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Kangaroo Island to Melbourne Road Trip

Kangaroo Island to Melbourne Road Trip

After Kangaroo Island we took 4 days to drive over 1,000 km to Melbourne with many pretty spots on the way. The weather wasn’t the best but we still had a good road trip.

Day 1: Kangaroo Island to Hall’s Gap (580 km)

Our road trip started with a big travel day. We drove to the port, took the ferry and then drove 580 km to Hall’s Gap, which is in the Grampians National Park. By “we drove” I mean Thorben did all the driving 🙂

Day 2: Grampians National Park to Port Fairy (160 km)

In the morning I sent Thorben to hike up to the Pinnacle by himself while I was busy sleeping in and coughing.

After he got back we drove to different lookout spots where you never had to walk more than a kilometer for a pretty view. We did the Boroka Lookout, Reed Lookout, the Balconies and MacKenzie Falls. The weather wasn’t the best, I’m sure it’s even more beautiful when the sun shines

In Port Fairy we walked along the beach to a lighthouse and if it wouldn’t have been for the wallabies we saw it might as well have been Spiekeroog (a tiny island in the north sea) 🙂

Day 3: Port Fairy to Apollo Bay (200 km)

Day 3 was when we drove the most famous part of the Great Ocean Road and hit all the major scenic viewpoints including the Bay of Islands, the Grotto, the London Arch, Loch Ard Gorge and of course the Twelve Apostles.

Day 4: Apollo Bay to Melbourne (200 km)

The last stretch of the trip wasn’t too exciting. We wanted to stop at some beaches and surf towns but it was drizzling most of the time. We did however make a stop at the Great Ocean Road chocolaterie and got some goodies 🙂

Kangaroo Island: Nature and Wildlife

Kangaroo Island: Nature and Wildlife

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Mama! 🙂

Our third destination was Kangaroo Island and we both really loved it there. While it’s not on the typical tourist circuit in Australia I think it’s really worth visiting.

The island is a 45 min ferry ride from the mainland, 150km long and 90km wide and there are only 5000 people living on it. Our focus was on nature and the wildlife so we didn’t really explore the towns.

In our 3 days we spent time at the following places:

Baudin Beach

We arrived in the evening just in time to catch the sunset at Baudin Beach. A pelican was nice enough to pose for us, Thorben’s favorite picture of the trip.

Island Pure Sheep Dairy

We bought some yummy sheep yogurt from Island Pure at Adelaide Central Market, so while in the area we decided to go there in person. The food is good, so we had lunch there twice and there is a little store where we got more yogurt and cheese – Thorben must have consumed at least 2kg of their yogurt during our trip 🙂 For a little sheep dairy education you can watch a video of the inner workings and see the sheep getting milked. They even had little lambs you could pet.

Raptor Domain

Raptor Domain is a rehabilitation and education center, so you can only see their animals during the presentations they do. We caught the second half of the reptile presentation, where we got to hold 3 different snakes and touch a little crocodile. Next up was the birds of prey show including Shush, a cute owl you could pet. It was really cool and informative, a great tip by our B&B host!

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary is a huge fenced in area to keep predators out but all the animals that live there are wild. We did a guided sunset/night walk and saw koalas (one with a joey!), wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas and a possum – the big 5 of the sanctuary! At the end we heard something that sounded like a wild pig – turns out that’s the mating call of male koalas 😀

Flinders Chase National Park

The national park is beautiful and we did the main highlights: We saw the Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, Admiral’s Arch and Remarkable Rock which were all fantastic and watched seals and adorable seal pups. In the parking lot of the visitor center we got lucky and saw another wild koala in a tree which even came down pretty low for optimal picture taking 🙂

Stokes Bay

Stokes Bay was were we had our favorite meal on KI, great tapas at Table 88 with a fantastic view. Afterwards we also checked out the beautiful beach.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

Because holding a koala is addictive, I wanted to do it again so we went to the KI wildlife park. It’s a really nice little park with lots of Australian animals and wasn’t crowded at all which made the experience even better than at Gorge. We got there really soon after it opened so the kangaroos were still pretty active and hungry. They almost climbed on Thorben because he was not feeding them fast enough 🙂

At the park they have a koala talk, where you can go into the enclosure and are allowed to pet them. Holding a koala cost 30 AUD extra but that meant there were a lot less people. There was only one family ahead of us so we got a lot of time with cute Alfie, a 12 kilo boy.

After that we watched the little penguin feeding, fed some wallabies, which were again pretty insistent on being fed, and saw the rest of the animals there.

Australia, here we come!

Australia, here we come!

Tonight, we’re getting on a plane to Sydney and then we’ll travel around Australia. Here is what our trip will look like:

Our 3 week Australia itinerary

  • 4 days in Sydney with a day trip to the Blue Mountains (if the weather is good)
  • 2 days in Adelaide
  • 1 day drive to Cape Jervis
  • 3 days on Kangaroo Island
  • 4 days road trip to Melbourne with a stop at Grampians National Park and a drive along the Great Ocean Road
  • 2 days in Melbourne
  • 4 days in the Red Center to see King’s Canyon, Uluru and Kata Tjuta
  • 2 more days in Melbourne

On the map you can see what distances we’ll cover:

That means this blog won’t be updated for a while but lots of pictures and more details will come when we get back 🙂