Day Three – We were now down the National Park end of the island. Staying handy to Flinders Chase National Park, so we weren’t too far for sunrise or sunset.
Up before the sparrows this time. We were planning to meet at the exit gate of our accom at 5.30am, and drive convoy style, into the national park for sunrise at Remarkable Rocks. It was only a 23km drive, but took just over half an hour in pitch dark at 50-60 kms an hr. By necessity we were being extra careful with kangaroos and Cape Barren Geese wandering across the road. However near the Flinders Chase visitor centre, they had the good sense to use the pedestrian crossing.
From the car park it’s a short flat walk along a well maintained boardwalk. Then up onto the rocks to wander around. There is no fencing, so no trespassing required, access is open and permitted. The huge granite boulders, have been shaped by wind and rain for 500 million years, and are covered with a red lichen that glows in the golden hour of sunrise or sunset
Black mica, bluish quartz, and pinkish feldspar comprise most of the granite of Remarkable Rocks. These flat rocks are easy and safe to walk on during dry weather, but special caution should be taken when weather conditions become wet or windy. Strong winds and slippery rocks make it far easier to fall into the water.Kangaroo Island
Once on the rocks we all spread out and started looking for our compositions. I made for the cave I had shot from last time I was there. A few others filtered in and then we noticed we were all Olympus shooters, henceforth it became the Olympus Cave 😉
Words cant describe how huge and awesome these rock are, they truly are remarkable.We cannot display this gallery
Leaving the rocks, we all walked back along the boardwalk to camp for breakfast. The plan was to head back to the Flinders Chase again around 9am to visit Admirals Arch and Cape du Coedic lighthouse. Before heading off again, a few members wandered through the nature walk within the camp area.
Cape Du Coedic Lighthouse
First stop was of our second foray was Cape du Coedic lighthouse. A stunning sandstone lighthouse (everything in SA seems to be made from sandstone 🙂 ) with a pretty red cap. It’s the only one I have ever seen with wide steps leading up and a double door entry. With 5 ships and 79 lives lost in the treacherous waters, a lighthouse was sorely needed
The Lighthouse was constructed between 1906-1909 and was the fifteenth to be built on South Australia’s coast. It was also the last light to be built in South Australia. The tower itself was built from 2,000 pieces of local stone. Three four roomed cottages were also built of local stone with slate roofs for the head keeper and two assistants.Lighthouses of Australia
From the lighthouse it was a short drive down to Admirals Arch. Reached again by a long boardwalk and then stairs, its a natural arch and hangout of lots of NZ fur seals.
Admirals ArchWe cannot display this gallery
The steps leading down to the arch are extremely weathered by sea spray and seagulls!
Tummies rumbling we all headed to the Flinders Chase visitor centre for lunch. Fabulous centre and top food. The afternoon was ‘free time’ and some headed back to camp for a nap. Others went for a drive, and some to Kelly Hill Caves.We cannot display this gallery
The Sunset That Wasn’t
We had already packed a lot into the day, but weren’t quite finished yet. Everyone was hoping for a sunset so some headed back to Remarkable Rocks, others headed down to Hanson Bay. Sunset was a fizzer at both locations so it was off to bed. In the morning we were packing up and leaving – and heading for our last two nights back to Kingscote at the civilisation end.