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Rocky River

Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island, Australia

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October 23rd, 2000

1.9 miles
265 vertical feet
Total Time: 1:11

Rating: 6/10

Directions:   View Driving Map


The trail starts at Snake Lagoon and immediately starts climbing. The area was hit by a lightning fire back in 1991, but it has quickly recovered. The bushes are thick, if not particularly tall. Branches run across the trail at head level. At one point, Jean was paying too much attention to the ground and not enough to the trees, with a painful result. I nearly did the same later in the hike, but managed to stop short.

The trail eventually starts its downhill path toward the ocean, similar to the Breakneck River hike. The Rocky River is much wider and faster than the Breakneck. The Breakneck is peaceful, but the Rocky is active. We crossed over the river on wooden planks.

Jean crossing the river

It soon became apparent that the mouth of the river was much further than we had anticipated. The signs had made it seem close, but we knew that hiking to the end and back wouldn't leave us any time to visit Remarkable Rocks. So we made the quick decision to stop where we were and head back.

Rocky River

We stopped and listened to the banjo frogs. There weren't as many as on the Breakneck River. We spotted a cave high above the river on the opposite side and wondered if there was anything there. But we didn't have much time to explore, so we turned around and headed back the way we came. This time we made sure to look for all the branches.


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