Flinders Chase National Park and Ravine Des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area

Flinders Chase National Park and Ravine Des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area

Park fees:
Accommodation from: $17.50 per night
Fees must be paid before entry to the park. Campsite fees are per night, subject to availability.
266.4km from Adelaide
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Flinders Chase Nation­al Park is a must for any Kan­ga­roo Island parks adven­ture. This vast area of wilder­ness fea­tures the icon­ic Remark­able Rocks, Admi­rals Arch and a long-nosed fur seal colony.

Sit­ting high on ancient rocky plat­forms above the sea, Remark­able Rocks’ sur­re­al shapes and gold­en orange colours pro­vide extra­or­di­nary pho­to oppor­tu­ni­ties. Admi­rals Arch at Cape du Couedic is not only an impres­sive rock arch, weath­er worn over thou­sands of years, it’s also home to a colony of long-nosed fur seals.

Flinders Chase Nation­al Park is recov­er­ing nat­u­ral­ly fol­low­ing the 2019 – 20 sum­mer bush­fires, which burnt 96 per cent of the park (and the Ravine des Casoars Wilder­ness Pro­tec­tion Area). Bush­fires have played an inte­gral part in shap­ing the ecol­o­gy of the Aus­tralian land­scape for mil­lions of years. Many native plant species are adapt­ed to sur­vive, regen­er­ate and thrive after fire and much of the park is regain­ing its green cloak of coastal health, mallee wood­land and euca­lypt for­est. Goan­nas, koalas, eagles, kan­ga­roos and echid­nas are reg­u­lar­ly spot­ted in the park.

Vis­i­tors can be part of the bush­fire recov­ery jour­ney by dri­ving re-opened roads, includ­ing Cape du Couedic Road (and the wavy sec­tion which has become one of the most ins­ta-famous roads in South Aus­tralia), vis­it­ing Remark­able Rocks, Admi­rals Arch and Weirs Cove and camp­ing at West Bay and Harvey’s Return.

The her­itage-list­ed May’s Home­stead (sleeps 4) and Postman’s Cot­tage (sleeps 2) have been beau­ti­ful­ly restored and now pro­vide a dis­tinc­tive her­itage accom­mo­da­tion expe­ri­ence for vis­i­tors. Both prop­er­ties are locat­ed at Rocky Riv­er, close enough to be booked togeth­er for shar­ing by a group, but far enough apart to be pri­vate. Guests can use the cosy self-con­tained accom­mo­da­tion as their base while explor­ing the west­ern end of Kan­ga­roo Island. Postman’s Cot­tage has been designed with acces­si­bil­i­ty in mind.

A selec­tion of short­er trails have re-opened, includ­ing the Ravine des Casoars and Cape du Couedic hikes and the more chal­leng­ing Kan­ga­roo Island Wilder­ness Trail.

Must-have rebuild works are being fast-tracked in Flinders Chase Nation­al Park. While they’re under­way, you’ll find tem­po­rary facil­i­ties such as portable toi­lets at Rocky River.

Entry fees apply. There is a 24-hour wifi pay­ment hotspot at Rocky Riv­er, 5 km inside the park entrance, but giv­en the remote loca­tion the con­nec­tion can be slow and it’s best to pay day entry before you go. NPWS staff are in the park dai­ly from 9am to 5pm.

Take care dri­ving at all times and par­tic­u­lar­ly at dawn and dusk, pack enough water and snacks for your vis­it, and leave no trace. This will give our bush­land the best chance of recovery.

The park has lim­it­ed toi­lets, there is no food or drink avail­able for pur­chase through­out the park. 

Vivonne Bay Gen­er­al Store is the clos­est sup­pli­er of food, drinks and fuel and the West­ern KI Car­a­van Park sells basic food, drinks and ice cream.

Pets, includ­ing dogs, are not per­mit­ted in the park.

Down­load the park map. Down­load the Nation­al Parks of Kan­ga­roo Island Vis­i­tor Guide: May 2022.