So, back in Adelaide and I decided to do a day tour of the Wineries of the Barossa Valley, which basically meant a day of drinking and eating with a group of people I haven't met before...sounded great to me!
It was a great day out actually, and the group were a good bunch of people, and they got more and more chatty as we visited each winery! The Barrosa valley itself is beautiful, with rolling hills and the vineyards make it green and lush, and it is only a couple of hours from Adelaide, so it good to do as a day trip.
The next day I was off on a two day trip to Kangaroo Island. It is quite expensive to do a tour to Kangaroo island, so i was a bit undecided whether it was worth doing, but I am really pleased I did! There is loads of wildlife there, so it was definitely my kind of place! The is a few hours drive from Adelaide to get the ferry over to the Island, through the Fleurieu Peninsula, which is really picturesque, and we saw heaps of kangaroo's grazing in fields alongside the road so that was a really good start to the trip!
When we got over to to the island our first stop was at a Emu oil factory, which was pretty dull apart from the owners were hand rearing an ophaned baby possum, and i got to hold it...it was sooo cute! The next stop was at a Bird of Pray demonstration, which was quite cool, and it made me appreciate the sheer size of the Wedge Tail Eagles that i had seen whilst in the Outback...their wingspan is over 2 metres!
Over the two days, we saw loads of wildlife; Kangaroos Wallabies, Echidnas, Possums, Fairy Penguins...but the best were the seals. We visited Seal Bay Conservation Park, where we had a guided walk on the beach amongst the Sealions. We were able to get really close, and this is their breeding time, so they are extra active (!) and we saw some very young babies as well. We watched them for quite a while, and they were playing in the sea, jumping the waves and looked as though they weer having great fun, which was really nice to see. The Conservation Park only observes the Sealions and protects their habitat, they are completey wild, so it made it extra special to see them.
We visited some pretty interesting places on the Island as well, such as Admirals Arch (cliffs) and the Remarkable Rocks, which are big boulders which have been naturally shaped into what looks like modern art. It was a really great trip, and I'm defintely pleased I decided to go.
Next it was back to Adelaide for a couple of days before flying to Perth....