FLIN­DERS CHASE

KAN­GA­ROO IS­LAND, SOUTH AUS­TRALIA

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Q&a -

At the wild west end of an al­ready pretty wild is­land, Flin­ders Chase is home to many of the iconic Aus­tralian mam­mals any­one would want to see on a visit Down Un­der: koalas, western grey kan­ga­roos (said to be ‘stock­ier’ than their main­land coun­ter­parts and with ‘lux­u­ri­ous, choco­late-brown fur’) and the two egg-laying monotremes – echid­nas and platy­puses (stake out the series of platy­pus wa­ter­holes close to the vis­i­tor cen­tre at dawn or dusk).

Cape Bar­ren geese – a species only found at the tip of south­ern Aus­tralia (in­clud­ing Tas­ma­nia) – should also be on your tick­list. Look out for them feed­ing on coastal grass­lands, per­haps while hik­ing the 60km, five-day Kan­ga­roo Is­land Wilder­ness Trail. Don’t miss the spec­tac­u­lar rock for­ma­tion of Ad­mi­ral’s Arch at Cape du Couedic (a short di­ver­sion from the trail), or the Aus­tralian fur seals and sealions on the beach below. Be­tween June and Oc­to­ber you may even glimpse south­ern right whales out at sea, on their way to the Great Aus­tralian Bight.

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