Welcome to the new Flinders Chase National Park Visitor Centre

Dis­cov­er the heart of Flinders Chase Nation­al Park at the new­ly opened vis­i­tor cen­tre on Kan­ga­roo Island. This state-of-the-art facil­i­ty, built with a strong focus on sus­tain­abil­i­ty, pro­vides an invit­ing space to learn about the park’s nat­ur­al won­ders and rich history.

A hub for visitors

The Flinders Chase Nation­al Park Vis­i­tor Cen­tre is designed to be the cen­tral hub for vis­i­tors, offer­ing a vari­ety of ameni­ties and ser­vices. Oper­at­ed by local staff who are deeply knowl­edge­able about Flinders Chase Nation­al Park, the cen­tre pro­vides essen­tial ser­vices to enhance your vis­it. You can enjoy fresh, local­ly sourced food in The Rocks café. Our friend­ly staff are avail­able to answer your ques­tions, assist with park fees and pro­vide maps and local tips. The cen­tre offers inter­pre­tive dis­plays that com­bine art and sci­ence, dig­i­tal art­work instal­la­tions, a touch-and-feel activ­i­ty table for chil­dren and oppor­tu­ni­ties for vis­i­tors to cre­ate and dis­play their own artwork.

National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia

A mile­stone in bush­fire recovery

Built with a $19.5 mil­lion invest­ment after the dev­as­tat­ing 2019 – 20 bush­fires, the com­ple­tion of the new vis­i­tor cen­tre marks a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in bush­fire recov­ery. This achieve­ment would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the stead­fast sup­port and patience of Kan­ga­roo Island res­i­dents and busi­ness­es. The cen­tre stands as a tes­ta­ment to the resilience and com­mu­ni­ty spir­it of the island.

Sus­tain­abil­i­ty at the core

Designed by the award-win­ning South Aus­tralian firm Trop­po Archi­tects, the vis­i­tor cen­tre empha­sis­es sus­tain­abil­i­ty in its con­struc­tion and oper­a­tions. The build­ing is pri­mar­i­ly con­struct­ed from sus­tain­ably sourced, bush­fire-resis­tant Aus­tralian tim­bers, with min­i­mal use of con­crete. Rammed earth walls, made from local mate­ri­als, pro­vide nat­ur­al insu­la­tion and blend seam­less­ly with the envi­ron­ment. The build­ing’s pas­sive solar design max­imis­es nat­ur­al heat­ing and cool­ing, reduc­ing ener­gy con­sump­tion through­out the year. The cen­tre gen­er­ates and stores its own pow­er, with solar pan­els inte­grat­ed into walk­ways and shel­ters. Addi­tion­al­ly, rain­wa­ter col­lec­tion is max­imised through solar pan­el-cov­ered struc­tures, sup­port­ed by wet­land-fil­tered waste and stormwa­ter systems.

Dis­plays that merge sci­ence with art

The vis­i­tor cen­tre fea­tures a stun­ning inter­pre­ta­tion gallery that con­nects vis­i­tors with the park through the fusion of sci­ence and art. The gallery show­cas­es a mix of artis­tic works and his­tor­i­cal arte­facts, pre­sent­ing the park’s sto­ries in a com­pelling man­ner. Vis­i­tors can engage with inter­ac­tive dis­plays and activ­i­ties designed for all ages, pro­mot­ing deep­er under­stand­ing and appre­ci­a­tion of the park’s envi­ron­ment. Addi­tion­al­ly, hands-on activ­i­ties offer a sen­so­ry con­nec­tion to the park’s landscape.

Artist spot­light: Agniesz­ka Woznicka

A high­light of the inter­pre­ta­tion gallery is the inter­ac­tive video art­work by Agniesz­ka Woznic­ka, a visu­al artist known for her explo­rations of the nat­ur­al world. Draw­ing inspi­ra­tion from dreams, psy­chol­o­gy, folk­lore and nature, her work cap­ti­vates and edu­cates vis­i­tors of all ages. Agniesz­ka also teach­es in the illus­tra­tion and ani­ma­tion pro­gram at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Aus­tralia and works from her stu­dio in the Ade­laide Hills.

A new location

Strate­gi­cal­ly locat­ed near the park’s entrance, the vis­i­tor cen­tre serves as the gate­way to icon­ic attrac­tions like Remark­able Rocks and Admi­rals Arch.

Plan your trip

Find out more about the park, down­load maps and pay for park fees, camp­ing and accommodation.

Head­er image cour­tesy of Hei­di Who Photos.