Hike the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail


This is the island life, reimagined. Discover pristine Australian bushland and native Aussie animals on this 5-day walking trip that will get you closer to the wilderness. The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail spotlights scenic terrains with ocean vistas as well as inland trails that take you through tall Malle forests and bush. You’ll discover the Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse and explore one of the island’s most-loved landmarks, Remarkable Rocks, carved by the sea and wind for the last 500 million years. With an expert guide leading the way, this is your chance to get back to nature, get active, relax and reconnect.

5 days, from

$2,130

per person

GROUP SIZE

12 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

3
Trip code: PJXW
Style: Original
Theme: Walking & Trekking

Details

Countries Visited:  Australia
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night), Cabins with shared facilities (3 nights)
Transportation: Private Vehicle , Ferry , Walking
Included Meals:

  • 4 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 4 dinners

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 12

  • Get active and reconnect with nature as you take on the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail that winds across island with an expert guide

  • With all meals included, you’ll be fully energised for each walking trail and have a hearty dinner to look forward to at the end of each day

  • Explore one of the island’s most-loved landmarks, Remarkable Rocks, carved by the sea and wind for the last 500 million years.

  • Meet a local Ngarrindjeri guide who will take you for a walk and talk where you'll learn about the lost tribe of the Warki people and their dispersion from Country, and who have reappeared after 100 years of being almost lost.

  • Discover the Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse, built in 1906 – 1909 and marvel at how the ecology of the island, particularly the local orchids, have bounced back from the fires of 2019

Itinerary

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Day 1: Adelaide / Kangaroo Island

Your adventure begins in Adelaide (Tandanya in the language of The Kaurna people, who are the traditional owners of the land on which Adelaide is now located). This morning, you’ll meet your fellow adventurers and local leader then hit the road to travel from Adelaide to Myponga. Meet a local Ngarrindjeri guide who will take you for a walk along the reservoir where you'll learn about the lost tribe of the Warki people and their dispersion from Country, and who have reappeared after 100 years of being almost lost. Continue to Cape Jervis to catch the Kangaroo Island ferry. In the afternoon strap on your walking shoes and take to the South Australian tracks. After your first walk of the trip, you’ll settle into your Kangaroo Island accommodation and join your newfound travel companions and leader for a welcome dinner, where you’ll get to know one another and toast to the epic adventure ahead.

Day 2: Kangaroo Island

After breakfast, it’s time to drive to the Kangaroo Island wilderness trailhead to get started on today’s walk. There'll be time to explore the Kangaroo Island National Park Visitors Centre where you’ll learn more about the history and wilderness of this area before you take to the track. This first section of the wilderness trail leads to Snake Lagoon, you’ll pass through forest and coastal vegetation along your way. Your guide will help to point out wildlife like kangaroos and echidnas as well as interesting plant species during your walk. You can recharge this afternoon as you settle into your new accommodation – your home away from home for the next three nights.

Day 3: Kangaroo Island

Today, get ready to hit the coast - following spectacular sea cliffs and marvelling at magnificent, deserted bays below. As you walk along the wild and rugged coastline, you’ll be met with vast views across the mighty Southern Ocean. Keep your eyes peeled for local bottled-nosed dolphins below and seabirds soaring above your head. You’ll notice the famous Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse that sits atop the headland in the distance during your walk. You’ll have time to explore the tower, built between 1906 and 1909 and get up close and personal with the local seal colony who call this area home. From here, you’ll make your way to Wiers Cove, a beautiful bay surrounded by striking calcarenite cliffs before continuing to your final destination for the day – Remarkable Rocks. As one of the island’s most-loved landmarks, Remarkable Rocks have been carved by the sea and wind for the last 500 million years. The rocks are a sight to see – a collection of granite boulders with bright orange lichen perched above the sea. After some time to admire the natural wonders and scenery, you’ll make your way back to your accommodation to fuel up on a hearty meal – deserving after today’s adventures.

Day 4: Kangaroo Island

The trip’s penultimate walk will send you high above the sea cliffs with coastal views and a good chance of spotting playful dolphins and whales early on today. After some time spent on the clifftops with a rocky limestone path underfoot, you’ll make your way inland through tall Mallee forests and low coastal heath. The island’s comeback after the late 2019 bushfires is evident in the fresh flowers and regrowth that blanket much of the landscape. Seeing how the ecology of the island, particularly the local orchids, has bounced back from the devasting fires is a unique experience. Your guide will help point out echidnas and wallabies on this afternoon’s inland section of the track. You’ll return to your accommodation for one final dinner with your group, swap your favourite travel stories and reflect on your epic achievements over the past few days.

Day 5: Kangaroo Island / Adelaide

Enjoy a final breakfast with your walking crew before you hit the tracks one last time to complete the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. You’ll spend the morning walking before making your way back to Penneshaw to catch the early afternoon ferry and head to Adelaide where your walking adventure will come to an end.