Although we had come to Kangaroo Island to see wild kangaroos, surprisingly we only saw one. Crossing the road. Hundreds of meters away.
Fortunately, we did see several other animals – though the most impressive was the sea lion colony at Seal Bay.
Proud looking fellow, ain’t he?
Flinders Chase National Park
Our first stop was Flinders Chase National Park, located on the western, southern most side of Kangaroo Island. Entry costs $10 AUD per person for 24 hour access, meaning you can always come back the next day in the morning, if you want.
The park has tons of walks, but it was raining that day, so Mrs. Selfish and I stuck to the highlights: the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.
The Remarkable Rocks are just that. Brightly colored, and erroded by the wind and water at a rapid pace, they stand out even from a distance.
Admirals Arch is equally stunning – a natural arch, which provides coverage for a small fur seal colony.
Next we headed to Seal Bay. Although Kangaroo Island had a long, bloody history as a headquarter for Australian seal trappers, Seal Bay itself was spared – largely due to the protective reef, which prevented trapper ships from entering the area.
Entry costs $32 AUD for the guided tour, or $15 AUD to see the boardwalk. I highly recommend the guided tour – not only do you learn about the Sea Lion colony at Seal Bay, but they also bring you right up to the beach where the sea lions are playing.
Since we came during breeding season we managed to witness a fight between two males – one of whom was scared off by a much larger male.
The males in the pack reach physical maturity after age 6, but can’t mate until age 10+. Consequently, there are a lot of younger males wandering around and strutting their stuff.
Our guide was on constant alert, since sea lions were sleeping in the bushes around us, and can apparently out run people at short distances. Fortunately sea lions normally move extremely slowly – taking something like 6 – 10 steps before taking a break for 30+ seconds.
It must take a lot of energy to move when you’re that large, which is probably why we saw so many resting sea lions.
While Kangaroo Island was a bust for wild kangaroos, we were fortunate to encounter many other animals during our brief two day stay.
Coming up next, Melbourne – and then it’s on to New Zealand, the last country on our 1-year trip around the world!