OVERVIEW

The breathtaking coastal scenery and coastal forest, work in concert with Kangaroo Island’s abundance of wildlife, to create an amazing platform for walking. Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third-largest and a third of it is protected within a national park. This unique island sanctuary has become a haven for native animals, particularly threatened and protected species. The track traverses a diverse range of landscape. Eucalypt and mallee forest and striking stretches of coastal landscape dominate the 67km purpose-built walk.

The tall limestone cliffs, reminiscent of the Otways and the massive Southern Ocean swells, contributed to at least 60 ships being wrecked on these shores. It’s also a haven for marine wildlife like whales, even the odd killer whale, seals and dolphins, so be on the lookout.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Fully inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • Hike the Wilderness Trail, minus one small section of low mallee forest
  • Kelly Hill Caves, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Rocky River and seal colonies
  • All meals on the walk
  • Stunning views over the ocean at remote Hansons Bay and beach
  • Seamless transfers from Adelaide or Kingscote Airport

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF 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
$ 2155

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 435

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
VISITORS CENTRE TO SNAKE LAGOON

Arrive at Kingscote airport before 11.00am or catch the 6:45am bus from Adelaide to Cape Jervis and catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island. Please speak to us about what might be the best option for you. A private transfer to your accommodation puts you in a position, time-wise, to complete the first days walk of 12kms (this walk is on even ground and takes about 4 -5 hours). Today you walk from the visitor’s centre to Rocky River and Snake lagoon through gorgeous eucalypt forest, via swampland and the Platypus pools. Stop for a moment at the rapids and rockpools along the way, and keep an eye out for the stacks of wildlife coming in to take a drink. Expect to see Cape Baron Geese, Wallabies and Kangaroos plus a whole lot more.

Walking: Easy to moderate/ 12km / 3-4 hrs
Meals: Lunch and two-course dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Cabins at Western Kangaroo Island  Caravan Park with ensuites

DAY 2
SNAKE LAGOON TO ADMIRALS ARCH

From Rocky River, it’s a gentle walk down the river to the Southern Ocean. There’s nothing between here and the Southern Ocean; the wilder the weather, the bigger the show. The views of the massive swells crashing against the cliffs paired with the peacefulness of this splendid remote landscape sets the tone for the rest of the walk. From May to September there’s a chance you’ll see whales. The walk follows the coast both on the cliff tops and on the beach eventually heading in land via Hakea Campground to the other side of Cape de Couedic Peninsula. The walk via Weirs Cove and Cape de Couedic Lighthouse to Admirals Arch is one of the real highlights of the trail.

Walking: Moderate / 18.4km / 5-6 hrs / 14km option is available
Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch pack and 2-course dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Cabins at Western Kangaroo Island  Caravan Park with ensuites

DAY 3
REMARKABLE ROCKS TO HANSON BAY

Today’s walk starts at Remarkable Rocks, arriving early well before all the crowds is a real pleasure. For your information, we miss one small 6 km section of the walk through mallee forest from Hakea Campground to Remarkable Rocks. The granite boulders sculptured by the forces of nature have an artistic, almost surrealist feel to them. This next section is one of the best, if not the best. From Sanderson Bay, it’s back to the coast past Cape Younghusband. The coastal views are stupendous before heading off through cooler mallee and tea tree forest. Hike to spectacular Hanson Bay and your accommodation. Hanson Bay is one of the most beautiful places on the island. There’s a very safe bay or an estuary to take a swim, and there are additional beach walks on your doorstep if you feel so inclined. Depending on the time of year, there is likely to be hardly anyone here, so in the evening it’ll feel like having your own private beach.

Walking: Moderate / 18km / 5-6hrs
Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch pack and 2 course dinner
Accommodation: Cabins at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary with ensuites

DAY 4
HANSON BAY TO KELLY HILL CAVES

Walk out from your accommodation one of 2 ways. Back the way you came in yesterday, along the road and across the South West River on a very ingenious punt-like boat system. Or walk along the beach, over the sand hills and along the river to the same point. The track opens up to large natural grassland, thus the name and an abundance of birdlife. From here we walk around Grassdale Lagoon and then inland to Kelly Hill Caves, through a much taller gumtree forest, before meeting the Burgess Hike. There is a short side-trip here to the old entrance of Kelly Hill Caves. Lookout for the many craters which feed water into the caves below. At Kelly Hill Caves Visitor Centre pass through the iron ‘gate’, to mark the end of the 67km Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail.

Walking: Easy to moderate / 10km / 3-4 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch pack and 2 course dinner
Accommodation: Cabins at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary with ensuites

 

DAY 5
RETURN TO ADELAIDE

After breakfast, you will be transferred privately back to either the airport or the passenger ferry terminal, for your ferry journey back to Adelaide.

Meals: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Transport from and return to Adelaide (fly to Kingscote, and we will refund you the ferry passage and transfer)
  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • 4 nights’ comfortable accommodation
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 (2 course) dinners, 4 walkers lunches
  • Private transfers out to your accommodation and transfers on and off the track
  • Kangaroo Island Wilderness track fees
  • Walkers pack including notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag and container.

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

Comfortable self-contained private cabins. Both sets of cabins are in beautiful locations. The Hanson Bay location is simply stunning.

Healthy and delicious food will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All of the meals are provided by Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a wrap, cake or muffin of some kind and a piece of fruit. You’ll lunch at beautiful locations on the track and each day may be slightly different. The 2 course dinners are also substantial and will involve some very minor preparation.

Alcohol and drinks with meals are not included except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast. You will be dining in self contained cabins, please feel free to purchase your own alcohol and bring to Kangaroo Island with you. Please note the accommodations you are staying at are remote there is limited alocohol and snacks available for purchase. If there are any particular drinks or snacks you would like please make sure you bring these to the island with you.

GENERAL INFO

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

Bus and ferry
Walkers must be at Adelaide Central Bus station for a 6.45am bus departure to Cape Jervis. Then catch the 9:10am ferry to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Arriving around 9:45am. On the last day Auswalk will return you to Penneshaw for a morning ferry to Cape Jervis and then bus to Adelaide arriving at around 11:00am. Auswalk will book the bus and ferry for you.

Flying
Arrive Kingscote Airport on Kangaroo Island before 11:00am. You can fly from Adelaide Airport through Regional Express. The flight takes around 30 minutes. You will need to arrange your own flights. We will refund you the cost of the bus and ferry.

WEATHER

This trip is suitable at any time in the year. However, spring and autumn are the most kind conditions for walking. See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper 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. There is a 30% discount with NIB 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

However, you may have more questions right now. Please feel free to ask one of our destination consultants in the office or ask to speak to one of our guides. You can contact us via our contact form on the website, email us on info@auswalk.com.au or call us, our favourite option on 1300 777 878 (International +613 9597 9767)

 

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Sep 2019 - 31 Dec 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2155

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $435
  • 1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2195

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $455
Overview

OVERVIEW

The breathtaking coastal scenery and coastal forest, work in concert with Kangaroo Island’s abundance of wildlife, to create an amazing platform for walking. Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third-largest and a third of it is protected within a national park. This unique island sanctuary has become a haven for native animals, particularly threatened and protected species. The track traverses a diverse range of landscape. Eucalypt and mallee forest and striking stretches of coastal landscape dominate the 67km purpose-built walk.

The tall limestone cliffs, reminiscent of the Otways and the massive Southern Ocean swells, contributed to at least 60 ships being wrecked on these shores. It’s also a haven for marine wildlife like whales, even the odd killer whale, seals and dolphins, so be on the lookout.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Fully inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • Hike the Wilderness Trail, minus one small section of low mallee forest
  • Kelly Hill Caves, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Rocky River and seal colonies
  • All meals on the walk
  • Stunning views over the ocean at remote Hansons Bay and beach
  • Seamless transfers from Adelaide or Kingscote Airport

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF 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
$ 2155

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 435

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
VISITORS CENTRE TO SNAKE LAGOON

Arrive at Kingscote airport before 11.00am or catch the 6:45am bus from Adelaide to Cape Jervis and catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island. Please speak to us about what might be the best option for you. A private transfer to your accommodation puts you in a position, time-wise, to complete the first days walk of 12kms (this walk is on even ground and takes about 4 -5 hours). Today you walk from the visitor’s centre to Rocky River and Snake lagoon through gorgeous eucalypt forest, via swampland and the Platypus pools. Stop for a moment at the rapids and rockpools along the way, and keep an eye out for the stacks of wildlife coming in to take a drink. Expect to see Cape Baron Geese, Wallabies and Kangaroos plus a whole lot more.

Walking: Easy to moderate/ 12km / 3-4 hrs
Meals: Lunch and two-course dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Cabins at Western Kangaroo Island  Caravan Park with ensuites

DAY 2
SNAKE LAGOON TO ADMIRALS ARCH

From Rocky River, it’s a gentle walk down the river to the Southern Ocean. There’s nothing between here and the Southern Ocean; the wilder the weather, the bigger the show. The views of the massive swells crashing against the cliffs paired with the peacefulness of this splendid remote landscape sets the tone for the rest of the walk. From May to September there’s a chance you’ll see whales. The walk follows the coast both on the cliff tops and on the beach eventually heading in land via Hakea Campground to the other side of Cape de Couedic Peninsula. The walk via Weirs Cove and Cape de Couedic Lighthouse to Admirals Arch is one of the real highlights of the trail.

Walking: Moderate / 18.4km / 5-6 hrs / 14km option is available
Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch pack and 2-course dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Cabins at Western Kangaroo Island  Caravan Park with ensuites

DAY 3
REMARKABLE ROCKS TO HANSON BAY

Today’s walk starts at Remarkable Rocks, arriving early well before all the crowds is a real pleasure. For your information, we miss one small 6 km section of the walk through mallee forest from Hakea Campground to Remarkable Rocks. The granite boulders sculptured by the forces of nature have an artistic, almost surrealist feel to them. This next section is one of the best, if not the best. From Sanderson Bay, it’s back to the coast past Cape Younghusband. The coastal views are stupendous before heading off through cooler mallee and tea tree forest. Hike to spectacular Hanson Bay and your accommodation. Hanson Bay is one of the most beautiful places on the island. There’s a very safe bay or an estuary to take a swim, and there are additional beach walks on your doorstep if you feel so inclined. Depending on the time of year, there is likely to be hardly anyone here, so in the evening it’ll feel like having your own private beach.

Walking: Moderate / 18km / 5-6hrs
Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch pack and 2 course dinner
Accommodation: Cabins at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary with ensuites

DAY 4
HANSON BAY TO KELLY HILL CAVES

Walk out from your accommodation one of 2 ways. Back the way you came in yesterday, along the road and across the South West River on a very ingenious punt-like boat system. Or walk along the beach, over the sand hills and along the river to the same point. The track opens up to large natural grassland, thus the name and an abundance of birdlife. From here we walk around Grassdale Lagoon and then inland to Kelly Hill Caves, through a much taller gumtree forest, before meeting the Burgess Hike. There is a short side-trip here to the old entrance of Kelly Hill Caves. Lookout for the many craters which feed water into the caves below. At Kelly Hill Caves Visitor Centre pass through the iron ‘gate’, to mark the end of the 67km Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail.

Walking: Easy to moderate / 10km / 3-4 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch pack and 2 course dinner
Accommodation: Cabins at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary with ensuites

 

DAY 5
RETURN TO ADELAIDE

After breakfast, you will be transferred privately back to either the airport or the passenger ferry terminal, for your ferry journey back to Adelaide.

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Transport from and return to Adelaide (fly to Kingscote, and we will refund you the ferry passage and transfer)
  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • 4 nights’ comfortable accommodation
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 (2 course) dinners, 4 walkers lunches
  • Private transfers out to your accommodation and transfers on and off the track
  • Kangaroo Island Wilderness track fees
  • Walkers pack including notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag and container.
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

Comfortable self-contained private cabins. Both sets of cabins are in beautiful locations. The Hanson Bay location is simply stunning.

Healthy and delicious food will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All of the meals are provided by Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a wrap, cake or muffin of some kind and a piece of fruit. You’ll lunch at beautiful locations on the track and each day may be slightly different. The 2 course dinners are also substantial and will involve some very minor preparation.

Alcohol and drinks with meals are not included except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast. You will be dining in self contained cabins, please feel free to purchase your own alcohol and bring to Kangaroo Island with you. Please note the accommodations you are staying at are remote there is limited alocohol and snacks available for purchase. If there are any particular drinks or snacks you would like please make sure you bring these to the island with you.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

Bus and ferry
Walkers must be at Adelaide Central Bus station for a 6.45am bus departure to Cape Jervis. Then catch the 9:10am ferry to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Arriving around 9:45am. On the last day Auswalk will return you to Penneshaw for a morning ferry to Cape Jervis and then bus to Adelaide arriving at around 11:00am. Auswalk will book the bus and ferry for you.

Flying
Arrive Kingscote Airport on Kangaroo Island before 11:00am. You can fly from Adelaide Airport through Regional Express. The flight takes around 30 minutes. You will need to arrange your own flights. We will refund you the cost of the bus and ferry.

WEATHER

This trip is suitable at any time in the year. However, spring and autumn are the most kind conditions for walking. See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper 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. There is a 30% discount with NIB 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

However, you may have more questions right now. Please feel free to ask one of our destination consultants in the office or ask to speak to one of our guides. You can contact us via our contact form on the website, email us on info@auswalk.com.au or call us, our favourite option on 1300 777 878 (International +613 9597 9767)

 

Map

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Sep 2019 - 31 Dec 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2155

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $435
  • 1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2195

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $455

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