South Australia


January 2017

Kangaroo Island is so beautiful, it is difficult to stop taking photos. Here are a few of my favourites.

A scene from beautiful American River.

Similar scene but framed by an old kiosk opening.

I do love interesting trees, this one is over the water from American River.

Hardly needs an introduction.

I just love the colour of the boat and how it mixes in with the water and sky.

Not particularly photographic, but Liz decided to take me out in the canoe for a paddle. With much instruction about how to paddle, which went in one ear and out the other, sorry Liz.  However, we didn’t capsize.  Yeah I have done it a few times now.

Here we are at a better angle.  This is Pelican Lagoon, which lies alongside their property.  Hmm, not a bad part of the world. One thing about being on a smallish island, it is as if the rest of the world ceases to exist, I think that is one of the positives of the place, you can really escape.  Even have to drive up the road to get mobile reception.

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15/01/2017 – In American River

Local fair at American River, Kangaroo Island.  A chance for the Dragon Boat club to share their passion and give others a go.

Someone has to carry it to the water.  ‘Sorry I’m taking photos’.

Beautiful head of the boat.

Liz at the front beating the drum to keep everybody together.

Scott at the back steering.  And in between are the newbies and a few experienced paddlers to make sure that they get back to shore safely.

And off they go. Believe me, this is far from easy, they had me out at a practice earlier in the week and it is hard work.  I am used to paddling my own boat (so to speak, and riding my own ride) and going at my own pace, but in a team sport like this everyone has to keep together. So no choice but to keep paddling to the boom of that wretched drum and nurse your aching muscles the next day.  A good experience, but not for me. Still Liz and Scott are off to Tasmania in October for the Dragon Boat Championships so they must be keen.

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13/1/2017 – I am back in South Australia, visiting friends

This is the front view of the beautiful stone cottage that I am sleeping while on Kangaroo Island with Liz and Scott.  Complete with mezzanine floor, Scott is now building an extension in order to house more WWOOFers.

View of the work in progress, to the left will be a shower block, in the middle is the new extension for bunk beds, and to the right is the original from the back of the building.

I slept in the extension, as the original cottage is being used for storage (and it’s full).  You can search on the category “Kangaroo Island” to check on their progress.

And here’s the garden for now, slightly overgrown as Liz and Scott have been cycling overseas for a few months, but they will soon get it back in shape.

I was amazed at the number of potatoes all over the garden, they are growing like weeds, the entire garden has potato plants growing between other vegetables.  I couldn’t resist collecting a few.

Some parts are a bit more ordered, I helped with the weeding.

Liz is working to get more seedlings into the garden before the weather turns and it is too late.

More produce that likes to grow unaided.

And this is how you try and keep the possums out.  Unfortunate if they get in, because then they have a hard time finding their way out again.  Great times as always.

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30/11/2015 – Me and Liz go on a side trip

The morning after the house party. Liz informed me that we were going on an outing to Cape Willoughby Lighthouse.  Great, a day trip.


First stop was Antechamber Bay, within Lashmar Conservation Park, it shows how great it is to know a local, this beautiful area is largely not visited by most tourists.  I was intrigued by the clear, untouched bird footprints.


And the large quantity of Crested Terns that were just walking along the beach!

Antechamber Bay

Antechamber Bay

Then on to Cape Willoughby Lighthouse.


Cape Willoughby Conservation Park is home to South Australia’s first lighthouse. Although the lighthouse operated to prevent shipwrecks, a number of ships sank off the coastline, the remnants of which can still be found in the area.


This area is referred to as the Devil’s Kitchen.  Cape Willoughby Lighthouse was constructed from locally available granite and lime mortar. Quarrying is evident near the lighthouse atop the cliffs of Devils Kitchen. It is thought holes were hand-drilled into the rock in the quarry and filled with wood. This was kept wet and the expanding wood would crack the rock which was then shaped prior to construction. The result was a circular tower of roughly dressed granite masonry.


Lighthouse with surrounding cottages.

CapeJervisThe view from the balcony of Dudley Wines, where Liz and I had lunch.  You can see the mainland in the background, Cape Jervis to the left.


A happy Liz, full of pizza and wine!


Putting the new camera through its’ paces again, with the fish eye setting.  A load of sheep being trucked to the mainland on the ferry.  Goodbye to KI, and Liz and Scott, hope to see you in WA this year guys!!!

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