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Kangaroo Island Road Trip

   Mon, January 12, 2009 - 8:29 AM
Only 17 more hours before I head off to Kangaoo Island for a week's diving with my dive club.

The car is packed with 10 tanks, two sets of diving gear, 2 holdalls and an esky full of junk food for the 11 hours journey. There are 14 of us heading to Snellings Beach staying at a beach house.

For those unfamiliar with the geography of Kangaroo Island (a.k.a KI) is considered the third largest island in Australia. This paradise, blessed with crystal-clear waters and pristine beaches, is found 112 kilometres southwest of Adelaide. Kangaroo Island is a world-renowned destination in the Land Down Under, because aside from the fact that it is throbbing with various flora and fauna, the place is also every diver's favorite spot.

As a popular diving haven, its pristine waters, rich marine life, beautiful reefs, and myriad shipwrecks are what attract divers to the place. Marine creatures like Australian Sea Lions, Bottle-Nosed Dolphins, and Leafy Sea Dragons are among the famous animals that thrive in the area. Great White Sharks are also frequently seen all over Kangaroo Island's beaches. As a matter of fact, there are a number of shark-watching planes available in the area.


Although with the number of shark attacks around the East Coast of Australia in the past 3 days, I hope all the Great Whites will stay around the New South Wales and Tasmanian coasts for the next week :-)

It's a 11 hour drive from Melbourne to Victor Habour, where we overnight, before heading to catch the ferry from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw. Last week, a pod of 8 Blue Whales were spotted from the coast at Penneshaw. What a fantastic start to the trip if we get to spot then on the ferry over?

And the trip doesn't finish there. My best friend and I then head to Adelaide to explore the wineries of McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley.

I hope my car can cope with all the tanks, dive gear AND dozens of bottles of wine we'll be bringing back.

I shall post lots of photos on my return. (The pic above is of the Remarkable Rocks on the South coast of the island. And Yes!!! It does look like a pig)


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Mon, January 12, 2009 - 9:30 AM
Sounds like a super-fun time!!! Take lots of pictures and be safe!!
Mon, February 2, 2009 - 3:10 PM
We need to hook up! I have a friend staying in Melbourne for 7 weeks. His name is Rob Batey and he's consulting to one of the utility companies?

I went to St. Maarten in Nov. lovely. ok diving...coulda been better critter wise...but warm and clear.

Would love to catch up with you and all. I'm very bad about checking Tribe.... more on My Space and Facebook... but I like your pic!!!!