OVERVIEW

The Kangaroo Island Wilderness trail is on Australia’s third largest island and newest bucket list walk. Forests, lagoons, white-sand beaches and sea cliffs pounded by thunderous swells are just a small part of what makes this island unique. This island is a celebrated feral-free haven, moreover with a quarter of the island’s area being protected it is no wonder the native animals flourish. But if walkers are surprised at how easy it is to see marsupials and wildlife, they’re even more astonished by the scale and diversity of the place.

We see the diversity and scale close up by hiking the 61-kilometre Wilderness Trail that takes in Flinders Chase forests, the surreal sculptures that are Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, untrammelled beaches and kilometre upon kilometre of cliff top hiking. We also walk Ravine des Casoars a true path less travelled walk.

Other highlights are Kelly Hill Caves and the 7000-strong colony of fur seals that take refuge in the stunning sands at Seal Bay, frolicking on rocky platforms.

With its’ dense forests, green wetlands and stunning stretches of coastal terrain, Kangaroo Island is a hiker’s dream,  a true paradise for walkers and naturalists alike.

We take care of the detail so you can relax and concentrate on what’s important, the walking and the up close and fully immersive experience of this stunning island. The meals are mostly chef prepared and include 2 course a la carte dinners. With two outstanding guides looking after you, you can pace yourself because we can offer a choice of easier or harder walking options along the way.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
5 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 2385

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 375

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

Book now

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5

DAY 1
ADELAIDE TO KANGAROO ISLAND WALK VISITOR'S CENTRE TO SNAKE LAGOON

Depart from Adelaide at approximately 6:30 – 7.00am (dependant on ferry crossing) and travel to the middle of the island to Seal Bay, where you’ll see Australian sea lions in their natural habitat. Populations of kangaroos, wallabies, possums, echidnas, penguins, koalas, Cape Barren geese, fur seals and platypus also inhabit this area. The afternoon’s walk features the beginning of the Wilderness Trail from the Vistors Centre to Snake Lagoon.

Walks: Easy / 10kms / 3 hrs
Meals: Lunch and 2 course dinner
Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

DAY 2
SNAKE LAGOON TO CAPE DU COUEDIC

Today we will walk another section of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. We walk from Snake Lagoon to Cape du Couedic. The walking is quite remote as we follow riverside tracks as they meander to the tumultuous ocean. A shorter walk is offered a circuit walk in the Rocky River area where there should be lots of wildlife and flora. We finish the day with Weirs Cove, the historic Cape du Couedic Lighthouse and an exploration Admirals Arch.

Walking: Moderate / 18.5 km / 7 -8 hrs / easier option of 8 or 12 km available
Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course a la carte chef-prepared dinner at the retreat restaurant
Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

DAY 3
REMARKABLE ROCKS TO HANSONS BAY

Today we hike another section of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. We will walk from Remarkable Rocks to Hansons Bay via Sanderson Bay. Remarkable Rocks the result of a geological upheaval 500 million years ago, a timeless reminder of the scale of time. This allows us to explore the Rocks before the crowds and to miss a small rocky section that is similar to day 1 and 2. The track travels past Cape Younghusband breaking out to the awesome sight of the massive ocean swells and the sandstone cliffs, heading inland via superb mallee forest to Hansons Bay.

Walking: Moderate / 18 km / 6 hrs / easier option available
Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course a la carte chef-prepared dinner at the retreat restaurant
Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

DAY 4
HANSONS BEACH TO KELLY HILL CAVES

Today walk and our final starts at remote Hanson Beach and finishes at Kelly Hill Caves, the final section of the Wilderness Trail. The track meanders through a delightful bushland walk passing several lagoons teeming with bird life.

There’s the opportunity to walk the little bit of track that was left out (to complete the track) from Hakea to Remarkable Rocks in the afternoon instead of exploring the caves. This portion was left out for a reason as it is repetitive and not that inspiring.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 10 km / 6 hrs / easier option available
Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course a la carte chef-prepared dinner at the retreat restaurant
Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

DAY 5

Today we make our way back to Adelaide after breakfast via the Mclaren Vale arriving at about 4pm.

Meals: Cooked breakfast in the restaurant and lunch

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
  • 4 nights’ comfortable accommodation
  • Chef prepared restaurant meals at the Wilderness Lodge
  • All transport from Adelaide and luggage transport
  • National Park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag and container

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

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

We are based at the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat for the 4 nights whilst we are on Kangaroo Island. This accommodation is nestled in 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.

Rooms at the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat have ensuites, with the lodge providing the perfect location to explore the west end of the island.

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 track. 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 cooked breakfast, expertly prepared by professional chefs when at the Wilderness Retreat. This is a great way to ready yourself for the upcoming walk.

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

GENERAL INFO

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 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 leading 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 Stamford Plaza, 150 North Terrace, Adelaide. The tour will start at approximately 6.30-7.00am (dependent on ferry crossing) at the Stamford Plaza. We arrive back in Adelaide at approximately 5.00pm 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 to walk and for Kangaroo Island this is spring and autumn. 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 want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet 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.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 25 Nov 2019
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2860

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $

    Walkie Talkie Group

  • 5 Oct 2019
    FULL
    from

    $2385

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $375
  • 11 Oct 2019
    ALMOST FULL
    from

    $2385

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $375
  • 21 Mar 2020
    SELLING FAST
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 28 Mar 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 4 Apr 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 14 Apr 2020
    ALMOST FULL
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 19 Sep 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 17 Oct 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 24 Oct 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 7 Nov 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 8 Apr 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $405
Overview

OVERVIEW

The Kangaroo Island Wilderness trail is on Australia’s third largest island and newest bucket list walk. Forests, lagoons, white-sand beaches and sea cliffs pounded by thunderous swells are just a small part of what makes this island unique. This island is a celebrated feral-free haven, moreover with a quarter of the island’s area being protected it is no wonder the native animals flourish. But if walkers are surprised at how easy it is to see marsupials and wildlife, they’re even more astonished by the scale and diversity of the place.

We see the diversity and scale close up by hiking the 61-kilometre Wilderness Trail that takes in Flinders Chase forests, the surreal sculptures that are Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, untrammelled beaches and kilometre upon kilometre of cliff top hiking. We also walk Ravine des Casoars a true path less travelled walk.

Other highlights are Kelly Hill Caves and the 7000-strong colony of fur seals that take refuge in the stunning sands at Seal Bay, frolicking on rocky platforms.

With its’ dense forests, green wetlands and stunning stretches of coastal terrain, Kangaroo Island is a hiker’s dream,  a true paradise for walkers and naturalists alike.

We take care of the detail so you can relax and concentrate on what’s important, the walking and the up close and fully immersive experience of this stunning island. The meals are mostly chef prepared and include 2 course a la carte dinners. With two outstanding guides looking after you, you can pace yourself because we can offer a choice of easier or harder walking options along the way.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
5 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 2385

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 375

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

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5

DAY 1
ADELAIDE TO KANGAROO ISLAND WALK VISITOR'S CENTRE TO SNAKE LAGOON

Depart from Adelaide at approximately 6:30 – 7.00am (dependant on ferry crossing) and travel to the middle of the island to Seal Bay, where you’ll see Australian sea lions in their natural habitat. Populations of kangaroos, wallabies, possums, echidnas, penguins, koalas, Cape Barren geese, fur seals and platypus also inhabit this area. The afternoon’s walk features the beginning of the Wilderness Trail from the Vistors Centre to Snake Lagoon.

Walks: Easy / 10kms / 3 hrs
Meals: Lunch and 2 course dinner
Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

DAY 2
SNAKE LAGOON TO CAPE DU COUEDIC

Today we will walk another section of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. We walk from Snake Lagoon to Cape du Couedic. The walking is quite remote as we follow riverside tracks as they meander to the tumultuous ocean. A shorter walk is offered a circuit walk in the Rocky River area where there should be lots of wildlife and flora. We finish the day with Weirs Cove, the historic Cape du Couedic Lighthouse and an exploration Admirals Arch.

Walking: Moderate / 18.5 km / 7 -8 hrs / easier option of 8 or 12 km available
Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course a la carte chef-prepared dinner at the retreat restaurant
Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

DAY 3
REMARKABLE ROCKS TO HANSONS BAY

Today we hike another section of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. We will walk from Remarkable Rocks to Hansons Bay via Sanderson Bay. Remarkable Rocks the result of a geological upheaval 500 million years ago, a timeless reminder of the scale of time. This allows us to explore the Rocks before the crowds and to miss a small rocky section that is similar to day 1 and 2. The track travels past Cape Younghusband breaking out to the awesome sight of the massive ocean swells and the sandstone cliffs, heading inland via superb mallee forest to Hansons Bay.

Walking: Moderate / 18 km / 6 hrs / easier option available
Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course a la carte chef-prepared dinner at the retreat restaurant
Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

DAY 4
HANSONS BEACH TO KELLY HILL CAVES

Today walk and our final starts at remote Hanson Beach and finishes at Kelly Hill Caves, the final section of the Wilderness Trail. The track meanders through a delightful bushland walk passing several lagoons teeming with bird life.

There’s the opportunity to walk the little bit of track that was left out (to complete the track) from Hakea to Remarkable Rocks in the afternoon instead of exploring the caves. This portion was left out for a reason as it is repetitive and not that inspiring.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 10 km / 6 hrs / easier option available
Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course a la carte chef-prepared dinner at the retreat restaurant
Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

DAY 5

Today we make our way back to Adelaide after breakfast via the Mclaren Vale arriving at about 4pm.

Meals: Cooked breakfast in the restaurant and lunch

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
  • 4 nights’ comfortable accommodation
  • Chef prepared restaurant meals at the Wilderness Lodge
  • All transport from Adelaide and luggage transport
  • National Park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag and container
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

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

We are based at the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat for the 4 nights whilst we are on Kangaroo Island. This accommodation is nestled in 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.

Rooms at the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat have ensuites, with the lodge providing the perfect location to explore the west end of the island.

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 track. 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 cooked breakfast, expertly prepared by professional chefs when at the Wilderness Retreat. This is a great way to ready yourself for the upcoming walk.

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

General Info

GENERAL INFO

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 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 leading 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 Stamford Plaza, 150 North Terrace, Adelaide. The tour will start at approximately 6.30-7.00am (dependent on ferry crossing) at the Stamford Plaza. We arrive back in Adelaide at approximately 5.00pm 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 to walk and for Kangaroo Island this is spring and autumn. 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 want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet 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.

Map

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 25 Nov 2019
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2860

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $
  • 5 Oct 2019
    FULL
    Details
    from

    $2385

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $375
  • 11 Oct 2019
    ALMOST FULL
    Details
    from

    $2385

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $375
  • 21 Mar 2020
    SELLING FAST
    Details
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 28 Mar 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 4 Apr 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 14 Apr 2020
    ALMOST FULL
    Details
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 19 Sep 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 17 Oct 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 24 Oct 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 7 Nov 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 8 Apr 2021
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $405

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