Flinders Chase National Park


Flinders Chase National Park

Infobox_protected_area_of_Australia | name = Flinders Chase National Park
iucn_category = II



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locator_x = 162
locator_y = 184
nearest_town_or_city = Kingscote
coordinates = coord|35|58|38|S|136|40|22|E|
area = 328 km² [ [http://www.parks.sa.gov.au/flinderschase/about/index.htm Flinders Chase National Park - About the Park ] ]
established = 1919
visitation_num =
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managing_authorities = Department for Environment and Heritage
official_site = [http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/flinderschase/ 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.

anctuary

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.

Geological wonders

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.Fact|date=February 2008 Admirals Arch, home to playful New Zealand Fur Seals, displays the ability of the ocean to carve the coastline.

Fire

Lightning strikes on Thursday 6th December 2007 caused 63,433 hectares of Flinders Chase National Park to be burnt, before finally being contained on 16th December. [The Islander 2007-12-20] [http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=17876]

ee also

* Protected areas of South Australia

Notes

References

* [http://www.ozshots.com/20011230_Kangaroo_Remarkable/ OZ Shots of Kangaroo Island]
* [http://www.parks.sa.gov.au/flinderschase/natural/index.htm Flinders Chase National Park]
* [http://www.traveldownunder.com.au/South_Australia/Kangaroo_Island/Remarkable_Rocks.asp Travel Down Under]

External links

* [http://www.little.id.au/travel/kangaroo_is/remarkable_rocks_2.htm Brigadoon- Pictures of the rocks]
* [http://www.webshots.com/g/d2005/7-nw/54141.html Webshots- Pictures of the rocks]


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