One of the newest hikes in South Australia, Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is a multi-day experience that showcases some of the state’s most remote and remarkable coastlines. Weaving through Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Conservation Park and the Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area, this trail passes some of the island’s most popular sites, including Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Kelly Hill Caves, while also exploring some truly pristine beaches.
Best of all, despite its length, the trail is highly accessible for walkers of all skill levels. As Alison Buck, the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail Manager, notes, the relatively flat nature of the trail makes it ideal for those walkers who are perhaps not overly experienced in the wilderness. “It’s a good starters trail,” she says.
Other than the natural terrain, another highlight of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is a chance to come across some of the island’s native inhabitants. “The wildlife encounters you get here are pretty special,” says Alison, noting that the island is home to kangaroos (obviously), echidnas, wallabies, goannas, fur seals, sea lions, and so much more. In fact, considering that only 48 people are allowed to commence this trail on any one day, you very well could come across more creatures than humans on your journey.
This sense of seclusion is further enhanced by the design of the trail. “You get the feeling that it’s just you and your friend on the trail,” Alison continues, noting that the hikers won’t find themselves walking in endless straight lines. “You could have someone walking 100m ahead of you and not actually see them.''
Another bonus of the trail? No reception. “It’s a digital detox,” says Alison. While this disconnection from the ‘real world’ may seem unappealing to some, Buck notes that even those hikers who found it a bit challenging at first reported having truly loved the chance to escape the constant beeping of their phone by the end of the trail.
Despite the ‘alone time’ you will experience on the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, there is also a wonderful community presence here, which is aided by the four carefully designed camps. Each one is skillfully worked into the existing bushland, and consists of tent platforms, toilets and sheltered cooking areas.
One final caveat: if this trail sounds perfect to you, book now. With a short peak season and limited spaces available each day, the campsites fill up fast, so be sure to book now.