6 Day Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail (with Coach Transfers or Self-Drive)

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Five days, the experience of a lifetime!

Discover the beauty and magic of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail for yourself on an Independent 5 Day Walk.  Take your car, or let SeaLink look after you, with ferry and transfers to your accommodation in Kingscote.  Enjoy an early night to prepare yourself, then head down to Flinders Chase National Park, where you will register and be given your safety instructions, before setting off.  Using the campgrounds provided each night, enjoy encounters with some of the island’s most unique wildlife, and see the rugged, remote and spectacular coastline of the Southern Ocean.  This will truly be an experience of a lifetime!

Independent Walkers FAQs

Essential Information for Independent Walkers


Coach Transfers

  • Afternoon  pick-up (Day 1) and evening set down (Day 6) at selected Adelaide or Glenelg hotels 
  • Return travel to Kangaroo Island by SeaLink coach/ferry
  • Return or one way SeaLink Shuttle between Penneshaw & Kingscote 
  • 1 night at the Ozone Hotel, Kingscote in an Executive Room including Full Buffet Breakfast (other room types available & price will adjust accordingly)
  • One way transfer departing the Ozone Hotel at 9.30am to Flinders Chase Visitor Centre (operated by KI Transfers)
  • 5 day Walking Trail / 4 nights Camping
    • Section 1: Flinders Chase Visitor Centre to Cup Gum Campsite at Snake Lagoon 
    • Section 2: Snake Lagoon to Hakea Campsite at Cape du Couedic
    • Section 3: Cape du Couedic to Banksia campsite at Sanderson Bay
    • Section 4: Sanderson Bay to Tea Tree campsite at Grassdale
    • Section 5: Grassdale to Kelly Hill Caves
  • One way transfer from Kelly Hill Caves to Kingscote or Penneshaw on conclusion of walking trail (operated by KI Transfers)
    • Depart Kelly Hill Caves at 12.30pm and arrive in Kingscote at approx. 1.45pm or Penneshaw arriving at approx. 2.15pm.
  • Depart KI on the 7.30pm Ferry and connect with the SeaLink coach back to Adelaide arriving at approx. 10.40pm on day 6

Self-Drive

  • Arrive and depart Kangaroo Island on the ferry of your choice
  • Return SeaLink Ferry transfers to Kangaroo Island including a standard size vehicle and 2 passengers
  • 1 night at the Ozone Hotel, Kingscote in an Executive Room including Full Buffet Breakfast (other room types available & price will adjust accordingly)
  • Complimentary car parking for 4 nights at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre car park
  • 5 day Walking Trail / 4 nights Camping
    • Section 1: Flinders Chase Visitor Centre to Cup Gum Campsite at Snake Lagoon 
    • Section 2: Snake Lagoon to Hakea Campsite at Cape du Couedic
    • Section 3: Cape du Couedic to Banksia campsite at Sanderson Bay
    • Section 4: Sanderson Bay to Tea Tree campsite at Grassdale
    • Section 5: Grassdale to Kelly Hill Caves
  • One way transfer from Kelly Hill Caves departing at 11.30am back to Flinders Chase Visitor Centre car park on conclusion of walking trail


    NOTE:  An option to do this package without the overnight accommodation at the Ozone Hotel is available.  Please ask your consultant for details.
     

6 Day Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail with Coach Transfers

Day 1

Depart Adelaide this afternoon for a scenic coach transfer to Cape Jervis taking in the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula with its vineyards, coastal views and rolling hills. On arrival, board the SeaLink ferry for the 45 minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Here you will board the SeaLink Shuttle coach to be transferred to the Ozone Hotel in Kingscote for your overnight accommodation.

Day 2

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Flinders Chase Visitor Centre where you will be welcomed by staff and provided with your walking pass, map and trail guide. Once registration and the safety video are complete you are ready to start the walk.

Day 3

An early start is required if you wish to complete the optional side trip off the wilderness trail to view the popular sites of historic Weirs Cove, Cape du Couedic lighthouse and Admirals Arch. Walkers taking this option will also be able to view the enchanting antics of Australian and Long-nosed fur seals that visit this section of the coast. Back on the Wilderness Trail the track heads east towards Sanderson Bay and enters dense coastal mallee before breaking out to the awesome sight of the Remarkable Rocks. Continuing on, the trail hugs the coastline and offers cinematic views that inspire both awe and contemplation. At the end of the days walk, you’ll find the Banksia Campground located in a sheltered area close to Sanderson Bay.

Day 4

Day four offers high energy coastal trekking at its best, with massive swells, towering cliffs and extended views along the coast. As the trail meanders inland you’ll be treated to a dramatic change in vegetation from low coastal heath to tall, dense mallee and tea tree. Upon reaching the South West River you’ll have the opportunity to use a punt to cross the river, marking the gateway to the Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area. An optional side trip off the wilderness trail includes the nearby Hanson Bay Beach and small settlement of Hanson Bay. Back on the wilderness trail you’ll follow the winding river to Kelly Hill Conservation Park and the Tea Tree Campground, located adjacent to the historic Grassdale property.

Day 5

The final day’s walk is somewhat more leisurely, but no less spectacular and beautiful. The trail passes through a diversity of habitats, from recovering woodlands to freshwater lakes and ‘karst’ cave systems. Reaching the stunning Wilderness and Grassdale Lagoons, birdwatchers will be rewarded with sightings of local and visiting woodland and wading birds. A relatively short walk through beautiful sugar gum woodland, rich with orchids and fungi in the wetter months, brings the trail to its conclusion at the famous Kelly Hill Caves. Here you can take a guided tour of the limestone caves and discover how the spectacular decorations are formed.

Day 6

The last leg of your walk finishes at Kelly Hill Conservation Park.  There will be time for you to take a tour of one of the caves there, before you are collected and transferred back to Kingscote or Penneshaw.  You can choose to return to Kingscote for some free time to explore the shops, or you may prefer to head straight to Penneshaw, and wait for your ferry and coach transfer back to Adelaide.

 

6 Day Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail - Self Drive

Day 1

Today make your own way to Cape Jervis to board the SeaLink ferry, and your 45 minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island.  On arrival on the island, there’s free time to discover some of the many attractions before checking into your accommodation at the Ozone Hotel in Kingscote.

Day 2

After breakfast, make your way to Flinders Chase Visitor Centre where you will leave your car, and be welcomed by staff and provided with your walking pass, map and trail guide. Once registration and the safety video are complete you are ready to start the walk.

Day 3

An early start is required if you wish to complete the optional side trip off the wilderness trail to view the popular sites of historic Weirs Cove, Cape du Couedic lighthouse and Admirals Arch. Walkers taking this option will also be able to view the enchanting antics of Australian and Long-nosed fur seals that visit this section of the coast. Back on the Wilderness Trail the track heads east towards Sanderson Bay and enters dense coastal mallee before breaking out to the awesome sight of the Remarkable Rocks. Continuing on, the trail hugs the coastline and offers cinematic views that inspire both awe and contemplation. At the end of the days walk, you’ll find the Banksia Campground located in a sheltered area close to Sanderson Bay.

Day 4

Day four offers high energy coastal trekking at its best, with massive swells, towering cliffs and extended views along the coast. As the trail meanders inland you’ll be treated to a dramatic change in vegetation from low coastal heath to tall, dense mallee and tea tree. Upon reaching the South West River you’ll have the opportunity to use a punt to cross the river, marking the gateway to the Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area. An optional side trip off the wilderness trail includes the nearby Hanson Bay Beach and small settlement of Hanson Bay. Back on the wilderness trail you’ll follow the winding river to Kelly Hill Conservation Park and the Tea Tree Campground, located adjacent to the historic Grassdale property.

Day 5

The final day’s walk is somewhat more leisurely, but no less spectacular and beautiful. The trail passes through a diversity of habitats, from recovering woodlands to freshwater lakes and ‘karst’ cave systems. Reaching the stunning Wilderness and Grassdale Lagoons, birdwatchers will be rewarded with sightings of local and visiting woodland and wading birds. A relatively short walk through beautiful sugar gum woodland, rich with orchids and fungi in the wetter months, brings the trail to its conclusion at the famous Kelly Hill Caves. Here you can take a guided tour of the limestone caves and discover how the spectacular decorations are formed.

Day 6

The last leg of your walk finishes at Kelly Hill Conservation Park.  You will be collected at 11.30am and transferred back to your car at  Flinders Chase Visitor Centre.  On your way back to join your ferry at Penneshaw you may like to take in Seal Bay Conservation Park or visit one of the many boutique industries that are dotted around the island.

 

Activity Options

Activity
Price from ($AUD)

Coach Transfers

Departing Adelaide

$715/Adult  $835/Single
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Self-Drive

Departing Cape Jervis

$515/Adult  $715/Single
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Conditions: Prices are based on per person and valid for travel from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019. A booking deposit of AU$200 per person is payable at time of booking with full payment due 30 days prior to travel.  Cancellation fees apply if booking is cancelled inside 30 days prior to departure. An amendment fee of AU$22 will apply to modifications made after the original booking has been confirmed.