Explore the rejuvenated Flinders Chase National Park, marvel at the iconic Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, and witness the breathtaking coastal vistas.
Day oneKelly Hill CavesCave tours are currently unavailable.
The park is currently closed and is planned to reopen in late December 2023.
The majority of the park and much of its infrastructure was burnt in the January 2020 bushfire, but we’re working hard to rebuild and reimagine the park.
Learn about Kangaroo Island’s geology and heritage, and experience the bushfire recovery firsthand. Have a sneak peek of future plans for Kelly Hill Conservation Park and the Kelly Hill Caves experience.
While Kelly Hill Conservation Park remains closed (outside of specified tour times), Flinders Chase National Park is open and is only a short drive away. Flinders Chase National Park is home to beautiful coastal landscapes and iconic features such as Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Cape du Couedic Lighthouse.Hanson Bay Wildlife SanctuaryOpen for pre-booked guided tours only. Tours run most days at 10.30 , 2.30 and sunset. See website for details. Please call 08-85597344 for last minute availability.
The 5000 acre Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the western end of Kangaroo Island, between the Kelly Hill Caves Conservation Park and the Flinders Chase National Park.
It is bordered by over 100,000 acres of protected wilderness lands and the Great Southern Ocean.
We are pleased to offer you self contained cabins. All have truly spectacular wilderness views of the beautiful turquoise waters of Hanson Bay.
We offer guided nocturnal tours and guided daytime walks of the Sanctuary so you can experience Australian native marsupials up "close and personal".
Our Koala Walk is open every day and is recognised as the best place on Kangaroo Island to see a sustainable population of Koalas in the wild.
The Sanctuary is also a bird watchers paradise - with resident Blue Wrens, Lorikeets, Crimson Rosellas, Black Cockatoos, Bush Stone-Curlews, Crescent Honey-eaters, and Cape Barren Geese.Remarkable RocksPerched above the sea in Flinders Chase National Park, the impressive Remarkable Rocks form what appear to be a cluster of precariously balanced granite boulders.
This stunning work of nature has been shaped by the erosive forces of wind, sea spray and rain over some 500 million years. The golden orange lichen covering some of the rocks offers visitors wonderful photo opportunities at different times of the day. Interpretation signs share the story of how these intriguing rocks were formed.
There is a viewing platform providing a vantage point for disabled access. The area also provides an excellent vantage point for viewing the photogenic Casuarina Islets.Admirals ArchAdmirals Arch is a natural rock arch created by amazing forces of nature. It's situated within Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island. You can access the boardwalk around the cliff face which leads to a viewing platform overlooking the arch. The arch is sculpted by weathering and erosion from the sea over thousands of years.
To reach the arch there is a purpose-built boardwalk, 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.
Fur-seals often play among the rocks. These dark brown seals feed at sea but return to land to rest and breed. In summer, each of the large males establishes a territory with a number of females. You can often see Fur-seal pups playing near the rock pools beneath the arch.
There is an interpretive centre at the park with more information, maps and ideas for walking and viewing wildlife nearby.
You can also stay nearby in the heritage lighthouse cottages at Cape de Couedic. These have been beautifully restored with modern facilities.Cape du Couedic LighthouseCape du Couedic Lighthouse is included with your Flinders Chase entry permit or Kangaroo Island Tour Pass. (please note there is no access inside)
The lighthouse which was constructed between 1906–1909, consists of a tower built from 2,000 pieces of local stone, together with three four-roomed cottages to house the head keeper and two assistants with their families. The light characteristic shows two flashes every ten seconds, emitted at a focal plane height of 103 metres (338 feet). A Fresnel lens made by Chance Brothers is used there.
For many of its early years the site was inaccessible by land. Stores, materials and equipment brought by boat to Weirs Cove and were hauled up to the lighthouse by a flying fox winching system originally powered by a pair of horses.
Today the lighthouse is automated.Cape Borda LighthouseCape Borda Lighthouse is perched on cliffs overlooking Investigator Strait. Located on the north western corner of Kangaroo Island, this unique square lighthouse was built in 1858 and is steeped in European history.
The lightstation was established to guide ships entering the dangerous waters of Investigator Strait from the west. During colonisation, the South Australian settlement was almost entirely dependent on the shipping trade.
Take a self-guided tour around the Cape Borda Lightstation settlement. It will give you an insight into the early lightkeepers’ living conditions, and how isolation and a demanding routine dominated their often harsh lives.
After the self-guided tour, enjoy a stroll along one of the walking trails around the park including the Cliff Top Hike. This short trail through a picturesque rock garden takes you to a stone lookout that provides an ideal vantage point for spotting whales and dolphins.
That's a wrapFrom witnessing the playful fur seals at Admirals Arch to soaking in the coastal vista views from Weirs Cove, you were immersed in the untamed beauty of the West End. The rugged landscapes, diverse wildlife encounters, and breathtaking vistas are sure to created moments of awe and serenity.
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