South Australia Road Trip – Day 7

We took the early ferry (with our car) and left for Mclaren Vale. The weather was very kind to us this time round. No one got sea sick and we were all happy!

IMG_9901_meitu_3Slightly cloudy before we set off

We drove all the way from Cape Jervis to McLaren Vale. The drive to McLaren Vale took us around 1.5 hours and we finally reached our accommodation, Friends at McLaren Vale.

IMG_9902_meitu_1Welcome message from the owner

IMG_9904_meitu_2We were so ready for lunch. At Pizzateca

IMG_9955_meitu_3Our first cellar door at McLaren Vale. Fox Creek Wines

IMG_9991_meitu_4We moved on to the Battle of Bosworth Wines and had one of the best Rosé.

It’s nearing the end of our trip and we were all pretty tired so that’s all for Day 7.

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Admirals Arch

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The Admirals Arch viewing platform is an ideal place to observe the New Zealand fur seal colony that has established itself below the landmark. These dark brown seals rest and breed on land, but find food in the water. Summer is the primary breeding season, and the rock pools underneath Admirals Arch are a popular place for seal pups to play.

IMG_4848_meitu_10Cape du Couedic Lighthouse

Look how dark the clouds was. The weather was really brutal; very strong wind. We made it to the Admirals Arch but the wind was too strong for our little toddler.

IMG_4787_meitu_11Crashing waves

IMG_4766_meitu_12Super strong wind. Gloves out, hair up.

IMG_4772_meitu_13View from the boardwalk was amazing

IMG_4785_meitu_14Can you spot the sunbathing seals?

IMG_4793_meitu_6C’est la vie!

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IMG_4805_meitu_17Admirals Arch

IMG_9772_meitu_1The weather got better when we were about to leave. Cape du Couedic Lighthouse under the blue sky.

A piece of advice: it is a long drive to Admirals Arch. Personally, I do enjoy it and who doesn’t like free seal spotting. There are lots of seal laying around, so you definitely get to see one. If you go at the right time, you might see whale migration (happens between May and October) and dolphins. Just be prepared for the harsh weather!

Website: Admirals Arch

 

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South Australia Road Trip – Day 6

Our last full day at Kangaroo Island and a sun raise team was found to catch the beautiful sun raise from our house.

IMG_9752_meitu_3It was a cloudy day but the sun raise was still breathtaking.

The rest of the day was spent driving around and exploring the island.

IMG_9756_meitu_4Vivonne Bay

One of Australia’s top beaches because of its clear water, cleanliness and privacy. The long sandy beach is ideal for picnics, sunbathing, fishing and surfing.

IMG_9824_meitu_5Admirals Arch

 

It was a long drive here and the weather was brutal. Not very suitable for our little toddler but the view was amazing.

IMG_4793_meitu_6Spot the sleepy seals

The Admirals Arch viewing platform is an ideal place to observe the New Zealand fur seal colony that has established itself below the landmark.

Lunch was a total FAIL! We wanted to visit a recommended restaurant but it only opens during summer. We drove back to the town centre for some light snacks before heading home for dinner.

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IMG_9779_meitu_7Bay of Shoals Wines

The cellar door was decorated with pelicans. As it was raining quite heavily when we were leaving, we didn’t take much photos. We did get 2 bottles of wines; Hill Reserve Shiraz 2011 and 2015 Savagnin.

Bay of Shoals Wines is open daily from 11am to 5pm except Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Website: Bay of Shoals Wines

IMG_9792_meitu_9Home cooked dinner are our favourite. Tomato spaghetti with mushroom soup and grills.

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Kangaroo Island Spirits

Disclaimer: I am not an expert in alcohol. My views of the alcohol and cellar doors are based on my personal experience. It’s mostly on my interaction with the staff and owners.

p12The entrance to the Distillery and Cellar Door

We did some gin tasting and got a cocktail each.  The weather was lovely so we chose to sit outdoor.  A prefect spot to enjoy the sunset.

IMG_9688_meitu_1With our drinks

IMG_9681_meitu_2Mulberry Gin Cocktail

We had ours as a summer cocktail, a mulberry gin fizz.  Mulberry gin with fresh lemon juice, garnished with dripped citrus peel and mint.

mulb_largeThe Mulberry Gin is a premier seasonal gin mad in the style of English sloe gin, supplanting hand-picked local mulberries in place of the traditional sloe’s. Local mulberries are steeped in the gin, then pressed by hand, final steps include light filtering before bottling. Naturally sweet, rich and smooth mulberry flavours that distinguish this elegant gin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Website: Kangaroo Island Spirits

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11am to 5:30pm.  Tuesday only during SA School Holidays

We didn’t get anything cos that was before I knew I was a serious Gin lover. Will definitely get a bottle back if I visit KIS again.

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Dudley Wines

Disclaimer: I am not an expert in wine. My views of the wines and cellar doors are based on my personal experience. It’s mostly on my interaction with the staff and owners.

p1Us at the entrance. It was really chilly and cold.

We reached around 11, one of the first few so the cellar door was not very crowded. There were plenty of seats around but we prefer to stand at the counter. We love the interaction with the staff which make each experience at the cellar door special.

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p2Lovely view outdoor. It was warm and sunny, total opposite from the other side (at the entrance)

Our purchases:

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MacDonnell Merlot 2017

This year’s Merlot is a bright crimson red in colour with a fresh cherry and raspberry nose. The palate is mid-weight following through with juicy cherry/raspberry fruit and a subtle background of sweet oak. One for the Merlot drinkers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thirteen Sparkling Shiraz NV

Made from selected Shiraz grapes, this wine has just the right balance of fun fruity bubbles & sophisticated varietal punch.  Bursting with jammyberry flavours  it presents with hints of chocolate & finishes with a light pepper spice.

Throughout history, the number thirteen has been considered to bring misfortune, however we believe that if you share a bottle of Dudley ’13’, you may just find yourself getting lucky!

 

 

 

 

Website: Dudley Wines

Opening Hours: Open from 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week

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Kestrel Downs

I was contemplating on whether I should do a post on our accommodation at Kangaroo Island. Not because the house was not good but I didn’t take much photos of it. Everyday was jam-packed, and when we were back, we just wanted to rest in the cosy house. After much thought, it would be such a shame not to share such an amazing place so read on…

Note: Most of the photos were taken from the website.

The sun set at around 5pm so it was almost pitch dark outside when we were on our way to the house. For many moments, we thought we were lost. We had to drive by the main “road” (It is not the usual pavement road and with no street lights) which will lead us to a narrow path through a dense forestation and up to the house. If we were going in the wrong direction, there was almost no way for us to reverse out. Luckily, we were on the right track.

1-Aerial-View-Kestrel-DownsSee how far the drive was. The main road is on the left.

p1Beautiful morning

We were determined to wake up early to catch the sunrise the next day. But now, let’s get back to the house and its facilities. The house consists of eco-friendly design features including solar power, surround verandah and pure rain water throughout.

3125_021-Relax-in-comfortSpacious living area. We spent most our nights here over wines and chocolates.

3125_041-Dine-to-water-views-2Dinning area. One of our favourite spot to enjoy the great view outside.

14-kitchen-w-red-apple-kestrel-downsSuper spacious kitchen. The only disadvantage is there is no dishwasher so we had to wash our dishes in the cold water every morning and evening.

There are 3 bedrooms in the house but I only managed to find photos of 2 of the rooms. Sadly, the room that I stayed in cannot be found.

3125_164-Master-bedroomMaster bedroom

3125_102-Single-bedroom-wake-to-mallee-woodland-view-1Third bedroom which we used to hang our coats

Bathroom-Mar2016-1280x800px-Kestrel-downsShower. The toilet is separate.

Note: There is only one shower and toilet in the house so you have to plan your shower time well.

p15The weather outside was rather chilly especially at night hence there were lots of millipedes trying to get inside out toasty house.

Website: Kestrel Downs

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South Australia Road Trip – Day 5

Day 5 was super pack day. Maybe we knew we only had 2 days in Kangaroo Island so we wanted to get the best out of it.

p1The morning view that greeted us at Kestrel Downs

We had a hearty breakfast and off we went to explore the wineries. It’s never too early to have good wines.

Our first stop, Dudley Wines. We were wowed by the scenery outside, stayed outside for almost 10 mins before stepping in.

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p4Quick stopover at Baudin Beach

p5Spotted wild kangaroos along the way

Finally time for lunch. The Deck Cafe is famous for its beautiful scenery. Watch the boats, the birdlife, and sit back and relax and watch life go by. It is located in the beautiful American River, right on the wharf. Serving locally caught King George Whiting and many other fresh and delicious foods.

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p7Fish Burger

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We were super full from our lunch but we could not resist some fresh oysters.

p9The Oyster Farm Shop is just round the corner of The Deck Cafe.

p10I had a dozen of fresh oysters by myself. It was seriously good!

We continued our journey after the super heavy lunch. Next stop, Clifford’s Honey Farm

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Clifford’s Honey Farm not only sell honey but also interesting honey byproducts like honey beer. The farm is also famous for their honey ice cream which the baby enjoyed it more than the adults.

Moving on, we went to Kangaroo Island Spirits.

p12Not sure what to expect from the entrance

It was getting dark after having a few drinks at KI Spirits so we headed back to our accommodation. Did I mention that it was our friend’s birthday? We had one of the most luxurious dinner for the trip.

p13Mussels from the Oyster Farm Shop cooked in white wine

p14Happy Birthday HL!

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