Kangaroo Island is a haven of wildlife and natural scenery, promising visitors an eclectic mix of sprawling beach views and native animals.
There are several major attractions on the island, one of which is the impressive Admirals Arch. It is considered to be the most unusual natural landmark, thanks to its weathered look and thousand-year creation process.
What is Admirals Arch?
The Arch has been carved over thousands of years by erosion, and it now forms a distinctive rock bridge that sits pretty near the famous Cape du Couedic Lighthouse to the southwest of the island. It overlooks stunning views of the ocean, giving visitors an uninterrupted view out to sea.
The Arch is reached by boardwalk, which is just as picturesque as the landmark itself, showcasing mesmerising scenery on either side as you cross it. When you reach the viewing platform, you’ll have a fantastic view of the landmark as well as the other residents that this area is famous for – the local colony of New Zealand fur seals.
These cute critters lounge about on the rocks surrounding Admirals Arch, only slipping off the rocks into the ocean to hunt for food. If you’re lucky, you might spot the younger members of the colony playing in the cool rock pools that sit pretty beneath Admirals Arch.
There are numerous notable things about the Arch – not least its fascinating history which spans thousands and thousands of years. It also boasts a collection of stalactites that dangle from what would have been the uneven ceiling of the cave that once took pride of place there.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, the floor is incredibly smooth, offering an incredible contrast of textures to admire. If you’re in the area between May and October, you’re just in time to see the amazing whale migration. These huge, majestic creatures swim close to the island as the journey to find warmer climates during the winter months.
It’s not just whales that you have the chance to spot from Admirals Arch, though. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphin pods and other fascinating marine life.
Nearby, you’ll also find the Remarkable Rocks, another of Kangaroo Island’s most popular natural landmarks. This monument is made up of several rocks that have been eroded over time and marks the start of many walks that take you through the lush scenery of Flinders Chase National Park.