Kangaroo Island

Submitted: Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 07:55
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Morning forumites, have a query which I'm sure a SA member can answer.
I am off to KI next Monday but can't take my 17ft caravan (to expensive) and need to park it somewhere until 25th. Could leave in McLaren Vale but a bit far to catch the early ferry.
Is there somewhere safe to leave (unpowered)? Happy to pay reasonable parking fees.
Spending 6 months here in SA. The first 2 months have been great - Flinders, Yorke, lower Murray River & in the Clare at the moment.
Cheers
Heather L
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Reply By: tazbaz - Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 08:31

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 08:31
You could try ringing the Cape Jarvis pub. They may be able to refer you to a local who could help
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 10:29

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 10:29
Hi Heather, we left ours at the campground at Rapid Bay. Lovely spot & didn't cost much, unpowered. Takes about 20 min to drive to the ferry. The sea lion colony was
our highlight..do the guided tour.Parts of the southern coast were very scenic, the north coast was covered in a metre of rotten weed..may be seasonal. We didn't think
KI lived up to the hype, but maybe just our perspective. cheers....oldbaz.
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Reply By: Member - daz (SA) - Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 11:41

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 11:41
Hi Heather

Contact Cape Jervis station (08) 8598 0288

They are about 4 ks from the ferry

Am sure they could find a spot to park your van.

Daz
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Follow Up By: Member - Heather L - Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 11:44

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 11:44
Thanks Daz, Have booked a powered site for Sunday then putting the van 'in the lane' at $5 a night. Just what I needed.
Cheers Heather
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Follow Up By: Member - daz (SA) - Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 12:03

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 12:03
Your welcome Heather.
If the Hill family still own the Cape which i think they do, you will find them great hosts. Have known Wally & Nan for 40 years & are real local identities, but think it is now run by the next generation, In the early 70s the Cape Station was 4000 acres on both sides of the road. Half sold off in about 72, and most of the balance over time for development etc.
enjoy the Island and spend some time on the Fleurieu peninsula, it is a great place. recommend Strathalbyn, Victor Harbor, Willunga, McLaren Vale,
Cheers Daz
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Follow Up By: Member - Heather L - Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 12:19

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 12:19
Anthony & Sally Miles there now - sound lovely.
Spent 10 days at Goolwa and from 25th Oct will have 3 weeks in McLaren Vale.
Am an arts volunteer from WA and have the privilege of Gallery sitting during the Fleurieu Art Prize - find me at Kays Winery.
Cheers
Heather
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Reply By: Mazdave - Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 17:06

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 17:06
Just got back from spending 10 days at KI, Contrary to others reply, we loved it. Very scenic as they have had lots of rain and lots of rolling green hills and some of the prettiest beachs in Oz. Not sure where you are staying, but there are 3 Parks, the best by far is the Western Ki on the Southern side. The one at Brownlow (Kingscote) not too friendly and lots of mozzies and the one at Penneshaw was very casual and old but quirky. There is lots to see and fantastic walks and great history away from the Touristy areas . Admirals Arch and Seals were a hit for us together with Stokes Bay and catching Marron in a creek by the side of the road. We found Seal Bay overpriced and over regulated, but others loved it
Its a bit backward (like stepping back to 1980) but we loved it and would highly recommend. Its funny coz it seems the cost of the ferry is deterring quite a few from visiting, especially with vans, so we found it to be very quiet even though it was School holidays.
Enjoy.............
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Follow Up By: Member - Heather L - Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 17:50

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 17:50
Thanks Mazdave,
Actually have a dog sit for a friend for 7 nights near Kingscote so using this saving to spend on one night American River, one at Vivonne Bay & 2 at Western KI.
Visited in late 1990's & was like stepping back to 1950's then!
Used my seniors discount on ferry but no help with van.
Cheers Heather
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Follow Up By: PeterInSa - Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 17:58

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 17:58
I priced the fare ( with seniors card) with the ferry people and if you stay the night in a caravan park ( cannot remember the name) from memory the ferry gives you a discount thats more than the cost of one night in the caravan park. It maybe a monthly special, so need to check.
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Follow Up By: Mazdave - Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 08:47

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 08:47
Make sure you visit KI Spirits near Cygnet River. They make the Best Wild Gin.........
Just an old shed with very old fashioned distilling process
Tastings with no obligation to buy, although it was that good, we did buy.
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 17:21

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 17:21
hi Heather L
too expensive to take the van to KI
you could try leaving your teeth in a glass of water beside the bed
the tooth fairy just might leave you a generous reward ??
good luck!
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Follow Up By: Member - Heather L - Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 17:52

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 17:52
Tried both sets but the tooth fairy on holidays like the rest of us!!
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 22:44

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 22:44
Hi Heather

KI is a fantastic place to visit. I. Would recommend a minimum of 2 weeks if you have not been before. Like above, we love the family run park at Western KI the best. Other out of the way places include the Chapman River...Eastern side better wher you can camp right on the waters edge. Another great camp and very cheap is the council park at American River.

I have written 2 blogs on KI, so you can see what you are in for. Also the Wildflowers should be unreal. Make sure that you buy the National Parks Pass, it will more than cover its cost, giving you unlimited access for 12 months.

Enjoy KI

Cheers


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Follow Up By: Member - Heather L - Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 07:45

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 07:45
Thanks for extra tips, Stephen.
Have 12 days before I come back to gallery sit at the Fleurieu Art Prize.
My National Parks pass has already paid for itself - or do I need a special one for KI?
Cheers
Heather L
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 08:46

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 08:46
Hi Heather

You need a special one just for KI itself, which was around the $60 odd Dollar mark per adult. Like I said it gives you unlimited access to all attractions within the National Park and you will pay for itself very quick.

Here are the links for my blogs on what you can expect to see.

Shackle Road Drive

KI October 2011

Kangaroo Island

KI Wildflowers October 2011

Have a fantastic time


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