Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

From
$2,449 AUD

Days

5 Days

Tour Type

Walking

From

$2,449 Twin Share

Start
Adelaide
Finish
Adelaide
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour Distance
Approx. 65km
Group size
Min 4, Max 12
Code
KANISL

Overview

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. We've also included a guided walk with a local Ngarrindjeri guide in Myponga to really round out the experience.

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.

Itinerary

Your holiday begins!

On the drive south to Cape Jervis we stop at Myponga. Here we meet a local Ngarrindjeri guide who will take us for a walk along the reservoir to learn about the lost tribe of the Warki people, their dispersion from Country, and their recent reappearance after 100 years. From here it's a short drive to Cape Jervis to catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island.

Later in the afternoon we will do an introductory walk before we settle into our accommodation for the night. Tonight's dinner will be in a local restaurant where we can sample the fare that Kangaroo Island has to offer!

Accommodation: Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kingscote (or similar)

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 1 - Transfer from Adelaide, short historic walk

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 center, 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 flora species.


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

Accommodation: Discovery Parks Kangaroo Island Caravan Park ( or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

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. We will walk along tho coast making our way towards the spectacular Cape du Couedic.


Today you will see the famous Admiral Arch a significant geological formation which has been sculpted by weathering and erosion from the sea over thousands of years.

We will end our days walk with a view of the famous Cape du Coedic lighthouse before driving back to our accommodation.

The extra 6.3km is optional to complete the walk around Weirs Cove and onto the adeptly named Remarkable Rocks.






Accommodation: Discovery Parks Kangaroo Island Caravan Park ( or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Snake Lagoon to Cape du Couedic, Weirs Cove to Remarkable Rocks

Today is a botanical wonderland with coastal views, amazing rock formations and the South West 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.

Accommodation: Discovery Parks Kangaroo Island Caravan Park (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Remarkable Rocks to Hanson Bay Rd

Our final walk before we head back is a 10km stretch, which will see us complete the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail! This section walks through diverse habitat and interesting 'karst' cave systems. As we pass the freshwater lagoons birdwatchers will be pleased with the birdlife that occupies these important aquatic systems. We finish the walk at the Kelly Hill Visitors Center.



It is a morning walk, and then we will make out way back to Penneshaw to catch an early afternoon ferry, and travel on to Adelaide. With a drop off in the Adelaide CBD in the late afternoon, we are sure you will be feeling tired, but fitter and at your absolute best.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 - Hanson Bay to Kelly Hill Caves

Inclusions

Meals

  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

  • All transport: private coach transport to and from Adelaide as well as to and from the track each day

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night), Other (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Professional guiding and support each day

  • Emergency support: guides carry satellite phones and a full first aid kit

  • Guided walk with local Ngarrindjeri guide

  • Excellent itinerary and planning drawn from 14 yrs experience

  • Return ferry service from Cape Jervis

Dates & Availability

$2,449 AUD
per person twin share
Want your own room? From an extra $350 (subject to availability).

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$2,799 AUD
per person twin share
Want your own room? From an extra $200 (subject to availability).

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per person twin share
Want your own room? From an extra $200 (subject to availability).

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$2,799 AUD
per person twin share
Want your own room? From an extra $200 (subject to availability).

Contact us to confirm availability.

$2,799 AUD
per person twin share
Want your own room? From an extra $200 (subject to availability).

Book Now

10 spots available

FAQs

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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 or send us an email 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 prepared by our guides, using fresh and local ingredients as much as possible. Sometimes we also eat out at restaurants. Breakfast, 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, lunch/snacks/fruit for the day. 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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At Inspiration Outdoors, we understand that choosing the right tour can be a difficult decision. That’s why we’re here to help make the process as smooth as possible. If you still have questions, give us a call or drop us a line. Whether it’s a question about the tour itinerary or your fitness level, our customer care team is ready to answer it. We have product specialists for every tour who are eager to share their knowledge and help you plan your next adventure.

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What happens after I book?

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
  • Cheque
  • 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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