The 2019-20 Kangaroo Island bushfires

Dur­ing the 2019 – 20 Kan­ga­roo Island bush­fires, Flinders Chase Nation­al Park was severe­ly impact­ed, with about 96% of the park burnt. Since then, the park has expe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant regrowth and con­tin­ues to pro­vide a lush haven for wildlife.

The com­ple­tion of the new vis­i­tor cen­tre is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in the Depart­ment for Envi­ron­ment and Water’s bush­fire recov­ery efforts. This achieve­ment wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port and patience of Kan­ga­roo Island res­i­dents and businesses.

Key infra­struc­ture has been restored through­out Flinders Chase Nation­al Park, including:

  • Flinders Chase Nation­al Park Vis­i­tor Centre
  • Remark­able Rocks Board­walk and car park
  • The Kan­ga­roo Island Wilder­ness Trail
  • Her­itage-list­ed May’s and Postman’s cottages
  • Black Swamp Board­walk and Platy­pus Walk
  • 22 km of road with­in the park

Addi­tion­al­ly, the Rocky Riv­er camp­ground is set to reopen lat­er in 2024. Across the island, Kel­ly Hill Caves and Cape Bor­da Day Vis­i­tor Area have also been revitalised.

As Kan­ga­roo Island con­tin­ues to rebuild, this nat­ur­al play­ground is flour­ish­ing. The island’s resilient land­scape invites vis­i­tors to explore its unique wildlife, savour its delec­table food and wine and mar­vel at its breath­tak­ing scenery.