Monday, February 16, 2009

February 15, 2009 - Kangaroo Island Day 1


We are up by 6:00AM and out the door by 7:15 to make the 120km drive to Cape Jervis where we catch the 10:00AM ferry to Kangaroo Island. We pay to park our car in a secure area as we are leaving one suitcase in the trunk. The ferry is right on time and we make the forty-five minute run across a rather choppy Backstairs Passage to the island. Malcolm, one of the men who run "The Lookout" B&B and tour guide service meets us with a 4-wheel drive Toyota Land Cruiser, loads our bags in the back and we are off.

Our first stop is Frenchman’s Rock where Malcolm produces tea and coffee and cookies while he outlines his plans for our day’s touring. Frenchman’s Rock is where the first explorers landed on the island to procure fresh water from a spring. There is actually writing scraped into a rock at this location dating to 1803. After our refreshments, we move on to a small park where we take a walk and see many Wallabies of all sizes. Malcolm explains that the Wallaby is a species of the Kangaroo family that does not get over three feet tall. These animals are used to seeing Malcolm as he has a permit to take his guest into the conservation area so they do not scatter as we approach. We get a good look at them from no more than ten feet away in some cases.
We then move on to Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. It guards the entrance to Backstairs Passage which separates Kangaroo Island from the mainland. It is smokey/hazy from the bush fires near Victoria, to our east, and the visibility is not very good. We then drive to Antechamber Bay and are provided with a very nice picnic lunch on the banks of the Chapman River. Lunch included cold meats, home-baked bread, pasta salad, broccoli and snow pea salad, chutney, fruit and cheese and your choice of drinks including both red and white wine.
After lunch and a walk on the beach, we head off for the hour’s drive to Seal Bay. You cannot go down on the beach without a licensed guide and Malcolm is one so down we go to have a close look at all the Australian Sea Lions that use the beach this time of year. We then make a brief stop at Bales Beach, just down from Seal Bay for another tea and cookie break and to see the waves rolling in from Antarctica and then it is time to head for The Lookout.

It is another hour back to The Lookout B&B and we arrive just after 6:00PM. The lookout is a two-bedroom apartment on one end of the home in which Malcolm lives with his partner, Peter. Malcolm is the tour guide and Peter cooks and keeps the B&B. The apartment includes the two bedrooms, a living/dining-room/kitchen combo as well as a very nice bath room that also contains a washer and dryer.

The apartment could not be nicer. It is immaculately clean, well appointed and tastefully decorated. We are invited to stroll around the six and half acre gardens and are told that dinner will be served at 7:30PM. The grounds are beautiful with little ponds and running streams and flower lined walkways.

Right on time, Malcolm and Peter arrive with the first course. It is hot shrimp in a delicate cream sauce over rice that is on a bed of shredded lettuce served with a nice bottle of South Australian white wine!. It is delicious! Next comes a chicken breast, pounded flat and wrapped round spinach and herbs and spices together with oven roasted potatoes with carrots and sweet peas. Dinner is topped off with a very nice custard/flan.

Oh, what a wonderful day and what a wonderful place to stay!.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We,too, stayed at the Lookout and loved it! We're off to Darwin in a few weeks. Why did you decide to do Litchfield instead of Kakadu?