Kangaroo Island for the New YearFriday, 2 January 2009
▲ Kangaroo Island kangaroos
We finished 2008 and started 2009 with a visit to Kangaroo Island. Australia’s third largest island (after the mainland that is) lies south of Adelaide in the state of South Australia. It’s big (seven times as large as Singapore Island) and lightly populated (there are 1000 times as many Singaporeans as Kangaroo Islanders). So with 4500 or so people across 4500 square km it’s a long way from crowded.
▲ Looking out from the Southern Ocean Lodge
▲ dolphins in Hanson Bay
The wildlife makes up for it, we saw plenty of kangaroos (fortunately we didn’t run in to any of them, a lot of cars do), seals (sea-lions and fur seals), koalas, goannas, echidnas, dolphins, we even managed to spot the rare glossy black cockatoo.
But mainly we lazed, staying at the stylish new Southern Ocean Lodge, a long architectural sliver drifting smoothly down a hillside overlooking Hanson Bay on the island’s rugged south coast.
▲ Kangaroo Island koalas