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Kelly Hill Conservation Park
Kelly Hill Conservation Park

Kelly Hill Conservation Park

A principal atração do Kelly Hill Conservation Park é a extensa rede de cavernas que fica abaixo dele. Com visitas guiadas às cavernas, caminhadas curtas ou longas caminhadas acima do solo e vistas dos bosques e do Oceano Antártico, o parque vale bem a pena a visita.

Formações impressionantes de estalactites, estalagmites e muito mais aguardam os visitantes no subsolo. Descoberto quando um cavalo chamado Kelly caiu em uma das cavernas, o complexo é uma das poucas redes de cavernas de calcário seco na Austrália. O Kelly Hill Visitor Center oferece visitas guiadas frequentes às cavernas ou, para os mais aventureiros, aventura em cavernas. Além disso, lembranças, bebidas e lanches também estão disponíveis no centro de visitantes.

Assim como as atrações subterrâneas, o Kelly Hill Conservation Park oferece várias caminhadas curtas ao redor do Centro de Visitantes. Os visitantes, após uma longa caminhada, podem fazer a caminhada na Baía Hanson - uma trilha de retorno de 18 km passando por lagoas, bosques e dunas de areia.

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Kelly Hill Conservation Park, Karatta, SA, 5223

The basics

The Kelly Hill caves are only accessible by guided tour and there are two options to choose from. On a Show Cave tour, follow the custom-built boardwalks and learn more about the geological wonder as you admire the cave’s unique rock formations. Alternatively, join an Adventure Cave tour and suit up with a helmet and headlamp for a fun caving expedition. Adventure tours take you deeper underground to explore smaller caves and tunnels, while clambering and crawling over the rocks. Above ground, a number of bushwalks and nature trails set out from the Kelly Hill Visitor Centre. For a longer trek, the Hanson Bay Hike is an 11-mile (18 kilometer) round-trip trail, passing lagoons, woodlands and sand dunes.

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Things to know before you go

*Show Cave Tours run several times daily and take one hour; Adventure Cave Tours run once a day and take two hours. *The Kelly Hill Visitor Centre offers guided cave tours, storage lockers, restrooms, a small café and gift shop, and picnic areas. *Access to the caves is possible for wheelchairs, but it’s best to contact the Visitor Centre in advance. *Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty (especially for Adventure tours). *The caves are not accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

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How to get there

Kelly Hill Conservation Park is located along the south coast of Kangaroo Island, close to Flinders Chase National Park and the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Cave tours set out from the Kelly Hill Visitor Centre, which is about a one-hour drive from Kingscote or an about 1.5-hour drive from Penneshaw, along the South Coast Road. There’s no public transport to the park, so it’s best to join a guided tour if you don’t have your own transport.

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When to get there

The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset, and cave tours typically run between 10am and 4pm. With constant temperatures of 60°F (16°C), visiting the Kelly Hill Caves is possible regardless of the weather outside. Hiking in the park is also possible year-round—pack a picnic in the summer months and set out early to avoid the midday heat; in winter, take advantage of the sheltered picnic areas and look out for wild orchids and fungi along the trails.

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