S, 136°54' E
Hill Conservation Park is situated on Cape Bouguer accessible from
the South Coast Road on the southern
side of Kangaroo Island. This park covers 6306 hectares (15
000 acres) and is most notable for the caves that were discovered
here in the 1880's.
the 1880's a horse named "Kate Kelly" stumbled into a sinkhole and
the park name commemorates this horse. Many sinkholes have since been
found in the area. On examination, it was discovered that, below ground
there was a beautiful network of limestone caves that contain picturesque
stalactites and stalagmites displays. The main cave is now easily
accessed after a short walk up the hill from the picnic area, going
past the original vertical hole that the horse fell into.
limestone caves contain the fossil remains of many animals including
some prehistoric that had the same fate as the horse. Fossils of animals
now unknown on Kangaroo Island include:
Kangaroo Island Dwarf Emu
this cave contains the skeletons of animals still found here:
Kangaroo Island Western Grey Kangaroo
Common Brush Tailed Possum
and Tammar Wallabies
to this Conservation Park can take guided tours of the main cave.
The cave system is the most popular of the Park attractions.
picnic area is complemented by a small souvenir shop and tables and
barbeques are provided. Ample parking bays are also made available
area is dominated by mallee and coastal scrub, which contains Kangaroo
Island Western Grey Kangaroos, Common Brushtail Possums, Short-nosed
Echidna, Rosenberg's Goanna and numerous type of birds, including
trails meander throughout the park leaving from where the car-park
is located and leading to the magnificent Kelly Hill Caves. Care always
should be taken in mallee bush forests as snakes may be encountered.