Training For The Sydney Marathon

As part of our training for the Sydney Marathon (Blackmores Sydney Running Festival) taking place on September 16th, we participated in the Boston Bay Wines Half Marathon organized by Port Lincoln Triathlon Club. This race which starts and finishes at Boston Bay Wines is, beyond the sporting event, an original way to discover the bay of Port Lincoln, one of the world's largest protected natural harbours, on the southern tip of Eyre Peninsula. Friendly atmosphere, setting new personal bests over the distance, views of the ocean all followed by a pasta party at the Boston Bay Wines restaurant: a challenging and successful day!

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Port Lincoln Triathlon Club.

Somewhat Surreal On A Salt Lake

The Australian Outback is full of surprises, some of which we have presented to you recently in Coober Pedy and William Creek. Today we discover a new natural wonder. Towards the Eyre Peninsula, we walked on a salt lake. Yes, on! Lake Hart is located along the highway between Coober Pedy and Port Augusta. Like most of the salt lakes of the region, it is dry, covered with a crust of salt of ten centimeters thick. Of course the most famous, also the largest in Australia, is Lake Eyre. It is not necessarily easy to access though (only by plane or 4WD), and might be out of reach for some budgets. However if you have the opportunity to experience the beauty of a salt lake like Lake Hart, you must stop. You will see how walking on such a landscape is somewhat surreal. If the sky is clear and the sun is shining, the experience becomes truly spectacular. It is a fantastic backdrop for photos.

Living Underground In Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy is ideal if you are looking for a completely different experience in Australia. The most unusual part of the city lies in its underground life. Indeed, more than half the population of Coober Pedy lives underground. Even churches are buried! This is certainly something you would not find in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney. It seems to be the soldiers returning from the trenches of the First World War, who imported this idea. The miners of Coober Pedy then promptly adopted this concept to protect themselves from extreme summer and winter temperatures. Underground, the temperature remains constant at around 24 ° C, regardless of outside temperature. We could not visit Coober Pedy without spending a few nights underground. So we tried the Bedrock hostel. This establishment was founded by Faye Nayler, a legend of Coober Pedy, who was the first to offer underground accommodation to tourists. It is ideally located in the heart of Coober Pedy, adjacent to the Opal Cave showroom. You cannot miss it, it is in the huge parking lot that hosts a memorable Mad Max relic. Small kitchen, shower, this is basic for a backpacker but it is more than enough for this initiation! To extend the experience, do not forget to visit Faye's Historic Underground Home & Mine.

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iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Opal Cave.

The Wonders Of Nature In Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy is not all about opal mining. Nature also reserves some wonders. Among them, the colourful landscapes of the Breakaways are located thirty kilometers north of the town. Throughout the day, the sun changes the colors of this arid zone. The best time of the day to explore them is probably at sunset. Two lookouts offer the best views of this area which is a surreal paradise for photographers and filmmakers! The town is scattered with left behind props from movies that have been filmed there such as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Red Planet, Pitch Black and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. The loop back to Coober Pedy takes you along parts of the Dog Fence through a lunar landscape, otherwise known as the 'moon plain'  is impressive and not to be missed.

Coober Pedy: Opal Capital Of The World

In the early twentieth century, a father and his son (Jim and William Hutchison), desperately hurled themselves into the desert of South Australia, over 800 kilometres northwest of Adelaide, in search of gold. After an successful attempt resulting in no gold and no water, they discovered opal and certainly never suspected that nearly 100 years later, the camp they had set up would become a city. Coober Pedy today has became the opal capital of the world. It produces three quarters of the world's opals. A bit like Las Vegas rising like a mirage in the Mojave Desert, it is very surprising to see so much activity in the middle of nowhere. The city is surrounded by a moonscape dotted with mounds of debris from mining activities. Winner of the 2011 South Australia's Best Tourist Attractions award, a visit to Old Timers Mine is a must do! This original opal mine, dug in 1916, has been converted into a museum. Put on a helmet and go underground! This is a great way to travel in time and finding out under what conditions the miners and their families worked and lived underground in the hope of striking it rich. Clearly there is no room for boredom in the desert with all these unusual discoveries (see our photos of William Creek and the Dog Fence).

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Old Timers Mine.

The Dog Fence: The World's Longest Fence

Here is another unusual eyecatcher in the desert that we just had to photograph after our stop at William Creek. The Dog Fence extends from Surfers Paradise's surroundings in Queensland to the coast of South Australia. Extending for over 5,000 kilometers, it is one of the longest structures in the world and the world's longest fence. It is intended to protect flocks of sheep on the southern side of the fence from being attacked by dingoes, the wild dogs of Australia from the north. For more information, the Wikipedia page dedicated to the fence is quite comprehensive.

Unique Stopover In The Desert

In the desert, at no surprise to anyone, it is a vastness of nothing. So, we are somewhere in South Australia in the middle of nowhere, far from Adelaide, on the famous Oodnadatta Track. All of the Outback is occupied by the void ... All? No! A small town of indomitable Australians maintain their mark within the nothingness. With a permanent population estimated at between three and ten people, William Creek is the smallest "city" of Australia. Ironically, it is located on Anna Creek Station, the world's biggest working cattle station: 23,777 sq km (larger than Israel!). If we are talking about William Creek it is because you must go there once in your lifetime to visit the William Creek Hotel. Dating from 1887, this bar, hotel, camping, restaurant, gas station, made ​​of timber and corrugated iron is a legend. Inside it is like a giant visitor's book decorated with business cards, words scrawled on bank notes, caps and other random pieces of memorabilia left by its visitors. The atmosphere is very warm. The restaurant serves hearty food of the Outback. Unique experience guaranteed!
William Creek has its own airport, departure point for scenic flights over Lake Eyre. To follow our trip in the desert, visit our facebook page where more photos await you.

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of William Creek Hotel.

Staying Among Australian Aborigines

Staying amongst an Indigenous Australian community is something we have wanted to do since the beginning of our project. It became a reality in the Flinders Ranges at the Aboriginal community of Iga Warta. What an amazing experience it was! We were welcomed with open arms by the extremely friendly, warm and open hearted people of Iga Warta. It was as if we were part of the family. Gathered around the fire, we were treated to a special feast of kangaroo and emu which had been cooked using the traditional method handed down from their ancestors. Whether for a few hours or few days, we strongly recommend a visit to Iga Warta. This is a unique opportunity to understand more about Aboriginal culture and lifestyle. On site, various educational activities and accommodation options are available. Not to be missed!

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Iga Warta.

Experiencing The Outback Life

Today we take you to the western Flinders Ranges, where the mountains meet the desert to live our first real Outback experience. We spent a few days at Beltana Station, a fully working sheep and cattle station located on a property of more than... 400,000 acres! If Beltana Station was a sovereign state, it would rank just after Mauritius in the list of countries and dependencies by area. We can tell you that it is huge and that you will never be disturbed by the neighbours! The place is rich in history with most of its stone buildings dating from the nineteenth century. The farm was also the starting point for various expeditions including one made ​​famous by Ernest Giles in 1875. It is also in Beltana that Thomas Elder imported some of the first camels to arrive in South Australia. Among the many activities offered on site today, it is still possible to participate in a safari of several days with these magnificent creatures. A 4WD tour is also a must. From the summit of Mount Deception, which does not deserve its name, the view over the plains is breathtaking. Beltana Station offers a variety of accommodation options to meet different travelers needs ranging from camping to private rooms in the Shearers' Quarters historical buildings to the Overseer's Cottage. Whether for a weekend or long holidays on the farm, Beltana Station is a destination that will immerse you in the heart of the Australian Outback and will allow you to reconnect with the deepest human values​​. For those looking to work in Australia, make sure to contact Laura and Graham. They might have something to offer. We fell in love!

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Beltana Station.

Tours And Activities In The Flinders Ranges

The Flinders Ranges are a destination of choice in South Australia. A five-hour drive north of Adelaide and you arrive at Wilpena Pound, the giant natural amphitheater, which is marked with various hiking trails from Rawnsley Park Station where you can also stay and eat. It is also possible to take a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound or you can opt for the hot air balloon experience. In all cases, the view is sensational! To get the most out of your stay in the region, we recommend joining a guided Four Wheel Drive Tour. Supervised by experienced local guides, it is a great way to explore every corner of the Flinders Ranges National Park. Rawnsley Park Station has a various range of different tour options on offer including 4WD Tours, guided bushwalking and mountain bike hire. Bookings for scenic flights can be made through Rawnsley Park Station too.

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Rawnsley Park Station.

Australian Cuisine Of The Outback In The Flinders Ranges

The Flinders Ranges as a backdrop. A rustic barn. Steaks on the menu. No doubt, you have just entered The Woolshed Restaurant at Rawnsley Park Station. The atmosphere is warm and leaves a good first impression of the Australian outback. It is for good reason that this is one of the best restaurants in the area. The impressive collection of awards at the restaurant entrance attests to this. The dishes are a rich mixture of local cuisine and modern Australian cuisine. A highlight of the menu: all desserts are homemade! Do not miss the sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce and double cream. Tested and approved by iPhoneography Oz!

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of The Woolshed Restaurant.

Luxury Accommodation In The Flinders Ranges

The most famous place in the Flinders Ranges is probably Wilpena Pound. At the foot of this majestic natural amphitheater is Rawnsley Park Station which is a perfect base for exploring the region. Initially dedicated to sheep, this immense property of 12,000 hectares is now a multiple South Australian Tourism Awards award-wining resort. It offers various accommodation options, including camping opportunities. However we stayed in their signature luxury eco-villas. Designed to blend perfectly into the environment, these modern cottages are the ultimate in luxury accommodation in the heart of the Flinders Ranges. They offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the highlight experience is the presence of a retractable roof in the bedrooms where you can admire the stars before you drift off to sleep! On-site adventure opportunities, whether in 4WD (Arkapena Tracks Self Drive), bush walking or mountain biking, are numerous and will keep you busy for days. We love it!

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Rawnsley Park Station.

Discovering The Flinders Ranges And The Outback

We will drive through the Flinders Ranges and the Outback in the coming days. It is where you can discover the real Australia. This is also where you can find some of the oldest landscapes on earth. And this is where you can find properties larger than some European countries (the advantage is that you will never disturb your neighbors who are hundreds of kilometres away!). A great way to understand these spectacular regions before visiting them is to go to Wadlata Outback Centre. It is located in Port Augusta on the way to the Flinders Ranges and the Outback, three hours north of Adelaide. It reveals how the region has evolved over millions of years in geological terms, but also explains the Aboriginal legends and stories of European explorers and settlers. You learn a lot while visiting this multiple award-wining tourist attraction. We recommend it!

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Wadlata Outback Centre.

Unusual Hotel On The Way To The Flinders Ranges

On the way to the Flinders Ranges, which we will discuss in the coming days, we found a hotel among the most unusual of the world: North Star Hotel. This hotel restaurant is located in the heart of the charming town of Melrose, a great place to explore the scenic gorges of Mount Remarkable National Park. The hotel has four ensuite hotel rooms, two cottages and two ... trucks! Yes, you read correctly. So we literally slept in the back of a truck! Very novel. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of this accommodation. It might look rustic from outside but the inside allows you to access all the comforts of a traditional hotel room with bathroom, heating and even a small kitchenette to prepare breakfast. Is this the representation of an ideal romantic weekend for an Australian from the outback? Not sure. They might not be high end luxury hotel rooms but these boutique hotel trucks are perfect for a rustic country style getaway. We certainly urge you to consider spending at least one night during a visit to this region in South Australia.

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of North Star Hotel.

Marion Bay And Its Gems

Marion Bay is the last town at the end of the Yorke Peninsula before entering the Innes National Park. We should also mention locality because out of season, Marion Bay is very quiet. The isolation is what gives it its charm though. There are many places in Australia where the environment is preserved. Marion Bay is one of them. Its beach is absolutely beautiful. In good weather it is even possible to see Kangaroo Island off the coast. Locals are very proud of their town, this peaceful paradise for fishermen, and it is in their hearts to keep it well away from any urbanization for as long as possible. Lovers of fine food, during a visit to the region, be sure to stop at the Marion Bay Tavern. This unpretentious restaurant serves excellent innovative cuisine. The portions are very generous and composed of fresh produce. Marion Bay Tavern is famous for its wood-fired pizzas but make sure you also try its seafood. Purely delightful, sea view dining!

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Marion Bay Tavern.

The Best Of Nature On The Yorke Peninsula

Innes National Park is located on the southern tip of the Yorke Peninsula. This is certainly where you will find the most spectacular coastlines in the region. This is a great place for hiking, bird watching and photography. But like the rest of the peninsula, it is also a place steeped in history. Do not miss: Inneston Historic Walk through the ghost town of Inneston which will take you back to the early twentieth century, the Investigator Strait Shipwreck Trail where you will come across the remains of dozens of shipwrecked storm victims littering the beaches of the park.

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources - South Australian Government.

Discovering The Yorke Peninsula

The Yorke Peninsula, west of Adelaide, is a world apart. An almost remote destination with small pockets of civilization surrounded by nature. At the heart of the land is an agricultural community. It is also possible to visit some of the farms. Along the coast there is a mixture of dramatic cliffs, beautiful beaches and some world class surfing spots. The Yorke Peninsula is also popular with fishermen who travel there from all over South Australia to catch Blue Swimmer Crabs, Southern Salmon and Southern Rock Lobster. But a visit to the region is also an opportunity to delve into history by visiting the Copper Coast which is formed by the towns of Moonta, Kadina and Wallaroo. There are remains of copper mining from the nineteenth century, so well preserved that some are real treasures.

Luxury Accommodation In Clare Valley

Clare Valley is situated a one and a half hour drive north of Adelaide. Like the Barossa, its neighbour, the area is famous for its wines, especially Riesling. There are also several trails (Riesling Trail and Rattler Trail) which thread through the vineyards, ideal for walking, running or riding a bike. Near Clare, iPhoneography Oz found a place that has all the qualities appropriate to the region: Thorn Park by the Vines. This bed and breakfast is peacefully situated amidst vineyards in a forest of gum trees. The place seems so perfect that we do not know where to begin to praise its merits and those of its hosts, David and Michael. They are the most warm and welcoming people, paying extra special attention to the comfort of their guests. Meals cooked by David could easily be served in a gourmet restaurant. We have been won over. As for the accommodation, and without exaggeration, it is worthy of five-stars. The rooms are huge and each are equipped with a large modern bathroom. The living and dining room are decorated with pieces of art which give a classic touch to this contemporary interior. Everything is perfectly oiled. Life is good!

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Thorn Park.

Idyllic Stopover In The Heart Of The Barossa

The Barossa is much more than one of the largest wine producing regions in the world. This tourist destination is home to excellent restaurants and accommodation set amongst sumptuous landscapes. We had an overnight stay at Stonewell Cottages. These are three very charming cottages - Haven Spa Retreats, Hideaway Cottage, Cupid's Cottage - bordering a lake in the heart of a huge private vineyard. Combining rustic and modern, each is elegantly decorated and fully equipped. They also have their own spa and fireplace. There is nothing quite like this kind of comfort after a long day of wine tasting! We particularly appreciated the attention given to detail. A bottle of Stonewell wine (of exceptional taste might we add) from the property's vineyard itself, chocolates and local provisions for the breakfast: they certainly know how to host in Stone Well! To summarize briefly, Stonewell Cottages is the perfect place for luxurious relaxation and comfort close to the vineyards of the Barossa. It leaves nothing to be desired!

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Stonewell Cottages .

Barossa Vineyards: Rockford Wines

Does the Barossa Valley ring a bell? This wine region, one of the world's largest, is located one hour north of Adelaide. For 150 years the Barossa has produced quality wine which now accounts for more than 20% of Australian wine production. The oldest Shiraz vines in the world are in the region. The wines of the Barossa are often compared to those of Bordeaux (France), Napa Valley (USA) or Tuscany (Italy). During our stay we visited three vineyards.
After Henschke and Langmeil Winery, we visited Rockford Wines who invited us via twitter when we were circulating in the region. What a nice surprise! They produce quality wine using traditional winemaking methods. It is far from mass production. Therefore, there is limited stock of each wine which sells out quickly. Facilities are located in a picturesque old barn which, alone, is worth the visit. Stop and taste the wines of the vineyard and other local products. We also tasted an impressive collection of jams!

Barossa Vineyards: Langmeil Winery

Does the Barossa Valley ring a bell? This wine region, one of the world's largest, is located one hour north of Adelaide. For 150 years the Barossa has produced quality wine which now accounts for more than 20% of Australian wine production. The oldest Shiraz vines in the world are in the region. The wines of the Barossa are often compared to those of Bordeaux (France), Napa Valley (USA) or Tuscany (Italy). During our stay we visited three vineyards.
After Henschke, we head to Langmeil Winery. The small family estate is recognized internationally as one of the top producers of premium wine in Australia. It is also known for maintaining the heritage of the Barossa and for its environmental practices. The vineyard is richly steeped in history, it is here that you will find the oldest surviving Shiraz vines in the world, an amazing sight. If we add the friendly atmosphere that prevails among the staff, Langmeil Winery is definitely worth a visit during a trip to the Barossa.

Barossa Vineyards: Henschke

Does the Barossa Valley ring a bell? This wine region, one of the world's largest, is located one hour north of Adelaide. For 150 years the Barossa has produced quality wine which now accounts for more than 20% of Australian wine production. The oldest Shiraz vines in the world are in the region. The wines of the Barossa are often compared to those of Bordeaux (France), Napa Valley (USA) or Tuscany (Italy). During our stay we visited three vineyards.
The first of them, the Henschke family estate, has been producing wine since 1861. The most famous are the Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone, two iconic red wines which have been awarded nationally and internationally. The second has even been recognized three times as the best Syrah in the world by International Wine and Spirit Competition. The best way to soak up the place is to join a VIP Tour & Tasting. After visiting the heart of Hill of Grace vineyard, you can access the old buildings where wine is produced. The tour concludes with a private tasting of the best wines from the cellar. A taste experience that is thrilling enough, for the novices or the finest connoisseurs! At Henschke they are passionate and proud to produce wine of exceptional quality and as visitors we are leaving the place absolutely delighted by this discovery. The experience of Henschke wines continues on twitter. Feel free to share with the world and upload your most memorable #henschkemoment.

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Henschke.

Visit To The Home Of The Grange

A few miles east of downtown, in the Adelaide Hills, it is possible to visit the vineyards of Penfolds Magill Estate, very well known to wine lovers. Several tour options are offered, some include tasting fine wines and cheeses. It is bigger, more touristy and less intimate than a visit to Hahndorf Hill Winery. As Penfolds is home of the most awarded wine of Australia, Penfolds Grange, it is worth a visit to soak up the history and spirit of Penfolds. Coming from Hahndorf, Mount Lofty is the highest peak in the region. It offers panoramic views of Adelaide and its surrounds. We have not had the opportunity to attend, but it seems that one can admire the best sunset in Adelaide from the summit.

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Penfolds Magill Estate.

Divine Taste Experience In Adelaide Hills

Adelaide Hills are located about twenty minutes away from Adelaide city centre. Even if it is only for a day trip this short drive allows you to experience the stunning contrast of the city life. The region is home to orchards and vineyards and numerous picturesque villages including the charming Hahndorf made ​​famous by the artist Hans Heysen. It is absolutely imperative to stop at Hahndorf Hill Winery. Here is why: every day they propose ChocoVino, a divine taste experience. This is a tasting of some of the world's best chocolate (including Amedei Chuao which is regarded as THE best in the world) matched to the vineyard wines, all in an exceptional setting. The true decadence of this experience lies in the authentic and unique delivery of the tasting. You will learn that chocolate is not eaten, but savored. Undoubtedly ChocoVino at Hahndorf Hill Winery is one of our best foodies experiences since the beginning of this adventure! It is for no other reason than excellence that the vineyard is rated one of the Top 10 cellar doors in Australia by Wine Business Magazine and the ChocoVino experience was listed in CNN's 10 Global Adventures for chocoholics.

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Hahndorf Hill Winery.

Adelaide: Australia's Capital of Culture

Adelaide is regarded as Australia's capital of culture. It is a city of festivals which also hosts many international sporting events each year. Downtown, in the district of North Terrace, the architectural legacy of the first settlers in 1836 is well preserved, which gives an elegant aspect to the city. It is there that Adelaide's various cultural institutions are grouped. We had the opportunity to visit the Art Gallery of South Australia. This gallery, founded in 1881, houses some of Australia's greatest art collections in one of the most beautiful buildings of the city. It has a collection of 38,000 works (paintings, sculptures, photographs, etc.) from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia of course (including one of the largest collections of Aboriginal art). Until August 5, the Art Gallery of South Australia is hosting two exhibitions related to the colonization of South Australia:

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Art Gallery of South Australia.

Adelaide: Like A Good Glass Of Wine

Adelaide is so charming that you almost forget that it is a capital, that of South Australia in this case. The city is not very big, just a few more than 1 million inhabitants. However its parks and gardens, wide avenues and numerous restaurants, are all elements that offer its citizens a relaxed atmosphere. The city centre is just a few kilometres away from the beach and an hour's drive from the vineyards of McLaren Vale and Barossa. Adelaide is the hub of South Australia's booming wine industry. It hosts the National Wine Centre in a modern building with impressive architecture. As well as being used extensively as a conference centre, it also hosts the Wine Discovery Journey, an interactive exhibition where the public can learn more about the history and winemaking. This is an excellent starting point before visiting the vineyards of the area. But the real treasure of the centre, visible from the lobby, is located in the basement: the cellar. Housing up to 38,000 bottles, it is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere! Different class programs and tastings are also offered on site.

Outdoor Action On Kangaroo Island

Are you looking for some action on Kangaroo Island? Go to Vivonne Bay on the south coast of the island! Whether it is for quad biking in the bush, sandboarding on the slopes of Little Sahara or kayaking on Harriet River, Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action certainly has the solution to give you an adrenaline rush. We tried the quad. Wow! Thrills guaranteed!  It is a totally different way to experience the wilds of the island, non-stop fun and adventure. During the two hours of our tour, we were able to access remote locations whilst coming across kangaroos, echidnas and even a koala. It is highly recommended! Check the different packages offered by Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action and share your experience with us!

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action.

Staying At The Most Beautiful Beach In Australia

From secluded bays to long stretches of pristine white sand framed by cliffs Kangaroo Island has a huge collection of beaches. At Vivonne Bay, this piece of paradise harbors the once proclaimed most beautiful beach in Australia according to a study from the University of Sydney. This is quite a claim when you consider that the country has over 10,000! And iPhoneography Oz has discovered a place to admire this spectacular beach with turquoise waters from every morning: Koopalanda Dreaming. Along with another three, this villa is located directly above the bay. It is large enough to accommodate up to six people and has a fully equipped kitchen. You can even bake your own bread, a nice touch from the owners! In this picturesque place hidden away from civilization, there is limited telephone network and internet reception but there is satellite TV, which is very valuable in bad weather! Do not forget to turn the spotlight on after sunset for a view of the wallabies at the back of the house.

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Koopalanda Dreaming.

Must-See Natural Wonders On Kangaroo Island

There is probably no place in Australia, other than Kangaroo Island, where you can get so close to wildlife in their natural environment. More than a third of the island is protected, allowing visitors access to a world-class natural experience. It is possible to travel the island with your own vehicle or by joining a guided tour. Here are 3 Must-See Natural Wonders on Kangaroo Island:
  • Flinders Chase National Park: this huge park of 33,000 hectares is located in the far west of the island. Do not miss the two rock formations of Remarkable Rocks and Admirable Arch where seals basking in the sun abound. With its wildlife and its many hiking trails, the park is the perfect destination for nature lovers. During our visit we were lucky enough to see a whale breaching over a dozen times!
  • Kelly Hill Conservation Park: this park hosts a beautiful cave system discovered in 1881. The caves are accessible via guided tours throughout the day. Inside, they are lit using fibre-optic white light technology so you can admire the stunning colors of the walls. For an experience perhaps even more memorable, book an Adventure Caving Tour.
  • Seal Bay: this beach hosts one of the largest colonies of sea lions in Australia. Several tour options are available. Accompanied by a guide, it is possible to walk on the beach and get very close to the animals. It is impossible to remain indifferent to the charm of these adorable little creatures. An experience that will not be forgotten anytime soon!

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources - South Australian Government.

Somewhere In Paradise On Kangaroo Island

LifeTime Private Retreats is a dream location! A place, almost secret, hidden on the north coast of Kangaroo Island. A place engulfed in the best that Australian nature has to offer. An secluded place where you can dominate an out of sight ocean. LifeTime Private Retreats comprise of three luxury homes (Sky, Stone, Cliff) located in Middle River. Each of them have an identity of their own. iPhoneography Oz had the pleasure of staying in The Cliff House, a gorgeous villa perched on a cliff overlooking Snelling Beach. The house has two traditional bedrooms and a third located in a tower with panoramic windows directly overlooking the sea. Inside, the decor is modern and very tasteful. The huge picture window in the living room offers incredible views in addition filling the house with natural light at all times. Outside, the cliff-edge jacuzzi is the icing on the cake. Urban life has never seemed so insignificant. Happiness on a silver platter!

Just so you can see the magic of this retreat for yourself, we make one exception to iPhoneography Oz's concept by offering you this video:

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of LifeTime Private Retreats.

Where To See Wildlife On Kangaroo Island?

We have been told that Kangaroo Island was perhaps one of the most incredible places in the world to see wildlife in its natural environment. Since our arrival, except a few wallabies in Penneshaw, we have not seen that much. Feeling a little disheartened, we joined Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours for a full day guided tour of the island. Our opinion was instantly changed: glossy black cockatoos, echidnas, wedge-tailed eagles and wallabies were just a start. Indeed, we can confirm, Kangaroo Island is home to an abundance of accessible wildlife. For the first time since the birth of iPhoneography Oz, we also spotted koalas in the wild. In Lathami Conservation Park on the north coast, we were able to get very close to wild kangaroos with some females nursing their joey in their pouch. Also a first! Our guide, a native of the island, masters her subject and makes the experience unforgettable. During our visit we also went to the dunes of Little Sahara in Vivonne Bay and the Parndana Wildlife Park. The tour, which runs from 9am to 6pm, may seem long at first, but rest assured, Kangaroo Island offers such a variety of incredible landscapes that you never notice the time passing. You are amazed and you want more! Note that a hearty lunch is included. Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours is an excellent opportunity not to miss the richness of Kangaroo Island!

iPhoneography Oz was a guest of Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours.