Day 60: Tues 26 Aug 2014: Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island
Flinders Chase, South Australia
A lazy start today. I cooked a cracking B&E for breakfast in the camp kitchen. A & C and I did the muddy 'Lagoon Walk' and saw a family of Cape Barron geese. C found a wombat skull by the side of the road.
J & C and I headed to Hanson Bay for a look and a fish. We bought cockles from the reception of the van park to use as bait. I haven't used cockles as bait before. Hanson Bay is a pristine small bay with a creek flowing in at the western end. The fresh water was brown like tea-tree stain and this flowed into the crystal clear green and blue water of the bay. The rocks at either end of the bay were ragged and eroded. We climbed up the western side and followed a little path that took us out to the peak of the headland where we realised the rock was eroded away from under us so that we were standing on the top of a partial arch. At the eastern end, exploring the rocks revealed a little colony of bright orange and black crabs. J caught a whiting off the beach.
We all drove over to the Flinders Chase Nat Park visitor centre for a look and to make plans for tomorrow's visit. C bought an excellent boomerang and I got KI creamed honey.
A & I did the koala walk with our cameras and saw 4 in total. It was awesome. One koala was in a tree only 5-6m away from us. It came down the tree to be only 2m or so off the ground, backed its butt sideways off the branch, and did the most enormous pee, which smelled strongly of eucalyptus! That was a uniquely Australian experience. Another koala was in a tree only 10m or so from our van.
I made hamburgers for dinner in the camp kitchen. There we met our neighbours, a family from Switzerland. We ate by the fire.
As we were going to bed, we heard the most amazing noise being made by the koalas. Lots of low-pitched grunting and bawling.