Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is just off the southern coast of South Australia. It is 155km east to west, 55km north to south and has more than 450km of coastline, much of which is little impacted by Man. It is served by a ferry several times each day from Cape Jervis, 10km away.

These photos were taken in early September 2003 on film cameras by Denece and Dave Clarke. This page was created 2003/09/16, modifed 2004/12/23.

Clicking on the images will display larger copies, although still much smaller than the originals. At the time of writing this page, the Internet, and the usual modem access to it, was not yet up to handling images with 1840 x 1232 pixel definition quickly.

Kingscote sunrises

Kingscote sunrise 5 Just after the sun had risen

Placing an obstacle in front of the main subject of the photo seems counter-intuitive, but seems to have worked to improve this photo.

Kingscote sunrise 1 Sunrise on our second morning at Kingscote

The morning was chilly with only a light breeze. Unfortunately I didn't see any well coloured sunrises.

Kingscote sunrise 3 Sunrise on our forth morning at Kingscote

The wind of the third morning had gone again.

A two second exposure.

End of Kingscote sunrises

Cape Willoughby

Willoughby Road 1 Willoughby Road

I love roads like this, where the trees reach right over and their folliage intermingles above the road.

This photo could have been improved if I had organised a figure in the middle distance.

Cape Willoughby 1 Cape Willoughby

Looking to the southwest from the top of the Cape Willoughby lighthouse.

Cape Willoughby 2 Cape Willoughby

Looking to the west from the top of the Cape Willoughby lighthouse.

Further to the north Cape Jervis with the wind turbines of Starfish Hill could be seen.

Willoughby light Disused lighthouse lens

This lens was used in the days when it was important that lighthouses have the absolute maximum visibility. In recent times ships are much more left to their own GPSs and radar to look after themselves.

We were told that the Cape Willoughby light now is visible from about 40% the distance that it used to reach.

End of Cape Willoughby

Tamar Wallaby Tamar wallaby

These little blokes are remarkably tame in some areas. This photo was taken with a 90mm lens.


Seal Bay

Sealions Sealions and terns

The sealions at Seal Bay are one of Kangaroo Island's best known attractions. They, or New Zealand fur seals, can be found at other spots around the coast.

The guide did tell us what type of terns they were, but we forgot. She also said that while they were often there, this was the most she had seen.

There were several board walks with labelled native plants in this area.

Sealion group Happy family

There seemed to be quite a bit less squabling between sealions than between seals. The sealions were often in close groups like this.

200mm lens on Canon FT

2nd September 2003

Sealion bugged Bugged sealion

This female had had radio monitors attached to her. I have no idea why there had to be three rather than just one.

200mm lens on Canon FT

2nd September 2003

End of Seal Bay

Remarkable Rocks

Remarkable Rocks 1 Overlooking them from a distance

There is a good sealed road right to the Rocks. This was taken from a viewing point about a kilometre away. Remarkable rocks are on the top of the granite dome headland.

Remarkable Rocks 6 Looks like a sculpture

The orange lichen is the icing on the cake (in two ways). It adds to the beauty of the formation.

Denece and I noticed that this lichen was dominant at places that got too much salt for other lichens. It also grew a bit further from the sea, but then was likely to be less noticable than other lichens.

Remarkable Rocks 7 The sun shone after a while

When we arived we had the place to ourselves, but the sun wasn't shining. By the time the sun shone three bus-loads of tourists came along. It was difficult to get a photo without a bunch of people in it. There is someone hiden behind the smaller rock.


End of Remarkable Rocks

Admirals Arch

Admirals Arch Admiral's Arch

A very challenging place for the photographer; the contrast is very great. I suspect the key would be to try for a time when difuse late afternoon light came into the cave.

A New Zealand fur seal can just be seen in the water on the left.

NZ fur seals NZ fur seals

Quite a lot of these were lying around. They are not as closely sociable as Australian sealions. These do not lie in groups. Whenever they did get close to each other they squabbled.

End of Admirals Arch

Little Sahara

Little Sahara 1 Isolated clump of grass

An area with photographic potential. The weather was not being kind, there was no sunshine and patches of drizzle.

The digital size reduction doesn't do any good for fine straight lines.

Little Sahara 2 Light on the dune grass

I don't think the tracks down the side of the dune do anything for this composition?

End of Little Sahara

Scott Cove

Scott Cove 4 View to the east

This beautiful spot is in the far northwest of the island. There is some farming, but Man's impact is not conspicuous.

This was a perfect day, calm, sunny and warm.

Scott Cove 2 View to the west

I suppose this was the actual Scott Cove.

End of Scott Cove

Ravine des Casoars

Casoars 1 des Casoars beach

A very enjoyable 8km circle walk follows down the Ravine des Casoars to this beach and then goes back to the car park over a ridge.

Casoars 2 des Casoars beach

That frog-muncher Nicholas Baudan mistook the Kangaroo Island emus in this area for casawaries, hence the name.

The heap of rope in the foreground seems to be from some fishing net gear. There was also plastic rubbish and one large moring buoy lying around, obviously it had washed up, presumably from very great distances.


End of Ravine des Casoars

Cape Linois

Wheatons Beach Wheatons Beach

South of D'estrees Bay and north of Cape Linois is this pretty beach in its little bay. The surf was heavy and the wind strong and off-shore.

The vegetation was a salt-stunted mallee heath.

Cape Linois Southwest from Cape Linois

New Zealand fur seals bask on the rocks at the foot of Cape Linois. I don't think they can be seen in this photo.


End of Cape Linois

Cygnet River

Cygnet 1 Gum trees at Cygnet River

There is an atractive area on the Playford Highway just west of the hamlet of Cygnet River.

Cygnet 2 More gum trees at Cygnet River

The road pases through the gum trees. The river itself was not conspicuous; to judge by the vegetation it must have periodically flooded this area.


End of Cygnet River

Pelican feeding

Pelican feeding 2 Pelican feeding

At 5 O'clock (I think it was 5) every afternoon the pelicans are fed at Kingscote.

Fish scraps are used. The tourists are asked for a gold coin donation to cover the costs of keeping the scraps in the fish processer's chiller.

Pelican feeding 3 Pelican feeding

Of course it is impossible to feed the pelicans without the seagulls getting in for their share.

There were a couple of pacific gulls there too, although they were a little less enthusiastic than the silver gulls. The bloke said that the adult pacific gulls do not get involved, but we saw an adult have a go.

End of Pelican feeding



On this page...
Admirals Arch
Cape Linois
Cape Willoughby
Cygnet River
Kingscote sunrise
Little Sahara
Pelican feeding
Remarkable Rocks
Scott Cove
Seal Bay