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Admirals Arch

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by Vanessa M (subscribe)
I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published October 12th 2014
Admiral's Arch is one of the biggest attractions on Kangaroo Island and is located on the western side, in Flinders Chase National Park, where you'll also find the Remarkable Rocks. Everyting out here sits on tall cliffs, surrounded by very low-lying plants.

When you arrive at the car park, a zig-zagging path takes you through this low scrub and provides you with great views of the Casuarina Islets (also known as The Brothers) offshore. This part can get extremely windy.

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Enjoy amazing sights of 'The Brothers' before you reach the arch


The area is also home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals. A detour from the main path will take you to a viewing platform, but there are also a lot on the rocks right before you round the last corner to see the Arch. Since you have to pay for a glimpse of the Australian sea lions over at Seal Bay, this experience is a bonus.

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Seals cover any rocks in this area


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One pup wasn't far beneath us on the boardwalk


After all these distractions, I wasn't prepared for the Arch when I finally came to see it, so it seemed even more astonishing than I have expected. Much bigger. My immediate thought was that all the while I had been waking along the boardwalk, this huge opening had been underneath me.

A viewing platform takes you right in front of the arch, where you can see through it. There's strong winds again, heaps of whitewash and even more seals, trying to launch themselves onto the rocks at the base. The stairs, while sturdy, look like they deteriorate quickly under all the elements.

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Admiral's Arch


Near this attraction you will find plenty of others to incorporate into your day. Right behind the arch is the Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, while not far away are the Remarkable Rocks. Entry to the national park that contains them all is not free, so most people try to catch the group all in the one trip.

Also in the park is Bunker Hill, which has good views, and platypus waterholes. On the way there, you're likely to pass near Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, with its Koala Walk, with is also worth considering as a place to stop.
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Why? It's a pretty magical sight
When: Flinders Chase National Park is open at all times, but day visitors are asked to leave by sunset
Where: Flinders Chase National Park
Cost: Entry fees apply to Flinders Chase National Park ($10.00 for adults, $8.00 for concessions and $6.00 for children)
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