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, Flinders Chase’s rugged beauty 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 spring is the only time you’ll see hundreds of wildflowers bloom, while tadpoles fill the rivers and creeks, and birds begin to nest.
Here are 10 ways to explore Flinders Chase National Park, prepared for you by the park’s passionate rangers and Nature Play SA:
- Look for the southern right whale at Cape du Couedic as it blows and exhales air from its blowhole. Its tail or fin can make a big splash as it breaches from the water.
- If you have a few hours spare, head along the 9 km Black Swamp Hike and spot wildflowers like donkey orchids, sun orchids, and robust spider orchids.
- Keep an eye out for fuzzy black-and-white striped Cape Barren geese chicks following their mum and dad around the Visitor Centre.
- Follow the 9.5 km Rocky River Hike to the Rocky River mouth. After winter rains, the river often gushes out to the mighty Southern Ocean. Watch out for freak waves though as they can be dangerous.
- On a clear night, find somewhere around your campsite to watch the night sky for shooting stars and spot constellations such as the Southern Cross, the Saucepan, Orion’s Belt or the Milky Way.
- Use your torch at night to see what nocturnal wildlife you can spot in the tree canopies around your campsite. You might get a glimpse of a brushtail possum or Gould’s wattled bat. Listen for the high-pitched call of a white-striped freetail bat.
- Keep your eyes peeled for the iridescent green of the green carpenter bee along the 4.5 km Platypus Waterholes Walk. These bees drill holes for their homes in yakka spikes or dead banksia trunks. Look for a hole as thick as the end of a pencil and a green bee buzzing around its entry point and you can be sure you’ve spotted one.
- Walk the 3 km Weirs Cove Hike through to Cape du Couedic and enjoy the views of Remarkable Rocks, heritage lighthouses, the Casuarina Islets and the Western KI Marine Park.
- Paddle your feet in the water at West Bay and stroll along the shoreline to see what treasure has washed up on the sand. Leave your bathers back at your campsite though, as swimming is not recommended here. Keep an eye out for the threatened hooded plovers that make their home on the sand.
- Keep your eyes peeled for a kangaroo or wallaby joey as it emerges from its mum’s pouch to nibble on some grass.
Win a KI Wilderness Trail adventure
To celebrate the launch of Good Living’s new Facebook page, we’re giving you the chance to win a Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail adventure.
The trail winds its way through Flinders Chase National Park and is a great way to explore the rugged beauty of this iconic park.
The prize pack valued at more than $1000 includes a double pass for two lucky people to complete the five-day trek, return ferry travel for you and your car thanks to SeaLink, and a porterage service for your camping equipment so you don’t have to lug it around each day, thanks to Western KI Caravan Park.
All you need to do to go into the draw is subscribe to Good Living, like our new page on Facebook, and like SeaLink and Western KI Caravan Park on Facebook as well.
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