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Cape du Couedic Seal-Watching

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by Vanessa M (subscribe)
I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published November 16th 2014
At Seal Bay Conservation Park you can see Australian sea lions for a minimum of $15 (for an adult). At Cape du Couedic you can spend as long as you want watching New Zealand fur seals without paying anything more than the entrance fee to Flinders Chase National Park, which also gets you access to the Remarkable Rocks, Admiral's Arch and the Cape du Couedic Lighthouse.

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Cape du Couedic is the same place you will see 'The Brothers' islands and Admiral's Arch


The seal colony can be found on the same point of land that's home to the arch and aforementioned lighthouse. From the car park for these attractions there's a detour to a dedicated seal-watching lookout where you'll be able to see them lying on the rocks below and playing in the waves.

However, I found that you actually get much better views from Admiral's Arch. The path over there is is lower so the seals are just beneath you, resting after spending the previous day searching for food.

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There's at least ten seals in this picture, taken just outside Admiral's Arch, but most are hard to spot


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An active seal


Cape du Couedic seals, Cape du Couedic Kangaroo Island, Cape du Couedic Flinders Chase National Park, cape du couedic
A tired pup


Even underneath the arch itself there's quite a lot, swimming in the whitewash.

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Admiral's Arch is one of the biggest attractions on Kangaroo Island


As well as the other attractions in Flinders Chase National Park that I have mentioned, there are other animals to keep an eye out for too. I saw a koala by the Visitors Centre and an echidna by the Remarkable Rocks (and I was only in the park for a day). There's also waterholes where you might see a platypus, and kangaroos are here just like everywhere else.

Other places to see animals outside Flinders Chase National Park include include the koalas at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and penguins at Kingscote or Penneshaw (where you can do a nocturnal tour) . There's also bees at Clifford's Honey Farm (the only pure strain of this type of bee left in the world) or marron at the Marron Cafe and local creeks. I managed to see seals just by visiting other beaches too; once at Pennington Bay, and twice at Browns Beach.
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Why? It's one place on the island where you're guaranteed to see seals
When: Flinders Chase National Park is open at all times, but day visitors are asked to leave by sunset
Where: Cape Du Couedic in 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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