Flinders Chase National Park is located on Kangaroo Island, just off of the coast of South Australia. The closest major city to Kangaroo Island is Adelaide. If you have a car rental that you are using to get around Adelaide, you would need to return it before taking the ferry or flight over to Kangaroo Island. If you want to be able to get around and drive to Flinders Chase National Park yourself, there are 3 different car rental locations on Kangaroo Island: one is immediately available after disembarking from the Kangaroo Island Ferry at the station in Penneshaw, another car hire location is at the Kangaroo Island Airport and the 3rd place to hire a car on Kangaroo Island is in the downtown location in Kingscote.

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Kingcote is the largest city on Kangaroo Island, known as KI to the locals. It is 110 kilometres from Flinders Chase National Park, which is located at the western end of the island. The reason that we say Flinders Chase National Park is a getaway within a getaway is because there is so much to do while in the park, it can be a holiday in itself or at least a few days spent out of a bigger holiday on Kangaroo Island. A few months ago, we told you all about Kangaroo Island and all of the things that you can do while visiting KI including Flinders Chase National Park and many other adventures.

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Western Grey Kangaroo Photo Credit: Wikipedia

All about Flinders Chase National Park

Flinders Chase National Park takes up 328 square kilometres of Kangaroo Island, which is large by national park standards, but only a fraction of the more than 4400 square kilometres that make up Kangaroo Island. A group of protected areas make up Flinders National Park and these varying landscapes make for a variety of different things to see and do while visiting the park. The park areas are: coastal landscapes, Cape du Couedic, Rocky River, the Gosse Lands, and Cape Borda Lightstation. Camping facilities are available as well as other lodging and accommodations within the park. The park is home to some dramatic rock formations and structures, beautiful wildflowers, bushwalking trails, farm land, stunning beaches, forests, and is also a sanctuary for wild animals native to the island and from the Australian mainland.

Coastal Landscapes, Cape du Couedic, and Cape Borda Lightstation

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Coastal Views Lookout Photo Credit: South Australia Department of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources

The coastal landscapes in Flinders Chase National Park give way to beautiful beaches and cliff lookouts high above the waves of the Indian Ocean. The New Zealand Fur Seals can be seen playing on the beaches.

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New Zealand Fur Seal Photo Credit: SouthAustralia.com

For a pretty spectacular window into nature, check out Admiral’s Arch, located in Cape du Couedic.

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Admiral’s Arch Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The view of the ocean from Cape du Couedic at sunset is a sight that you will not soon forget. You can also be there to see the sunrise too if you plan to stay in the lighthouse keeper’s cottage here or at Cape Borda. If you plan to go camping or have other sleeping accommodations, you can just take the tour of either lighthouse (or both). In addition to the spectacular ocean and coastline views, you can learn a ton of fun facts. The tower of the Cape du Couedic Lighthouse is built from 2,000 pieces of local stone. The 12:30 pm tour of the Cape Borda Lightstation features the firing of a restored signal cannon. The lighthouse grounds also have a museum where you can learn about the maritime history of the area, hike one of the trails, and watch for whales and dolphins off the coast.

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Cape du Couedic Lighthouse Photo Credit: Wikipedia

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Cape Borda Lightstation Photo Credit: South Australia Department of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources

Flinders Chase National Park Accommodations

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Camping at Flinders Chase National Park Photo Credit: South Australia Department of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources

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Picnic at Flinders Chase National Park Photo Credit: South Australia Department of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources

If you really want to experience the land and nature here, camping, picnic, and barbeque facilities are made available throughout the park. It is great to be able to commune with nature in such an amazing place with such diverse natural landscapes. In one direction is the ocean and the other is bush trails, forests, and the Rocky River.

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Rocky River Trail Bridge Photo Credit: South Australia Department of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources

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View from Bunker Hill Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Wildlife Sanctuary

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Echidna Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Kangaroo Island became a wildlife sanctuary, even to some animals that were not native to the island, but from the Australian mainland. Flinders National Park is home to kangaroos, echidnas, penguins, New Zealand Fur Seals, Goannas, Koalas, Platypus. Over 20 species of animals were brought to the park for sanctuary. Most of those animals can still be found roaming the grounds today.

The Remarkable Rocks

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Remarkable Rocks Photo Credit: South Australia Department of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources

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Remarkable Rocks Photo Credit: South Australia Department of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources

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Remarkable Rocks Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Perched 200 feet above the crashing waves in Flinders National Park lies this fantastic collection of gigantic granite boulders that have been weathered and eroded by the forces of nature for the last 500 million years. You can capture some amazing photo opportunities at any time but if you go back to The Remarkable Rocks at different times during the day, you will see dramatic differences in the light play. It makes for even more interesting and fun pictures capturing the light throughout the day.

Guided Tours and Excursions

There are such a wide variety of tours and excursions within Flinders Chase National Park and the surrounds. Be sure to check the calendar of events to see what’s on, what’s in season, and what tours you can make reservations for. Guided bush walking tours, Rocky River tours, ocean boating adventures, sky tours, and more can add to the memorable experiences of nature in Flinders Chase National Park. If you do not have a few days to spend on Kangaroo Island or Flinders Chase National Park, day tours are available and it is also a stop on some regional tours in South Australia. That way, you can at least catch a glimpse of the beauty of this wonderful part of Australia.