By Katie Crouch
“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
Wild, untamed, beautifully unrefined ~ the kind of place where all notions of materialism, urban chaos and urgency escape the realm of your mind… where at the forefront of your thought is breathing in the now, soaking in these divinely perfect moments in time.
A place where Mother Nature reigns supreme ~ dry desert heat encapsulates the summer months, and bone chilling winters creep from the Antarctic that grounds below.
There are no mega malls, no fast food chains, no giant supermarkets. Billboards are non-existent. Stepping on to the island is like taking a step back in time ~ a step back to a lush and primitive moment before ‘progress’ happened.
As the name suggests, Kangaroo Island is awash with wild animals. Tammar wallabies, koalas, goannas, fur seals, dolphins, migrating whales ~ and the luxuriously chocolate-brown furred Kangaroo Island Kangaroo, a native subspecies that dominates wilderness areas and backyards alike.
Dirt roads, lead you on journeys in and out of beautiful landscapes ~ desert, farmland and coastal dunes merge harmoniously to create a sight only decipherable by the soul. Wildflowers, line the long and dusty roads, appearing as though planted purposefully to create a border of sprawling stardust.
Locals offer wine, cheese, organic honey and botanical gin ~ unique and acclaimed products which reveal the alluring and bountiful produce of the isolated environment ~ each imbued with a story of heritage, and destiny.
It feels almost shameful arriving at one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches to find not another soul ~ only sand, sea and deep serenity, in all directions. Though swimming in this part of the island is somewhat unadvised, with sharks seen venturing close by only days ago, then floating toe-deep in the turquoise blue, it’s hard to imagine how life had ever seemed so complicated.
Writing of the island flows so naturally, though I’m not sure whether words can define the feeling that drowns you after settling in to this transformative place ~ but I dream that these words may inspire you to venture to the edge of the Southern Ocean, to experience the wild for yourself.