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Cruise to the island of Kangaroos

By Evelyn

 

Diversity of South Australia

The land Down Under is famous for its people, culture, ecosystem, unique species of plants, animals and birds; in short it’s a distinct world altogether. The main chunk of Aussie essence is seeded in the diverse terrains of South Australia, the prominent among them being the cosmopolitan coastal capital of Adelaide. The city of churches is filled with numerous opportunities to indulge in culture, understand its history, wallow in its natural treasures and much more. Although it is known for its eminent structures, wildlife parks and vivid ranges of wines; it’s Adelaide cruises that steal the show.

Stallions of the Sea

Choose from a wide variety of cruises taking you to distinct locations that impart not one but many lively experiences. There are thousands of tourists flocking every year to witness Adelaide’s magical islands and mystical waters. A cruise to Kangaroo Island ranks high among popular Adelaide cruises and also offers exposure to the history and culture of South Australia.

Go sailing on safe and comfy vessels over clear waters to the “Island of the Dead” as it is known among Narrinyeri people. Pods of dolphins show up habitually beside the vessel providing ample opportunities to click amazing pictures. They usually come in large groups with baby calves at pivot. The rocks surrounding Kangaroo Island are home to New Zealand fur seals and Australian sea lions. Watch them bask in the sun and display fishing skills. Whale sightings are seasonal depending on their annual migration. Marvel at these tremendous creatures between the month of June and November. Sea eagles, osprey and many other varieties of sea birds share the coastal space with cormorants and gulls. Up-close encounters with these birds add more to your lively cruise.

The island of marsupials

Kangaroo Island is packed with scenic places, native animals, secluded beaches and Aboriginal history making it nothing short of perfect. The main attraction in Kangaroo Island is an age-old French settlement at Penneshaw, which was earlier known as Hog Bay. Stroll along archaic communes discovering historical artifacts and tales of times long gone by.

Kangaroo Island is also home to one of the South Australian State Heritage Collection, ‘The Frenchman’s Rock’.  The rock plonked by members of Nicolas Baudin’s crew has an inscription which reads as “Expedition of discovery by Captain Baudin in the year 1803". The names and places within Fleurieu Peninsula are also till date influenced from its French hues.

Listen to intriguing narratives about sealers and whalers who played in a part in the falling numbers of marine mammals in and around the island. Get to know how they used Aboriginal women to hunt down excess number of seals and you’re sure to be spellbound by their hunting stories. Visit Cape Willoughby Lighthouse to take in splendid views of the island and witness enchanting fairy penguins waddling back to their homes on a nocturnal walking tour of the island.

Whichever experience you want to opt for… there’s no doubt that there is no better way to experience the wilderness of South Australia other than an Adelaide cruise to Kangaroo Island.

 

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