Monday, February 12, 2007

Kangaroo Island

Apart from Roger Waters (which was excellent, great stage show and brilliant musicianship), the highlight of the trip to Adelaide was Kangaroo Island. It's over 100km long, with a rugged south coast, beautiful beaches, lots of forest in the west, and ground-hugging tea-tree scrub where the southerlies sweep in from the sea. It's a part of Australia, but not quite...

I was in a group of 21 backpackers, 18 female (!), and ages from 19-ish to maybe 60. We had Swedes, Germans (they're everywhere), Canadians, French, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese and Swiss... a real mixture. The people you travel with can make or break a trip, and our group was great. We had a wonderful local guide, Lisa, who was jovial, knowledgeable, and gave two fingers to political correctness whenever possible. A real Aussie. Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours - there you go, a free plug.

We saw kangaroos, of course, but also koalas, echidnas, emus and seals. No platypus, maybe they were on holiday too. If you go there, don't just spend a day, it's worth a longer, better look.

Anna-Lena, our German chatterbox

Lisa and another local

Little Sahara

Seal yoga


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