Holding rank as the second National Park in South Australia, Flinders Chase is a prime example of the natural beauty Kangaroo Island is famous for. Dominating the island’s west at around the size of Singapore, this vast expanse of breathtaking scenery is a visual feast for those keen to explore within its bounds.
The pioneer cottages and cafe at the Rocky River visitor centre offer a convenient base for you to start your excursion, launching an extensive network of boardwalks and marked walking trails across the park towards the craggy coastline, windswept headlands and outlying seascapes.
Remark at the Remarkable Rocks; Admire the Admirals Arch
Flinders Chase National Park is home to two of the island’s most iconic natural landmarks. Juxtaposed against lush landscapes, the dome-shaped Remarkable Rocks date back some 500-million years, sculpted out of granite by the wind and sea. The Admirals Arch around the coast at Cape du Couedic is a brilliant sweep of sheltered cliff face, which offers a perfect vantage point for wildlife watching.
The park is a hotbed of wildlife activity. Brown and fur seals bask and frolic on the rocks surrounding Admirals Arch and never failing to entertain a crowd, sharing the park with other Australian fauna including possums, wallabies, echidna, platypus and colourful birdlife.
Look out for signage around the park highlighting the history and significance of the site all the way out to the Cape du Couedic lighthouse and the historic Weirs Cove, with plenty of spots for picnicking and camping in between.