Flinders Chase National Park

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Flinders Chase National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Remarkable Rocks.jpg
Remarkable Rocks, in the southern part of the park
Flinders Chase National Park is located in South Australia
Flinders Chase National Park
Flinders Chase National Park
State South Australia
Nearest town or city Kingscote
Coordinates 35°58′38″S 136°40′22″E / 35.97722°S 136.67278°E / -35.97722; 136.67278Coordinates: 35°58′38″S 136°40′22″E / 35.97722°S 136.67278°E / -35.97722; 136.67278
Area 326.61 km2 (126.1 sq mi)[1]
Established 1919
Managing authorities Department for Environment and Heritage
Website Flinders Chase National Park

Flinders Chase is a national park on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, 213 km southwest of Adelaide. It is a sanctuary for endangered species and home to a few geological phenomena.

Flinders Chase is composed of a group of protected areas at the western end of Kangaroo Island. It includes coastal landscapes, Cape du Couedic, Rocky River in the southwest, the Gosse Lands in the northeast and Cape Borda lightstation in the northwest. The park is located 110 km west of Kingscote, the island's largest town.


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[edit]

Little penguins have been recorded in Flinders Chase in the 1920s,[2] 1930s,[3][4] 1940s[5] and 1950s.[6] 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.[7]

Geological wonders[edit]

The park contains a few geological phenomena. Remarkable Rocks are naturally sculptured formations precariously balanced atop a granite outcrop. They remind visitors of the sculptures of Henry Moore.[8] 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.[9] [1]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CAPAD 2012 South Australia Summary (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2012. Australian Government - Department of the Environment. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Cape de Coudie Light. Guarding rocky coast. Lighthouse keeper's life." The Mail, South Australia (1926-01-23). Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  3. ^ Hill, Ernestine "A Southern Eden. Flinders Chase and its family." The Advertiser, South Australia (1936-09-05). Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  4. ^ "Sanctuary - Flinders Chase" The Mail, South Australia (1935-03-30). Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  5. ^ "Preserving our wildlife - Work being done at Flinders Chase" The Advertiser, South Australi (1946-02-13). Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  6. ^ N.Q. Naturalists Club "Current Nature Notes. Flinders Chase, Kangaroo Island." Townsville Daily Bulletin, Queensland, Australia (1953-04-25). Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  7. ^ "Trip across Kangaroo Island" South Australian Register, South Australia (1886-12-07). Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  8. ^ Alice Reid (July 12, 2009). "Kangaroo Island Will Drive You Wild". The Washington Post. "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." 
  9. ^ The Islander 2007-12-20

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