We were approached by our friends at Down Under Answers in Seattle to see if we were able to host an Intern for the summer and were able to do so. We asked Grace to write a blog covering some of her experiences – this is her summary.
University: San Diego State University
Major: Hospitality & Tourism Management (emphasis in meetings & events)
This year for my summer holiday I got the opportunity to travel to Kangaroo Island and intern with Exceptional Kangaroo Island. I recently had the chance to go on two tours and get a better feel for the end product EKI assembles, along with further exploring the island. The first tour I went on was Flinders Chase Focus, which highlights Cape du Couedic and the fur seal population, along with Admirals Arch and the Remarkable Rocks. The rocks definitely live up to their name, but one of the most remarkable parts of this tour was the lunch site. Our lunch was set up on a cliff over looking the ocean and overall it was one of the most incredible views I have ever seen. While we drive to each location we make occasional stops to look at the wildlife, and we spotted lots of koalas, echidnas, wallabies, and kangaroos. The guides also provide a ton of knowledge about the island and everything it has to offer. Towards the end of the day we drove through a private paddock while the afternoon sun created a perfect setting to view the kangaroos lounging and grazing peacefully as we drove through. At sunset we had our last stop of the day at Vivonne Bay.
The combination of clouds, sunset, and crystal clear water made for a scene that looked like a painting, and it was a wonderful end to my first day of touring the island. The next day I was headed off on the Island Life tour where we explored different parts of the island, including Seal Bay and a secluded white sand beach. Lunch was prepared at a picnic site in the bush with delicious local food and wine. We finished off our day walking through a wildlife reserve and watching a remarkably colorful sunset through the trees. Throughout my days touring I learned how lucky I was to be on the island during winter because the sceneries are absolutely amazing and even though it gets a little cold, it is worth seeing all the different landscapes at their finest. Also, I learned that the creatures I was most afraid of seeing, mainly the snakes, don’t generally make an appearance in the winter (knock on wood). Exceptional Kangaroo Island’s motto, good food, good wine and wildlife in the wild, could not be more true and I was fortunate enough to experience this first hand.