Flinders Chase National Park Review
Flinders Chase National Park and Ravine Des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area is spectacular to say the least. Aim at spending more than one day here, you won’t regret it. There is a small $11 fee to get in but it surely is money well spent.
The main roads in the park (to Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks) were paved and well maintained. There is a boardwalk path from parking lot to Remarkable Rocks, that is mostly flat. There are several stories of stairs down to Admirals Arch, they are wide and well maintained.
There is so many diverse things to see and wonder at. The rock formation are amazing, take some time to walk and marvel at them, the information boards are excellent.
The fur seals are just wonderful to watch and the boarded walkway makes this an easy and a must do walk.
There is so many different types of wildlife, including a very large tiger snake, although it soon moved away.
Spectacular walks, well kept and informative, with a great gift shop and cafe. Worth taking a picnic, and finding a quiet area to admire this very special place, as there is lots to see, and just to watch the koalas and wallaby s, is enlightening.
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.
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 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.
This park is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.
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.
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.
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.
There are picnic facilities, gas BBQs and walking trails which surround the Visitor Centre along with many other facilities within the park.
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|
|Bring own drinking water||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Remove own rubbish||Y||Y||Y||Y|
South Coast Rd, Flinders Chase SA 5223
(08) 8553 4450
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