The tour picked us up from where we were staying in American River and went via the airport to pick up another couple. Flinders Chase, now a National Park, is coastal mallee country The tour went first to Remarkable Rocks, which is a group of granite boulders, set on smooth granite and carved into sculptures by thousands of years of wind, rain and sea spray. We then went to Lucy's Cottage where we had morning tea (or coffee) plus Lamingtons and cake.
From there we went to the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre for a loo stop and to see their interpretive displays, which explain about the flora and fauna of the Island. Our next stop was Cape du Couedic to see the lighthouse and Admirals Arch. The sea was very rough
and it was raining intermittently but no matter. The lighthouse is truly incredible, as it was built before there were any roads in the area; so the supply boats anchored in Weirs Cove, 1.5 km away and a flying fox was set up to land the building materials; from there, they were carried along a path to the lighthouse site. Admirals Arch is a large natural arch in the rock, worn away by the relentless action of the sea. There, we saw a large number of New Zealand fur seals including a lot of seal cubs. We. went back to the Visitors Centre for a late lunch as it was very windy and no outside picnic was possible. Finally we went to Vivonne Bay, once voted the best beach in Australia, before returning to our hotels.
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