Flinders Chase National Park
Back to nature
The Flinders Chase Visitor Centre has created a wonderful buried treasure adventure for kids. Budding young archaeologists can borrow dig kits (buckets and spades) and hunt through the excavation site (a sandpit). While you watch from the cafe, the excited hunters will uncover the plaster casts of megafauna bones and eagerly try to identify their finds from the display board alongside. The fun continues inside the centre, where they can use touch screens to hear animal noises, or feel the real skins of echidnas, wallabies and goannas.
FREE ENTRY TO VISITOR CENTRE; PARK ENTRY BUDGET
Cape du Couedic Rd, Flinders Chase; (08) 8559 7235
■ Remarkable Rocks – kids enjoy the spectacular appearance of the rocks and the fun of climbing right inside these strange formations. Look for the signs explaining how the rocks were formed.
It is easy to tell male New Zealand fur seals from females because the males are so much bigger. While a female is 1.5 metres long and weighs 70 kilograms (about the same as a human adult female), the male is 2.5 metres long and weighs a whopping 185 kilograms! If any of the seals look as if they are crying, don’t worry, it is just that they have no control over their tear ducts so their eyes tend to run. We are lucky that New Zealand fur seals still exist today. They were hunted almost to extinction in the 18th and 19th centuries.
■ Flinders Chase National Park is on the extreme west side of the island. It is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive between the park and the east coast where the airport and ferry terminal are located. Ask staff at the visitor centre how long it will take to drive to destinations inside the park. It is not safe to drive around after sunset because of the risk of hitting animals.
- Flinders Chase National Park, Eco-friendly activity
- Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island, National park