Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

Over 5 days, complete the amazing Kangaroo Island wilderness trail from start to finish. Comfortable lodge style accommodation, all meals. – 5 days ex Adelaide, most moderate terrain, 60km

Come join us to help Kangaroo Island recover from the bushfires of early 2020 by bringing tourism back.

The Kangaroo Island wilderness trail is one of Australia's newest and best hiking trails. You will walk along rugged coastal cliffs, through shrub heaving with birdlife and past some of the most unusual sculptured rocks you will ever see. Expect to see seals lounging in the sun, echidnas, kangaroos and little to no one other than those in your group. This Kangaroo Island tour takes you through a very isolated coastline on a peaceful island.

Situated on the southern coast of Kangaroo Island, Inspiration Outdoors offer this spectacular yet remote 60km trail as a guided tour, completed in a series of day walks, returning to nearby lodge style accommodation each night. All meals and transfers from Adelaide and to the track each day are included so all you have to do is walk, then relax and we will do the rest.

This makes this normally challenging trail, much more achievable to those with a moderate level of fitness, as there is no need to carry a heavy backpack or camp out. It is the ultimate way to experience the Kangaroo Island wilderness trail.

Return from your next holiday feeling fitter, healthier and at your absolute best!

Our Guided Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail Tour at a glance:

  • 5 day/4 night tour
  • Pick up/drop off in Adelaide CBD
  • 4 nights accommodation on Kangaroo Island
  • All meals over the 5 days
  • Fully guided walking experience with some Australia's best guides
  • Return ferry service from Cape Jervis
  • Small group (max 14)

Fire rebuild update: **Currently the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail has two diversions due to the 2019/2020 Fires. Repairs to Maupertuis Bay campground have given walkers an unexpected bonus section of coastal trail down towards Cape Couedic. The second major change is around Hansons Bay due to trail repairs, but largely takes in the same ecological zone heading instead along old access tracks. The total of kms affected work out around 14km.

The full wilderness trail is due to re-open in June 2022. This offers us a unique opportunity to see the regrowth from fire, with a proliferation of long dormant flowers, seeds, shrubs and "epicormic" shoots. Come along to find out more! **

Please note that the departure on the 8th April 2022 does not have any single supplements available due to accommodation availability. 

Pricing:
From $2,250.00 AUD per person
(single supplement $350.00)
Tour Length:
5 days/4 nights
Distance walked:
60km
Difficulty:
Most moderate terrain, with some rocky coastal sections, and moderate elevations; See FAQ
Dates:

24 - 28. Sep 2022
9 - 13. Oct 2022
16 - 20. Oct 2022
30. Oct - 3. Nov 2022
16 - 20. Feb 2023
7 - 11. Oct 2023
4 - 8. Nov 2023
18 - 22. Nov 2023

Highlights of this walk

The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail goes along one Australia’s most dramatic coastlines. With steep cliffs, calming forest and deserted beaches, this has to be one of Australia’s best walking trails. Complete the full trail with Inspiration Outdoors over 5 magnificent days.

Walking Tour Itinerary

Starting and finishing in Adelaide, we will walk the Kangaroo Island Wilderness trail over 5 days, in a series of day walks, utilising nearby lodge style accommodation each night. This means that you can walk the Kangaroo Island wilderness trail without a heavy backpack.

Each day we will drive to the point of the trail where we finished the day prior. At the end of the day, transport will be waiting for us to take us back to nearby accommodation for a well deserved meal, comfy bed and fun times with new friends.

Day 1: Transfer from Adelaide, short historic walk

Day 1: Transfer from Adelaide, short historic walk

2-6km of easy walking

Your holiday begins! It’s a 1.5-2 hr drive down to Cape Jervis to meet the Kangaroo Island ferry.  Depending on the ferry schedule we will either do some introductory walks on the mainland or over on Kangaroo Island before we settle into our accommodation for the night. Dinner will be at a restaurant.

Day 2: Drive to trail head, walk to Snake Lagoon

Day 2: Drive to trail head, walk to Snake Lagoon

10.5km

It is time to get started on the fabulous Kangaroo Island wilderness trail! It is about a 2hr drive to the trail head, but we will still have a chance to have a brief look around the Kangaroo Island National Park visitors centre, before we head off on our first walk. Today’s walk is through a mix of forest and coastal vegetation. Look out for kangaroos and echidnas as well as some interesting tree and plant species.

In the afternoon, we will settle into our new accommodation where we will stay for the next three nights.

Day 3: Snake Lagoon to Cape du Couedic, Weir Cove to Remarkable Rocks

Day 3: Snake Lagoon to Cape du Couedic, Weir Cove to Remarkable Rocks

16km + 6.3km

It is time to hit the coast. Spectacular sea cliffs with deserted bays below. Keep an eye out for seals and other sea life. Fossick on the beaches, and marvel at the views. At the end of the day we will make our way towards the spectacular Cape du Couedic. We will take some time to get a close up look at the seal colony and lighthouse area.

We then head around to Wiers Cover to complete the walk to the adaptly named Remarkable Rocks.

Day 4: Remarkable Rocks to Hanson Bay Rd

Day 4: Remarkable Rocks to Hanson Bay Rd

16km
Today is a botanical wonderland with coastal views, amazing rock formations and the SW river. There is a good chance of seeing dolphins and whales today. We are up high early on, with a rocky limestone path underfoot. It is not really challenging, but you will need to watch your step. We then head inland where we will be keeping an eye out for echidnas and wallabies.  The afternoon offers a walk through recovering low coastal heath and Tall Mallee forests. New flowers and regrowth give us a unique experience to see how the ecology of the island adapts to fire.
The orchids in particular have responded well to the fire disturbance.

Day 5: Hanson Bay to Kelly Hill Caves

Day 5: Hanson Bay to Kelly Hill Caves

10km

Our final walk before we head back is a 9km stretch, which will see us complete the Kangaroo island wilderness trail! It is a morning’s walk, and then we will make out way back to Penneshaw to catch an early afternoon ferry, and make our way back to Adelaide. With a drop off in the Adelaide CBD, we are sure you will be feeling tired, but fitter and at your absolute best.

Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.
Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.

Accommodation

The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail tour with Inspiration Outdoors includes 4 nights accommodation. This includes;

1 night at the Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge. Rooms include ensuite bathrooms.

3 nights in 2 bedroom cabins at Western Kangaroo Island Caravan Park. The cabins have a shared bathroom for the 2 rooms.

What to bring

We will send you a full list of recommended clothing and equipment when you book, as well as some tips on how best to prepare for walking the Kangaroo Island wilderness trail. Please note you do not need to bring bath towels or linen. There is plenty of time to pick up extra supplies and alcohol during the week.

Food

All meals are included on the tour.
Breakfast comprises cereals, fruit, yoghurt, toast, juice, tea and freshly brewed coffee.
Each day your guide will carry tea, coffee and a home-made cake for your morning tea. Fruit is also available.
On some days lunch is self-made from fresh breads, salads and meats. On other days, where there is vehicle access to the track, the bus will bring us a tasty and nutritious picnic lunch.
Enjoy pre-dinner nibbles with fellow guests each evening while your guides prepare a delicious two course meal for dinner.
Feel free to bring alcohol and additional snacks e.g. muesli bars, nuts, chocolate etc. There will be time for you to purchase additional alcohol and supplies during the week.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements before you book your Kangaroo Island Wilderness tour. We can happily adapt our menu to accommodate most dietary needs. Assistance is appreciated with clearing away and washing up but only if you feel like helping!

Transport

An air-conditioned coaster bus will take us from Adelaide to the Kangaroo Island and back; and to and from the Kangaroo Island Wilderness trail each day. The ferry from the mainland to Kangaroo Island is included in the tour price.

This walk includes

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All meals, including morning tea and snacks

We pride ourselves on providing you with fresh, wholesome food. Enjoy breakfast, delicious morning teas, fresh picnic and packed lunches, fruit and two-course dinners each day.

All transport, departing and returning to Adelaide

Watch the scenery glide by from the comfort of our air conditioned vehicle.

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Comfortable cabin and hotel accommodation

We stay in two locations on this tour. See the 'Accommodation' section for more details.

Emergency support

Wilderness first aid trained guides carry radios, satellite phones and a full first aid kit so you can walk without worry.

Excellent itinerary and planning

Drawn from 22 years experience.

National Park entrance fees

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Two fun and professional Inspiration Outdoors guides

We'll feed you, tell you stories, help you achieve the walks safely and make sure everything goes to plan so that you don't have to worry about a thing

About Walking Tours In General

How hard are the walks?

The difficulty of the walks ranges from tour to tour, from easy to challenging. We design all of our walking tours to be achievable for those with a moderate level of fitness. We do recommend doing some training before most tours, because physical activity is always more enjoyable if you are physically prepared. We will send you information about how to train when you book.

When on tour we find that a positive mental attitude is most important and that if you focus on the scenery, the company and the moment, and not on the kilometres, then you find yourself reaching your destination with little problem. You can always have a day or sometimes an afternoon off to relax if you feel like it. If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete a walk, give us a call on (08) 6219 5164 and we can talk you through it.

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Do I have to twin-share accommodation? Can I have my own room?

Our tour prices are based on rooms being twin share (two single beds in one room) or double (one double/queen bed in a room, shared by a couple). If you are travelling alone, we will place you in a room with someone of the same gender. If you have opted for a single supplement, this means you will have your own room but we won't always be able to guarantee your own bathroom and king/queen bed due to the types of accommodation we use for group bookings. Often we stay at 2 or 3 bedroom chalets so that we can cook and have a common area for the group to relax and mingle at the end of your days walk. If having your own bathroom is important, give us a ring and we will see if it is possible.

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Will I hold up the group if I’m a slow walker?

We find a lot of people who haven't been on a walking tour before worry about this, but it's rarely an issue. We keep a comfortable steady pace with plenty of opportunities to rest and take in the scenery along the way. Usually the group will spread out over a couple of hundred metres as we walk.

Normal walking pace on a formed surface like a road or footpath is around 4.5 - 6 km per hour and we tend to average just over 3 km per hour on bush tracks. It's not a stroll but it's not a brisk walk either. If you feel you may be slower than this, try some longer training walks to increase your walking fitness.

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What is the average age of Inspiration Outdoors’ guests?

About 80% of our walkers are aged between 45 - 75, but we welcome all adults on our tours. We get a roughly 60/40 female to male split.

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What’s the food like? Can you cater for my dietary needs?

We serve simple, nutritious and delicious food on tour, using fresh and local ingredients as much as possible. Of course, if you like, you can indulge in some less nutritious treats as well - you're on holiday after all and the team bake some mean cakes. Breakfast, home-made morning tea, lunch, fresh fruit, pre-dinner nibbles and a two course evening meal are all included. We are happy to adapt our menu to suit many dietary needs including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets - please ask when you book.

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Are your walking tours just for “bushwalkers”?

Our walks are for anyone who enjoys walking and nature - bushwalkers or not. Our walks are conducted in safe, supportive and fun environments and you don't need specialised equipment or experience to undertake them. We give you information about what you will need to bring and how you should prepare for each tour and we're always here to answer any questions or concerns.

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Do I have to walk every day on tour?

Of course not - it's your holiday and you should do what you feel! Relax at the accommodation, come for a drive, get dropped off in town or go for a stroll of your own. On some days there is also the opportunity to walk for part of the day. This last option depends on whether there is vehicle access to the track.

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What do I have to carry when I walk?

Very little. A water bladder or bottles, a rain jacket, some personal first aid supplies and, on some days, lunch. You will probably want a camera as well. We return to accommodation each evening so there is no need to carry a large backpack.

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Beautiful walks in the daytime, relax with fellow walkers each evening

As much as this walk is a fantastic outdoor experience, it’s also a social experience, giving you a chance to enjoy the companionship and support of like-minded people.

Enjoy a cuppa with a slice of home-made cake for morning tea and a fresh healthy lunch, surrounded by nature. Every day is finished off by a delicious and nutritious dinner together with the group.

Pricing

From $2,250.00 AUD per person
(single supplement $350.00)

Secure your place with a $350 deposit

Money-Back Guarantee

Our number one priority at Inspiration Outdoors is to ensure our guests have a great experience on EVERY tour.

We can't guarantee the weather, bush fires or events beyond our control, but we do guarantee that:
– your guides are professional, friendly and hard working.
– your itinerary is well organised and thought out.
– the particulars of your tour (accommodation, transport, food etc), are as described on the website and in the tour notes.

We stand behind our guarantees. If you come on a tour with Inspiration Outdoors and we do not fulfil these promises, we will give you your money back.

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After you have filled in a registration form, we will send you all extra information you may need, including a list of what to bring and how best to prepare for the tour.

Payment in full is required at least six weeks prior to the tour (bookings can still be made within six weeks of tour start date if there are places available). We will email or call you to remind you when this is due.

Finally, we will contact you prior to your tour to confirm pick-up times and locations. If you have any questions or concerns at all before or after you have booked, please don't hesitate to get in touch so we can go through them with you.

What are my payment options?

Payment can be made by:

  • Direct deposit
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  • Credit card

Can I cancel my booking?

If you need to cancel your tour;

  • 85 days or more, you will be refunded all monies paid, less a $50 administration fee.
  • 42 to 84 days prior to departure, you will lose your deposit
  • 28 to 41 days: 25% of full tour cost
  • 14 to 27 days: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 14 days: 100% of full tour cost, no refund

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances.

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