Map of Walk the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail including Australia

Discover island life, the South Australian way

This is the island life, reimagined. Discover pristine Australian bushland and native Aussie animals on this 5-day walking trip that will get you closer to the wilderness. The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail spotlights scenic terrains with ocean vistas as well as inland trails that take you through tall Malle forests and bush. You’ll discover the Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse and explore one of the island’s most-loved landmarks, Remarkable Rocks, carved by the sea and wind for the last 500 million years. With an expert guide leading the way, this is your chance to get back to nature, get active, relax and reconnect.


Start
Adelaide, Australia
Finish
Adelaide, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Original
Code
PJXW
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Get active and reconnect with nature as you take on the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail that winds across island with an expert guide

  • With all meals included, you’ll be fully energised for each walking trail and have a hearty dinner to look forward to at the end of each day

  • Explore one of the island’s most-loved landmarks, Remarkable Rocks, carved by the sea and wind for the last 500 million years.

  • Discover the Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse, built in 1906 – 1909

  • Marvel at how the ecology of the island, particularly the local orchids, have bounced back from the fires of 2019

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

  • This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

Itinerary

Your adventure begins in Adelaide (Tandanya in the language of The Kaurna people, who are the traditional owners of the land on which Adelaide is now located). This morning, you’ll meet your fellow adventurers and local leader then hit the road to travel from Adelaide to Cape Jervis, where you’ll catch the Kangaroo Island ferry. You’ll strap on your walking shoes this afternoon and take to the South Australian tracks – either at Cape Jervis or on arrival at Kangaroo Island (depending on the ferry timetable). After your first walk of the trip, you’ll settle into your Kangaroo Island accommodation and join your newfound travel companions and leader for a welcome dinner, where you’ll get to know one another and toast to the epic adventure ahead.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 2 hours. Today’s walking distance will be approximately 2-6 kilometres.
After breakfast, it’s time to drive to the Kangaroo Island wilderness trailhead to get started on today’s walk. There'll be time to explore the Kangaroo Island National Park Visitors Centre where you’ll learn more about the history and wilderness of this area before you take to the track. This first section of the wilderness trail leads to Snake Lagoon, you’ll pass through forest and coastal vegetation along your way. Your guide will help to point out wildlife like kangaroos and echidnas as well as interesting plant species during your walk. You can recharge this afternoon as you settle into your new accommodation – your home away from home for the next three nights.
Accommodation
  • Cabin (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is approximately 10.5 kilometres.
Today, get ready to hit the coast - following spectacular sea cliffs and marvelling at magnificent, deserted bays below. As you walk along the wild and rugged coastline, you’ll be met with vast views across the mighty Southern Ocean. Keep your eyes peeled for local bottled-nosed dolphins below and seabirds soaring above your head. You’ll notice the famous Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse that sits atop the headland in the distance during your walk. You’ll have time to explore the tower, built between 1906 and 1909 and get up close and personal with the local seal colony who call this area home. From here, you’ll make your way to Wiers Cove, a beautiful bay surrounded by striking calcarenite cliffs before continuing to your final destination for the day – Remarkable Rocks. As one of the island’s most-loved landmarks, Remarkable Rocks have been carved by the sea and wind for the last 500 million years. The rocks are a sight to see – a collection of granite boulders with bright orange lichen perched above the sea. After some time to admire the natural wonders and scenery, you’ll make your way back to your accommodation to fuel up on a hearty meal – deserving after today’s adventures.
Accommodation
  • Cabin (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s total walking distance is approximately 22.5 kilometres.
The trip’s penultimate walk will send you high above the sea cliffs with coastal views and a good chance of spotting playful dolphins and whales early on today. After some time spent on the clifftops with a rocky limestone path underfoot, you’ll make your way inland through tall Mallee forests and low coastal heath. The island’s comeback after the late 2019 bushfires is evident in the fresh flowers and regrowth that blanket much of the landscape. Seeing how the ecology of the island, particularly the local orchids, has bounced back from the devasting fires is a unique experience. Your guide will help point out echidnas and wallabies on this afternoon’s inland section of the track. You’ll return to your accommodation for one final dinner with your group, swap your favourite travel stories and reflect on your epic achievements over the past few days.
Accommodation
  • Cabin (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walk is approximately 16 kilometres.
Enjoy a final breakfast with your walking crew before you hit the tracks one last time to complete the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. You’ll spend the morning walking before making your way back to Penneshaw to catch the early afternoon ferry and head to Adelaide where your walking adventure will come to an end.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is approximately 10 kilometres.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Ferry, walking

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night), Cabins with shared facilities (3 nights)

Dates & availability

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips that start on or before 31 December 2022 are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy.

START & END TIMES
The trip begins with a pick up in Adelaide at 8:00am, and finishes upon arrival back into Adelaide on the last day at approximately 5:30pm.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. Please note that bathroom facilities are shared for the last 3 nights of the trip.

OPERATOR
This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

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