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typical sugar-gum woodland understorey, ravine des casoars wpa - link to web feature image  [201kb] tide entering a ravine des casoars sea-cave - link to web feature image [81kb]
the cliffs and clear waters of scotts cove, ravine des casoars wpa - link to web feature image [156kb] the famous remarkable rocks, flinders chase np - link to web feature image [134kb] patterns form in an eddying pool in the tannin-rich waters of the rocky river, flinders chase np - link to web feature image [153kb]
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kangaroo island - australia's largest off-shore island after tasmania - boasts the first two wilderness protection areas proclaimed in south australia - at the ravine des casoars [named, like many other coastal features of the island, by french navigator nicholas baudin, in this instance after the dwarf kangaroo island emu, now, sadly, extinct, and shown above, page 2, page 3 and top] and cape gantheaume


this set of photographs is mainly taken at the wild western end of the island, where almost a third of its area is taken up by bushland in excellent condition - the bulk of which is fully-protected in the world-class flinders chase national park (above, page 2, page 3 and top) and, as mentioned, the ravine des casoars wilderness protection area

the island boasts several other wilderness areas, including cape bouger to the south of the kelly hill caves cp, and cape torrens and the western river on the north coast to the east of the ravine des casoars wpa.  the cliffs at cape torrens - the tallest on the island - tower over 200 metres above the investigator strait, a body of water whose benign appearance on a calm day belies its status as a ships' graveyard (a characteristic it shares with the island's rugged south coast).  

looking north-east from the summit of these cliffs, or the nearby cape borda lightstation, on a calm day you might see the innes national park on the south-western tip of the yorke peninsula, and althorpe island cp looming out of the water

the famous remarkable rocks, flinders chase np - link to web feature image [134kb] the island is probably most famous for the spectacular wind-carved granites of the remarkable rocks in the flinders chase np near cape du couedic [left and top], and for the breeding colony of sea-lions of the seal bay conservation park, a section of which is - remarkably - subject to a mining lease

but there is more to the seal bay park than wildlife - the coast is rugged and beautiful, bales bay is fine, and the park adjoins the cape gantheaume wpa, so that an excellent walk on cliff tops overlooking the southern ocean and several new-zealand fur seal colonies can be undertaken from point tinline in the cape gantheaume cp to the seal bay information centre


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