My Ode to Kangaroo Island

Marcia Frost
The World Awaits
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5 min readFeb 26, 2020

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Writer Marcia Frost on Emu Bay on Kangaroo Island, Australia, January 2011.

Facebook reminded me this week that I was on Kangaroo Island exactly nine years ago, on my first ever trip to Australia. I don’t really need reminding as my living room is filled with some of the beautiful photographs I took there. But, it’s not quite the same place anymore.

The fires in Australia hit especially hard this year. I was sad as I heard about what it was doing to the country and the wildlife, but when I heard that the fires were also on Kangaroo Island, it stopped me dead in my tracks. It’s hard to describe everything about this magical spot that will always remain a most special place in my heart.

I remember stepping off the plane from Adelaide to Kingscote on Kangaroo Island. The tourism board had set me up with a private guide through Exceptional Kangaroo Island to help me gather what I needed for my stories while there.

Rob was there waiting for me and asked what I wanted to see most while I was there and I said, “a beach.”

He said, “That’s not a problem, we have 50 of them.”

Jaom is one of the 50 beaches on Kangaroo Island. Photo by Marcia Frost.

He told me that most people come here to see the wildlife. I told him I wanted that too, but I had been in Australia for nearly two weeks and had yet to see a beach.

It turned out it wasn’t difficult to see wildlife on Kangaroo Island without trying. They were everywhere. The middle of the island was a habitat for marsupials, while the outskirts were filled with those who loved the waters. Koalas hung from the trees, kangaroos jumped across the roads and the fields, and wallabies were enjoying the grass between them.

A koala in a gum tree on Kangaroo Island. Photo by Marcia Frost.

In fact, it was just outside of the airport that I saw my first Kangaroo Island koala, sleeping in a River Red Gum Tree.

These are the trees that we heard were recently burned to the ground across this paradise. I remember casually thinking how cute those koalas were in these gum trees, never imagining that this could become a wasteland of injured and dead marsupials…

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Marcia Frost
The World Awaits

A lifestyle journalist forced to slow down sports, travel, health, music & food coverage when chronic illness changed her life & career. Linktr.ee/MarciaFrost