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Flinder's Chase tour?

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Flinder's Chase tour?

Hi all,

We are traveling to Flinder's early January and now I am deciding whether to take a tour. I am intrigued by the Admiral Arch and the nearby wildlife in additional to those little penguins in other parts of the island.

I wonder how easy it is to just go and see all these things by ourselves in a car or the logistics are rather complicated so it's better to take a tour? Is the path to Admiral Arch easy to find and follow?

We mostly travel on our own with a private guide sometimes, and last time we took a group tour we didn't really enjoy much. Our experience in Australia has been that it's a country very easy to do it yourself, and group tour isn't that necessary. Is it the same with Kangaroo Island especially in Flinder's.

One last thing, are vineyards on KI worth taking a look? We are spending only 2 nights on the island and will be in Barossa valley as well so unless they are quite special we will give it a pass.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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1. Re: Flinder's Chase tour?

very easy to get around Flinders Chase NP; head to Cape du Couedic (sealed road) and you will find Admirals Arch there and Remarkable rocks just up a side road. There is a cafe/store at entrance to NP and from there you can walk to some waterholes and have a reasonable chance of seeing a platypus.

…sa.gov.au/parks/…Flinders_Chase

Can also go to Cape Willoughby where there is another lighthouse with a vineyard/cellar door - Dudley Wines nearby and nice views across to mainland. the lighthouse used to have tours on a just turn up at the start time and probably still does,

tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255095-d2…

Plenty of beaches plus Kingscote and Penneshaw to pass time in; also Seal bay is easy to find on your own as well. Pretty good signposting on the island. When you arrive at penneshaw by ferry head for the tourist info centre on LHS out of town towards Kingscote and get some free maps etc.

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2. Re: Flinder's Chase tour?

Flinders Chase is set up for the self-drive tourist.. it's very easy to drive to most of the iconic places and easily signposted walks. Agree with mcb5022 that the first thing you need is the visitor guide from th information centre and you can also download information about Flinders Chase at the National Parks site

…sa.gov.au/parks/…Flinders_Chase

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3. Re: Flinder's Chase tour?

From the SA Wine & Food Guide

You won't find large cellar doors or large-scale producers in this young wine region. The beauty of KI is that visitors deal directly with small family-owned operations and can learn about the wines directly from the people who have made them.

And despite being SA's newest wine region, KI's wines are quickly making an impact overseas. KI locals attribute the growing success to a combination of great climate, proximity to the sea, wonderful soil and passionate people.

Today there are 30 growers and 18 labels, 10 of which offer cellar door tasting and sales- some from their own homes.

Sunset Wines, located high on a hill near Penneshaw with incomparable sea views.

Penneshaw Farmers' Market on the first Sunday of the month, impressive array of locally grown & produced goods including chutneys & spices, lamb, artisan bread, herbs, oysters, Ligurian honey, olive oil, marron, hand made biscuits, in season fruit & veg, award winning reds and whites from Dudley Wines.

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4. Re: Flinder's Chase tour?

Just came back from KI and it was a terrible experience. False advertising. don't even go to the penguin place, there were no penguins. we took a tour and we didn't even see a single kangaroo.

Many people from Melbourne and Sydney told us that sadly there is false advertising and they didn't know why this is happening. the color of the see is nice, but other than that you will not get a real nature experience unless you go to places like paul's place or private places where they keep the animals.

the penguins wont show. we waited 2 hours twice, not even a guide to explain what was going on. A local guy told us that the penguines wont show any more. If want a real experience go to phillip island, it was much betteer.

sorry

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5. Re: Flinder's Chase tour?

Yes sadly the penguins seem to have gone from KI - BUT there are heaps of kangaroos, koalas, echidnas,emus and seals- and I'm sorry if you didnt see them - but I think you should blame your tour operator rather than bag the island itself.

AND you will definitely see all of these in Flinders Chase. There are usually a couple of kangaroos hopping around just near the visitor centre and plenty of koalas hanging about in the trees - or you can go the koala sanctuary at Hansen Bay.

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6. Re: Flinder's Chase tour?

Thanks for all the advice. Since we won't see any penguin, we are going to cut it to one day on KI and just enjoy the landscape and probably the wine!

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7. Re: Flinder's Chase tour?

Don't get put off by people's comments about the penguins - walk around in th evenings and you are likely to see some - not as many as there used to be, but they are still there - listen and you will hear them callling s they go back to their burrows. The weather and the time of year have an effect on their behaviour - as they do on the numbers on Phillip Island.

abc.net.au/news/…4425962

Some scientists say that the reason is the increasing number of seals on the island - nature is strange.

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