Day 3: Flora and Fauna

The day started with Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. We had been told to go in the morning as you’re given food for the animals when you arrive and they’ll be the most interested in the food in the morning.

We arrived at 10 and were greeted at the door by a screaming cockatoo. Not screeching, screaming. It turned out that he had grown up with a family that had a number of young children and had learnt to mimic the screaming of a toddler, not the most pleasant. We were able to put a stop to the screaming with a cough where he revealed his smokers cough. Another trick was to roar and wave your arms up and he would bob up and down saying ‘roar’.

From there we bought our tickets and went in just as the dingo feeding was happening. We were the only people there so the man feeding them was able to have a good chat with us. The dingoes were beautiful and fluffy and very excited to see him but we were reminded of their power and strength, very different to a dog.

From there we wandered around until the koala feeding was on. By that time there was another family at the park but we were able to go into the koala enclosure and pat the koalas whilst they ate and once that family had left, it was just us, the keeper and four koalas.

We saw a number of people coming over to have their turn and decided to continue on around the park. We then went into the kangaroo enclosure and fed them before doing the same with the wallabies.

Once we had run out of food and seen all of the animals we drove to Flinders Chase National Park. This is another opportunity for students to whip out their ID. We had booked online so we collected the car pass and drove down to the remarkable rocks.

The word ‘remarkable’ is pretty strong so to use it to describe rocks, we weren’t too sure but once we saw them we left impressed! The drive down was really beautiful as well as the boardwalk down to the rocks where you can actually walk on them. They’re huge, shaped all sorts of ways and have a beautiful view.

From there we went to the Admiral Arch which you can apparently walk to from the rocks but we didn’t see the track. The Arch had a boardwalk with again, a beautiful view. So beautiful that Hayden tore a massive hole in his pants trying to take a photo.

After Hayden tied his jumper around his waist to hide the damage we went further down the boardwalk and found so many seals! Apparently they don’t go grey until they’re 4 months old and there was a little black one climbing up to the boardwalk and waddling around exploring which was adorable.

We continued further down to The Arch and even more seals. The way the rocks were shaped to create an arch was stunning and unbelievable something so impressive was completely natural.

Once we had seen it all and had watched the seals for a little longer we went to Platypus Waterholes which should just be named Waterholes. It’s a 2km loop for the Waterholes but you have to do three quarters of it before you get to the Waterholes. My advice? Turn left instead of right. Apparently they’re really shy though and can hear your footsteps so having walkways to and around the waterholes kind of defeats the purpose of trying to see them.

Besides the non-existent platypus, it was a really beautiful day. The park has lots of bush walks too so if we had one more day we probably would have done a couple of walks but unfortunately we misjudged just how much Kangaroo Island has to offer.


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