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Prospect Hill

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by Vanessa M (subscribe)
I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published November 28th 2014
The beauty of Kangaroo Island is inescapable from ground level but unless you fly there you might not appreciate that it's just as good when viewed from above. Prospect Hill is one way to get around that issue, as it offers a great way to see the eastern side of the island from up high.

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Part of the view from Prospect Hill

It's not a big hike to get to the top of the hill, so don't be deterred by the fact you have to get up there by foot. There's just a series of stairs on the northern side, with access off Hog Bay Road.

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The hill isn't too big

At the top the views are almost 360 degrees. Signs offer information about what you might see in the immediate vicinity, like animals tracks, but don't identify any landmarks that are visible, so you will have to work them out for yourself (I visited early in my trip, because I was staying at nearby Baudin Beach, so I didn't know what I was looking at yet).

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Hog Bay Road is a vital thoroughfare over this side of the island and can be seen here leading off into the Dudley Peninsula

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Looking to the south

The site was bestowed the name Prospect Hill by Matthew Flinders, who climbed it in 1802. However the name Mount Thisby came to be used much more commonly for a while. It was only two hundred years after Flinders' arrival that the landmark became Prospect Hill again.

A monument to Matthew Flinders is located not far from the hill, while a bigger attraction nearby is Pennington Bay, a scenic spot with challenging surf. The closest town is probably American River, but anyone travelling between the Dudley Peninsula and the rest of the island will pass the hill and should stop and take a look.

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The walk up is very open, so you can appreciate the scenery along the way
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Why? For the great views of the island
When: Any day
Where: Off Hog Bay Road, near the narrow neck to the Dudley Penninsula
Cost: Free
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