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Cape du Couedic…

by on Apr.06, 2015, under Life, Photography

Located within the Flinders Chase National Park, Cape du Couedic is located on the most south westerly point of the Kangaroo Island coast.

There are a number of fantastic things to see down at this remote tip of the island – two of them natural (Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch), and one man made – the Cape du Couedic Lighthouse.

Cape du Couedic Lighthouse

Cape du Couedic Lighthouse

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 36 mm, 1/320 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

We’d booked to stay in one of the Lighthouse Keepers cottages for five nights in this wild and remote part of the world. Down here there was no phones, no mobile reception and no TV. With three daughters who constantly rely on their mobile phones and their connectivity to the online world (and probably me included) it was going to be an interesting five days and nights 🙂

One other thing you need to know if you plan to stay here… it’s an hours drive to the nearest “corner store” (at Vivonne Bay) and even there the provisions are extremely limited and it’s also one of the closest places to buy fuel. This basically means you need to buy the bulk of your provisions at ones of the supermarkets either in Kingscote or Penneshaw on the extreme other end of the island before driving over here.

The Cape du Couedic Lighthouse was constructed between 1906–1909, it consists of a tower built from 2,000 pieces of local stone, together with three four-roomed cottages to house the head keeper and two assistants with their families. The light characteristic shows two flashes every ten seconds.

Soon after arriving and emptying our car into our cottage we went for a walk to see the lighthouse (it’s literally just a one minute walk away) and then down past that to the end of the promitory of land where Admirals Arch is.

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm, 1/640 sec at f/3.5, ISO 100

Up from Admirals

Up from Admirals

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm, 1/80 sec at f/8, ISO 100

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