Kangaroo Island: Karta Pintingka

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Kangaroo Island is one of the most scenic places I have ever been to. The landscapes are so vividly colorful it practically jumps out to the eye. As a secluded place, it is perfect for taking a quiet moment to yourself during a long journey. Because of the previous isolation of the island, certain species of wildlife are unique to the land. During hikes we walked among gum trees filled with sleeping koalas, and even spotted a peculiar echidna crossing the trail.

Pennington Bay, Kangaroo Island

Seal Bay is a conservation park from the culmination of government entities (DEWNR, SARDI, Nature Foundation, Australian Universities) coming together for the research and protection of the endangered Australian sea lion. The best part about visiting their natural habitat is coming within feet of them. My favorite feature of this sea lion is their distinct white patch above their heads. It is a true gift to be able to observe them barking loudly at each other, clusters of them taking resting, and pupps play fighting in the ocean.

Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island

The journey to Admiral’s Arch begins with a descent down a walk way surrounded by rock formations resembling a grand castle. This geological masterpiece it is home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals. The arch formation resembles a peculiar cave covered in yellow, orange, and brown stalactites.

Admiral’s Arch, Kangaroo Island

The Remarkable Rocks are well deserving of the name! The rocks have formed in a bewildering way. It is difficult to believe what you see. The indentations, circular crevices, and edges pointing in all directions. The original granite dome had withstood erosion for at least two-hundred million years.

Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island
Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island

The Cape du Couedic lighthouse was built due to a number of shipwrecks along the island. The lighthouse itself is a stone and sand monument to the hardworking people who built it. It was so physically demanding is because it required carrying buckets of water from one end of the island to the next.

Cape du Couedic Lighthouse

The Aboriginal people of this land are the Kaurna. They named the western side of the island Karta and the eastern side Pintingka.

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