Following the devastating bushfires on Kangaroo Island in the summer of 2019/20, the South Australian Government committed $52 million to rebuilding visitor facilties in the Island's parks.
As part of the rebuilding, an extensive community engagement process was held to "reimagine" what the Kangaroo Island parks visitor experience could look like and how these concepts could be factored in to rebuilding efforts to create a unique nature-based tourism experience to build visitor interest and demand, while still protecting vulnerable ecosystems.
Following the Reimagine KI engagement process, two community framework documents were released, that summarise the community vision, guiding principles, opportunities and ideas for future-focused, quality visitor experiences within Kangaroo Island parks (available to view and download at the top of this page).
These documents, along with ecological considerations and feasibility studies, will continue to inform the development of visitor facilties and experiences in the Island's parks.
This interactive map provides more detail on the projects underway. Some of the current key projects include:
Flinders Chase National Park visitor centre
Concept designs have been finalised for the new $14.6 million Flinders Chase National Park visitor hub.
Now located at the entrance to Flinders Chase National Park and the Ravine des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area, the new centre willprovide visitor orientation and information about the island’s landscape and history and education on conservation, offering an authentic, interactive and immersive experience for visitors.
Remarkable Rocks boardwalk reopens on Kangaroo Island
Upgrades are now complete at one of Kangaroo Island’s most iconic sites, Remarkable Rocks, with construction of its accessible boardwalk finished in time for the Christmas school holidays.
It caps off the final rebuild and upgrades to this site, helping in the rejuvenation of the tourism industry on the Island.
The Department for Environment and Water acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Nations of the lands and waters we live and work upon and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and respect the deep spiritual connection and the relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to Country.
The Department works in partnership with the First Peoples of South Australia and supports their Nations to take a leading role in caring for their Country.