Your guide to accessible features in some of KI’s national parks

From Seal Bay to Cape Borda, here are some of the accessible features in Kangaroo Island’s most popular parks.

If you want to visit some of Kangaroo Island’s iconic national parks but you need to factor in accessibility, we’ve got you covered.

Here are some of the top spots to visit and some tips about their accessible features:

1. Seal Bay

A trip to KI wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Seal Bay. You’ll find a 450-metre boardwalk that’s fully wheelchair accessible and perfect for a self-guided tour.

The boardwalk meanders through limestone cliffs and dunes, and showcases the stunning coastal scenery that Seal Bay is famous for. Along the way you’ll stop at viewing platforms to watch Australian sea lions surfing the waves or sunning themselves on the beach.

Go at your own pace and take note of the interpretive signs along the way where you’ll learn about the habits and behaviour of the sea lions, such as hunting, resting and reproduction.

Top tip: Venture as far as the lookout for amazing views of Cape Gantheaume and the wilderness area.

2. Remarkable Rocks

Within the iconic Flinders Chase National Park is the stunning geological feature of Remarkable Rocks. You can reach it via a short wheelchair-accessible boardwalk that will bring you right up to the edge of these magnificent granite boulders. An accessible toilet is available at the carpark.

Top tip: Be sure to take in the stunning views across to Cape du Couedic and the Southern Ocean. 

3. Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse and Admirals Arch

Admirals Arch is another spectacular geological formation in Flinders Chase. And it’s also a great spot to see long-nosed fur seals in their natural habitat.

Unfortunately reaching the arch can be tricky – while there’s a purpose-built boardwalk to get there, it’s steep with steps at the end that take you to see the arch itself.

If you can’t make it down to the arch, the scenery along the way is still well worth a journey along the boardwalk. From the lookouts at the carpark and boardwalk there are spectacular views of Casuarina islets, seal colonies, the Cape du Couedic Lighthouse and the very dramatic coastline. An accessible toilet is available at Cape du Couedic Lighthouse.

4. Rocky River

Kangaroo Island contains the only wild population of platypus in South Australia. In the 1920s, concerned conservationists recognised platypuses were becoming endangered on the mainland of SA and consequently introduced them to Flinders Chase. 

A great place to spot these interesting creatures is from the lookouts located over the Rocky River. You can get there by taking the Platypus Waterholes Walk or drive to the Shackle Road car park, which are both wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilets are available at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre and at the Rocky River campground.

5. Cape Borda Lightstation

Cape Borda Lightstation is perched on cliffs on the northwestern corner of Kangaroo Island, also within Flinders Chase National Park, and overlooks Investigator Strait.

Take the Shackle Road self-guided nature drive out to Cape Borda, which will take you from Flinders Chase Visitor Centre to Cape Borda Lightstation.

Before you get there though, take a detour to Scott’s Cove and take in some great views of the coastline – it’s well worth the stop.

Allow at least two hours to complete the drive or a full day to really explore. Once at Cape Borda you can check out the museum, which is accessible, and with some assistance you could make your way up to the base of the lighthouse. This unique square lighthouse was built in 1858 and is steeped in European history. Plan your visit so you’re there at 1pm to watch the cannon firing.

There’s accessible BBQ facilities here too, so stop for lunch and take some time to observe the wildlife in this bird biodiversity hotspot. Unfortunately the toilet here is only accessible with assistance.

6. Cape Gantheaume

Take a driving tour of Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park. The 8km self-guided nature drive begins at the second boat ramp, and will take you to the end of D’Estrees Bay Road adjacent to Sewer Beach.

At stop 4 of the tour, get out and admire the view from the accessible lookout – and keep a watch out for ospreys.

For a great insight into accessibility while travelling around KI, check out Push Adventures’ blog, or for more info on accessibility in other SA national parks, read our blogs about metropolitan and regional parks.

The team at National Parks South Australia is working hard to improve the accessibility of parks and they’re keen to hear your thoughts. If you rely on accessible facilities to visit parks, why not drop them a line by using this contact form. More information about accessibility in parks is available on the National Parks South Australia website.

If you’re out and about in one of these parks – help spread the word about these accessible facilities and use the hashtag #AccessNPSA on social media.

Main image: Platypus Waterholes Lookout in Flinders Chase National Park

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