RU  UK  EN
Articles  >  Visit  >  Kangaroo island: Australia garden of Eden

Kangaroo island: Australia garden of Eden

Author: 17.05.2018 | travel, Australia
Formidable waves rise up like soldiers on guard, then beat against the rocky coastline, lay down their arms and meekly retreating, crumble into a foam. Wind freely runs over lavender fields and eucalyptus groves hiding sleepy koalas in bushland. Twilight is ready to cover every living creature with a dark bucket, and the bustling nocturnal life spreads its wings. This is not a fictional world of fairy tales but everyday life of Kangaroo Island, a booming destination for wilderness and wildlife fans.

Captured by azure waters of the Great Australian Bight, Kangaroo Island is famous for magnificent landscapes of pristine forests and coastal cliffs rugged by succulents. Thousands of years ago the Indian Ocean separated this land from the mainland, and destined it to be the third-largest island of sunny Australia. Most of the area is divided between nature reserves and national parks, there are places where no human has ever set a foot.

Photo greataussietravel.com.au

The first European whose ship anchored near local sandy beaches, was a British explorer Matthew Flinders, who not only gave the island the name of "Kangaroo", but previously offered to call the mainland Australia. Located at the distance a little more than ten kilometres away from the "big land", the area soon was chosen by settlers who built Kingscote fort. The first settlement, named after the castle, soon grew to a large industrial city with a population of about 1800 inhabitants, which now is one third of the inhabitants of Kangaroo. The island has the latest on the southern coast eucalyptus oil factory and a cheese factory, where they cook salty halloumi cheese, mixing sheep's and goat's milk, and roast the resulting product on grill. For those who seek for the truth in wine, or for a drink to pair cheese, certainly have to go to the wine cellars of Cape Willoughby. The island is also recognized as the only abode of pure-bred Ligurian bees that were brought here over a hundred years ago. Ecologically clean honey is produced by local apiaries, tourists take it with them as an exotic Australian delicacy.

Photo markpiovesanphotography.com.au

In addition to the food industry, treasury of the island is actively replenished by developing tourism. The local land is accessible from the mainland by ferry or plane, which in half an hour reaches Kingscote from the capital of South Australia, Adelaide.

Unity with nature under leafy cover of eucalyptus groves, which elicit fragrant under hot rays of the evening sun drifting into sleep – this experience seem to be undeniable. Every year over hundreds of thousands of tourists rush to capes of Kangaroo Island, and although the local shores have reputation of a sanctuary for wild life, the part of the island was equipped for a comfortable stay, and established infrastructure caters guided tours for every taste.

Photo southaustralia.com

Travelling through natural, rugged beauty and watching exotic fauna in their natural habitat, you feel like a pioneer of this amazing land of promise. In addition to a huge number of tamed kangaroos, wildlife abounds on Kangaroo Island: possums, wallabies, goanna, echidna, brown bandicoots, sea lions, New Zealand fur seals. While dunnart marsupial mice are natives of the island, platypus, possums and koalas were brought here from the mainland. Strolling among tall trees, be ready that fortune will bring you to the impressing rare black cockatoo, known for its raspy voice and ill-temper.

For most travellers encounter with koalas on Kangaroo Island is a unique attraction. The fact is that the marsupial bears are known to be very lazy, so it is almost impossible to see them frolicking on the eucalyptus branches in the daytime. To see how plush sleepyheads crawl out of their hiding places, you have to wait for nightfall. In the daytime koalas are resting in the eucalyptus branches, which, in fact, they eat giving preference only to certain varieties. Fortunately, the island grows enough plant for imported herbivores to feel comfortable. Over time, the animals got so accustomed to new places, that have even grown in number so much that created a threat to the eucalyptus trees. The authorities of the island had to regulate the number of animals, they used sterilization to solve the problem.

Photo seansimmonstravel.com.au

Seekers of mysteries and adventures have definitely go exploring wrecks of sunken vessels, scuba diving near Cape Borda. Those who think that hunting for underwater relics is a little reckless, if not dangerous, have a chance to angler historical facts on land. Records kept by keepers of ancient lighthouse, guarding the local water, are full of mysterious stories about terrible shipwrecks that took lives of about eighty people.

Boundless blue heaven immersed in the curls of waves, will bring genuine peace to seeker of solitude. One can spend an hour or two with a fishing rod and to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life on the rocks of town American River, which is located in the western part of the island. Exploring the northern shore, come to the Seal Bay where an experienced guide can show the famous beach, where chaotic series of amusing pinnipeds are relaxing safely paying no particular attention to the people.

Absolutely futuristic landscapes await travellers at sunset in the Flinders Chase National Park. In the western part of the reserve there is a natural anomaly called Remarkable Rocks, which is in the rays of the setting sun turns into truly mysterious world. Stone sculptures of whimsical shapes, created of granite by nature, reminiscent of the surreal Dali paintings. In addition to the landscape which came down from canvas of the extravagant artist, the reserve is interesting for its endemics. More than twenty species of animals were brought there as their existence was on the verge of extinction. The park is also a habitat of the island old-timer the marsupial mouse.

Photo southaustralia.com

Another fantastic "handiwork" of nature is a rock arch known as Admiral's Arch, it offers a wonderful view of the ocean. Ancient cave was sculpted by many years of weathering and mighty waves, which turned it in an elegant panoramic grotto with huge stone icicles of stalactites. The road to it begins from Cape du Couedic and bypassing several viewing platform and boardwalk around a cliff face leads visitors to this spectacular natural arch. If the weather is good, you may see a bustling colony of New Zealand fur-seals on the rocky platforms.

Main photo 4.bp.blogspot.com

It will be interesting:
Gjirokastër: “Albanian Rome”
A function of UNESCO World Heritage Committee is to work in the most careful manner year after year on studying objects that constitute outstanding culture civilizations and are unique in their origins. Under number 569 of an impressive list of the organization city of Gjirokastër, the one from the south of Albania, is located – it is it we are going to study today through the length and breadth.
Ferris wheel goes round...
Except for Russian-speaking countries, nowhere else a round metal attraction is called a devil’s wheel. Named after its creator, Ferris wheel first opened panorama of Chicago city from 80-meter height in 1893. Since then rotating upright wheels with multiple passenger cabins began to spring up almost in every big city. OUTLOOK offers you to learn about the most impressive observation wheels.
Interesting not only in city centers. Residential districts of the world
There are hardly many travelers who would go somewhere further than city centre where their hotel is situated when on a short-term journey. And if location is a metropolis on top of everything else, such “outside” trips are sure to be put on hold till better occasions.
Departure: Jamaica
Jamaicans like rum, marihuana (hardly anybody seems to be bothered by the fact that it isn’t officially legal there), Bob Marley and… attending churches. They also wouldn’t mind winning several Olympic medals as well as competing for a crown of a beauty queen. Today we get acquainted with peculiarities of both serious and funny Jamaica.
Incredible school lessons from around the world
Grinding away at their books to master basics of algebra and geometry, or memorizing years of monarchs’ reign skimming history textbooks is commonplace for schoolchildren all over the world while getting ready for a test in cybersecurity or boasting to have “A”s in beekeeping is strange at the vey least. Hereafter we are going to touch upon these and other unusual classes taught in foreign schools.
We were there: Budapest is an underground, aesthetics and recovery city
The creative copywriter Masha Goldman travel around half a planet. The girl can compare travels with the useful drug. Masha tells that every trip, even the shortest and least far gives her complete renewal of powers and it seems that the new life begins.
Don’t get lost: The most interesting markets of Istanbul
Eastern cities are hard to imagine without a huge number of the commercial places. It is in the genes of the local citizens to sell and buy regardless their age and status. Despite the fact that Istanbul is semi-European city, the metropolis has prominent oriental features. So as to know exactly where to go and what to buy, OUTLOOK talks about the most spectacular markets after returning from Istanbul.
Alfama: Moorish heritage of Lisbon
Today we are inviting you for a walk in the oldest neighbourhood in the city of Lisbon, the famous Alfama, an emblematic quarter we often see in the movies and works of popular culture when it comes to the Portuguese capital.
Travel to Columbia. Another Cartagena
In the world there are two Cartagenas. In both, their inhabitants speak Spanish, love bullfighting, and in the evenings they go to the beach to skip the mojito and breathe the salty wind. But only in one of them a rhythm of hot salsa, placers of emeralds and pearls can burst into a languid city walk, and bright, hot beauties can cross the road. And this is Colombia!
Iceland through the eyes of Sofiya Andrushchenko
Iceland is a ‘country of ice and fire’, ‘country of thousand rivers and lakes’, countless waterfalls and geysers. There, like in a fairy tale, again and again, you feel like pinching yourself to check if you are dreaming or does it all really exist…
History of the street: Spiegelgasse
Spiegelgasse is originated from German collocation ‘Mirror street’ or ‘Mirror alley’. However, it is not the biggest and the most important street in Zurich. Moreover, it is vice versa, incredibly short and narrow… Well, being situated in the quiet nooks of the old city in such a way that no tourists could see it.
Pay your fare and look out of the window: The coolest tram routes in the world
Despite many pessimistic forecasts of urbanists of the 20th century, on-street trammanaged to stand up competition withsubways, cars and other means of public transport, and even found a second wind in modern city. The beginning of the 21stcentury, with its incredible technologies will surely become history as an era of "tram renaissance".
The brightest places in Croatia: Gateway for aristocrats
Croatia is dubbed the pearl of the Adriatic coast. This country in the south of Central Europe recently became a member of the European Union. Now its beauty sites are much visited: every year more than 10 million tourists come to enjoy it, that is even more than population of the country. Let’s find out what attracts travellers so much.
Puerto Rico: Swimming with fireflies
Many travelers just don’t want to go into all the troubles to get an American visa for some two weeks of holidays. But having glanced at pictures of Puerto Rican Mosquito Bay they’ll change their minds instantly. Dark sea slick, silence… when suddenly mysterious green glow from the depth extends the darkness to shock the public on the shore.
Armenian khachkars: Poem in stone
...The virtuoso chisel inhaled the heat of a living soul in a cold stone block and created a khachkar - an inspired narrative about the spiritual search and longing for a lost paradise, unhurriedly unfolding tenacious rings of ancient mysteries in the curls of mystical ornaments.
Departure: Amsterdam
If you spent half a day enjoying chips with mayonnaise, herring, eel and cheese; your imagination managed to find solutions for all the riddles of the universe while waiting for hours in endless queue to the Rijksmuseum; and within a couple of hours you were almost knocked down on the road thrice, it means, no doubt, you were spending that day in Amsterdam.
Alpine village nearby Seattle
There are many things that we can learn from citizens of the United States but what deserves special respect is love to their land. Patriotism of Americans manifests itself in everything, even in internal tourism - without having properly explored own country, an American would hardly travel anywhere outside its territory. Today we tell about one of the most popular internal tourism towns - about Leavenworth.
Lakes that are changing the idea of the power of the nature
At the bare mention of the word lake, our imagination pictures soothing, nostalgia-laden images of quite pond cosily embraced by the grassy hills. OUTLOOK prepared a selection of the most spectacular lakes, which will change your understanding of this work of nature. Each of them has something to surprise, whether it is unusual water shade, or frightening ability to petrify living creatures.
Foot walk around Aachen
To visit three countries over one day – it is possible if you are in Aachen. Situated amid Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, small student town took in features of medieval culture that reflected in its astonishing architecture. Yelena Buravtsova visited the town for it to win her heart with its off-beat monuments, streets paved with stone blocks, cozy cafés, one of a kind printed spice cake, museums and spectacular races.
British heartland: Albion's unsolved mysteries
Green slopes covered with heather moorland, deserted suburban roads, narrow streets with small cottages and gardens emitting heady fragrance - it seems that British villages are unchangeable through the passage of time. Like stilled scenery for heroic fantasy fiction, each of them has its own story about great battles, brave warriors and legendary artefacts.
Close
Outlook facebook page