Love those 'roos! -- When
Captain Matthew Flinders was charting the coast of Southern Australia in
1802, he found food aplenty in these docile creatures on an island 18km
off the mainland, which had no fear of predation. In gratitude, he named
the place "Kangaroo Island," which in the context of present-day tourism sounds like
a kitschy amusement park.
Disneyland, it certainly is not. The third largest island in
Australian territory (after Tasmania and Melville Island), this is a rural
and wild region preserving several species of flora and fauna no longer
seen on the mainland: a little "Australia" for the hermit continent.