At the west end of Kangaroo Island, the wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park will have you feeling like you’re in another world.
No visit to Kangaroo Island is complete without a stop at Flinders Chase National Park. The stunning national park boasts unique wilderness and a stunning display of flora and fauna.
Extremely accessible, with well laid out roads and 2WD access throughout, Flinders Chase National Park has a lot to offer. Spend your day exploring wild beaches, the Rocky River, the engulfing wilderness, or the heritage sites scattered throughout the park.
Heading deep into the park, you can find the lighthouse keepers cottages. Following their restoration in 1991, the three cottages have been heritage listed. Originally built to house the lighthouse keepers and their families, the cottages are now available as accommodation for visiting tourists. See the nocturnal animals emerging at dusk, and revel in knowing you have the entire park to yourselves once the daytime visitors have left. With a fully functioning kitchen and multiple bedrooms in each cottage, it’s the perfect place to get away with a group of friends.
As dusk falls across the park, a journey down the Platypus Waterholes Walk will lead you to the Rocky River and the perfect spot to look for wild platypus. Keep an eye out for small bubbles on the river surface to find these special creatures. Be advised though, they’re much smaller than you’d expect so look carefully!
During the day a walk towards the wild beaches will bring you to one of many seal lookouts. Wild seal colonies line the beachfront and, if you’re lucky, you might see mothers with their new pups. From these lookouts, you can also see the Cape du Couedic Lighthouse. Established in 1909, local limestone bricks were used to build the lighthouse, and it remained manned until it was automated in 1957.
If seal and platypus spotting wasn’t enough, during the cooler months you can spot whales from the park lookouts. Each year Southern Right and Humpback Whales migrate through the waters on the coast. If you’re lucky enough to spot whales, you might also find an echidna train. Head along the Snake Lagoon Hike and keep an eye out for two or three male echidnas chasing a female to mate with her- it is very amusing to watch!
Flinders Chase National Park is always teeming with wildlife for you to view and enjoy. With such an abundance of native wildlife, the variety of wildlife you encounter will amaze you. Always remember to keep your distance though, you are a visitor in their home and remember that wild animals can be dangerous so never approach them.
Flinders Chase National Park is a haven of native flora and fauna, its beauty will amaze you no matter what time of year you visit.