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Published October 26th 2014
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse is one of many attractions in the south west corner of Flinders Chase National Park, which is the same place you'll find the Remarkable Rocks and Admiral's Arch. In fact, the lighthouse is very close to the latter.
Compared to these other Kangaroo Island attractions, the lightstation is not as much of a drawcard. There's good photo opportunities and a few other things to see, but not enough for visitors to spend too long here when there's so much else calling. Unlike at Cape Willoughby and Cape Borda you can't get inside this lighthouse either.
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse
The building where the kerosene was stored
The lighthouse does have its own appeal though, and there's more than the lighthouse itself to see. It's set back from the cliffs and if you follow the path to its left towards the water you will reach the remains of a building. It's not in great condition now, but it was once used used as a storehouse.
One room in the storehouse
Originally inaccessible by land, stores were brought to the station by boat, a system that was in place for twenty four years. They were then hauled up the ninety metre cliff by a flying fox. An alcove in the wall today allows you to look down the channel in the rock where the cables ran (which you can make out from the Remarkable Rocks across the bay).
That's a jetty down there, believe it or not
There are other remains to see too
Perhaps the home of the engine that replaced the horses as pulling power for the flying fox?
There's not enough to keep you here too long, especially with the other major attractions nearby. However, that's assuming you're only in the area for the day. Because you could well spend the night here. When the lighthouse was built, three cottages were constructed for the head lighthouse keeper, his assistants and their families, which you are able to stay in today.
Even if the lighthouse weren't here, this place would be worth a visit for the views