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Cape Du Couedic Lightstation

Kangaroo Island

From Cape Borda we drove across the west end of the Island to Cape Du Couedic in search of the second lighthouse of the day.

This lighthouse is located in a national park which has a visitor's centre and café. We were very grateful to be able to get some late lunch and found some scratchy signal on the radio so we could listen to some AFL. It was Melbourne v Collingwood, and I must say I was glad to have a wonderful place to take a leisurely walk with my camera.

The Cape Du Couedic Lightstation is a classic looking lighthouse standing in a very exposed location.

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Whilst the day was quite mild the wind was blowing strongly and the sea was pounding the cliffs.

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At the very tip of the Cape is the Admiral's Arch which is accessible via a walkway.

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All around the base of the cliffs is a breeding ground for New Zealand Fur Seals, and they were present in abundance.

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These two had a brief battle for territory before deciding there was enough rock for them both to snooze on.

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There were a number of baby seals looking very small and quite cute.

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And of course there was a bit of frolicking in the ocean

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On our way home we spotted an Echidna who decided to cross the road as we approached. We stopped to take a photo but her/she was unimpressed by our presence and scuttled back into the bushes

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Posted by rca3561 07:16 Comments (4)

Cape Borda Lighthouse

Kangaroo Island

There are three lighthouses on Kangaroo Island and it is my goal to see them all whilst we are here.

Our first planned stop was for coffee but we went via the jetty and found a seal looking very contented. It was a lovely start to the day

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Today we headed off west across the Island to travel the 90km to Cape Borda. The last 38km of this journey is on a gravel road so it wasn't the quickest trip, but it was certainly a very rewarding visit.

There were quite a few people there when we arrived so we headed off on a short cliff walk.

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Today would prove to be very rewarding in terms of wildlife and the birds around the Cape Borda precinct were very cooperative.

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I had seen a couple of pictures of Scarlet Robins in tourist advertising in the area (we called them Robin Red Breasts when I was a kid) After our walk to the cliff we went back to the car to drop off our windcheaters and found an unexpected companion.

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We then headed up to the lighthouse itself which is the only square lighthouse in Australia apparently.

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We were present to hear the firing of the 1:00pm cannon but unfortunately not close enough to get a shot of this very loud event.

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The birds and animals of Cape Borda were wonderfully cooperative.

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Posted by rca3561 06:43 Archived in Australia Comments (2)

Sunset at Reeves Point

Kangaroo Island

I drove back to Reeves Point as the sun was going down and joined the birdlife at the point to enjoy the spectacular display

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I walked a fair way out along the point which was a beach covered by shells which glowed in the late afternoon sun.

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As the sun sank below the horizon the birds and I enjoyed the sights.

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Posted by rca3561 06:15 Archived in Australia Comments (3)

Kangaroo Island

Our journey to Kangaroo Island began at the Sea Link port at Cape Jervis. We would travel on the Sealion 2000

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The journey across the Backstairs Passage from took about 45 minutes which gave us time for a snack and a cuppa before we arrived at Penneshaw.

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We disembarked and then drove across the island to Kingscote in search of our accommodation for the next four nights. Our room at the Acacia Apartments where we are staying is spacious with lovely facilities. Having got ourselves organised we headed out to explore the area around the town of Kingscote

First stop was the jetty where we found a seal and some very photogenic pelicans

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There were plenty of other birds about as well

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Reeves point is quite near our apartment and there are a number of sites of historical significance since this was the location of the first European Settlement in South Australia. We drove through this area and I decided it would be a good place to return at sunset.

On our way back to the apartment we discovered an interesting example of combination farming - sheep and viticulture!

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Posted by rca3561 05:37 Archived in Australia Comments (1)

Victor Harbour

Victor Harbour was our next destination.

It was less than an hour's drive so we arrived well before we could check into our accommodation. We drove around the area for a time and then headed for The Bluff which overlooks the town.

We were enjoying another beautiful day and so I headed off along the walking track to the summit.

There were beautiful views of Victor Harbour to the North...

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... and Petrel Cove to the South

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There were also a lovely collection of wild flowers on the Bluff. Most of them were tiny but their flashes of colour were beautiful

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Posted by rca3561 04:23 Archived in Australia Comments (2)

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