Flinders Chase National Park
Flinders Chase National Park is located on the northwestern portion of Kangaroo Island within the state of South Australia found along the southern coast of Australia. The national park encompasses an area of 126.1 square miles (489.69 sq km).
As the second national park for the state, Flinders Chase is best known for some unique geological features and a handful of endangered species that call the area home. The island park can be divided into three regions. Cape du Couedic is located in the southern corner of the island offering beach and shoreline landscapes.
The Gosse Lands is a section of the park found toward the center of the western side providing a larger protected area. The third section is the Cape Borda Lighthouse found in the northwestern corner of the island. Cape du Couedic is the largest and most significant portion of the park.
The Cape du Couedic and Remarkable Rocks are stunning granite rock outcroppings that leave visitors puzzled with how in the world did this happen. The rock formations feature amazing balanced rocks that create sculptured like creations. Mother nature leaves travelers baffled with this unique rock formation display.
Flinders Chase is also a special breeding area for the Australian fur seal. The sandy beaches and rocky shores make them right at home. The beaches and rocky shores have low wooded forested hills as backdrops.
The rock formations known as Remarkable Rocks and Cape du Couedic are the highlights of Flinders Chase National Park. The Geological Society of Australia has declared these as geological monuments.
The Remarkable Rocks are the pinnacle attraction of the park. These unique boulders and rock formations almost look like there were placed there by some unknown force.
The collection of boulders and rocks almost appears as if it is scattered prehistoric bones of some kind. They create many different photographic landscapes.
Flinders Chase National Park Trails
There are around 20 different hiking trails that visitors can leverage to explore the national park. These hikes range from short 10-minute strolls to treks that take most of the day. Here is a look at some of the more popular hikes:
Remarkable Rocks Walk
This unique rock formation is the highlight of this 1 km 15 min hike roundtrip. It is fair to say that this is almost a unanimously taken hike by visitors to the national park.
Admirals Arch: This is a short 15-minute hike from the starting point with an amazing view of and through Admirals Arch. This is one of the most renowned highlights of the national park.
Cliff Top Hike
This is a short 10-minute hike to an overlook that provides hikers with a chance to look out over the park.
Snake Lagoon Hike:
How can you not take a trail called “Snake Lagoon?” This is a 2-hour trek traveling 4.2 km that delivers people scenic views of the lagoon.
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
This is a 5-day 73 km adventure that meanders around the island providing hikers with a comprehensive exploration of the coastline, rock formations, and nature that Flinders Chase and Kangaroo Island has to offer.
Flinders Chase National Park was created to celebrate the unique rock formations while also protecting the habitat of a number of endangered species. It was important to establish the protected area so that it would be enjoyed by future generations.
Flinders Chase Highlights
- Remarkable Rocks
- Cape du Couedic
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