Group-guided

OVERVIEW

Auswalk has been guiding Kangaroo Island walking holidays for nearly 20 years, walking the island and parts of the trail that have subsequently morphed into the new Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. Our Kangaroo Island walking holidays combine these new magnificent sections of track, with our favourite old bits. Given that the island is the third largest in Australia, it has a lot to offer, but it can only be fully explored on foot.

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

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Genuine fully inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • 6 nights accommodation including 2 nights at fabulous Lifetime retreats with ocean views and (almost) private beach
  • Walk the Wilderness Trail, Kelly Hill Caves, Remarkable Rocks, Ravine des Casoars, Admirals Arch, the 7000-strong colony of fur seals at Seal Bay and visit all three Lighthouses
  • The meals are mostly chef-prepared and include 2 course a la carte dinners and cooked breakfasts.
  • Rooms with ensuites most nights in excellent locations
  • 2 outstanding guides so you can pace yourself. We offer a choice of easier or harder walking options along the way.

Auswalk has been guiding Kangaroo Island walking holidays for nearly 20 years, walking the island and parts of the trail that have subsequently morphed into the new Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. Our Kangaroo Island walking holidays combine these new magnificent sections of track, with our favourite old bits. Given that the island is the third largest in Australia, it has a lot to offer, but it can only be fully explored on foot.

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

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WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Easy to Moderate

Grade 2 - Easy to Moderate

Some hill sections and occasional steps. Walking experience not required.

PRICE FROM
$ 3295

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 585

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

  • Customised

  • 25+ years experience

  • Pack-free walking

  • Eco Travel

Book now

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1
ADELAIDE TO KANGAROO ISLAND AND WALK AT CAPE WILLOUGHBY

Start at Adelaide CBD hotel at 8.00am. Travel via the scenic Onkaparinga area, McLaren Vale winery district and Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis.  Cruise by ferry over to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island.  This afternoon we’ll travel to the extreme eastern end of the island for a tour of the Cape Willoughby Lightstation. There are three historic lighthouses in all to explore on this walk, each with its own unique features and history. At Cape Willoughby, enjoy a walk through history and there may be an opportunity to climb to the top of the lighthouse. We also do a light walk on the north coast at your accommodation.

Walking: Easy / 3-4 km / 1 hr

Meals: Walkers lunch and two-course Dinner

Accommodation: Lifetime Retreats

DAY 2
CAPE BORDA LIGHTHOUSE AND RAVINE DES CASOARS

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. We then travel to the remote hike at the Ravine des Casoars Wilderness Area where you can explore some fascinating limestone caves. We also explore Cape Borda Lighthouse, a special square lighthouse that’s perched high above Investigator Strait, and was built in 1858 to guide sailing ships arriving off the ‘roaring forties’ trade routes.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 10 to 12 km / 6 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course dinner

Accommodation: Lifetime Retreats

 

 

DAY 3
SEAL BAY AND KANGAROO WILDERNESS TRAIL FROM TRAILHEAD TO SNAKE LAGOON

Today 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 also populations of kangaroos, wallabies, possums, echidnas, goannas, penguins, koalas, Cape Barren geese and fur seals. The boardwalks and lookout offer great views over the coast. We then start our walk on the Kangaroo Wilderness Trail walking from the trailhead to Snake Lagoon. This is a lovely section of track that includes great views out over the Rocky River escarpment and good opportunity to see a platypus and other native wildlife.

Walking: Easy / 15 km / 5 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course a la carte chef-prepared dinner at the retreat restaurant

Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat in ensuite rooms

DAY 4
SNAKE LAGOON TO CAPE DU COUEDIC LIGHTHOUSE AND ADMIRALS ARCH

Today we will walk another section of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail from Snake Lagoon all the way to Cape du Couedic and Admirals Arch. The walking is quite remote as we follow riverside tracks as they meander to the massive southern ocean. This is a moody place with a real sense of isolation. The easier option is a circuit walk in the Rocky River area where there should be lots of wildlife and flora. Those lucky enough might even spot an elusive platypus in the stream.

Walking: Moderate / 18.4 km / 6 to 7 hrs / easier option of 8km available

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course a la carte chef-prepared dinner at the retreat restaurant

Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat in ensuite rooms

DAY 5
REMARKABLE ROCKS TO HANSON BAY

Today hike covers another section of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. We will walk from Remarkable Rocks via Sanderson Bay to Hanson Bay. The awesome sight of iconic Remarkable Rocks is our starting point. The wind-sculptured Remarkable Rocks proudly sit on top of a huge granite dome – a testament to 500 million years of nature’s erosion. We continue on past Cape Young Husband via the coastline then make our way inland through more forest to magnificent Hanson Bay.

Walking: Moderate / 18 km / 5 to 6 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course a la carte chef-prepared dinner at the retreat restaurant

Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat in ensuite rooms

DAY 6
HANSON BAY TO KELLY HILL CAVES

Today we start at remote Hanson Beach and walk to Kelly Hill Caves. The track meanders through a 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.

There will be time for a stroll or a swim in the crystal clear waters. 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’s also an option to walk the few kilometres on the least most interesting section of the track that we left out from Hakea to Remarkable Rocks to complete the track.

Walking: Moderate / 10 km (+5kms) / 3 to 4 hrs

Meals: Breakfast in restaurant, walkers lunch and two-course a la carte chef-prepared dinner at the retreat restaurant

Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat in ensuite rooms

DAY 7
KANGAROO ISLAND TO ADELAIDE WITH LUNCH AT A WINERY

Travel back to Penneshaw and catch the ferry to the mainland. We will be stopping for lunch in the McLaren Vale wine region, before arriving back in Adelaide at around 4.00pm.

Meals: Breakfast in retreat restaurant and lunch at a local winery.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • 2 engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • 6 nights’ comfortable accommodation
  • All meals including breakfasts, 6 dinners and 7 walkers lunches
  • Kelly Hill Cave and Seal Bay tours
  • Kangaroo Island ferry tickets
  • All transport from Adelaide
  • Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail fees and national park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag and container

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

Comfort is always a priority, at the end of each day on these Kangaroo Island walking holidays a hot shower, glass of wine and an excellent two-course meal awaits. A comfortable night’s sleep ensures you’ll wake refreshed and primed, ready for the next day’s walking after breakfast.

We travel to the north side island to the superb Lifetime Private Retreat perched right above Snelling beach.  You’ll find the beach deserted pretty much all the time so an evening or morning stroll along the beach is definitely in order. The accommodation is simply stunning. The rooms are a mixture of style and there is some variance to size. Bathrooms will have to be shared here but it’s a small price to pay for the amazing location.  After this we stay at the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat in ensuites rooms. This accommodation is nestled amongst the true wilderness of Kangaroo Island and is adjacent to the Flinders Chase National Park.

You will enjoy two-course chef-prepared dinners at the retreats on-site restaurant, utilising fresh local produce.

Packed lunches and picnics complete the circle ensuring that your appetite is always satisfied. In fact, you can look forward to having lunch on a daily basis at incredible locations on the island. A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a wrap, a muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit. Each day is slightly different. Lunch is always augmented by Auswalk’s famous trail mix. Importantly, you start each day with a substantial breakfast, four of them expertly prepared by professional chefs. This is a great way to ready yourself for the upcoming walk.

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

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

FOR EACH DAY

Day 1

LIFETIME RETREAT

The next 2 night’s accommodation is simply wonderful. We get to spread out over the 3 separate retreats. Coming together for dinner in the main house each night. With views over the beach and the possibility of an early morning swim right at your doorstep what could be a better way to start the walking day.

Day 2

LIFETIME RETREAT

Tonight’s accommodation is the same as last night.

Day 3 to 6

Kangaroo Wilderness Lodge

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Lodge is in a beautiful Location snuggled up against the National Park. It has all the facilities you’d expect from a lodge. There’s an excellent restaurant where we dine each evening and get to sit back and enjoy the cooking of professional chefs. The same goes for breakfast.

GENERAL INFO

The trip starts at the Sage Hotel in Adelaide CBD and finishes at about 4pm on the last day at the same location

The tracks are dry, firm and well cared for on Kangaroo Island. Most of the walks are easy to moderate. The easy walks are great for first timers; however, the experienced hikers won’t be disappointed as there is ample opportunity to walk challenging distances and explore some fascinating geological sites. The new Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail as you’d expect is extremely well cared for and makes for excellent walking.

This trip operates with a pair of expert guides that lead the way, providing the flexibility to walk at a pace that suits you and offering a choice of easier or harder walking options along the way.

Pre and post tour accommodation: There are many hotels in Adelaide however we pick up and drop off at the Sage Hotel, 208 South Terrace, Adelaide. The tour starts at 9.00 at the Sage Hotel. We arrive back in Adelaide at approximately 4.00pm on the last day

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

We only depart at the best time and for Kangaroo Island this is autumn and spring. See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure suitable clothing.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We offer a 30% discount on travel insurance booked via our website. Get an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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    $3495

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    $775
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    $775
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  • 17 Apr 2021
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    $3625

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    $800

REVIEWS

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  1. Bonnie C

    20 November, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    I have just had the pleasure of joining a group of 13 other travellers on this wonderful adventure. What a beautiful place to visit and walk over. The accommodation and food was very good and the guides were first class. The scenery is awe inspiring and who knows what animal might be seen along with the beautiful wild flowers. Bonnie C.

  2. Terrie B

    23 November, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    I have just thoroughly enjoyed my time with a great group and although I am not a seasoned hiker, apart from walking around the golf course, I coped quite well with the distances. Would have liked more time viewing the wildlife because that was the reason for my trip but the guides were wonderful and I know they are on a tight schedule. Food and accom great. Lots of laughs. Cheers Terrie

  3. wukwukwonder

    24 November, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    It was my first time visiting Kangaroo Island and it met all of my expectations for seeing and experiencing new things. With two guides the walking each day could fit in with what everyone wanted to do. I loved staying in the lighthouse cottages and getting to see the inside of a lighthouse. The wildlife and scenery was spectacular.The Auswalk guides looked after us all with great care and fun. Helen F

  4. PaulaCM66

    26 November, 2015 at 4:50 AM
    5

    We had a fabulous walk and tour on Kangaroo Island. We saw all the highlights and walked parts of the trail guided by the knowledgeable, friendly and flexible Marie, Katie and Paul. We enjoyed excellent accomodation and meals with a great group of like minded people. We could not fault the attention to detail.

  5. Vaughan T

    26 November, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    As members of a small group of friends, we engaged Auswalks to organise and provide support for a private guided walking holiday at Kangaroo Island during November 2015. Rather than customise our itinerary, we prefered to go with their standard seven day plan with the option to amend, as we deemed appropriate during the walk. The package included accommodation, meals and logistical support.

    Team leader Marie along with Lisa & Bill did a great job in pulling everything together and our walk went off without a hitch. Their attention to detail and our safety on the track was at the forefront, and the choice of completing the easier or more difficult options to suit the group was appreciated. This flexible approach allowed us to complete the walks at our own pace and enjoy the stunning scenery.

    The focus of our walk centred mainly on the western side of the island with its tall limestone cliffs, magnificent coastal landscapes, wilderness areas and abundant wildlife. The highlights included the wind sculptured Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, historic lighthouses including the 1858 Cape Borda’s square lighthouse, unspoilt white sandy beaches and the flora & fauna. This included the brilliant wildflowers, fur seals, Australian sea-lions, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, echidnas, Heath goannas, little penguins, koalas, tiger snakes and Cape Barren geese. Unfortunately, no one spotted the shy platypus.

    Accommodation was in comfortable island resorts including two nights in the recently restored Cape du Couedic light keeper’s cottages. During our visit, we enjoyed the local produce, superb wines and the unique Ligurian honey.

    In hindsight, the initial walk of 18 klm in the Cape Gantheaume Wilderness Protection Area was a bit of a challenge first up and maybe a shorter walk on the northern side near Kingscote may have been a better option.

    At the end of our walk we asked ourselves – how good was that? .. and on reflection we reckon it was just about as good as it gets!!

    Our thanks go to Marie, Lisa & Bill for helping make our walking holiday such a memorable one. We thoroughly enjoyed our adventure holiday and wouldn’t hesitate recommending Auswalks anyone interested in undertaking the Kangaroo Island walk.

  6. Karen B

    1 November, 2018 at 6:21 AM
    5

    Joining Auswalk for a walking holiday on Kangaroo Island meant all the hard work of knowing where to go, what to see and the best places to visit has been done by others and all I had to do was turn up and follow two very experienced and informed guides to see and walk to some of the best places on the Island. Kangaroo Island has a number of different walks providing opportunities for ocean views, stories of amazing past history and settlements and a wonderful variety of plants and wild flowers to make each days walking new and exciting. Much of the native wildlife on the Island was easy to see and the guides made sure we had plenty of time to enjoy these encounters. The accommodation and food was excellent and we able to taste much of the local produce while we were on the Island. Having two guides meant I had choices of walks each day and I could enjoy those areas which were of personal interest to me.

  7. Vaughan T

    25 October, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    As members of a small group of friends, we engaged Auswalks to organise and provide support for a private guided walking holiday at Kangaroo Island during November 2015. Rather than customise our itinerary, we prefered to go with their standard seven day plan with the option to amend, as we deemed appropriate during the walk. The package included accommodation, meals and logistical support.

    Team leader Marie along with Lisa & Bill did a great job in pulling everything together and our walk went off without a hitch. Their attention to detail and our safety on the track was at the forefront, and the choice of completing the easier or more difficult options to suit the group was appreciated. This flexible approach allowed us to complete the walks at our own pace and enjoy the stunning scenery.

    The focus of our walk centred mainly on the western side of the island with its tall limestone cliffs, magnificent coastal landscapes, wilderness areas and abundant wildlife. The highlights included the wind sculptured Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, historic lighthouses including the 1858 Cape Borda’s square lighthouse, unspoilt white sandy beaches and the flora & fauna. This included the brilliant wildflowers, fur seals, Australian sea-lions, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, echidnas, Heath goannas, little penguins, koalas, tiger snakes and Cape Barren geese. Unfortunately, no one spotted the shy platypus.

    Accommodation was in comfortable island resorts including two nights in the recently restored Cape du Couedic light keeper’s cottages. During our visit, we enjoyed the local produce, superb wines and the unique Ligurian honey.

    In hindsight, the initial walk of 18 klm in the Cape Gantheaume Wilderness Protection Area was a bit of a challenge first up and maybe a shorter walk on the northern side near Kingscote may have been a better option.

    At the end of our walk we asked ourselves – how good was that? .. and on reflection we reckon it was just about as good as it gets!!

    Our thanks go to Marie, Lisa & Bill for helping make our walking holiday such a memorable one. We thoroughly enjoyed our adventure holiday and wouldn’t hesitate recommending Auswalks anyone interested in undertaking the Kangaroo Island walk.”

Overview

OVERVIEW

Auswalk has been guiding Kangaroo Island walking holidays for nearly 20 years, walking the island and parts of the trail that have subsequently morphed into the new Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. Our Kangaroo Island walking holidays combine these new magnificent sections of track, with our favourite old bits. Given that the island is the third largest in Australia, it has a lot to offer, but it can only be fully explored on foot.

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

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Genuine fully inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • 6 nights accommodation including 2 nights at fabulous Lifetime retreats with ocean views and (almost) private beach
  • Walk the Wilderness Trail, Kelly Hill Caves, Remarkable Rocks, Ravine des Casoars, Admirals Arch, the 7000-strong colony of fur seals at Seal Bay and visit all three Lighthouses
  • The meals are mostly chef-prepared and include 2 course a la carte dinners and cooked breakfasts.
  • Rooms with ensuites most nights in excellent locations
  • 2 outstanding guides so you can pace yourself. We offer a choice of easier or harder walking options along the way.

Auswalk has been guiding Kangaroo Island walking holidays for nearly 20 years, walking the island and parts of the trail that have subsequently morphed into the new Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. Our Kangaroo Island walking holidays combine these new magnificent sections of track, with our favourite old bits. Given that the island is the third largest in Australia, it has a lot to offer, but it can only be fully explored on foot.

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

READ MORE

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Easy to Moderate

Grade 2 - Easy to Moderate

Some hill sections and occasional steps. Walking experience not required.

PRICE FROM
$ 3295

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 585

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

  • Customised

  • 25+ years experience

  • Pack-free walking

  • Eco Travel

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1
ADELAIDE TO KANGAROO ISLAND AND WALK AT CAPE WILLOUGHBY

Start at Adelaide CBD hotel at 8.00am. Travel via the scenic Onkaparinga area, McLaren Vale winery district and Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis.  Cruise by ferry over to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island.  This afternoon we’ll travel to the extreme eastern end of the island for a tour of the Cape Willoughby Lightstation. There are three historic lighthouses in all to explore on this walk, each with its own unique features and history. At Cape Willoughby, enjoy a walk through history and there may be an opportunity to climb to the top of the lighthouse. We also do a light walk on the north coast at your accommodation.

Walking: Easy / 3-4 km / 1 hr

Meals: Walkers lunch and two-course Dinner

Accommodation: Lifetime Retreats

DAY 2
CAPE BORDA LIGHTHOUSE AND RAVINE DES CASOARS

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. We then travel to the remote hike at the Ravine des Casoars Wilderness Area where you can explore some fascinating limestone caves. We also explore Cape Borda Lighthouse, a special square lighthouse that’s perched high above Investigator Strait, and was built in 1858 to guide sailing ships arriving off the ‘roaring forties’ trade routes.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 10 to 12 km / 6 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course dinner

Accommodation: Lifetime Retreats

 

 

DAY 3
SEAL BAY AND KANGAROO WILDERNESS TRAIL FROM TRAILHEAD TO SNAKE LAGOON

Today 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 also populations of kangaroos, wallabies, possums, echidnas, goannas, penguins, koalas, Cape Barren geese and fur seals. The boardwalks and lookout offer great views over the coast. We then start our walk on the Kangaroo Wilderness Trail walking from the trailhead to Snake Lagoon. This is a lovely section of track that includes great views out over the Rocky River escarpment and good opportunity to see a platypus and other native wildlife.

Walking: Easy / 15 km / 5 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course a la carte chef-prepared dinner at the retreat restaurant

Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat in ensuite rooms

DAY 4
SNAKE LAGOON TO CAPE DU COUEDIC LIGHTHOUSE AND ADMIRALS ARCH

Today we will walk another section of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail from Snake Lagoon all the way to Cape du Couedic and Admirals Arch. The walking is quite remote as we follow riverside tracks as they meander to the massive southern ocean. This is a moody place with a real sense of isolation. The easier option is a circuit walk in the Rocky River area where there should be lots of wildlife and flora. Those lucky enough might even spot an elusive platypus in the stream.

Walking: Moderate / 18.4 km / 6 to 7 hrs / easier option of 8km available

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course a la carte chef-prepared dinner at the retreat restaurant

Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat in ensuite rooms

DAY 5
REMARKABLE ROCKS TO HANSON BAY

Today hike covers another section of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. We will walk from Remarkable Rocks via Sanderson Bay to Hanson Bay. The awesome sight of iconic Remarkable Rocks is our starting point. The wind-sculptured Remarkable Rocks proudly sit on top of a huge granite dome – a testament to 500 million years of nature’s erosion. We continue on past Cape Young Husband via the coastline then make our way inland through more forest to magnificent Hanson Bay.

Walking: Moderate / 18 km / 5 to 6 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course a la carte chef-prepared dinner at the retreat restaurant

Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat in ensuite rooms

DAY 6
HANSON BAY TO KELLY HILL CAVES

Today we start at remote Hanson Beach and walk to Kelly Hill Caves. The track meanders through a 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.

There will be time for a stroll or a swim in the crystal clear waters. 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’s also an option to walk the few kilometres on the least most interesting section of the track that we left out from Hakea to Remarkable Rocks to complete the track.

Walking: Moderate / 10 km (+5kms) / 3 to 4 hrs

Meals: Breakfast in restaurant, walkers lunch and two-course a la carte chef-prepared dinner at the retreat restaurant

Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat in ensuite rooms

DAY 7
KANGAROO ISLAND TO ADELAIDE WITH LUNCH AT A WINERY

Travel back to Penneshaw and catch the ferry to the mainland. We will be stopping for lunch in the McLaren Vale wine region, before arriving back in Adelaide at around 4.00pm.

Meals: Breakfast in retreat restaurant and lunch at a local winery.

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • 2 engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • 6 nights’ comfortable accommodation
  • All meals including breakfasts, 6 dinners and 7 walkers lunches
  • Kelly Hill Cave and Seal Bay tours
  • Kangaroo Island ferry tickets
  • All transport from Adelaide
  • Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail fees and national park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag and container
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

Comfort is always a priority, at the end of each day on these Kangaroo Island walking holidays a hot shower, glass of wine and an excellent two-course meal awaits. A comfortable night’s sleep ensures you’ll wake refreshed and primed, ready for the next day’s walking after breakfast.

We travel to the north side island to the superb Lifetime Private Retreat perched right above Snelling beach.  You’ll find the beach deserted pretty much all the time so an evening or morning stroll along the beach is definitely in order. The accommodation is simply stunning. The rooms are a mixture of style and there is some variance to size. Bathrooms will have to be shared here but it’s a small price to pay for the amazing location.  After this we stay at the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat in ensuites rooms. This accommodation is nestled amongst the true wilderness of Kangaroo Island and is adjacent to the Flinders Chase National Park.

You will enjoy two-course chef-prepared dinners at the retreats on-site restaurant, utilising fresh local produce.

Packed lunches and picnics complete the circle ensuring that your appetite is always satisfied. In fact, you can look forward to having lunch on a daily basis at incredible locations on the island. A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a wrap, a muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit. Each day is slightly different. Lunch is always augmented by Auswalk’s famous trail mix. Importantly, you start each day with a substantial breakfast, four of them expertly prepared by professional chefs. This is a great way to ready yourself for the upcoming walk.

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

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

FOR EACH DAY

Day 1

LIFETIME RETREAT

The next 2 night’s accommodation is simply wonderful. We get to spread out over the 3 separate retreats. Coming together for dinner in the main house each night. With views over the beach and the possibility of an early morning swim right at your doorstep what could be a better way to start the walking day.

Day 2

LIFETIME RETREAT

Tonight’s accommodation is the same as last night.

Day 3 to 6

Kangaroo Wilderness Lodge

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Lodge is in a beautiful Location snuggled up against the National Park. It has all the facilities you’d expect from a lodge. There’s an excellent restaurant where we dine each evening and get to sit back and enjoy the cooking of professional chefs. The same goes for breakfast.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

The trip starts at the Sage Hotel in Adelaide CBD and finishes at about 4pm on the last day at the same location

The tracks are dry, firm and well cared for on Kangaroo Island. Most of the walks are easy to moderate. The easy walks are great for first timers; however, the experienced hikers won’t be disappointed as there is ample opportunity to walk challenging distances and explore some fascinating geological sites. The new Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail as you’d expect is extremely well cared for and makes for excellent walking.

This trip operates with a pair of expert guides that lead the way, providing the flexibility to walk at a pace that suits you and offering a choice of easier or harder walking options along the way.

Pre and post tour accommodation: There are many hotels in Adelaide however we pick up and drop off at the Sage Hotel, 208 South Terrace, Adelaide. The tour starts at 9.00 at the Sage Hotel. We arrive back in Adelaide at approximately 4.00pm on the last day

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

We only depart at the best time and for Kangaroo Island this is autumn and spring. See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure suitable clothing.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We offer a 30% discount on travel insurance booked via our website. Get an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

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  • 19 Oct 2019
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    $3295

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $585
  • 4 Nov 2019
    FULL
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    $3295

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $585
  • 18 Apr 2020
    FULL
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    $3495

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $775
  • 28 Sep 2020
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    $3495

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $775
  • 11 Oct 2020
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    $3495

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $775
  • 19 Oct 2020
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    $3495

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $775
  • 14 Nov 2020
    AVAILABLE
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    $3495

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $775
  • 30 Nov 2020
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    $3495

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $775
  • 17 Apr 2021
    AVAILABLE
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    $3625

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $800
Reviews

REVIEWS

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  1. Bonnie C

    20 November, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    I have just had the pleasure of joining a group of 13 other travellers on this wonderful adventure. What a beautiful place to visit and walk over. The accommodation and food was very good and the guides were first class. The scenery is awe inspiring and who knows what animal might be seen along with the beautiful wild flowers. Bonnie C.

  2. Terrie B

    23 November, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    I have just thoroughly enjoyed my time with a great group and although I am not a seasoned hiker, apart from walking around the golf course, I coped quite well with the distances. Would have liked more time viewing the wildlife because that was the reason for my trip but the guides were wonderful and I know they are on a tight schedule. Food and accom great. Lots of laughs. Cheers Terrie

  3. wukwukwonder

    24 November, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    It was my first time visiting Kangaroo Island and it met all of my expectations for seeing and experiencing new things. With two guides the walking each day could fit in with what everyone wanted to do. I loved staying in the lighthouse cottages and getting to see the inside of a lighthouse. The wildlife and scenery was spectacular.The Auswalk guides looked after us all with great care and fun. Helen F

  4. PaulaCM66

    26 November, 2015 at 4:50 AM
    5

    We had a fabulous walk and tour on Kangaroo Island. We saw all the highlights and walked parts of the trail guided by the knowledgeable, friendly and flexible Marie, Katie and Paul. We enjoyed excellent accomodation and meals with a great group of like minded people. We could not fault the attention to detail.

  5. Vaughan T

    26 November, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    As members of a small group of friends, we engaged Auswalks to organise and provide support for a private guided walking holiday at Kangaroo Island during November 2015. Rather than customise our itinerary, we prefered to go with their standard seven day plan with the option to amend, as we deemed appropriate during the walk. The package included accommodation, meals and logistical support.

    Team leader Marie along with Lisa & Bill did a great job in pulling everything together and our walk went off without a hitch. Their attention to detail and our safety on the track was at the forefront, and the choice of completing the easier or more difficult options to suit the group was appreciated. This flexible approach allowed us to complete the walks at our own pace and enjoy the stunning scenery.

    The focus of our walk centred mainly on the western side of the island with its tall limestone cliffs, magnificent coastal landscapes, wilderness areas and abundant wildlife. The highlights included the wind sculptured Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, historic lighthouses including the 1858 Cape Borda’s square lighthouse, unspoilt white sandy beaches and the flora & fauna. This included the brilliant wildflowers, fur seals, Australian sea-lions, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, echidnas, Heath goannas, little penguins, koalas, tiger snakes and Cape Barren geese. Unfortunately, no one spotted the shy platypus.

    Accommodation was in comfortable island resorts including two nights in the recently restored Cape du Couedic light keeper’s cottages. During our visit, we enjoyed the local produce, superb wines and the unique Ligurian honey.

    In hindsight, the initial walk of 18 klm in the Cape Gantheaume Wilderness Protection Area was a bit of a challenge first up and maybe a shorter walk on the northern side near Kingscote may have been a better option.

    At the end of our walk we asked ourselves – how good was that? .. and on reflection we reckon it was just about as good as it gets!!

    Our thanks go to Marie, Lisa & Bill for helping make our walking holiday such a memorable one. We thoroughly enjoyed our adventure holiday and wouldn’t hesitate recommending Auswalks anyone interested in undertaking the Kangaroo Island walk.

  6. Karen B

    1 November, 2018 at 6:21 AM
    5

    Joining Auswalk for a walking holiday on Kangaroo Island meant all the hard work of knowing where to go, what to see and the best places to visit has been done by others and all I had to do was turn up and follow two very experienced and informed guides to see and walk to some of the best places on the Island. Kangaroo Island has a number of different walks providing opportunities for ocean views, stories of amazing past history and settlements and a wonderful variety of plants and wild flowers to make each days walking new and exciting. Much of the native wildlife on the Island was easy to see and the guides made sure we had plenty of time to enjoy these encounters. The accommodation and food was excellent and we able to taste much of the local produce while we were on the Island. Having two guides meant I had choices of walks each day and I could enjoy those areas which were of personal interest to me.

  7. Vaughan T

    25 October, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    As members of a small group of friends, we engaged Auswalks to organise and provide support for a private guided walking holiday at Kangaroo Island during November 2015. Rather than customise our itinerary, we prefered to go with their standard seven day plan with the option to amend, as we deemed appropriate during the walk. The package included accommodation, meals and logistical support.

    Team leader Marie along with Lisa & Bill did a great job in pulling everything together and our walk went off without a hitch. Their attention to detail and our safety on the track was at the forefront, and the choice of completing the easier or more difficult options to suit the group was appreciated. This flexible approach allowed us to complete the walks at our own pace and enjoy the stunning scenery.

    The focus of our walk centred mainly on the western side of the island with its tall limestone cliffs, magnificent coastal landscapes, wilderness areas and abundant wildlife. The highlights included the wind sculptured Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, historic lighthouses including the 1858 Cape Borda’s square lighthouse, unspoilt white sandy beaches and the flora & fauna. This included the brilliant wildflowers, fur seals, Australian sea-lions, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, echidnas, Heath goannas, little penguins, koalas, tiger snakes and Cape Barren geese. Unfortunately, no one spotted the shy platypus.

    Accommodation was in comfortable island resorts including two nights in the recently restored Cape du Couedic light keeper’s cottages. During our visit, we enjoyed the local produce, superb wines and the unique Ligurian honey.

    In hindsight, the initial walk of 18 klm in the Cape Gantheaume Wilderness Protection Area was a bit of a challenge first up and maybe a shorter walk on the northern side near Kingscote may have been a better option.

    At the end of our walk we asked ourselves – how good was that? .. and on reflection we reckon it was just about as good as it gets!!

    Our thanks go to Marie, Lisa & Bill for helping make our walking holiday such a memorable one. We thoroughly enjoyed our adventure holiday and wouldn’t hesitate recommending Auswalks anyone interested in undertaking the Kangaroo Island walk.”

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