Travel Diary – Kangaroo Island – Day 1, Friday 25th March

The first day of the holiday was all about travelling to Kangaroo Island. Even though in reality, we’re not that far away it still took us a really long time to get there!

We left home about 10am, and stopped in at my partners parents farm on the way down for about 15 minutes to say happy Easter. Then we continued the drive to Cape Jervis and were there a bit early so we stopped at the bakery to have an early lunch. After that we got to the ferry about an hour before it was due to leave so that we could check in and then of course you have to drive the car on to the ferry.

The ferry ride itself only takes about 45 minutes which isn’t too bad, and it wasn’t too rocky which was great. I had been a little worried about my partner getting sick but he was ok. Have any of you ever heard an old wives tale about sticking a brown paper bag under your shirt to prevent sea sickness? Well his gran and his mum were trying to get him to do that just so he wouldn’t be sick. I found it quite humorous, and he didn’t bother, but hey maybe for some people it has a really strong placebo effect which isn’t really a bad thing!

Once off the ferry it was another half hour drive to get to where we were staying which is a holiday house about 10 minutes out of Kingscote. Nice, secluded and quiet. Away from all the screaming children at caravan parks and motels which is really nice.

It was nearly 3pm when we arrived – yes that’s right, nearly 5 hours to do a trip which driving and ferry journey time was only 2 hours 45 minutes all up, but all that waiting time my gosh. Anyway, 5 hours of travelling, and you know travelling over seas (hehehe) can be such hard work… we had a nap.

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Only a quick one though because I wanted to go see the pelican feeding and then have a look around town and see where things like the local petrol station, supermarkets etc were.

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The pelican feeding was amazing. Only a $5 donation, honestly if the guy was charging $10 I still would have paid. It was just this flock of pelicans and a few seagulls hoping to steal food rather than become the food. The guy gave us a talk about pelicans and their habits and whatnot which was really interesting, and then started the feeding, and boy did they just gobble it all up!

After that we did the drive around the town and then headed back to the holiday house, and because we have everything needed in the kitchen to cook dinner, that’s just what we did. Actually I really liked the idea of having a holiday house just for that reason. Not only was it cheaper than a motel per night, you also get to save money by preparing your own food, and lets face it that’s also a better option than eating pub meals every night.

So even though the first day was just about the travel, it was still a great day and a great way to finish up was with the pelican feeding.

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