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Introductory to Moderate
Activities
  • 5 days walking
Accommodation
  • 5 nights bunkhouse accommodation (twin share)
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts

6 Days$2299USD

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Trip Code: KFR

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail - Fire Recovery Experience Trip highlights


  • Trek remote and spectacular coastlines
  • Enjoy peaceful bush walks
  • Wildlife encounters
  • Marvel at Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks
  • Walk with just a day pack on this fully supported trek
  • Visit some of South Australia's tallest sea cliffs

On this fully supported trek you'll walk with just a day pack as you experience one of Australia’s most spectacular walks. You'll discover an abundance of wildlife, sculpted rock landscapes, pristine beaches, turquoise blue waters and dramatic coastlines as you walk the stunning Wilderness Trail on South Australia's Kangaroo Island. This 61km trail explores the Flinders Chase National Park. The remote trail weaves its way along the wild coastline with side trips to the magnificent Admirals Arch and the iconic Remarkable Rocks. From here you’ll walk on to Hanson Bay before returning inland through the forests to Kelly Hill. We hope you can join us on one of Australia’s best walking trails.


This morning we depart early for Cape Jervis, a one and a half hour drive south, through the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula. Our ferry from Cape Jervis is booked for for the morning and the crossing to Kangaroo Island takes approximately 45 minutes. On arrival we'll make our way to the the Flinders Chase National Park and commence our walk along the Wilderness Trail. We start at Rocky River where you'll quickly be immersed in dense eucalypt woodland flourishing with fresh green growth. This area is home to a diversity of bird life and native animals. Reaching the Pardalote Lookout you will see the meandering Rocky River far below you as it flows out towards the Southern Ocean. We then pass through riverbank and mallee habitats where wildflowers provide stunning arrays of colour all year around. Traversing our way down from the ridge towards the river we come across the spectacular sight of the Rocky River Cascades. Today's walk comes to an end at Snake Lagoon where a short transfer will take us to our accommodation for the next 5 nights. Hike - 10.5km Overnight - Western KI Caravan Park and Wildlife Reserve

Meals:  L,D

Our hike today takes us along the Rocky River towards its mouth at the coast. Not long into the walk we'll be rewarded with our first views of the deep blue sea of the mighty Southern Ocean. The trail then cuts south along the island's wild and rugged coastline where birds of prey may be seen flying overhead and bottle-nosed dolphins often surface the water as they hunt for fish. Reaching Maupertuis Bay we head down from the clifftop onto the bone white beach below. The trail eventually winds its way back up to the rocky clifftop, bringing us ever closer to the famous Cape du Couedic Lighthouse that sits atop the headland in the distance. Here we will take the opportunity to look back and marvel at the inspiring wild coastline we have explored so far. Our hike today finishes at Admirals Arch where we will have the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular scenery in the company of playful seals and sea-lions. Hike -16km Overnight - Western KI Caravan Park and Wildlife Reserve

Meals:  B,L,D

Back on the Wilderness Trail the track heads east towards Sanderson Bay. Early into our hike, the trail heads inland through the scrub and over sand dunes where there’s the welcome sight of towering flower spikes across Yacca Flat. After some inland walking we break out to the awesome sight of the famed Remarkable Rocks. We have the opportunity here for a short side trip off the wilderness trail to visit this incredible site. Continuing on, the path hugs the coastline and offers inspiring views. At the end of day we'll meet our transfer at a sheltered area close to Sanderson Bay. We will have the opportunity to take a short walk down to the small secluded beach to cool our tired feet. Hike - 14km (optional side trips – Remarkable Rocks 1km) Overnight - Western KI Caravan Park and Wildlife Reserve

Meals:  B,L,D

Today presents coastal trekking at its best, with massive swells, towering cliffs and extended views along the coast all the way from Sanderson Bay to the spectacular Cape Younghusband. Looking back we’ll see Remarkable Rocks, framed by the surrounding wild landscape. As the trail turns inland and we head towards Hanson Bay we’ll be treated to a dramatic change in vegetation from slowly recovering low coastal heath to tall mallee and tea tree. Along this section of trail we might be lucky enough to encounter goannas sunning themselves on rocky outcrops and echidna diggings near ant hills. This afternoon we will visit Seal Bay as no trip to Kangaroo Island is complete without a visit to one of the most exceptional nature-based experiences in the world. Seal Bay has been home to an Australian sea lion population for thousands of years, during our visit we will be taken into the heart of the colony on a private guided tour where we will have the opportunity to learn about these endangered animals. Hike - 10km Overnight - Western KI Caravan Park and Wildlife Reserve

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we head off the Wilderness Trail and explore a different area of this unique island. We drive to the north-western tip of Kangaroo Island and visit Cape Borda. Along the short Clifftop Hike we are rewarded with views from some of the tallest cliffs in the state. Here we also have the opportunity to learn about South Australia’s third oldest lighthouse. Meander through the picturesque rocky outcrops, and observe how the vegetation shortens and changes as you near the cliff top. A stone lookout provides an ideal vantage point for spotting whales and dolphins. When then transfer for our main hike of the day, the spectacular Ravine Des Casoars. This trail follows the ravine valley to the coast, passing along the creek bank and high above the valley floor, providing spectacular views of the surrounding environment. The area boasts an impressive variety of native birds and wildlife. Hiking closer to the coast the beautiful beach and impressive sea caves come into view. After a delicious lunch on the beach we return via the same trail. In the afternoon we transfer back to our accommodation where we can enjoy our final night. Hike - 16km Overnight - Western KI Caravan Park and Wildlife Reserve

Meals:  B,L,D

The final day’s walk back on the Wilderness Trail is somewhat more leisurely, but no less spectacular and beautiful. The trail passes through a diversity of habitats, from ‘karst’ cave systems to recovering woodlands and freshwater lakes. Todays relatively short walk through sugar gum woodland, rich with orchids and fungi in the wetter months, brings the trail to the stunning Wilderness and Grassdale Lagoons, where birdwatchers will be rewarded with sightings of local and visiting woodland and wading birds. We will wander through Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area before concluding your walk by wading across the shallow waters of South West River where it flows into Hanson Bay. Here will have the opportunity to marvel at all we have explored and accomplished over the last 6 days. We will transfer back to the Kangaroo Island port for an afternoon ferry back to the mainland. From here we drive back to Adelaide and will drop you back at your accommodation. Hike - 10km

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • 5 nights bunkhouse accommodation (twin share)
  • Professional wilderness guides
  • National Park and camping fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • Transport from Adelaide

  • Airfares
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation in Adelaide
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser

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