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“Amazing sights”

Flinders Chase National Park
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Owner description: Western end of Kangaroo Island features magnificent coastal landscapes coupled with vast wilderness areas and diverse wildlife. Flinders Chase National Park is the home of the iconic Admiral's Arch with its colony of New Zealand fur seals and the truly Remarkable Rocks. Open every day except Christmas day.
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Reviewed December 8, 2014

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.

Thank CoffeeNut76
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Reviewed December 6, 2014

It was a long drive, almost two hours each way, to arrive at this attraction, but the pleasure of viewing these unique rock formations, even in the rain and whipping winds, was well worth the long journey getting there. The rocks are truly spectacular and the walkway to get there offers interesting views of the sea as well as diverse plant life, lots of low growing shrubs reminiscent of heather. I'm not sure what type blooming plants they were but they were beautiful. En route we also stopped at a farm where there are koalas in the surrounding trees and we also saw a mob of kangaroos at another facility. It was nearly a full day's excursion and well worth it.

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Reviewed December 5, 2014

Make sure you spend enough time in the area. A visit to Admirals Arch and the Remarkables is a must when visiting KI. Stunning, and the fur seals were a delight. Stroll, don't rush, enjoy every minute!

Thank MelbourneKath
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Reviewed December 4, 2014

We spent the whole day here (avoiding driving before dawn or after dusk - there are way too many animals on the roads). This was our best day on the island (extremely windy but still amazing). The Remarkable Rocks are truly unique and a photographers dream. Admirals Arch was neat and the seal colony there was fantastic (better than at Seal Bay and cheaper). I also agree with a previous reviewer that it's great that you can't get too close to the seals so that you aren't disturbing them. We spent about an hour just watching the seals play in the waves. We saw 3 koala bears and a wallaby just outside the visitor centre. We hiked on a short walk behind the visitor centre and saw an echidna and large kangaroo with joey. This area is really a haven for wildlife and they are all around you. I would recommend spending the full day here or two half days so you can fully appreciate the area, views, wildlife and some hiking.

Thank ellekavee
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Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you want to see seals then this is the place to head for. We could have stayed and watched them for hours and apparently the day before we were there one lady did. Boardwalks take you really close but don't seem to disturb the seals, which we like. The thunder of the sea, the baying of the seals and the smell of the seal poo all added to the excitement for me.

Kids would love it and it is a total treat for nature lovers like me and my partner.

Thank IrishMimi
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