Global tourism hopes for Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

Tourism authorities hope a 66-kilometre walking trail which has just been opened on Kangaroo Island in South Australia will become a global drawcard.

"Already we're getting such great feedback from a few international walkers, as well as locals who wanted to be the first ones on it," Environment Department chief executive Sandy Pitcher said.

Walkers pass through bushland wilderness areas and get sweeping views of the Southern Ocean at times.

The trail passes already-popular tourist sites including Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.

It ends at Kelly Hill Caves, just 11kms from The Woolshed KI, an ideal base camp for your hiking party.

Fantastic food findings

When it comes to seafood, like this fine abalone here, look no further than South Australia. Photo: South Australian Tourism Commission

On Kangaroo Island you’ll find honey from pure strain Lingurian bees, regional cheeses and yoghurts, native jams, wine, fresh oysters, prawns, crayfish, whiting, snapper and marron. Seriously, the list goes on and on! Continue reading

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Seal Bay is a must

No stay on Kangaroo Island is complete without a visit to the Seal Bay Conservation Park. Seal Bay is a large sandy beach and dune area where Australian sea lions rest and nurse their young.

Seal Bay Conservation Park is located about 45 minutes from Kangaroo Island's main town of Kingscote.

The stunning views of the Australian sea lion colony and the neighbouring coastline are what make Seal Bay an essential experience for visitors to the island.

There is a lot to do at Seal Bay. Tours are run at regular intervals, plus there are picnic and barbecue areas at the nearby Bales Bay where you can stop for lunch.

A short walk from the picnic grounds will take you to a lookout which offers excellent views of Cape Gantheaume and the wilderness area, or take a short drive to the beautiful Bales Beach where you can relax and enjoy the surrounds in an unspoilt location.

www.environment.sa.gov.au/sealbay/home

Historic storehouse saved from crumbling

The recently restored Weirs Cove storehouse in Flinders Chase National Park.

The stone remains of the Weirs Cove storehouse in Flinders Chase National Park have undergone restoration in an attempt to keep their history intact.

Originally completed in 1908, this original Weirs Cove structure was integral to receiving materials and then goods for the remote Cape du Couedic lighthouse and its keepers.

Flinders Chase National Park ranger Mike Penhall said, at the time, there were no roads that led to the South Western corner of Kangaroo Island, making it one of the most remote and isolated parts of the state.

The Oyster Farm Shop

These clean, sheltered waters are the perfect place for an oyster farm, and Ken Rowe is producing plump beauties that are in demand Australia wide, and even overseas.

The morning’s harvest is enough to make a seafood lover swoon.

Oysters aren’t in season all year round, so it’s best to phone ahead to check shop opening times, and see what’s in supply.

486 Tangara Drive, American River, phone 08 8553 7122.

Source: SA Life

 

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Handmade, Aussie gin leading the way in spirit’s comeback

A range of botanicals on display – apart from the classic gin flavours of juniper, angelica and coriander, the Larks’ gin contains distinctly Australian flavours like boobialla and native rosemary.

Gin is back in fashion and Australia is at the vanguard, with a surge in popularity of distinctive, small batch spirits from micro distilleries.

Kangaroo Island Spirits is increasingly acclaimed for its small batch, hand-made gin featuring local botanicals such as Boobialla with its berry reminiscent of juniper, and Olearia, a coastal daisy bush dubbed ‘wild rosemary’ by early Dutch explorers. Continue reading

Hanson Bay Track

Grassdale Lagoon. Source: Nigel Roberts 2008

From Kelly Hill caves to Hanson Bay. Fantastic walk - thoroughly recommended. 18km round trip takes around 2.5 hours for 9km each way. Grassdale Lagoon mid way along the track is a highlight. Walked the track in July – no issues.

Kangaroo Island Spirits

South Australia's first and only boutique distillery. All products are hand made in small batches in copper pot stills. The range includes a honey and walnut liqueur, anisette, and a strawberry and vanilla liqueur. Visit the intimate cellar door for a tasting or an espresso coffee.

The Cellar Door at Cygnet River is open for tasting, sales and light refreshments on most days (except Tuesdays unless during holiday periods)

Visit their website.

Nicolas Baudin’s Restaurant and Bar

Nicolas Baudin’s Restaurant and Bar at the KI Wilderness Retreat near the entrance to Flinders Chase National Park offers a boutique dining experience from the finest island and SA produce.
The bar serves various styles of local cuisines and à la carte dining begins at 6pm.
The aim is to provide a selection of dining experiences with the restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner daily.
KI Wilderness Retreat stocks a great range of Kangaroo Island wines. The wines, sold by the glass, offers the opportunity to sample a number of local wines.

The Chase Café

The Chase Café is conveniently located at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre and provides a welcome rest stop for visitors to the Western End of Kangaroo Island.
The alfresco dining area is nestled among the sugar gums adjacent to a children's fossil dig pit which provides entertainment for little ones while mum and dad enjoy barista coffee or browse the well-stocked gift shop.
From baguettes baked fresh on the premises daily and local bakery goods to more sustantial sit-down meals, The Chase Cafe caters for all tastes and budgets. It is famous for its generous servings to challenge the healthiest appetite. The family-friendly menu incorporates a large variety of local produce including Kangaroo Island caught seafood, cheeses, Ligurian bee honey, native jams and sauces many of which can also be bought in-store.
Contact The Chase Cafe on 8559 7339 or email thechasecafe@activ8.net.au. Website www.thechasecafe.com.au.

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