Roadkill count: a record-breaking 79!!!! Fortunately, we saw more live animals than dead today.
First stop: Koala Walk - an animal sanctuary where the animals are not kept in cages and have freedom to roam. The $5 entry fee was well worth it as we spotted several Galah birds, were followed by a very weird looking bird (like a cross between a goose and a hawk) and came into close proximity with 6 koalas! That was definitely one of the highlights of the morning.
Afterwards, we drove through Flinder's Chase National Park. The Remarkable Rocks (photo appears in the blog), were truly remarkable! We ate our packed lunch under the shade of one of the boulders and marvelled at the giant, crashing waves below.
Next stop: Admiral's Arch and the New Zealand Fur seals that rest and nurse on the treacherous rocks. It was such a pleasure to watch the seal pups frolicking joyfully in the rock pools below.
From there, we drove north to Stoke's Bay where we crawled through a narrow gorge to reach a beautiful "secret beach" with soft white sand that curves around a turquoise bay. There were some people swimming but when I dipped my feet in the water, it was quite cold. They must have been Scottish.
From there, we drove along a small unpaved road where we spotted dozens of kangaroos and wallabies emerging at dusk for the start of their nocturnal feed. They were everywhere - hopping along or watching us watching them. It was lovely to see them in their natural habitat.