Flinders Chase National Park visitor centre will be rebuilt at a new location with the State Government purchasing land which was the former Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat and committing $10 million to the rebuild after significant community consultation.
The Flinders Chase National Park visitor centre was completely destroyed during the devastating bushfires in 2020. A recommendation from the Reimagine KI community engagement process proposed the opportunity for a visitor centre located at the entrance to the park and this new location aligns with this vision.
The $10 million rebuild in this new location will create a precinct, which will result in a world-class, easily accessible facility that enhances the visitor experience on Kangaroo Island’s western end and supports local jobs.
Following the Reimagine KI engagement process, two community framework documents have also been 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).
The new visitor hub will create a world-class visitor experience for these western Kangaroo Island parks, which includes Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Conservation Park, the Ravine des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area and Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area.
The hub will provide visitor orientation and information about the island’s landscape and history and education on conservation, offering an authentic, interactive and immersive experience for visitors. It will also provide the opportunity for potential co-location with universities, conservation or research partners, as well as providing a multifunctional event space and a focus on locally made produce for sale.
A tender for the design and construction of the world-class visitor hub will be released in June, with construction set to start from the end of this year.
The rest of the recommendations from the community reference documents, along with ecological considerations and feasibility studies, will help inform future upgrades in Parks.
We look forward to providing more updates as this project progresses. To stay up to date with the latest information, register for email updates by clicking 'Register for Updates' at the top of this page.
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