I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published October 8th 2014
The Remarkable Rocks are an icon of South Australia, one that many Australians could probably recognise if shown a picture. But it isn't until you're visit them yourself that you really understand what makes them special; the strangeness of their weathered shapes sitting on on a bare rock, surrounded by low scrub and little else.
The Remarkable Rocks
Like a lot of Kangaroo Island's best attractions, the rocks can be found on the western side, in Flinders Chase National Park. They're on the opposite side of Weirs Cove to the Admirals Arch, the seal colony and the lighthouse (from the Rocks you can see the gash in the cliff-face where things were hauled up to to the lighthouse over the other side of the bay)
An iconic image from the island
This whole area can get quite busy and the rocks are no exception. A car park provides parking and there is a boardwalk out to the attraction, with a vantage points for disabled access.
The rocks themselves can be climbed on and around, and are like a maze, so kids will have more fun than they'll expect here. You are warned to stay way from the edge, a necessary precaution not just because of the waves, but because of the wind too.
All the different shapes are worth exploring
But there's heaps to explore anyway and plenty of photo opportunities. All the rocks have been worn into rounded shapes by wind, sea spray and rain over 500 million years. Many are covered with a lichen the makes them look red, making for some dramatic images when contrasted with the blue of the water.
I didn't expect the colours to be so vibrant
More rock formations to explore
Before I visited the Remarkable Rocks, I hadn't been quite sure what to expect, not understanding what made them special, but I do now. And just to add an extra touch to my day, when my companions and I thought our experience was over and were starting to leave, we spotted an echidna (in the first picture in this article you can see a group of people below the rocks clustered together; they've just found it too). This echidna wasn't just the first one I'd seen on the island, but the first I'd seen anywhere in Australia outside a zoo, so I'm quite tankful I made a visit in the end.
Te first echidna I've ever been lucky enough to see outside a zoo