When we’re young we witness certain images (preferably inspiring and above all healthy) that stick around in the back of our minds for good. Some might single out the bridge in Sydney or Uluru, but for me it just so happened to be a massive rock that I came to call the parrot’s beak. Learning years later that this was one of the unique Remarkable Rocks standing on Kangaroo Island, I had another destination added to the bucket list. Eventually, when it was time to bring in my quarter century, I asked my cousin if she wanted to go somewhere with me. Originally opting for Cambodia, we realised we didn’t know if we were going to love or hate each other by the end so we chose somewhere a little more domestic.
Onto the topic of wildlife, Kangaroo Island boasts an abundance of Aussie icons one could expect to drop their jaw at. Be ready to turn your head a lot because they grace both land, sky and sea; we found no shortage whatsoever or kangaroos, koalas and seals. One memorable resident is a single pet emu named ‘Psycho’ who woke up one day and decided she’d rather be a widow. Wildlife lovers are guaranteed time to observe the native fauna on their own turf; you need only stop on the side of the road to take in a grazing mob of roos and you’re there, but for some animals a guided walk is the only way to go, especially when seeing the sea lions of Seal Bay.