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Turning for home

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.

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Soon enough we were approaching Penneshaw.

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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.

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The bridge pictured above is the infamous Hindmarsh Bridge which was the subject of a Royal Commission in the late 1990s.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindmarsh_Island_bridge_controversy

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.

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We drove through Kingston on our way to Robe and stopped off to see the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse:

https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/places/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.

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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

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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.

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Pelican Parade

Kangaroo Island

If you are tired of seeing Pelican photographs then I'm sorry but there is something about these wonderful birds which is irresistible.

The sunset at Reeves Point was less spectacular this evening but the Pelicans and other birds made up for it.

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Cape Willoughby

Kangaroo Island

Today we headed off to the third of Kangaroo Island's Lighthouses at Cape Willoughby.

Before we got there we had the great pleasure of seeing a Rosenberg’s Goanna on the road. He/she was very cooperative posing for photos for a time before we went out separate ways.

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We drove for about 25kms on a pretty well made gravel road before we crested a hill and saw the lighthouse ahead of us.

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The Cape Willougby Lighthouse was built in 1852 and is very accessible with guided tours, accommodation and an adjacent café offering light meals with spectacular views across the Backstairs Passage to the South Australian mainland.

We wandered the grounds and took the historic trail to the beach enjoying the views

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We then headed to the café for afternoon tea and then headed back up the road. We stopped on the crest of a hill for some final pics of the lighthouse and found some kangaroos who were resting under the trees near the roadway.

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Another beautiful evening in Kingscote

Kangaroo Island

After a lovely afternoon at Seal Bay we came back to our base in Kingscote. Our favourite Seal was still down by the jetty and happy to pose for us along with one of the many Pelicans which frequent these parts.

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I then headed back to Reeves Point to watch the sunset once again.

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One of the pleasures of being at this location is the birds. This evening more than a dozen Pelicans flew by.

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.... and then the sun went below the horizon and the day was complete,

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Seal Bay

Kangaroo Island

Another mild day on Kangaroo Island with cloudy skies. The weather has been perfect for our holiday and whilst we packed for cooler weather we ended up in shorts and T-Shirts for our morning walk into Kingscote.

After about 5kms into the town and back again, we bought some take away lunch and hopped in the car and headed for Seal Bay.

This conservation park is brilliantly setup to give great access to a colony of Australian Sea Lions who breed and raise their young on this coastal reserve.

We had the option to join a guided tour which would take us down to the beach but we opted to take the self guided boardwalk tour which does not provide access onto to the beach. It is a decision we were glad to have made since there seemed to be much more action at the end of the beach where we were.

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Near the beach there is the skeleton of young humpback whale which beached itself and died in 1984.

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The Sea Lions were very engaging. Whilst many seemed to be sleeping others were in and out of the water and play fighting amongst themselves on the beach. There was an adult male on the beach who spent most of his time displaying his aggression to young and old alike.

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At the end of the boardwalk there was another large male Sea Lion who spent most of the time we were there asleep, but he did deign to wake up and pose for us before returning to his slumber

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We loved seeing the Sea Lions "surfing" into the beach.

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One of the surfers turned out to be a female Sea Lion returning to feed her pup. As she neared the beach we could hear her calling, and immediately her pup responded. They were very quick to find each other and once they managed to ward off the attentions of the aggressive male they settled down together on the beach

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We spent an enthralling hour watching the antics of the Sea Lions before heading back up the board walk. I found some more wild flowers and birds along the way.

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