Travelling with kids (and babies)
Hello Kangaroo Island wildlife sanctuary and 2nd pregnancy trimester! What better way to spend it than booking tickets to Australia and dedicate a couple of weeks to kangaroos and koalas? That was my reasoning early 2013 and below some notes & pictures from my time spent at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
Not many will be surprised to hear I fell in love in Australia. Precisely at Kangaroo Island wildlife sanctuary, Hanson Bay I fell in love with the kangaroos. Rufus, aged 1, was my Ozzie crush: gentle, curious, cute, loving and occasionally cheeky. The kangaroo mums were next and feeding them most of the evenings was such a treat: little paws grabbing and hugging, little tongues cleaning the wheat and the pellets from my hands.
Koalas were quite a different story. Whilst looking so huggable and sweet, once you get to spend some time, you get to know their sleepy habits and solitary nature. Always cool to spot them in the eucalyptus tree, in funny postures – but bear in mind the claws before trying to cuddle! At evenings and night have also discovered their incredibly bizarre mating habits : strange groans and rape like rituals to be more specific !?!
The wildlife at Hanson Bay was at the best I’ve seen: shy and lunatic wallabies with the exceptional cheeky guy playing hide & seek when it comes to the food storage rooms; quick goannas; possums sleeping all day and crunching salad at night; the slow and spiky echidnas, hiding their noses in the dust; the wild grey geese with their beautiful bright yellow marks; the cheerful magpies; graceful galas and colourful rosellas.
And south of the island we also had the most beautiful encounter swimming with wild dolphins for over an hour: playful, big, quick and graceful. A very special place in my heart and prime position for snorkeling with wild dolphins – my favourite collection of places in here.
The stars at Kangaroo Island wildlife sanctuary come out shy at first, slowly getting bigger and brighter – the brightest and biggest I’ve ever seen. The Milky Way is there, then galaxies and foggy constellations. Night noises of the wildlife sanctuary delicate in the background: possums and wallabies munching, koalas groaning , the wild geese and little birds singing .
Took about 10 days to miss the city life; eventually one evening sprang into my mind for the first time in a while as perfect night for bubbles, stargazing and small philosophy (or non-sense). Magritte skies, night gently falling over the eucalyptus trees and bushes and finally bringing some relief to 36 degrees Celsius burning day.
Missing this magic place! Kangaroo island, we will be back!