Flinders Chase National Park
|Flinders Chase National Park
Remarkable Rocks, in the southern part of the park
|Nearest town or city||Kingscote|
|Area||326.61 km2 (126.1 sq mi)|
|Managing authorities||Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources|
|Website||Flinders Chase National Park|
|See also||Protected areas of South Australia|
Flinders Chase National Park is a protected area located at the west end of Kangaroo Island, South Australia, about 177 kilometres (110 mi) west-south west of Adelaide and 62 kilometres (39 mi) west-south west of Kingscote. It is a sanctuary for endangered species and home to a few geological phenomena. It was the second national park to be declared in South Australia. It consists of three sections - an area of coastal landscapes around Cape du Couedic in the south west corner of the island, the Gosse Lands in the centre of the west end of the island and the former Cape Borda Lightstation reserve in the north west corner of the island.
As of 1993, the park consists of three separate parcels of land:
- 'Cape du Couedic' which is refers to the main parcel of land within the park and which is bounded at the north by the West Bay Road and the West Melrose Track, to the east by the West End Highway and an unsealed called the Sand Dune Track; and the portion of coastline extending from West Bay in the west to Cape du Couedic in the south and to Sanderson Bay in the east. This portion of the park includes the following islands - Paisley Islet (also known as West Bay Island) at West Bay and the Casuarina Islets immediately south of Cape du Couedic.
- The Gosse Lands - a parcel of land which is bounded by the Playford Highway to the north and the West End Highway to the west.
- The former lighthouse reserve at Cape Borda,
Since the creation of the national park in November 1919, Flinders Chase has become a sanctuary for endangered species, some of them introduced from the mainland in the 1920s and 1930s. During the 1940s, 23 additional species were introduced, including Koalas (1923) and Platypus (1928). Most of these species can still be observed today. Kangaroos, Goannas and Echidnas are commonly seen in the park.
Little penguins have been recorded in Flinders Chase in the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. It is believed that these colonies have since gone extinct, in part due to the increase of New Zealand fur seal populations since the end of commercial sealing. In 1886, little penguins were seen at Admiral's Arch.
The park contains two geological monuments. Remarkable Rocks are naturally sculptured formations precariously balanced atop a granite outcrop. They remind visitors of the sculptures of Henry Moore. Admirals Arch, home to playful New Zealand fur seals, displays the ability of the ocean to carve the coastline.
Lightning strikes on Thursday 6 December 2007 caused 63,433 hectares of Flinders Chase National Park to be burnt, before finally being contained on 16 December.
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The "Remarkable Rocks," as they are called, are a collection of enormous eroded granite boulders sitting atop a giant dome of lava coughed up about 200 million years ago. Wind and sea spray have since carved the chunks into what look like monumental Henry Moore sculptures perched 200 feet above a crashing sea.
- The Islander 2007-12-20
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