West End, Kangaroo Island
The West End region of Kangaroo Island.
The Flinders Chase National Park dominates the entire West End region of Kangaroo Island. This protected park is one of the island's main draws as it is home to a plethora of wildlife and some top attractions, including Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.
The 126 square mile park is a sanctuary for endangered species that hail from mainland Australia as well as the island itself. It is a place to spot koalas, platypus, kangaroos and echidnas as well as for enjoying outdoor activities. Bird watching, hiking and fishing can all be enjoyed at the Flinders Chase National Park and it is even possible to stay overnight.
At the very west end of the park are a few untouched beaches and Paisley Islet, which is also called West Bay Islet. The island was formed around 7,500 years ago and consists of metasandstone that is covered with a layer of limestone and sedimentary rock. The small island is a protected area that is home to numerous species of bird and is accessible by walking across some rocks at low tide.
Surrounding the West End is the Western Kangaroo Island Marine Park, which is home to dolphins, whales and southern blue fin tuna as well as deep water reefs. It is an excellent area for diving and snorkelling as well as for spotting Australian fur seal and white-bellied sea eagle.
The Cape Borda Lightstation sits at the very northwest tip of the region, which dates back to 1858, making it the third oldest lighthouse in Australia. Its focal plane sits at 155 metres high and offers great views of the surrounding water. There are also a few cottages there where visitors can stay overnight.