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Published November 2nd 2014
There's five big reasons to visit
If you come to Kangaroo Island and don't visit Flinders Chase National Park, I don't believe you could have done this island justice, because so many of the top attractions are located in this one space. The following list comprises some of the best attractions to inspire you to get over there (and it's just $10.00 to see them all, though the lighthouse tour is extra).
Remarkable Rocks The most well-known attraction in the national park is probably the Remarkable Rocks. These worn boulders sit atop a bare rock right next to the ocean and have been weathered over thousands of years by wind and sea spray into very unusual shapes.
The Remarkable Rocks
Another iconic attraction is the Admiral's Arch, which is a large rock arch across the bay from the Remarkable Rocks. You'll often find seals playing in the swells underneath it and more seals are visible on the walk out there, which also has great views over The Brothers, two islands just out to sea that are also known as the Casuarina Islets.
Lighthouses Two of the three lighthouses on Kangaroo Island are located in Flinders Chase National Park. There's the Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, located on the southern edge in the same area as the Admiral's Arch and Remarkable Rocks, and Cape Borda Lightstation, in the northwest corner, which offers tours.
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse
Animals One big reason to come to the Flinders Chase National Park is the colony of New Zealand fur seals at Cape du Couedic, near Admiral's Arch. They can be found lying on many of the rocks (but they're not lazy, they just spent the previous day out at sea looking for food).
Watching the seals below at Cape du Courdic
Other animals to be found elsewhere in the park include platypuses in many of the waterholes (you can collect a map from the visitors centre for a two hour walk that will take you past lots of possible places to see them). Kangaroos, wallabies and goannas are all also around, while I even managed to see a koala outside the Visitors Centre and an echidna over by the Remarkable Rocks.
Visitor Centre When you enter the park, you will need to head straight to the Visitors Centre to pay the park entry (there's no need to go out of your way, you'll pass it on the way in). However this place isn't just for getting the formalities over. It's also part information centre, with interactive displays and lessons on the island's flora and fauna. There's even the chance to handle some furs and bones. It also has a cafe.
Entry to Flinders Chase National Park costs $10.00 (adult rate) or $15.00 for two days. If you intend to come more often (staying overnight is possible, whether you camp or book the cottages at Cape du Ceuodic Lighthouse) you may want to get a Kangaroo Island Tour Pass, which gets you unlimited entry for 12 months, as well as a guided tour at Seal Bay Conservation Park, entry to Kelly Hill Caves and both the lighthouse tours available (at Cape Borda and Cape Willoughby Lighthouse). It costs $68.00.