With no public transport on the island and without the foresight to hire a car we were 'forced' to go on a tour of the island to see its other wonders.
Apart from the colour, we couldn't really tell the difference between sea lions and seals. Then our guide pointed out that seals wiggle to get around on land, whereas sea lions walk on their feet like dogs (or lions):
You can clamber all over the rocks to your heart's content:
These rocks are by far our favourite rocks ever (sorry Stonehenge).
It was the only drizzly day we had on Kangaroo Island and at first we were disappointed - until the locals pointed out it was prime kangaroo spotting weather.
They recommended that we check out Kingscote Graveyard, where they have been known to hang out. A mob of kangaroos were indeed in the field next to the graveyard!
The 'Kangaroo Island' kangaroo is indigenous and found nowhere else on earth. Guidebooks told us that their fur is longer and darker than mainland roos, but we couldn't get close enough to see. Being wild, this was as close as they let me get before hoping off.
There aren't a lot of hostels or hotels on Kangaroo Island. A night in a hostel will set you back about $60 for a double-private room.
Activities on Kangaroo Island
Seeing those first seals, the pelicans and the wild kangaroos were all completely free. One of the best activities in Kangaroo Island is finding your own wildlife - it's practically guaranteed.
Another great and free activity on Kangaroo Island is of course hanging out on the beautiful beaches and swimming in the sea:
So, despite the costs, Kangaroo Island is an absolute must for anyone interested in Australia/animals/beaches/rocks. It was one of our absolute highlights of our nine month trip - on par only with seeing the Sydney Opera House, surfing at Surfer's Paradise and meeting albino kangaroos in Western Australia.
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