Recognised as one of Australia’s iconic National Landscapes, Kangaroo Island offers a wealth of inspiring nature-based experiences. The National and Conservation Parks of Kangaroo Island cover almost one-third of the island and are ideal to explore on your next Kangaroo Island holiday.
Fees apply for entry to some parks and for camping. All visitors must display valid entry pass and camping permits where applicable. Fines apply for not doing so. Book and pay for your entry to the Flinders Chase National Park prior to travel on the Environment SA Website, or pay at the gate.
Kangaroo Island Parks not to be missed include:
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Guided tours provide visitors with an exclusive opportunity to observe Australian sea lions in their natural environment of sand dunes, beach and ocean with an expert guide at your side. There is a wonderful self-guiding boardwalk and lookout area, souvenir shop, interpretive centre and restrooms also available at this location for your use.
Getting up close to Australian sea lions is a must-see when visiting Kangaroo Island. Make sure you bring your camera along to get some photos, and if you're lucky you may even see some playful sea lions pups.
Image by Ben Goode.
Flinders Chase National Park
Please note the Park has now reopened to visitors. Book and pay for your entry before you visit, on the Environment SA Website.
Some of Kangaroo Island’s best attractions can be found in Flinders Chase National Park, from abundant wildlife, amazing walking and hiking trails, to the wind-sculpted boulders of Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Cape du Coeudic Lighthouse and Cottages. The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is currently closed, however, it encompasses trails through Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Conservation Park and the Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area. Along with encounters with some of the island's most unique wildlife, the trail provides access to the iconic attractions of Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Weirs Cove, Hanson Bay and Kelly Hill Caves.
Plans to rebuild the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre & Café are currently underway. More details to come.
Image by Nikki Redman.
Kelly Hill Conservation Park
Please note the Park is currently closed. Find out more on the National Parks and Services website.
This area consists of a maze of underground caves and tunnels. Join one of the regular show cave tours or take part in an adventure cave experience. A souvenir and snack food shop with restrooms is set in a tranquil bush setting suitable for picnics.
Image by Heidi Lewis.
Cape Borda Lightstation
Please note this section of the re-opens from 26th September 2020. Find out more on the National Parks and Services website.
Once the park is up and running stay in a lighthouse keeper’s cottage for something different, visit the on-site museum to see and read first-hand accounts of the hardship and isolation suffered by the lighthouse keeper, family and staff in the mid 1850’s. Don’t miss the 12.30pm tour for the daily firing of the cannon, once used to set shops clocks and as a warning device in foggy conditions.
Cape Willoughby Conservation Park
Join one of the daily tours to learn more about South Australia’s first lighthouse, built-in 1852 and constructed from granite and limestone. Situated in the easternmost point of Kangaroo Island the lighthouse offers incredible panoramic views. Stay in one of the cosy self-contained lighthouse keeper cottages and take the 1.9km self-guided heritage loop walk from the Visitors Centre. Keep a lookout for wildlife in the area with many Kangaroo Island Kangaroos.
Please note that the lighthouse is open all year round and accessible via unsealed roads.
Image by Isaac Forman.
Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park
D’Estrees Bay offers small bays and beaches and the chance to enjoy fishing and explore some wild coastal beaches as well as discover relics of early pastoral pursuits and a short lived whaling industry. Murray Lagoon is Kangaroo Island’s largest lagoon where, in season, you can see large numbers of waterbirds. Secluded campgrounds are also located at D’Estrees Bay and Murray Lagoon.
Image by Quentin Chester.
Lashmar Conservation Park
Situated at the eastern end of the Kangaroo Island, this small park adjoins stunning Antechamber Bay where the Chapman River enters the bay. Great for fishing, bird watching and visiting boutique wineries! It's also a well-known camping spot and great place to relax and unwind.