9 things to see and do at Flinders Chase National Park

9 things to see and do at Flinders Chase National Park

No trip to Kan­ga­roo Island is com­plete with­out a vis­it to this icon­ic park. Try these activ­i­ties on your next trip.

From world-famous land­marks to one of Australia’s great walks, Flinders Chase Nation­al Park real­ly does have some­thing for every visitor.

Locat­ed on the west­ern end of the island, 110 kilo­me­tres from the main town of Kingscote, the rugged beau­ty of Flinders Chase will make you feel like you’re a mil­lion miles away.

Must-see sights include the icon­ic Admi­rals Arch, a beau­ti­ful nat­ur­al rock arch shaped by the pow­er­ful South­ern Ocean – and a great place for spot­ting long-nosed fur seals – or the sculp­tured gran­ite boul­ders known as Remark­able Rocks.

Stay in a his­toric light­house keeper’s cot­tage or pitch a tent in one of the park’s four seclud­ed campgrounds.

Flinders Chase is great to vis­it all year round, but win­ter is when you’ll see the whales arriv­ing, echid­nas mat­ing and maybe even the small goslings of the noisy Cape Bar­ren geese.

Fun fact: Did you know baby echid­nas are called pug­gles and kan­ga­roos, wal­la­bies and pos­sums are called joeys?

Here are 9 ways to explore Flinders Chase Nation­al Park, pre­pared for you by the park’s pas­sion­ate rangers and Nature Play SA:

  1. Ven­ture along the Wood­land Walk and spot the dif­fer­ent types of moss and lichen – run your fin­gers across them and feel their texture.

  2. Lis­ten for the thun­der­ing sounds of the South­ern Ocean and the haunt­ing calls of the bush stone-curlew or south­ern boo­book owl as you camp the night at the Rocky Riv­er Campground.

  3. Look out over the cliffs at the his­toric Weirs Cove Ruins Look­out. Weirs Cove is where the light­house keep­ers would winch up sup­plies from ships to ser­vice the light­house. You can still see the remains of the orig­i­nal jet­ty and store rooms

  4. From your camp­ground, head to the near­est creek-line to enjoy the evening frog cho­rus. You may hear the south­ern brown tree frog or spot­ted marsh frog.

  5. On a stormy day watch the waves crash over the Casua­r­i­na Islets, the two small islets off Cape du Couedic in the West­ern Kan­ga­roo Island Marine Park. Be sure to take extra care when it’s windy.

  6. In late win­ter, head along Snake Lagoon Hike where gold­en wat­tles have begun to bloom and you may spot a trail of male echid­nas fol­low­ing a female, known as an echid­na train’.

  7. Put on your gum­boots and explore the Her­itage Walk just north-west of the vis­i­tor cen­tre off Cape du Couedic Road Look up and you may even spot a koala in the trees.

  8. Stay in the light­house her­itage accom­mo­da­tion at the Cape Bor­da Ligh­sta­tion and watch the weath­er roll in. At night you can see the light­house project beams of light across the sea.

  9. Keep your gum boots on and wan­der around the Black Swamp area which is a great spot to see Cape Bar­ren Geese – why not see how many you can count as they bick­er over nest­ing space? The geese like to nest in the morn­ing flag bush, keep an eye out, you may see one sit­ting on its nest.

Take a glance at what you might find in Kan­ga­roo Island’s nation­al parks and reserves:

Kan­ga­roo Island parks – Park of the Month 

Kan­ga­roo Island’s nation­al parks and reserves are being cel­e­brat­ed as Park of the Month for July. Head to theNation­al Parks South Aus­tralia web­siteto find out more about these spe­cial places.

This sto­ry was orig­i­nal­ly post­ed in Octo­ber 2017.

This con­tent was pro­duced in part­ner­ship with  Good Living