Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

Over 5 days, complete the amazing Kangaroo Island wilderness trail from start to finish. Comfortable lodge style accommodation, all meals. $2,250pp – 5 days ex Adelaide, most moderate terrain, 60km

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 very isolated coastline on a very isolated 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 it 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 back pack 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)

If you have any questions about our Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail tour, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you would like to learn more about Inspiration Outdoors, see our about us page.

Tour Length:
5 days/4 nights
Distance walked:
60km
Difficulty:
Most moderate terrain, with some rocky coastal sections, and moderate elevations; See FAQ
Dates:
12 – 16. Sep 2019
19 – 23. Sep 2019
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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

1.5km of easy walking

Your holiday begins! With an mid morning pick up, we have a 1.5-2 hr drive down to Cape Jervis to meet the Kangaroo Island ferry. It is another 2 hour drive down the south coast of Kangaroo Island, so rather than rush ourselves, we will spend the afternoon doing a bit of sight seeing, and some short walks around Penneshaw. We can then settle into our accommodation for the night at the Seafront Kangaroo Island, followed by a meal at local restaurant.

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

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

12km of mostly easy, forest walking

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 Remarkable rocks

Day 3: Snake Lagoon to Remarkable rocks

21km of mostly moderate coastal walking

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. Towards the end of the day we will make our way inland, for a lovely change, before finishing at the aptly named Remarkable Rocks.

The Kangaroo island wilderness trail is very new, but this has to be one of the great Australian day walks. We know you will love it!

Day 4: Remarkable Rocks to Hanson Bay

Day 4: Remarkable Rocks to Hanson Bay

18km of mostly coastal cliff top walking

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.

Day 5: Hanson Bay to Kelly Hill Caves

Day 5: Hanson Bay to Kelly Hill Caves

9km mostly moderate bush terrain

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. See the PDF file for printing

Accommodation

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

1 night in a hotel room at the Seafront Kangaroo Island, in Penneshaw. The rooms include ensuite bathrooms.

3 nights in a 2 bedroom cabin at the Hanson Bay Beachfront Cabins. The cabins have a shared bathroom for the 2 rooms, with a maximum of 4 people per cabin.

The tour is priced as twin share, though single rooms are available.

 

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 healthy breakfasts, delicious morning teas, fresh picnic and packed lunches, fruit and hearty 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 three 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 14 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

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.

What people have said

A fabulous tour. Every day we experienced something different. I was able to do things and go places that I could not have done on my own, and felt well looked after.
When asked which walk I enjoyed most I could not pick one, as each day brought something new and spectacular.

Helen, Tasmania’s Best Day Walks 2017

A well organised, sometimes challenging walk – stunning views, wildlife, flora/fauna, lead by well-informed guides. Excellent accommodation, great food and good company

Judy, Cape to Cape 2016

Pricing

AUD $2,250 per person twin share, or $2,600 with single supplement

Secure your place with a $350 deposit

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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.
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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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  • More than 12 weeks: $50 administration fee
  • 6 to 12 weeks: loss of deposit
  • 4 to 6 weeks: 25% of full tour cost
  • 2 to 4 weeks: 50% of full tour cost
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