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 in the Australian state of South Australia located at the west end of Kangaroo Island about 177 kilometres (110 miles) west-south west of the state capital of Adelaide and 110 kilometres (68 miles) west of the municipal seat 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.
Flinders Chase National Park is located at the north-western end of Kangaroo Island in South Australia approximately 110 kilometres (68 miles) west of Kingscote. It is located within the gazetted localities of Flinders Chase, Gosse and Karatta.
- '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.
Protected area designation
The national park first acquired protected area status as a ‘flora and fauna reserve’ declared on 16 October 1919 under the Fauna and Flora Reserve Act 1919, an act whose specific purpose was:
…to establish a Reserve on Kangaroo Island for the Protection, Preservation, and Propagation of Australasian Fauna and Flora, and to provide for the Control of such Reserve, and for other purposes.
It was constituted as a national park upon the proclamation of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 on 27 April 1972 which repealed five items of existing legislation including the Fauna and Flora Reserve Act 1919. At proclamation in 1972, it consisted of the following land in the following cadastral units as well as the entirety of the Casuarina Islets - section 11 in the Hundred of Borda, section 64 in the Hundred of Gosse, section 17 in the Hundred of McDonald and section 66 in “South out of Hundreds”.
Since creation in November 1919, it 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 this colonies have since gone extinct, in part of the 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.
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.
- Protected areas of South Australia
- Loch Vennachar
- Ravine des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area
- Kangaroo Island bushfires
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- Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board (2009), Here to stay for our children and grandchildren : a natural resources management plan for the Kangaroo Island region 2009 (PDF), 1, Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board, pp. 88–89, ISBN 978-1-921595-00-4
- Alice Reid (12 July 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.
- The Islander 2007-12-20
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