Flinders Chase National Park

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.

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Contact details

Cape du Couedic Rd, Flinders Chase; (08) 8559 7235

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■ 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.

■ Admirals Arch – follow the boardwalk to a viewing area where you can watch large colonies of  New Zealand fur seals surfing the waves or sunbaking on the rocks. During summer, there will be cute seal pups as well.

Fabulous Facts

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.

Insider Tips

■ 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.

■ It is easy to spot kangaroos without going far in the park – they hop all around the visitor centre!  From April to September there are also Cape Barren Geese around the visitor centre. This is their breeding season, so keep your eye out for the chicks. 
■ Warning: the wind and waves can be extremely violent in the coastal areas of the park, so take  care.
■ If you want to bring a picnic, there are gas barbecues at the visitor centre, or you can purchase  meals at the Chase Cafe.
■ It is possible to camp overnight in the park or stay in one of the lighthouses.

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