, KI. But the last leg, to Emu Bay, may be a worry! Who's driving??

16:30 on the ferry to KI:

Remarkably, it did all work, even was able to bring the booked ferry forward by 1 hour.

Monday, 18-Apr-22:
Here is the cottage we had hired for a few days near Emu Bay (family had already been there for 2 days):


With a roaring fire expertly lit by Louisa:

Kangaroos adjacent to our cottage:

Wallaby visiting our cottage:

At lunchtime, we went to Dudley Winery:

Here we are, nearly eating!:

The view from the restaurant towards the mainland:

A feature of this location is the option to hit golf balls down the slope, trying to get them to land in several dinghies:

Then we drove on to Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, through an archway of malli trees:

Approaching the lighthouse:

The Lighthouse and keeper's cottages:

That evening, we went to Emu Bay to watch for penguins:

We saw one or two, near where this photo was taken, and heard several calling to each other. But couldn't get a decent photo.

Tuesday, 19-Apr-22:
We had a quiet day today, though we did go exploring some of the other settlements. Walked for a long way along Emu Bay beach, where vehicles are allowed. View here looking back towards the settlement.

Came across this little fella (Echidna) not far from our cottage:

Tuesday evening, our last on KI ("The Rock"), we had another attempt to watch the penguins come in. This time we were much more successful, and found lots, mostly up near the jetty:

Here's a video clip of 2 ducking for cover in the bushes:

Wednesday, 20-Apr-22:
We brought our return ferry booking forward to the morning rather than evening, and so we packed up and left lovely KI; view here from ferry terminal over Penneshaw Bay:

Thursday, 21-Apr-22 and the next 6 days:
In Adelaide, but since 3 of us then tested positive to Covid-19, we remained in isolation/quarantine till we had served our 7 days, before Helen and I returned to Perth on Wednesday, 27-Apr-22.
Fortunately, we only had mild symptoms, and were fully clear of them by the time we flew back to Perth:
So, Heading for home after a lovely but unusual visit with family.

Alex Reid