“Will that be red wine, or white?” We couldn’t believe it! They had the table set with a table cloth, nice china, cutlery, glassware . . . all the comforts of home . . . out in the bush . . . who knew?
Paul had a barbecue grill set up, with some steaks grilling, while Mark served some garlic bread, a tossed salad, and some potato salad, cold water and opened the wine. They finished it off with a lovely fresh fruit salad. We were so pleased with the entire operation, and I couldn’t help joke about enjoying some authentic ‘Aussie Bush Tucker’.
A great meal, something we did not expect, but thoroughly enjoyed! We have done lots of camping and picnicking at home, so we knew how tricky it is to accomplish such a great presentation and tasty meal . . . all carried around in the back of a Toyota 4×4. After lunch, we continued our tour to a different part of the island, and walked down a boardwalk to almost water level to witness a spectacular cave opening in the cliff called ‘Admiral’s Arch’.
The cave has been carved by wind and water erosion over thousands of years, forming a rock bridge which you can look under to view the ocean. The surrounding rocks and beach is covered with a colony of New Zealand fur seals.
After exploring that for a time, we moved up about 200 feet above the water to the ‘Remarkable Rocks’. ‘Remarkable’ was a word which scarcely describes the monstrous structures that make up this sight. Granite rocks, composed of black mica, bluish quartz, and pinkish feldspar, carved by the winds and ocean waves for more that five hundred million years into these grotesque, sometimes humorous shapes. Many of the rocks had colourful patches of mosses and lichens, adding to their mystery. It is a fantastic location to walk around, quite level in most places, and a definite camera-ready sight.
These rocks came in all sizes, and one photo I took from a distance shows just how big some of them are.
After exploring this marvel, inside and out, we moved on.
We had another example of Aussie Tucker later one afternoon when we stopped for a drink and a snack, and were served coffee and cookies in at a picnic table surrounded by Wallabees and Kangaroos.
This account only covers a few small parts of our experience on Kangaroo Island. We were booked into a lovely Country Inn, the ‘Wanderer’s Rest’, where we were spoiled some more. Part of the tour included visiting an old Eucalyptus distilling plant, now abandoned.
Going through some of my photos, I came across a couple of photos of some local rural mail boxes, mounted on the side of the road, made of every kind of box, can, barrels, old fridges, every kind of enclosure you can think of. Quite a sight!
Australia is an amazing country, and I should say that Kangaroo Island is truly ‘Remarkable’. The Island is a wonderful place to visit, and should be on your ‘bucket list’. I think the Aussies would say that was ‘fair dinkum’! I hope and pray the recent fires did not damage or kill much of what we enjoyed.
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