Kangaroo Island as experienced by my mother. Guest Post written by Beatrice Porrati with some “add-ons” by me.
Let’s start – How to get there? For example, from Melbourne take a flight to Adelaide, then rent a car and drive until Cape Jervis, roughly 1 hour and 40 minutes, so if you are arriving on Friday night, you might want to think of spending the night somewhere halfway or close to Cape Jervis. 40 minutes on the ferry and you’ll reach Penneshaw, one of the little town on the Island. Here, before starting your visit through the third biggest island of Australia, you can stop for coffee & cake or a quick lunch at Ultima tule Cafe’.
Kangaroo Island is simply beautiful: three days is the minimum stay to have a taste of its nature, wilderness and peaceful life. But if you have more time you can stay all week to appreciate its people, environment and culture. The people who live here are mostly farmers and fishermen, but there are also some artists. Approximately 4.600 people live here, mostly in the towns.
At sunset especially you can meet wallabies, little kangaroos, in the wild that come next to the cabins at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, where we stayed. There’s also a decent Restaurant, not that there are many options around! They come out from the bush to eat, and if you are lucky, like I was, you can kneel and gently approach them. They are very cute. My daughter in another occasion and in another place caressed them and she told me that they are soft: nice!
Two wild animals very shy, because it’s fairly impossible to meet them, are the echidna and the platypus. The first is a sort of porcupine and the second one is an ornithorhynchus.
If you have time stop at Kingscote. It’s a tiny, but cute little town and you cannot miss the art Gallery: Fine Art Kangaroo island.
And to finish, because it is a small island, there are some, not many, cafès and restaurants spread across the island, where the locals offer you their produce and baked goods with a smile.