Admirals Arch, Remarkable Rocks and Clifford’s Honey, Kangaroo Island

Instead of taking our food and wine tour with Lisa from Blue Ray Lodge, my boyfriend and I go for a leisurely 150km drive to Flinders Chase National Park to visit the Remarkable Rocks. As mentioned previously, we had done basically no research before coming to Kangaroo Island so we were both completely unaware of the existence of the Remarkable Rocks, however, after testimonials from both Lisa and another couple staying at the Lodge, we were convinced. Lisa mapped out a route for us, with our first stop the beautiful Pennington Bay.

Pennington Bay

Pennington Bay

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Blue Ray Lodge, Kangaroo Island

I have to admit that I didn’t know much about Kangaroo Island, except that it had great local produce and stunning scenery. That was enough to pique my interest, so when I saw a voucher for a two night stay at Blue Ray Lodge, including home-cooked dinner and breakfast and a half-day farm and winery tour, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to find out more about the Island. We arrived on a gloriously warm weekend in September, and after stepping onto the tarmac at Kingscote Airport, I quickly realised that my winter coat was completely unnecessary. After a quick tour of Kingscote, the largest town on the island, we headed to Blue Ray Lodge at Penneshaw to be greeted with this amazing view.

Blue Ray Lodge backyard

Blue Ray Lodge backyard

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Pure South Dining, Southbank

I’ve walked up and down the Southbank promenade a number of times but I’d never really noticed Pure South Dining. After one visit, I can tell you that I will not overlook it again. Flying in on a Friday night from Sydney, it was close to 9pm by the time we checked into our hotel in Melbourne. Feeling somewhat peckish, but not ravenous, we went in search of a quick bite to eat and fortunately stumbled upon Pure South which was round the corner from our hotel.

Pure South Dining has made a name for itself by sourcing all of its produce from Tasmania, building relationships with specialist growers and producers. Menus change regularly to reflect the seasons and availability of produce; and this attention to detail and respect for the produce is definitely reflected in the dishes served in the restaurant.

Pure South Dining

Pure South Dining

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