Flinders Chase National Park

  • Information Office
  • Showers
  • Accomm
  • Picnic Areas
  • Kiosk
  • Caravan Sites
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Toilets
  • Camping
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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Full park closure

Flinders Chase National Park is closed on Wednesday 28 September and Thursday 29 September due to severe weather conditions.
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Trail closure

Road and trail closures are in place in Flinders Chase National Park.
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Flinders Chase lighthouse - Photo by Adam Bruzzone
Flinders Chase echidna - Photo by Caroline Paterson
Flinders Chase remarkable rocks - Photo by Richard Smith
Flinders Chase - Photo by Colin Wilson
Flinders Chase - Photo by Adam Bruzzone
Flinders Chase - SA Map

This park is a rugged wilderness featuring iconic landmarks such as the world-famous Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Enjoy the park and its diverse wildlife on the network of walking trails and experience a stay in a heritage-listed light keepers cottage.

Experience the five day Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail through towering cliffs of limestone and coagulated magma, storm-blasted coastal scrub and massive bone white beaches.

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Flinders Chase - SA Map

This park is a rugged wilderness featuring iconic landmarks such as the world-famous Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Enjoy the park and its diverse wildlife on the network of walking trails and experience a stay in a heritage-listed light keepers cottage.

Experience the five day Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail through towering cliffs of limestone and coagulated magma, storm-blasted coastal scrub and massive bone white beaches.

Tag your Instagram pics with #flinderschasenationalpark or #kiwildernesstrail to see them displayed on this page.

About

Set deep in Flinders Chase National Park, you will find 3 roomy lighthouse keeper’s cottages built in 1907 from local limestone. Now fully restored and heritage listed, a stay in one of these cottages is a unique experience. You will find them on the south west tip of KI at Cape Du Couedic.

The park’s coastal scenery includes Admirals Arch, a beautiful natural rock arch shaped by the powerful Southern Ocean, and the sculptured granite boulders known as Remarkable Rocks. Other attractions include wild beaches, the unspoilt Rocky River, vast wilderness areas and cultural heritage sites – including two lighthouses.

Discover some of Kangaroo Island’s secrets at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre where our natural and cultural heritage are showcased with interactive screens, a touch table and a fossil dig pit for kids. It’s a great place for families, with coffee, lunch and souvenirs available from the Chase Café.

The majority of the park is accessible by 2WD, so it’s perfect for day visits and an ideal place to view wildlife in its natural habitat.

Western Kangaroo Island Marine Park borders Flinders Chase National Park.

Opening hours

This park is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset (except Christmas Day).

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Flinders Chase Visitor Centre 

Open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day (except Christmas Day).

Contact details

Flinders Chase National Park Information Office

Phone: (+61 8) 8553 4470
Email: FlindersChase@sa.gov.au
After Hours Regional Duty Officer: 0477 334 898

Accommodation bookings and enquiries

Phone: (+61 8) 8553 4410
Email: KIParksAccom@sa.gov.au

Camping booking and enquiries

Phone: (+61 8) 8553 4471
Email: FlindersChase@sa.gov.au

When to visit

Flinders Chase is a paradise all year round. The mood of the park changes with the seasons. In winter, you’ll see the diverse colours and shapes of fungi, and orchids begin to bloom. The rivers and creeks are flowing and it’s a great time for staying in the park’s heritage-listed accommodation. Imagine a winter getaway staying in a light keeper's cottage in front of a warming wood fire, listening to the Southern Ocean pounding on the rocks below.

Spring brings prolific wildflowers, the frogs call and the birds and animals are breeding. Spring and summer are a wonderful time for camping, picnicing and exploring the many walking trails throughout the park. Summer is a busy time with mostly mild weather perfect for beach going.

Getting there

Flinders Chase National Park is located 110km west of Kingscote, on Kangaroo Island. Follow the Playford and West End Highways or the South Coast Road.

You can get to Kangaroo Island from mainland South Australia on the SeaLink ferry. This vehicle and passenger ferry operates daily (except Christmas Day) between Cape Jervis (two hours south of Adelaide) and Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. The journey takes 45 minutes for the 16km crossing.

Visit the SeaLink website for more information and bookings.

Pets in parks

Pets are not permitted within this park. There are however, a number of South Australian National Parks where you can take your dog on a lead. 

Facilities

There are picnic facilities, gas BBQs and walking trails which surround the Visitor Centre along with many other facilities within the park.

Campground facilities

There are a variety of facilities available at the campgrounds within the park. Look at the facilities table below and pick the site which suits you best.

Rocky River Harvey's Return Snake Lagoon West Bay
Number of camp sites 22 8 8 8
Drive through caravan sites Y N N N
Camp in designated sites Y Y Y Y
Bookings taken Y N Y Y
Access 2WD 4WD 2WD 4WD
Toilets Y Y Y Y
Hot showers Y N N N
Water (non-potable) Y N N N
Bring own drinking water Y Y Y Y
Generators allowed N N N N
Remove own rubbish Y Y Y Y
Pets allowed N N N N

Useful information

Telstra is the only phone carrier which provides coverage, however it can be patchy and unreliable, especially if you are in low-lying areas.

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Pests and diseases

Phytophthora (fy-TOFF-thora), otherwise known as root-rot fungus, is killing our native plants and threatens the survival of animals depending on plants for food and shelter.

This introduced fungus can be found in plant roots, soil and water. Help stop the spread by using hygiene stations, staying on tracks and trails and by complying with all Phytophthora management signs.

Traditional owners

Aboriginal South Australians are the first peoples of our State and have occupied, enjoyed and managed these lands and waters since the creation. For SA's First Peoples, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state. 

Aboriginal peoples' oral histories and creation stories traverse the length and breadth of Australia’s lands and waters, including South Australian Parks. These stories interconnect land and waters with complex meaning and values and hold great cultural significance. We recognise and respect Aboriginal people's ownership of their stories and that they hold rights and obligations to care for Country. It is through these rights and cultural obligations and a shared goal to protect the environment for generations to come that DEWNR is committed to meaningful collaboration and involvement with Aboriginal peoples in the management of our shared parks.

History

Following many decades of lobbying by the Royal Society of South Australia (Fauna and Flora Protection Committee), legislation was passed in 1919 to set aside the area known as Flinders Chase for the “Protection, Preservation and Propagation of Australian Fauna and Flora”. Later declared a National Park, Flinders Chase bears its name from the British explorer Matthew Flinders, one of the first European explorers to make landfall and officially name Kangaroo Island.

Prior to its preservation as a Flora and Fauna Reserve, various tracts of Flinders Chase were farmed by pastoralists including the May family who worked the Rocky River Pastoral Lease (surrounding the current day Visitor Centre) between 1893 until 1914. Evidence of the Mays’ hard work and toil can be observed through their hand-constructed dwellings in May’s Homestead and Postman’s Cottage, which are available for bookings as heritage visitor accommodation.

See and do

Rangers recommend

We have picked the brains of our park rangers to find out what they would recommend you see and do whilst visiting this park.

  • Taking the plunge and experiencing the 5 day Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail hike. 
  • Watching the colony of long-nosed fur-seals surfing the Southern Ocean, playing or sunning themselves on the rocks around Admirals Arch.
  • Relaxing at one of the quiet spaces around the platypus waterholes. With luck you’ll spot an elusive platypus.
  • Seeing the amazing shapes and bright colours of the more than 300 species of fungi that flourish during winter.
  • Taking the Ravine Hike along the river to a spectacular beach with many secrets.
  • Sleeping in a light keeper's cottage, with nothing between you and Antarctica but your blankets and a well-stoked wood stove.
  • Spending some time with the kids at the Visitor Centre, digging through the fossil dig pit and learning about the landscape where megafauna once roamed.
  • Taking the Discovery Walk to the Black Swamp Lookout. The kids may get a big surprise. 
  • Nature Play SA activities

Bushwalking

Kangaroo Island's rugged coastline offers keen bushwalkers spectacular coastal scenery, pristine rivers, tracts of undisturbed native vegetation and opportunities to observe abundant and diverse wildlife. Most of the coast is very isolated and provides trekkers with a true wilderness experience. Our trails cater for all levels of fitness and adventure and our classification system makes it easy to select an experience suitable for you.

Easy walks

  • Discovery Walk (5 mins, 200m)

    This short walk will take you from the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre to the Black Swamp lookout. Interpretive signs along the way may help you develop your wildlife observation skills.

    Access: this trail starts at the Visitor Centre.

  • Heritage Walk (30 min loop, 1.5km)

    Learn about the park’s cultural heritage from the life of early settlers at Rocky River to the park’s role as an island sanctuary for threatened species.

    Access: this trail starts at the Visitor Centre.

  • Woodland Walk (20 min loop, 1km)

    This is a sheltered stroll through sugar gum woodlands and acacia thickets. The trail connects the Visitor Centre to the Rocky River Campground and day visitor facilities.

    Access: this trail starts at the Visitor Centre.

  • Platypus Waterholes Walk (2 hrs return, 4.5km)

    An easy walk for all the family. Take a journey across Black Swamp where ancient megafauna once roamed. Learn about the impact of bushfires and their important role in maintaining bushland. Keep quiet around the waterholes – you may see a platypus.

    Access: this trail starts at either the Visitor Centre or Shackle Road car park.

  • Remarkable Rocks Walk (15 mins return, 1km)

    Experience the changing moods of these ancient granite boulders. Stunning views across to Cape du Couedic and the Southern Ocean. Warning, strong winds.

    Access: this boardwalk trail starts from the Remarkable Rocks car park.

  • Admirals Arch Walk (15 mins return, 1km)

    See the colony of long nosed fur seals in their natural habitat. Witness the mighty Southern Ocean pounding through Admirals Arch, a significant geological formation. Warning: strong winds.

    Access: this boardwalk trail starts from the Admirals Arch car park.

  • Lighthouse Heritage Walk (10 min loop, 600m)

    Explore the Cape du Couedic lightstation and immerse yourself in the history of the lightkeepers.

    Access: this trail starts from the Cape du Couedic day visitor area.

Moderate hikes

  • Black Swamp Hike (3 hrs loop, 9km)

    This hike incorporates parts of the Platypus Waterholes Walk. The trail meanders through forest and woodland, with picturesque views and the opportunity to watch for wallabies and echidnas. Look for delicate orchids and colourful fungi in winter and spring.

    Access: this trail starts at the Visitor Centre.

  • Rocky River Hike (3 hrs one way, 9.5km)

    Follow the pristine Rocky River through to Snake Lagoon. Experience the riparian (river bank) communities, low woodlands and open forests. Even in the drier months spring-fed pools provide life-giving water to birds, reptiles, insects and mammals.

    Access: this trail starts at the Visitor Centre and is the first stage of the 5 day KI Wilderness Trail.

  • Snake Lagoon Hike (2 hrs return, 4km)

    This popular trail winds through sugar gums and mallee before descending into Rocky River valley. The trail crosses the river and meanders along its rocky bank through to the river mouth. Be aware of powerful seas, freak waves and rips. Enjoy spectacular views through the valley and witness the power of the Southern Ocean.

    Access: this trail starts at Snake Lagoon.

  • Weirs Cove Hike (1 hour, 3km)

    Experience the park’s maritime heritage and the challenges faced to deliver supplies to this remote location.

    Access: this trail starts at the Cape du Couedic day visitor area, or at Weirs Cove.

  • Cape du Couedic Hike (40 min loop, 2km)

    Spectacular coastal cliff top views and interpretive signs. Learn about the park’s coastal vegetation and maritime history.

    Access: this trail starts at the Cape du Couedic day visitor area.

  • Sandy Creek Hike (1 hour 30 mins return, 3km)

    4WD access only - Follow the banks of Sandy Creek across the creek bed and dunes to a remote beach. Be aware of powerful seas, freak waves and rips. Creek crossing required in wetter months.

    Access: this trail starts from the Sandy Creek car park on West Bay Road.

  • Cliff Top Hike (30 mins return, 1km)

    Dramatic cliff top views across Investigator Strait from the lookout.

    Access: This trail starts at the Cape Borda Lighthouse.

  • Return Road Hike (3 hrs, 9km)

    Experience our maritime heritage. Follow the track used to transport supplies and visit the lightkeepers’ cemetery.

    Access: this trail starts at the Cape Borda Lighthouse or Harvey’s Return Campground and day visitor area.

  • Ravine Hike (3 hrs, 7km)

    Explore the Valley of the Cassowaries, named after the now extinct dwarf emu. Take a shaded walk into the valley, then follow the river to a remote sandy beach.

    Access: this trail starts from the car park on Ravine Road, in the Ravine des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area.

Hard hikes

  • Harvey's Return Hike (1 hour, 1.5km)

    Follow the route used by the lightkeepers to haul supplies up the cliff and see significant geological formations of zebra schist rock.

    Access: this trail starts from Harvey’s Return Campground and day visitor area.

Treks

  • Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail (5 days, 61km)

    Nature's secrets are waiting to be discovered at every step of the 61 kilometre five-day trek, with the trail weaving its way through the most botanically unique area in all of South Australia before reaching the rugged, remote and spectacular coastline of the Southern Ocean.

    The unimaginable beauty of this part of the world has to be seen to be believed. Come and discover the magic for yourself.

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

Nature's secrets are waiting to be discovered at every step of the 61 kilometre five-day trek, with the trail weaving its way through the most botanically unique area in all of South Australia before reaching the rugged, remote and spectacular coastline of the Southern Ocean.

The unimaginable beauty of this part of the world has to be seen to be believed. Come and discover the magic for yourself.

Mountain biking

You can ride your bike on roads open to the public. All walking trails within the park are for pedestrians only.

Camp in the park

Revel in the wilderness of Flinders Chase by camping under the stars at one of four secluded campgrounds available.

If you are doing the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, you will be able to camp within the exclusive campsites provided for Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail users only.

Rocky River (22 sites)

A great base from which to explore the highlights at the western end of Kangaroo Island. Set up camp among the eucalypt saplings, just a short walk from the Visitor Centre. Enjoy a little luxury with facilities that include hot showers, gas barbecues and picnic shelters.

Harvey's Return (8 sites)

This campground is the old landing site for the light station and is near the historic light keepers' cemetery. Cape Borda Lighthouse is within walking distance. A self-registration station for camping fees is located on site.

Snake Lagoon (8 sites)

This campground is located 9km from the Visitor Centre and is the starting point for the Snake Lagoon Hike. The hike leads to the river mouth where you can enjoy impressive views of the Southern Ocean. The campground is set on the banks of a now-dry lagoon and is also the end point of the Rocky River Hike, which starts at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre and explores the many riparian (river bank) communities.

West Bay (8 sites)

Located at the western end of the park, this secluded campground set within a stunning coastal landscape is a short walk from a tranquil bay. Picnic tables are available. This campsite is only accessible by 4WD.

There are picnic facilities, gas BBQs and walking trails which surround the Visitor Centre along with many other facilities within the park.

Campground facilities

There are a variety of facilities available at the campgrounds within the park. Look at the facilities table below and pick the site which suits you best.

Rocky River Harvey's Return Snake Lagoon West Bay
Number of camp sites 22 8 8 8
Drive through caravan sites Y N N N
Camp in designated sites Y Y Y Y
Bookings taken Y N Y Y
Access 2WD 4WD 2WD 4WD
Toilets Y Y Y Y
Hot showers Y N N N
Water (non-potable) Y N N N
Bring own drinking water Y Y Y Y
Generators allowed N N N N
Remove own rubbish Y Y Y Y
Pets allowed N N N N

Stay in light keeper's accommodation

Enjoy a spectacular sunset and the peaceful seclusion of a heritage listed light keeper's cottage at Cape Borda or Cape du Couedic and be mesmerised by the continuous flash from the lighthouse beacon, warning mariners of the land ahead. Alternatively, there are rustic huts and other heritage cottages available in the park.

Cape Borda Lightstation

There are three types of accommodation available here. Flinders Light Lodge is a spacious, comfortable limestone cottage that once housed the light keeper and his family. Ideally situated with extensive sea views, the lodge sleeps up to seven people.

Hartley Hut is a cabin that sleeps three people. The hut originally served as the relieving keeper’s quarters. It’s cosy with sea views and abundant wildlife nearby.

Woodward Hut is a quaint, single room stone cottage that sleeps two people. It is Kangaroo Island’s most affordable heritage accommodation. The toilet is a short walk away and there are no shower facilities included. Discounted rates are available during off-peak between 1st May - 31st August.

Cape du Couedic light keeper's cottages

Parndana, Karatta and Troubridge lodges are classic light keeper's cottages, large and roomy, built in 1907 from local limestone laboriously carved into solid building blocks. Magnificently restored, featuring slate roofs and polished pine floors, these three-bedroom cottages are heritage listed and can comfortably sleep six people. Tea and coffee making facilities are included in the roomy fully functional kitchen. Discounted rates are available during off-peak between 1st May - 31st August.

Rocky River

May’s Homestead is a heritage-listed, four-roomed stone cottage, built in the early 1890s. During its early history, the occupants were the nearest source of help whenever a ship was wrecked along the rugged coastline. Discounted rates are available during off-peak between 1st May - 31st August.

Postman’s Cottage

A one-roomed stone hut built for the mailman who would call and stay overnight once a fortnight. The cottage is located next to May’s Homestead, near the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre. Discounted rates are available during off-peak between 1st May - 31st August.

Accommodation bookings and enquiries

Phone: (+61 8) 8553 4410
Email: KIParksAccom@sa.gov.au

Stay for five nights in the park's heritage accommodation and receive a complimentary Kangaroo Island Tour Pass!

Attractions

Flinders Chase Visitor Centre

Flinders Chase National Park Visitor Centre is an innovative information centre with an informative interpretive display where you can learn more about Kangaroo Island's diverse flora and fauna. Located at Rocky River, the building's design has been influenced by the area's landscape.

The friendly staff can provide you with extensive information about Flinders Chase National Park. You can also pay your park entry fees, book accommodation and obtain camping permits here. Sample some of the local food and wine at the Chase Café before exploring the visitor centre's interactive displays and informative panels featuring artwork by local artists.

Picnic facilities, gas BBQs and walking trails surround the Visitor Centre.

The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

Nature's secrets are waiting to be discovered at every step of the 61 kilometre five-day trek, with the trail weaving its way through the most botanically unique area in all of South Australia before reaching the rugged, remote and spectacular coastline of the Southern Ocean.

Visit the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail website for more information.

Remarkable Rocks

Visit the exquisite naturally sculptured Remarkable Rocks whose formation lies atop a remnant granite outcrop.

Admirals Arch

Located at Cape du Couedic, Admirals Arch is a beautiful natural rock arch that displays the power of the ocean and weathering which has shaped the coastline. This area is also home to a large breeding colony of long-nosed fur seals.

Cape Borda Lightstation

Take the Shackle Road self-guided drive from the Visitor Centre to Cape Borda. Once there, you can explore the Cape Borda Light station that sits upon towering cliffs overlooking Investigator Strait. To discover the maritime history of the area you can take a 45-minute tour of the lighthouse and museum. Don’t miss the cannon firing on the 12.30pm tour. Fees apply for guided tours and the self-guided walk around the site.

Fauna

In Flinders Chase you can see a range of wildlife including tammar wallabies, Kangaroo Island kangaroos, cape barren geese, Rosenberg’s goannas or short-beaked echidnas. The park is also a haven for a diversity of woodland birds, many of which are declining on the mainland. Look for the bold colours of scarlet robins and golden whistlers. Listen for the rare western whipbird and fan-tailed cuckoo. Scan the coast during Winter and Spring for migrating whales or observe the resident fur seals all year round from an easy vantage point at Cape du Couedic.

Remember, all native animals in national parks are wild. They should be observed and photographed from a distance. This minimises disturbance to the animal and allows you to see their natural behaviour in the wild. Move slowly and quietly and use binoculars for that close-up look. Please put the animals’ welfare first and do not feed wildlife.

Volunteering

Become a Campground Host

Combine your love of camping with doing a good deed by becoming a volunteer campground host in this park.

A campground host is a volunteer who stays at the park either for a specific peak period, like the Easter break or a long weekend, or an extended period of time (up to a few months) to support park rangers. 

If you are passionate about the environment, a keen camper, like to meet people from all around the world, and are a happy to help, then hosting could be right up your alley. 

The Friends of Parks, KI Western Districts

A community-based group of volunteers who assist park staff to protect the natural and cultural features of the park.

To get involved, contact the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre or Natural Resources Kangaroo Island.

Safety

Bushwalking

The international Trail Users Code of Conduct is to show respect and courtesy towards other trail users at all times.

Ensure that you:

  • when hiking, wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen
  • make sure you have appropriate weather proof clothing
  • carry enough water to be self-sufficient
  • please be respectful of other users at all times
  • stay on the designated trails and connector tracks for your own safety, and prevent the spread of declared weeds to other areas in the park
  • ensure someone knows your approximate location and expected time of return
  • take appropriate maps.
  • Walk, hike or trek - what's the difference?

Camping

When camping in a National Park, it's important to remember the following:

  • Always let someone responsible know your travel plans, especially when travelling in remote areas. It's a good idea to let them know when you expect to return.
  • Check the weather forecast before you leave, including overnight temperatures on the Bureau of Meteorology. Even during very mild weather, the nights can get very cold. 
  • The quality and quantity of water cannot be guaranteed within parks. Please bring plenty of water and food to be self-sufficient.
  • Always camp in designated sites (where applicable) - do not camp beneath trees with overhanging branches, as they can drop without warning. It's also a good idea to check that there no insect nests nearby.
  • Check to make sure you're not camping in a natural waterway, flash floods can happen anytime.
  • If camp fires are permitted, you must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited. Extinguish your camp fire with water (not sand or dirt) until the hissing sound stops.
  • Ensure that you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Fire

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Fire restrictions

  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited throughout the year.
  • Gas fires are permitted, other than on days of total fire ban.
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Water

Beware of freak waves.

Strong currents and rips can make swimming dangerous in this area.

Do not climb on, or fish from slippery rocks. 

4WD

West Bay Road between Snake Lagoon Track and West Bay Campground is 4WD access only.

When 4WDriving in the park, it is important to be aware of the following:

  • Standard road rules apply when driving anywhere in the park, including the laws for speed limits, drink driving, vehicle registration and seat belts.
  • Take extreme care when driving in the park – be aware of blind corners, crests and narrow two-way tracks.
  • Observe all track and safety signs, especially 'No public access' signs.
  • Do not take your vehicle off the designated tracks. Wildlife can be threatened and precious habitat and indigenous sites can be damaged by off track driving.
  • Make sure you know what to do in the event of getting bogged and always carry a shovel.
  • When driving on sand, deflate your tyres as appropriate for your vehicle. Don’t forget to reinflate your tyres to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure before leaving the park. Take care when lowering tyre pressure as there is risk you could roll the tyre off its rim. Also, remember that lower tyre pressure can mean a change in how the vehicle handles.

Know before you go

Every national park is different, each has its own unique environment, it is important to be responsible while enjoying all the park has to offer.

Please ensure that you:

  • leave your pets at home
  • do not feed birds or other animals, it promotes aggressive behaviour and an unbalanced ecology
  • do not bring generators, chainsaws or firearms into the park
  • leave the park as you found it - place rubbish in the bins provided or take it with you
  • abide by the road rules (maintain the speed limit)
  • respect geological and heritage sites
  • do not remove native plants
  • are considerate of other park users.
  • important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Maps

Park maps

Maps on your mobile

If you have a smartphone or tablet you can download the free Avenza PDF Map app and have interactive national park maps on hand when you need them.

The app uses your device's built-in GPS to plot your real-time location within the park onto a map. The app can be used without a network connection and without roaming charges. You can also measure area and distance, plot photos and drop placemark pins. 

How to get it working on your device:

1. Download the Avenza PDF maps app from the app store whilst you are still in range (its free!).
2. Open up the app and click the shopping cart icon.
3. Click ‘Find’ and type the name of the national park or reserve you are looking for.
4. Click on the map you are after and install it (all our maps are free).
5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page of the Avenza app.
6. Use our maps through the Avenza PDF map app while in the park and never take a wrong turn again.

Fees

Entry fees

Entry and camping fees can be paid at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre between 9 am and 5 pm (except Christmas Day). Outside opening hours, use the self-registration station available at the entrance to the Visitor Centre. Please bring the correct money as change is not available.

Fees collected are used for conservation and to maintain and improve park facilities for your ongoing enjoyment.

Kangaroo Island Tour Pass

Experience some of Kangaroo Islands most iconic sights at a discounted price by purchasing a Kangaroo Island Tour Pass.

Entry Fees

Adult: $11.00
Adult - 2 day pass: $16.00
Concession: $9.00
Concession - 2 day pass: $13.00  
Child: $6.00*
Child - 2 day pass:  $10.00*
Family (2 adults and 2 children OR 1 adult and 3 children): $28.00
Family (2 adults and 2 children OR 1 adult and 3 children) - 2 day pass:  $42.00
Adult group (per adult, min 10 people): $9.00
Child group (per child, min 10 people): $5.00*

* Australian school children receive free entry to Flinders Chase National Park when travelling on a school organised visit.

Park pass

Purchase a Kangaroo Island Tour Pass which offers you 12 months access to Flinders Chase National Park and Seal Bay boardwalk/lookout, as well as admission to the following Kangaroo Island tours:

The Kangaroo Island Tour Pass can only be purchased at selected Parks Pass Outlets.

Camping

Entry and camping fees can be paid at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre between 9 am and 5 pm (except Christmas Day). Outside opening hours, use the self-registration station available at the entrance to the Visitor Centre. Please bring the correct money as change is not available.

If you are planning a trip for a school group or other large group, please ensure you let the park know of your intentions.

Harvey's Return, Snake Lagoon and West Bay

Harvey's Return, Snake Lagoon and West Bay campers can access shower facilities at Rocky River for an additional $4.00 per person.

Campsite fees (per night)

Vehicle (max 8 people) - $15
Hikers/cyclists/additional vehicle occupant (per person) - $9
Group camping (20+ people - per person) - $6

Rocky River

Camping fees (per night)

Vehicle (max 8 people): $30.00
Hikers/cyclists/canoeing (per person): $11.00
Group of 20+ hikers/cyclists/canoeing (per person): $5.50

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

Please visit the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail website for fee and booking information. 

Accommodation

All accommodation includes linen.

Rocky River - Mays Homestead (sleeps 6)

Price, per night, up to 2 people: $176.00
Additional adult per night: $30.00
Additional child per night: $15.00
(Discount available during off-peak, between 1st May - 31st August)

Minimum stay during peak periods: 2 nights

Rocky River - Postman's Cottage (sleeps 4)*

Price, per night, up to 2 people: $75.00
Additional person per night: $26.00
(Discount available during off-peak, between 1st May - 31st August)

Minimum stay during peak periods: 2 nights

Cape du Couedic - Karatta, Parndana, Troubridge Lodges (each sleeps 7)

Price, per night, up to 2 people: $225.00
Additional adult per night: $30.00
Additional child per night: $15.00
(Discount available during off-peak, between 1st May - 31st August)

Stay for five nights in the park's heritage accommodation and receive a complimentary Kangaroo Island Tour Pass!

Accommodation bookings and enquiries

Phone: (+61 8) 8553 4410
Email: KIParksAccom@sa.gov.au

Other fees and permits

There are no other fees or permits associated with this park.