Visit Kangaroo Island’s Flinders Chase National Park
Top tips and the best things to do in Flinders Chase National Park
Kangaroo Island's Flinders Chase National Park is known for its dense bushland, soaring cliffs, untouched white sandy beaches and pristine rivers and lagoons. At the wild and rugged western end of the island, the park is located approximately 110 kilometres from the main island town of Kingscote.
How big is Flinders Chase National Park?
Covering an area of more than 326 square kilometres (126 square miles); the protected sanctuary of Flinders Chase National Park is home to some of Kangaroo Island’s best known natural attractions, and an abundance of native wildlife and wildflowers.
The magnitude of the park’s deep gullies and stunning valleys of pure wilderness are part of its appeal. The total Flinders Chase size of 326 square kilometres is made up of the Cape du Couedic and Rocky River area to the southwest, the Gosse Lands to the northeast and the region around Cape Borda Lighthouse to the northwest.
The European history of Flinders Chase National Park
The region was declared a National Park in 1919. It was named after British explorer Matthew Flinders, one of the first European explorers to set foot on, and later officially give Kangaroo Island its name.
The park was previously farmed by pastoralists. Between 1893 and 1914, the May family worked the Rocky River Pastoral Lease zone, now the location of the Flinders Chase day use area for visitors. May's Homestead and Postman's Cottage, originally built by the pastoralists, have been beautifully restored and partially rebuilt since the 2019-20 bushfires.
How to get to Flinders Chase National Park
Located on the wild west end of Kangaroo Island, the park can be reached on self-drive tours, tour bus or personalised 4WD tours. A beautiful stone entry gate welcomes visitors to the Park at the corner of the South Coast Road and the West End Highway. Following the South Coast Road, Flinders Chase is 110 kilometres from Kingscote, a 90-minute drive.
The Park is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Entry and camping fees apply—pay online or in person at the day use area, 10 minutes from the main gate. Signed parking is available at each of the major sites. Pets are not permitted, and the roads are unsuitable for caravans or trailers.
What to do in Flinders Chase National Park?
Home to some of the most popular tourist attractions on Kangaroo Island, there are a wide range of things to do in Flinders Chase National Park. Enjoy the slow drive along the winding road to visit iconic landmarks including Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.
A stunning natural playground with an impressive geological history, the giant boulders of Remarkable Rocks are a great place for the whole family to explore. The naturally sculpted formations lie atop a remnant granite outcrop, and their orange and red hues are a photographer's delight, particularly at sunset.
At Cape du Couedic, the impressive rocky arch known as Admirals Arch is home to a colony of long-nosed fur seals that frolic on the rocks and can be easily seen from the boardwalk.
Visit the Cape du Couedic lighthouse, nearby Weirs Cove, and the unusual, square Cape Borda lighthouse for spectacular coastal views and an insight into the isolation felt by lighthouse keepers and their families over 150 years ago.