5-day walking tour exploring Kangaroo Islands rugged natural beauty and wildlife
Located just 15 kilometers off the coast, but seemingly a million miles away, Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary for wildlife and natural rugged beauty. Enjoy breathtaking sights and picturesque scenery.
Enjoy an abundance of wildlife, sculpted rock landscapes and dramatic coastlines on this five day walking holiday through Kangaroo Island. Stay at historic lighthouse accommodation in Flinders Chase National Park and enjoy the amazing array of wildlife on the island including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, goannas, sea lions, fur seals and a myriad of bird life.
Visit the Remarkable Rocks at sunset, take a tour to see the gorgeous and playful sea lions at Seal Bay, admire magnificent Admirals arch and watch Australian and New Zealand fur seals frolicking in the rock pools below. Head underground and see the beautiful underground Kelly Hills Caves and marvel at the turquoise blue waters.
Your time away on Kangaroo Island allows you to experience the beauty and wonder of the natural environment enjoying excellent accommodation and delicious meals.
Walking Tour Highlights:
- Remarkable Rocks at sunset
- Exploring Kelly Hills Caves
- Flinders Chase National Park
- See Kangaroo Island Wildlife in the wild – kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, seal lions, fur seals and more
- The sea lions at Seal Bay
- Walking the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
- Deep Creek Conservation Park
- Small and personalised tour experience
Duration: 5 days /4 nights
Price: from $1,950 AUD per person
Tour inclusions as noted below
DAY 1 Kangaroo Island – Baudin Conservation Park – Seal Bay
4km (approx 2 hours) – easy
Depart central Adelaide at 6.30am. Trip to Cape Jervis – board Sealink Ferry for 9am departure for a scenic 45 minute crossing, known as the Backstairs Passage, to Penneshaw and Kangaroo Island.
Mid-morning walk along the Iron Hill Cove Hike in the Baudin Conservation Park. This short walk follows the historic Bullock Track to Cape Willoughby and leads to Ironstone Hill where we stop for lunch overlooking a magnificent coastal vista. On this walk you get a sense of the area’s farming heritage and see some beautiful seascapes.
In the afternoon we head to Seal Bay for a tour with local park rangers to see the seal lion colony up close and personal. Seal Bay is home to third largest population of one of the world’s rarest marine mammals – the Australian Sea Lion. Here we walk down onto the beach and witness sea lions in their natural habitat providing an amazing experience. Settle into our accommodation and two course dinner prepared by your guides. Overnight at Cape du Couedic Cottages. Meals Lunch and Dinner
DAY 2 Hanson Bay – Kelly Hills Cave – Admirals Arch
10 km – Hanson Bay Hike, approx 4 hours (moderate) and 1km Admirals Arch (easy)
After breakfast and lunch making we take a short morning drive to beautiful Hanson Bay. Here we walk one-way to Kelly Hill Caves. This is one of the island’s best known walks which passes through pink gum woodlands, banksia heath, mallee and coastal heath, past freshwater lagoons and over dunes that provide vistas inland and along the coast. We enjoy lunch on the trail.
In the afternoon we take a guided Show Cave tour with ranger of the underground Kelly Hills Caves with local park rangers. This tour provides a great opportunity to appreciate the spectacular and ornate limestone formations of the caves.
In the afternoon we wander around the fabulous formations of Admirals Arch, home to a thriving colony of New Zealand and Australian Fur Seal. This easy boardwalk trail offers amazing coastal views. Two-course meal prepared by your guides. Overnight at the Cape du Couedic Lighthouse. Meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
DAY 3 Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail- Remarkable Rocks
13.5 km, approx. 7 hours (moderate)
Today we walk a section of the newly opened Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail from Snake Lagoon to Cape du Couedic. The trail heads west to the mouth of the Rocky River then turns south along the coastline of the wild southern ocean. Walkers on this section of the trail will experience colourful coastal plants, stunning and rugged beauty of the Flinders Chase National Park and some shipwreck remnants can be seen along the way.
This is a spectacular walk, but is quite exposed to the coastal conditions and has large sections of beach walking. If the weather is windy or stormy we will replace this with an alternative walk. The walk finishes at our accommodation – the Cape Du Couedic lighthouse.
After our walk we visit the magnificent and iconic Remarkable Rocks. The wind-sculpted rocks can be seen as artworks in progress, a 500 million year old story of change! Spend the evening enjoying our lighthouse accommodation and a two-course dinner prepared by your guides. Overnight at the Cape du Couedic Lighthouse. Meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
DAY 4 Weirs Cove – Rocky River Trail
5.5 km, approx. 2.5 hours combined (easy to moderate)
After breakfast and lunch making we take a short morning walk to Weirs Cove (approx 1.5kms and 25mins) – one of the most spectacular lookouts on the island. This short walk starts at the Cottages and finishes at historic ruins which provide an insight into the extreme hardship of the lightkeepers. Here you will discover the method of landing people and supplies along this treacherous coastline and you may also spot seals frolicking in the bay below.
We then head to the Rocky River trail (approx 4km and 2 hours) where you have the chance to glimpse platypus in their natural surrounds. We relax and enjoy lunch on this walk. This trail is spectacular in the spring and laden with wildflowers. Return to accommodation to relax over a two-course dinner prepared by your guides. Overnight at Ozone Hotel. Meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
DAY 5 Deep Creek Conservation Park – Adelaide
6km, approx 3 hours (easy- moderate)
After breakfast and lunch making we pack and depart our accommodation. We take a morning ferry trip from Penneshaw back to the mainland and onto our last walk for the tour, along a stunning section of the Deep Creek Conservation Park. The views overlooking the Southern Ocean are vast and the track itself is easy. The park is the largest remaining block of wildlife habitat on the Fleurieu Peninsula and is home to an array of native wildlife. Look out for western grey kangaroos, short-beaked echidnas or some of the 100 bird species that can easily be heard or spotted when walking in the park. The walking trail provides spectacular scenery of the Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island and the rugged Deep Creek valley. Approximate return time to Adelaide airport is 5:00pm – please book return flights from 7.00pm onwards. Meals Breakfast and Lunch
This walking tour is operated in partnership with Park Trek.
This program is graded Medium. The tour involves bush walking from 4 up to 14 kilometres each day.
- Maximum 10 people per group
- Minimum age for participation is 14
- Participants under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult
- Departure is guaranteed, subject to 4 people travelling
A donation from this tour is made towards our conservation efforts in South Australia, including our habitat restoration work on the Fleurieu Peninsula, near Victor Harbour – the gateway port to Kangaroo Island. For over 10 years Conservation Volunteers Australia has been undertaking priority conservation activities on the Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.
Location and Transportation
You will be transported in a 10-seat air-conditioned mini van.
All prices are for 5 days, per person.
Twin/Double Room $1,950 (usually $2,050)
Single Room $2,230 (usually $2,330)
Three nights’ at Cape du Couedic Cottages, one night at Ozone Hotel in Kingscote, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners, all transport and guiding, pick up and drop off Adelaide, ferry crossing from the mainland to Kangaroo Island, guided tour at Seal Bay to see Australian sea lions, guided tour of Kelly Hills Caves, sunset at Remarkable Rocks, visit Admirals Arch.