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Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail – Day 1: Rocky River Section is a 12.4km, grade 4 one way hike located in Flinders Chase National Park South Australia. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.
Day one commences at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre and takes you to the famous Platypus Waterholes where you may encounter the rare and elusive platypus. This shared section of the trail has plenty of interpretation and offers a great introduction to the park. When the path joins up with the Rocky River Trail you’ll be immersed in dense eucalypt woodland that is home to a diversity of bird life and native animals. Reaching the Pardalote Lookout you will see the meandering Rocky River far below you as it flows out towards the Southern Ocean. You will then pass through riverbank and mallee habitats where wildflowers provide stunning arrays of colour all year around, along with orchids and fungi in the cooler months. Traversing your way down from the ridge towards the river you will come across the spectacular sight of the Rocky River Cascades. The day comes to a close at the Cup Gum Campground, a peaceful setting for your first night’s rest hidden amongst tall sugar gums and old-growth cup gums.
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For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Walking SA