Boating to Kangaroo Island and touring attractions

Trip Start Oct 31, 2011
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Today we woke up at 5:45 AM to catch our ferry to Kangaroo Island. We went to bed late last night so we didnt get much sleep. We packed our bags, left a couple at the Breakfree in
Adelaide, bacause we'll be back there in 2 days, and caught our shuttle going to the bus depot to do a full count of all the passengers going on the ferry. It took 15 minutes to get to the bus depot, then when we left 15 minutes later, it took over an hour to get to Cape Jervis, where our ferry was departing from. We got onto the ferry, and we got some breakfast. I had a quiche, and my water to drink. We started going to Kangaroo Island, I listened to mucsic the whole time. The ferry ride was only 45 minutes. When we got off the ferry, we went to the cargo van they took on the ferry to get our luggage. We then boarded our big coach tour bus to start the first day oif our 2 day Kangaroo Island Tour. We waited on the bus for a while, then left. Our first stop would be at the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, about a 30 minute drive from Penneshaw, the town we came from. We started the guided tour there, and the lady brought us to where they make the oil. In half a tonne of leaves, you get only 16 litres of oil. To make it, they burn the boiled leaves from the previous batch, along with wood from the trees, to boil the leaves and extract the oil. The oil goes into one bin, and the water into another. Then its refined once, then bottles. Its good for colds, muscle aches, and many things. We then went to the gift shop. They also make Emu oil, made from Emu fat, and Teetree Oil, from Teetree leaves. They also get honey from the local honey farm, and make Eucalyptus candys, shampoo, laundry detergent, and many things. The lady also orphans injured Kangaroos, and I pat one and got pictures with him, he had a broken leg at only 10 months old, and the others mom died and he was a young baby with a cold. e then left on our tour bus, and headed to out next stop was the Vivonne Bistro, in Vivonne Bay, for lunch. They served us chicken, sausage, a pasta, potatoe salad, beets, and an apple pie type pastry for dessert. It was very good. I went to the washroom, them we walked outside for a few minutes before boarding our bus again. I saw a big lizard, I believe it was a really big Salamander, and a little Koala in a tree!
We got on our bus, but then switched to a different bus because ours had a fan on the roof making loud noises. We left the restaurant and drove about 2 minutes down the road, to a great bird show called the Australian Birds of Prey. It started with one of the bird keepers coming out with a type of Falcon, holding it in his hand feeding him raw pigeon. This Falcon is the fastest creature on earth, not the Cheetah, thats the fastes land animal, but the Falcon can fly up to 320 kilometres an hour! 
We learned lots about different birds, with the keepers later coming out with a Barn Owl, who sat on my lap, another Falcon, 2 laughing Kookaburra's, one of which I held, and another type of funny looking bird. Some birds would demonstrate catching prey, like the falcon catching meat in mid air, or the Owl chasing down a mouse. We then left the bird show, and headed to the Seal Bay Conservation Park. It was about a half hour drive. There, we walked down to the beach to see hundreds of Australian Sea Lions, a type of Seal, not a Sea Lion, which are very endangered because of seal hunting in the 1800's. We saw some walking, some fighting, and most sleeping. It was awesome. When we left the Seal Park, we headed to the Parndana Wildlife Park, a park housing abused, injured, or donated animals. It is run by a couple, and is very big. In there we saw many exotic birds, Wallaby's, Kangaroo's, Koala's, Crocodile's, Emu's, Turkey's, Ducks, Pigs, Wombat's, Enchidna's and more. We also fed small Kangaroo's from out hands, and pet Koala's. The Kangaroo's are amazing, they put they're paws up on your hanmds, and are very affectionate towards humans, nor are they scared, even in the wild. When we left the wildlife park, after getting some ice cream in the gift shop, we left to go to the Island Pure Sheep Dairy Farm, where they make milk, cheese and yogurt from Sheep's Milk. We watched them milk Sheep, and smapled some cheese and yogurt. The cheese was very salty. Sheep's milk is lactose free, has more vitamins, and is very good for you, better than rwgualr cows milk. I still prefer cows milk. We left there soon after, to be dropped of at our hotel in Kingscote, Kangaroo Island. Were staying at the Seaview Motel, right on the coast. We have free internet, so we can finally stream movies!
We went for supper at a cafe, I had Shepperd's Pie, and now Im writing. Thanks for reading!
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