26 Jan Wildlife Caretaker – One Month on the Job
Wow, time flies. I think this experience is going to go by all too quickly. The last 30 days have been amazing, truly a crazy jam packed travel itinerary full of wonderful people and incredible experiences. From Kangaroo Island to the Eyre Peninsula and the amazing coastline of South Australia, the last month has been a full on introduction to my role as Wildlife Caretaker and one I have enjoyed immensely.
As soon as I arrived in Adelaide I was shipped off to Kangaroo Island to begin the first 18 day stint of the Wildlife Caretaker role. It was an amazing opportunity to dig my feet in and really get a better perspective of how I was going to go about tackling the requirements of the Best Job in the World. I have set certain goals for myself and created somewhat of a schedule to begin working at achieving these goals. The idea is to produce narrative blog posts, photos, and videos all shared through this site then channelled through what we all know and love as social media with the overall goal being that the content shared helps to grow tourism and travel within South Australia.With that being said, the first month was full on with me being able to create and share hundreds of photos, six How To South Australia updates, two destination videos (one will go live next week), and two narrative blog updates. I am setting the bar high and want to challenge myself during this opportunity. The more incredible South Australian content we can create and share, the better.
From Kangaroo Island I flew directly to Port Lincoln and spent the first few weeks of January exploring the Eyre Peninsula. What an incredible destination. Seriously, this place is well worth a visit. It is now my go to answer for people asking what has surprised me the most thus far. It is the absolute remoteness of the far western beaches of the peninsula. Places like Lockswell and Blacks and Streaky and Venus and Sheringa and so on and so on and so on. If you rock up to a beach on the Eyre and someone is on it, you just go to the next one. Not that we don’t like socializing, it’s just how it is out here. You can have a world class 5km white sand beach completely to yourself!!Exploring the Eyre has definitely been a highlight thus far of the Wildlife Caretaker position. I have been lucky to have been introduced to this area of South Australia so early on in the Best Jobs gig and am already itching to go back. There is a ton of natural sweeping landscapes just waiting to be seen. There are Kangaroos and Dolphins and Sea Lions and a whole bunch of other endemic Australian animals roaming wild in this pristine and perfectly adapted ecosystem. The coast line is rugged and dotted with hidden gems that need only to be found by the person searching in the right place.
The first month has absolutely flown by as I figured it would, yet by staying on top of these updates and keeping my priorities straight I can share the very best of this experience with you, and be able to look back at it years from now and smile. Life is meant to be enjoyed and travelling South Australia, being introduced to wonderful people with genuine care, photographing and learning about such beautiful wildlife, and being an active part of growing a sustainable future for tourism in this state has been an incredible experience thus far and one I will continue to pursue throughout the remainder of this contract.
Big shout to all on this perfect sunny day in Adelaide, South Australia!!