I don't know if anyone has travelled all the way to KI and not visited Flinders Chase National Park. For me it's the highlight of my 4 days in KI. As I was travelling with an infant and a preschooler, I was concerned about how the wild elements of nature would affect them, but remote as it is this park is remarkably child-friendly.
We started out after a decent breakfast at Chase Cafe located at the Visitor Center and then set out for the "easy" walks - Cape de Couedic lightstation, Admirals Arch, Weirs Cove, Remarkable Rocks. There were toilets and baby change facilities at most of those stops, and while the boardwalk paths were stroller-friendly, at some points there would be steps or some rocky inclines to negotiate so we put bub in a baby carrier instead.
We returned to Chase Cafe for a late lunch.
With some time left (the park closes at 5 pm) we decided to go for the Platypus Waterholes walk. Well after such amazing sights at the previous stops this was a bit of a let down. We knew our chances of platypus sighting were dismal but the bone-rattling drive (via Shackle Road) on long stretches of really really bad gravel road - and it took us about 20 minutes each way! - tripled the disappointment.
Some tips - take your time and spend the whole day here if you can. We were so glad our accommodation was mere minutes away, allowing us to leave the park at closing time and not having to worry about driving home in poor light. If travelling with kids, ditch the stroller. A baby carrier will give you the much needed mobility to truly enjoy the sights. It's also rather windy so take that into consideration when dressing up the kids. Do try the King George Whiting burger in Chase Cafe.
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