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What can you expect from this walk?

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Group guided

Highlights:

  • 7 day group guided itinerary
  • 3 full days on the Wilderness Trail and much more
  • Pack free experience with comfortable en suited rooms*
  • Wildlife abounds – kangaroos, wallabies, possums & echidnas
  • Goannas, sea-lions, fur seals, koalas, Cape Barren geese, sea-lions & platypus
  • Champagne sunset at Remarkable Rocks, enjoy chef prepared meals most evenings
  • Visit historic lighthouses and stay and dine two nights in the lighthouse keepers’ cottages
  • Explore remote limestone caves at rugged Cape des Casoars
  • 2 experienced engaging guides ensuring that your walking holiday will be safe, fun and stress free

Overview:
Auswalk have been guiding trips to this island for more than 20 years, walking parts of the Wilderness Trail, before the trail was made complete in 2016. Our trip combines these new magnificent sections of track, with our favourite old bits, plus a lot more. You see, the island, the third largest in Australia, has a lot more to offer and we explore it all on foot. Your comfort is always priority, at the end of each day, a hot shower, a glass a wine and excellent meal awaits. With a good night’s sleep ensured you’ll wake refreshed and primed, after a cooked breakfast of course, for the next day’s walking.

With over 25% of it protected within national parks, it’s a paradise for walkers and naturalists alike. Tall limestone cliffs dominate the coastline and deeply incised creeks flow out to the sea. As well as stunning coastal landscapes, there are vast areas of wilderness and highly visible terrestrial and marine wildlife.

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More on what you'll see

On top of a huge granite dome, wind sculptured Remarkable Rocks proudly sits, testament to 500 million years of nature’s erosion. Nearby, Admirals Arch is another product of wind and ocean carving the coastline like a sculpture. It’s here you’ll see the 7000 strong colony of fur seals, frolicking on rocky platforms and in the sea.

There is loads of wildlife in addition to seals. Over the years, many threatened mainland species have been introduced to Kangaroo Island. Combined with the absence of foxes and rabbits and the conservation of large tracts of bush, this has resulted in unexpected populations of kangaroos, wallabies, possums, echidnas, goannas, penguins, koalas, Cape Barren geese, Australian Sea-lions, fur seals and platypus.

Everything bursts to life during spring when food and water are abundant, so wildflowers and birds are also plentiful. Approximately 40 endemic floral species exist on the island and the Cape Barren geese nest on top of the native iris grasses to incubate their eggs.

As well as walking you’ll visit Kelly Hill Caves and see ornate limestone formations, sinkholes, caverns and extensive chambers. These are no ordinary caves – you’ve no doubt seen stalagmites and stalactites, but have you ever seen helictites?

There are historic lighthouses to explore, each with its own unique features and inspiring history. At Cape Willoughby enjoy a walk through history and there may be an opportunity to climb to the top of the lighthouse. Cape Borda’s special square lighthouse is perched high above Investigator Strait, and was built in 1858 to guide sailing ships arriving off the “roaring forties” trade routes. And you’ll get to spend two nights in charming lighthouse keepers cottages at Cape du Couedic lighthouse.

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More Details

Location

This holiday starts and finishes in Adelaide.

Grading

Mostly easy to moderate walks. The easier walks are great for first-timers. Experienced hikers will enjoy some exciting challenging walks and a chance to explore some fascinating geological sites.

This trip operates with two guides so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way.

For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please download our Fact Sheet below.

Accommodation

Seafront hotel, wilderness retreat and cottages at historic Cape du Couedic lightstation. Note that on the two nights at the lighthouse there will be shared bathrooms and no single rooms. These beautiful restored stone cottages are set in bushland adjacent to the lighthouse itself. It’s a great place to watch the sun set.

There are 3 cottages and each has 3 bedrooms and one bathroom. Hence, no ensuites – we’ll all need to share for these two nights. Everyone will need to share a room with another person.

There are 3 rooms available with queen beds and the rest have 2 single beds. The guides will prepare meals (there are no restaurants nearby) – dinners will be substantial but will obviously not be a-la-carte!

Note that, due to limited time, we cannot cater for very restrictive diets. Vegetarians are OK but if you have specific requirements, please contact us prior to booking to discuss what we can and can’t do. Remember, staying at a remote Lightstation such as this is a special experience!

What’s included

Two guides, all transport from Adelaide, 6 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners, ferry to/from Kangaroo Island, tours of Kelly Hill Caves, tour of Cape Willoughby & Cape Borda lightstations, champagne sunset, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps & map case & info pack.

What’s not included

Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

The best time to go

The best times to walk on Kangaroo Island are spring and autumn.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

Regional food and wine

Kangaroo Island has a burgeoning wine industry and is also well known for its marron and unique Ligurian honey.

The Itinerary

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Day 1

Starts at Adelaide airport at 10.00am – later pick up available from downtown. Travel via the scenic Onkaparinga area, McLaren Vale winery district and Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis. There will be time to explore the Cape Jervis Lighthouse. Cruise by ferry over to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island.

Accommodation: Penneshaw

Day 2

This morning we’ll travel to the extreme eastern end of the island to visit Cape Willoughby Lightstation, where we will do a tour of the lighthouse. After that we will travel to the mid section of the island to Seal Bay where you’ll see Australian sea-lions in their natural habitat. There are boardwalks and a lookout with great views over the coast.

This afternoon’s walk features historic sites at Weirs Cove, a fur seal colony at Admirals Arch and an exploration of the Cape du Couedic Lightstation precinct.

Accommodation: Cape du Couedic lighthouse

Day 3

Today we will walk a section of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. The walking is quite remote as we follow riverside tracks as they meander to the tumultuous ocean. This is a moody place with a real sense of isolation.

The afternoon walk is a circuit walk in the Rocky River area where there should be lots of wildlife and flora. Will you be lucky enough to spot an elusive platypus in the stream?

Accommodation: Cape du Couedic lighthouse

Day 4

Today is another section of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. We will walk a circuit from our accommodation at Cape du Couedic to Sanderson Bay heading toward Remarkable Rocks. The track enters dense coastal mallee country before breaking out to the awesome sight of the iconic Remarkable Rocks.

Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

Day 5

Today starts at remote Hansons Beach. The track meanders through delightful bushland walk passing several lagoons teeming with bird life. After lunch we’ll visit Kelly Hill Caves for a tour of the limestone caverns. Here you’ll see the most unusual helictites.

In the afternoon there will be an option of hiking back to Hansons Beach and continuing on a hard off-track section along the cliff tops or enjoying a visit to Vivonne Beach, a stunning arc of white sandy beach, recently voted the most beautiful beach in Australia.

There will be time for a stroll on the beach or a swim in the crystal clear waters.

Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

Day 6

Today we’ll head for the very remote Cape Borda region. The morning hiking will take the path used by early lighthouse keepers to transport supplies from the boat landing to the Lightstation itself. After that there’s an entertaining tour of the Lightstation.

Our finale will be a remote hike in the Ravine des Casoars Wilderness Area where you can explore some fascinating limestone caves.

Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat.

Day 7

Travel back to Penneshaw, then ferry to the mainland then on to Adelaide to arrive around 2.30pm.

Enjoy a Flawless Experience

Traveller’s Tales

Sue Lansdell – November 2015, Kangaroo Island

I have had several previous walks with Auswalk,initially self guided & I have enjoyed them all

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail and Beyond

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$ 2795 per person twin/double share
$ 525 Single Supplement (private room)

(A $100 Early Bird Discount is applicable for all bookings made 6 months prior to the the selected departure date.)

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