If you want to see every single thing and get the most out of it, give yourself about 6 hours. Staff is very friendly and the free parking is definitely a plus!
Definitely visit as early in the day as possible. The kangaroos get pretty lethargic after around noon.
Rose Island is located in Charlestown State Park. Directions are well-marked once you enter the park. Getting to Rose Island requires an out and back hike (about 2+ miles round trip) on a paved trail that is very steep in some places. Really interesting history to the site, and is a must visit for those who like to explore abandoned places.
Exceeded my expectations! Really beautiful grounds, and the tour guides were excellent! Plus, hearing the story about how they saved this cave from becoming a dump site made me glad that we put our money towards helping preserve the site.
Yeah, just don’t. We were actually a little nervous to get out of our car for a quick photo op. It looks like it’s in someone’s driveway, there was trash everywhere, and the whole thing was kind of depressing.