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Kangaroo Island was discovered by Matthew Flinders in 1807. He named it because of huge numbers of kangaroos they encountered. KI is about a two hour drive and a half hour ferry trip from Adelaide. You’ll need much more than a day to explore KI, it’s Australia’s third largest island. You will discover secluded beaches, jagged sea cliffs, abundant wildlife as well as a local food and wine experience that will keep the gourmet travellers amongst us satisfied.
It is my first professional photoshoot, I am very very nervous and want to do a great job. My brief was to follow a group of tourists around South Australia for a week and capture their experience.
Stop one is a dolphin encounter on KI . We strap into a speed boat and head out to sea. I am envisaging some postcard perfect shots, what a great start to my new career.
After anchoring in a small secluded cove, I notice my camera has a few splashes of water on it. I flick the on switch. Dead. I turn it off and back on. Dead. Swap batteries. Dead. My new career. Dead.
If ever there was a WTF moment this was it, while I was here I might as well make the most of it. I stripped down to my shorts, grabbed a pair of goggles and jumped in. Wow, dolphins everywhere, maybe 30 or even more. In a matter of seconds I had forgotten about my camera and just made the most of this experience.
I eventually get out and decide to look at my camera. I flick it on, it works. My new career is not dead after all. Quite the opposite, for the first time in twenty years I had found something that I love todo.
It wasn’t until recently that we had the chance to head to KI. The bushfires of 2019 devastated the tourism industry on the island. The government subsidised the ferry in an attempt to get tourists back on the island and #bookthemout, we knew this was our chance to get over to KI.
To describe our experience I have made a video. I hope you enjoy watching it.