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October - Flinders Chase National Park

We're celebrating the centenary of Flinders Chase National Park this October and your invited to join in the fun.

Located at the western end of Kangaroo Island, this park conserves a vast area of rugged wilderness and is the home to the world-famous geological landmarks -  Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. The park is a haven for native wildlife such as wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, platypus, echidnas, birds and reptiles and has brilliant displays of spring wildflowers.

There is so much to see and do with numerous walking trails, wild beaches and two lighthouses waiting to be explored. If you're looking a true wilderness experience the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is a must. 

Get involved with heaps of free events and activities happening throughout October.

Each month we feature a different park as Park of the Month, find out what’s happening throughout the year and learn how to host your own event.

What's On

Half price camping

Date and time:  

1 October - 31 October

About/information:     

Enjoy half price camping in Flinders Chase National Park for the month of October in celebration of 100 years of Flinders Chase and Park of the Month.

Discount applies to the following campgrounds

Bookings:  Book your campsite online or visit one of our booking agents

Parkapiki competition - Win a 12 month vehicle entry parks pass

Visit Flinders Chase National Park during September for your chance to win a 12 month vehicle entry for multiple park pass.

Our friends at Parkapiki have used GPS technology to create a virtual boundary around the park. All you need to do is visit Flinders Chase National Park during October and when you’re there, open the competition page on your smart-phone or tablet, fill in the form and leave a creative comment about the park.

Don't worry if your out of mobile coverage, you can enter the competition by loading a digital photo you've taken in the park when you're back in range.

Ranger Pop-up at the Arch

Date and time:  

Monday 7 October, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The experience:    

Join Flinders Chase rangers at the Admirals Arch boardwalk and discover the history of the early pioneering lighthouse keepers, the disastrous shipwrecks, and the resident fur seal population. Rangers will also have Virtual Reality Goggles and immersive displays using underwater video cameras.

This event is suitable for all ages and all fitness types.

Please note that the event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or if the day is declared a Total Fire Ban.       

What to bring:    

  • waterproof jacket
  • sturdy shoes
  • warm, long-sleeved top for stops or if the weather is cool
  • sun hat
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen and insect repellent
  • binoculars

Meeting point: Admirals Arch Boardwalk 

Bookings: This event is FREE Park entry passes. Bookings are not required.

Ranger guided kids' activities - Play with clay!

Date and time: 

Wednesday 9 October, 11:00am – 12:30pm 

The experience:

Join National Parks and Wildlife Service rangers for a fun-filled morning of adventure! Rangers will guide children through making their own Australian animals from clay and help decorate them using gum nuts, sticks and leaves…. so be ready to get creative!

Please note that the event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or if the day is declared a Total Fire Ban.                                   

This event is for children of all ages.

What to bring:    

  • Old clothes
  • sun hat
  • sunscreen and insect repellent
  • minimum 1 litre of water

Meeting point: Flinders Chase Visitor Centre 

Bookings: This event is FREE with Park entry passes. Bookings are essential.

Ranger-guided kids’ activities – On the paper trail… 

Date and time:

Thursday 10 October, 11:00am – 12:30pm 

The experience:

Join National Parks and Wildlife Service Rangers for a morning of creating your own ranger badge, nature journaling, tracing the Aussie bush, and imagining your own species of Australian animal.

Pease note that the event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or if the day is declared a Total Fire Ban. 

This event is aimed at children of all ages.                                                                                              

What to bring:    

  • old clothes
  • sun hat
  • sunscreen and insect repellent
  • minimum 1 litre of water 

Meeting point: Flinders Chase Visitor Centre

Bookings: This event is FREE with Park entry passes. Bookings are essential

Ranger guided nocturnal platypus tour

Date and time: 

Thursday 10 October, 6:30 pm - 8:30pm

The experience:

Kangaroo Island’s native wildlife are more active around the twilight hours and after dark. So why not join National Parks and Wildlife Service rangers on a night exploration of the bush? Possums, wallabies, platypus, kangaroos, and koalas are some of the animals you may see on this interactive nocturnal tour along the Platypus Waterholes Walk.

Please note that the event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or if the day is declared a Total Fire Ban.                                    

This event involves an easy walk along the Platypus Waterholes Walk and minimal fitness is required.

This hike is suitable for all ages.

What to bring:    

  • waterproof jacket
  • hiking boots, preferably with ankle support
  • long, baggy trousers or shorts with long socks
  • long-sleeved light top or shirt
  • warm, long-sleeved top for stops or if the weather is cool
  • sunscreen and insect repellent

Meeting point: Flinders Chase Visitor Centre

Bookings: This event is FREE with Park entry passes. Bookings are essential.

Junior Ranger Exploration with Parenting KI 

Date and time: 

Friday 11 October, 10:00 am – 1:00pm

The experience:

Join National Parks and Wildlife Service rangers and Parenting KI for a bush discovery morning! Children will learn to explore their surroundings and learn the basics of bush exploration. There will be a sausage sizzle provided, along with snacks and fruit.

Please note that the event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or if the day is declared a Total Fire Ban.                                                                                                   

This event is for children of all ages.

What to bring:    

  • old clothes
  • sun hat
  • sunscreen and insect repellent
  • minimum 1 litre of water

Meeting point: Flinders Chase Visitor Centre 

Bookings: This event is FREE with Park entry passes. Bookings are essential

Flinders Chase Community Open Day 

Date and time: 

Saturday 12 October, 10am - 2pm

Park tours will be running throughout the day 

About/information:    

Flinders Chase National Park welcomes the Kangaroo Island Community to help celebrate its 100th year anniversary. 

  • Free day entry into the park from sunrise to sunset.
  • Guided heritage tours running hourly from the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre from 10am-2pm
  • Rocky River precinct heritage accommodation walk throughs from 10am - 3pm
  • Platypus Waterholes tour 10:30am
  • Remarkable Rocks Ranger-guided tour 1:00pm
  • Kids activities.
  • 50% discount on camping rates

Meeting point: Flinders Chase Visitor Centre 

Bookings: Bookings are not required for this event.

Flinders Chase Big Night Out 

Date and time: 

Saturday 19 October, 5:00 pm - Sunday 20 October, 10am

The experience:

To celebrate the beginning of the Flinders Chase National Park Centenary Year, National Parks and Wildlife Service rangers invite the family to join our camping trip at the Rocky River campground. Enjoy a guided night walk with the rangers and some campfire snacks where rangers will share their in-depth knowledge of the park. For those early risers, there will also be a guided bird walk.

Please note that the event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or if the day is declared a Total Fire Ban.

What to bring:    

  • all your camping equipment and food

Meeting point: Rocky River Campground

Bookings: There’s no need to book for the event although camping and entry permits are required.

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