Definitely the highlight and best two days of our trip. From the outdoor teatime along the river to the unbelievable grilled fish, grilled cheese (yes, grilled cheese) fresh salad and wine, to the remarkable guide, the first day was truly exceptional. The things that we got to see up close and personal were sensational
Flinders Chase Focus Tour
This full day share tour explores some of Kangaroo Island’s highlights and lesser known backtracks of Flinders Chase National Park - a wilderness covering nearly 200,000 acres.
It is home to a wide array of wildlife species such as kangaroos, wallabies, possums, goannas, echidnas, koalas, platypus and many birds including rare Cape Barren Geese. In addition to the wildlife habitat the park also protects important geological features and cultural heritage sites.
The drive down to Cape du Couedic takes in some dramatic dune country with a complex fire history and an interesting range of vegetation types.The road alignment follows the original horse trail between the ranger station and the lighthouse settlement on the tip of the peninsula.
At Cape du Couedic visit a fur seal colony which now number over 50,000 after being decimated by hunting in the early 1800’s. These animals can be observed at rest on the rocks or frolicking in the surf under Admirals Arch - a spectacular coastal grotto. On the headland above is a beautiful stone lighthouse where three light keepers and their families lived, maintaining a warning for ships. With no road access until 1940 life was tough - supplies came by sea only every 3 months.
Another impressive stone structure had a different architect. The Remarkable Rocks, huge natural granite sculptures, have been carved by relentless winds, rain and salt from the Southern Ocean. The end result looks like a meeting of the minds of Henri Moore and Salvador Dali!
Good wines and local produce features highly in our picnic lunch which we can enjoy on clifftop or in the bush (depending on weather and logisitics) before making a visit to “Grassdale” in the heart of Kelly Hill Conservation Park, the home of the pioneering Edwards Family and now a great place for kangaroo observation.