New day, new adventure!
Here we are, it’s now time to explore the northern part of Kangaroo Island! Because there is so much to see on the island, I decided to split my story into two articles, one detailing my first day along the south coast and the other one below with places I explored the following day on the northern part of the island. Globally those two days were amazing but because a weekend is not enough to cover the entire island, I made myself one promise: I will come back!
Today, we’re therefore going on the roads north of Kangaroo Island. This morning it’s an early wake up though. Yes, I forgot to mention that just before going to bed a big Huntsman spider decided to visit the bathroom and even after trying we couldn’t put it back outside. I know this is a harmful one but still, knowing that ‘monster’ is a few meters away from your bed doesn’t help to sleep at all! Anyway, we have many places to go exploring today and by getting ready early we can make the most of the day.
On the way to Snelling beach
Unfortunately we won’t have time to go to Cape Borda and its lighthouse, the detour will make us loose valuable time we want to discover other places. But that’s also the best way to come back here to visit more of the island! Snelling Beach is the first place we stopped at. The road to access it slowly goes down from a big hill and gives us an impressive view over the bay. However landscapes around were sadly devastated by a bushfire recently and you could still smell it – what a shame! The beach itself is beautiful and forms a little bay rather sheltered from the wind which is quite appreciable for a morning walk.
Few kilometers later on the road and in the middle of the countryside, we saw a huge kangaroo in one unfenced field nearby. Can you see it coming? I went closer! I need to say that he wasn’t afraid at all. As I was few meters away he stood up on his back legs facing and looking straight at me. That’s when I decided to slowly go backwards. You never know how wild animals could react. Just time to take a picture and I was back into the car, pfiuuuu!
Surprising Stockes Bay and Emu Bay
We are now on our way to Stockes Bay, we were not planning to go to at first but it’s on the way so why not? What a good decision we’ve made. When we arrived it wasn’t looking that great: very small little bay with a pebble beach and a camping nearby, nothing extraordinary. That’s when I noticed a sign near rocks on the east side of the bay, it was saying ‘Beach’ with an arrow pointing to an amount of rocks. Strange isn’t it?
Curious being my second nature I went straight there and found a little path in between rocks. That starts to be interesting! Meters after meters we discover a very meandering track in between rocks when we sometimes needed to climb or almost crawled to go further. And finally we could see it, the true Stockes Bay: a secluded and charming beach surrounded by rocks with only one access to it, the one we just followed. Outstanding.
What a surprise! I would have never expected looking at the landscapes around when we first arrived few minutes earlier. Stockes Bay seems to have everything you need: a giant natural pool surrounded by rocks for kids to play, few hundreds meter of sand to lie down and tan on a summer day and protecting hills around making the place peaceful and not windy at all. Lucky for us that we got to enjoy that moment early morning with only a couple of people walking by the water ahead of us. It was a bit cold for a swim and because of our schedule I preferred not to jump into the water.
Next step is now Emu Bay, one of the most popular beaches on the island especially because it’s easily accessible by car. After what I saw at Stockes Bay, the place only looks good to my eyes but that’s still a beautiful place. I guess it also loses a bit of charm knowing that more people are now around enjoying their morning walks. Talking about walk, I’ve read that the luckiest may encounter Emu Bay’s penguins on a late afternoon excursion. It won’t be the case for us but instead we got to see pelicans while approaching a small fishing jetty on the left end side of the beach. Not really afraid of us, I kindly teased those big birds resting on the sun and tried to play with them. I have to say they’re not the most playful creatures but they are definitely majestic. They were not even moving a wing until I got really close to them. But when one decided to fly away, it literally hit me in the face… those birds are huge!
Last stop to eat local before taking off
While recovering from this unfortunate moment – just kidding – we slowly walked back to the car. It’s already midday and we will soon head back to the Kingscote airport to get off the island. But we couldn’t leave before testing the local food – so many people talked about it we had to check it out. That’s why we are heading to Island Pure Sheep Dairy, a highly rated sheep farm with various products, all locally produced. But on our way we saw a strange and huge white area behind trees on the side of the road. We carefully parked the car and went to have a look, of course. It took me a couple of minutes to realize that I was looking at…a salt lake! Apparently there are several of them on the island and some of the salt is even sometimes used for cooking, interesting isn’t it?
The salt lake left behind, we now are on our way to the sheep farm. Once there, you can tell by looking at the place that’s very rural: unpaved road, small signs and authentic. The most beautiful moment came when we were welcomed by a dozen of lambs bleating and happy to see us, so cute! The farm has a small refreshment bar where you can test different goat and cow cheeses locally produced. We are starting to be hungry so we decide to order a rural testing plate made with cheeses and some snacks: delicious!
The domain is huge with many fields around but you can only access a little space where some goats and sheep are. More interesting, we were able to stay and watch the sheep being milk in the barn adjacent to the farm. It’s very complex and controlled as samples first need to be taken from selected animal and then each liter of milk will be carefully analyzed by farmers. Only a certain amount of milk will also be taken from each sheep and goat to ensure they remain in good health. Very instructive! But the clock is ticking and we need to get ready if we don’t want to miss our plane. A last good bye to our animal friends and let’s head to the airport.
The airport is the smallest I’ve seen in Australia so far. There is a security check but no need to mention that we didn’t even go through. We arrived about one hour before our departing time but nobody was there and the airline counter – if we can call it that way – was closed. Huuum it doesn’t look right! But something like fifteen minutes before taking off, the airport seemed to come to life. The airport manager arrived, the airline opened its office and few locals made their way through the doors. No stress here! We were quite relieved to see that many people to be honest as we were starting to be a bit anxious.
Only small propeller planes have the right to land in Kangaroo Island and that’s why we’re boarding onto one of these very noisy aircraft. Once in the air, Kangaroo Island unveils all its beauty and stunning landscapes from above. I’m already thinking about the next time I want to come back! Adelaide takes only 30 minutes to reach and we are soon in South Australia’s capital. Not even a couple of hours later we are flying towards Sydney witnessing a splendid sunset from our plane window.