Remarkable Rocks are perhaps the most popular attraction on Kangaroo Island. They sit 200 feet above sea level, proffering a unique look into the ancient natural history of the island and its surroundings.
It took around 500 million years for the granite rocks to take their current form. Battered by wind, rain, and waves, they were pummelled into shape through a variety of different elements.
It is thought the granite from which they are made was embedded into the crust of the earth during the Ordovician period. During that time, Kangaroo Island formed a part of Godwana, a mighty supercontinent that took up the majority of the southern hemisphere (it also included South America, Africa, India, and Antarctica). Around 150 million years ago, the mighty Godwana split up into the continents we know now, and Australia moved to the north taking the Ordovician granite with it.
After much weathering, the boulders have taken on some bizarre shapes, making them a popular photo opportunity for visitors.
The Best Time to Visit Remarkable Rocks
Early morning and early evening are the best times to visit this major landmark. You’ll be able to avoid the heavy daytime crowds at these times, and you’ll also be able to enjoy the stunning sunrise or sunset, which creates an even more epic backdrop for the rocks.
Many of the rocks are covered by a golden orange lichen, which lights up under the setting and rising sun.
The rocks are relatively safe to walk on during dry weather, but as soon as the weather becomes wet or windy, it’s advised that you take special care. There is a wooden boardwalk that leads to Remarkable Rocks, though, giving you a safe way to experience the rocks up close. From the western side of the platform, you’ll get stunning views across the surrounding bays and the Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse. You might also be able to catch a glimpse of the Casuarina Islets from Remarkable Rocks when the conditions are right.
No visit to Kangaroo Island is complete without an excursion to Remarkable Rocks. Not only will you get to see one of the island’s most mesmerising natural wonders, but you can learn more about the fascinating geology that characterises the area and tells the story of Australia’s lengthy, rich past. Don’t forget to take your camera, as the photo opportunities are endless.