Kangaroo Island to Robe
After a wonderful five days and four nights on Kangaroo Island we packed up the car and headed back to Penneshaw to catch the 10:30am Ferry to Cape Jervis.
It was a very smooth trip and I spend a good part of it out on the foredeck of the ferry watching the birds and trying to spot a dolphin or two. I saw one brief flash of a dolphin as it swam near the ferry but wasn't quick enough to take a picture. The birds we a little more cooperative.
Soon enough we were approaching Penneshaw.
The process for loading and unloading the ferry is very smooth and within a few minutes of docking we were back on the mainland and heading for Robe.
The journey took us back through Victor Harbour and then onto Goolwa where we spotted the Murray near to it's mouth.
The bridge pictured above is the infamous Hindmarsh Bridge which was the subject of a Royal Commission in the late 1990s.
We drove round the top of Lake Alexandrina where we discovered we needed to cross the Murray River by ferry. The crossing at Wellington is one of eleven free ferry crossings of the Murray provided by the South Australian government.
We drove through Kingston on our way to Robe and stopped off to see the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse:
Originally built out to sea from the Cape Jaffa on the Margaret Brock Reef and opened in 1872.
The historic lighthouse originally was 41 metres high and known as a Wells Screw Pile designed to suit the local conditions. The 8 roomed dwelling accommodated two lighthouse keepers and families with enough stores to last several weeks. The Chance Brothers lantern could be seen for a distance up to 40 kilometres.
In the early 1970’s the Federal Government decided to install an automatic light and hand over the Lighthouse to the care of the National Trust at Kingston. The Lighthouse was moved to Marine Parade Kingston and opened in 1976 as a Museum.
Having seen the lighthouse which replaced it at Robe, I must say I prefer the old one!
From Kingston it was only a short journey to Robe where we discovered we were booked into the most amazing and luxurious Fayrefield House
We met Sarah who, with her partner, had built the bulk of this amazing house in the style of the dining room which was the original building at the site built in 1872.