- Small group walking, (maximum 10) and escorted by two walking guides
- A unique stay at the heritage homes Cape Du Couedic, by the iconic Lighthouse
- Stay also in Kingscote; Kangaroo Island’s main town and site of South Australia’s first official European settlement.
- Walk the Hanson Bay Hike, one of the island’s best known walks.
- Walk alongside the Rocky River and the beach at the end reveals spectacular views of the Southern Ocean.
- Walk a popular trail, the Ravine des Casoars
- Visit the Bay of Shoals winery
- Visit and tour the Island Beehive – Kangaroo Island is renowned for their honey!
- Guided tour of the beautiful Seal Bay to see Australian sea lions
- Guided tour of Kelly Hills Caves
- Small group experience
AT A GLANCE
Pre Tour: arrive to Adelaide. Join an optional group dinner at your hotel (unhosted)
Day 1 - walk 1.5 kms from Weirs Cove into the historic cottage grounds
walking time: 25 mins (easy)
Day 2 – walk 10 kms to Kelly Hill Caves along the Hanson Bay Trail
walking time: 3.5 – 4 hours (moderate)
Day 3 – walk 6 kms on one walk - a return walk to Snake Lagoon and along the Rocky River Trail plus Remarkable Rocks
walking time: 2 hours (easy)
Day 4 – 7.3km Ravine des Casoars walk (easy to moderate)
Day 5 - walk the Aaron Creek Circuit Walk in Deep Creek Conservation Park walking time: 1.5 hours return (easy)
Enjoy an abundance of wildlife, sculpted rock landscapes and dramatic coastlines on Park Trek’s four-day walking holiday through Kangaroo Island. This is our easiest walking holiday.
TIP: Make sure you have comfortable walking boots. If you’ve not worn your walking boots for some time, get them out of the cupboard and walk in them for a day or two in a row. If you need to buy new shoes be sure to ‘break them in’ before this trip.
PRE TOUR HOTEL STAY OPTION – SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER 2018
There is the option to book a pre tour night of stay at our group designated hotel in Adelaide.
The transfer from Adelaide Airport to the hotel will be at your own arrangement. The hotel check in will be in the afternoon from 2PM onwards. If you would like to arrive prior to this time, feel free to leave your luggage with the hotel and return later to check in.
We will coordinate a group meet up at the hotel for 6:30pm. Walkers generally take advantage of this ‘meetup’ to enjoy a drink or even a meal together. The evening is not hosted so group members can make these arrangements between themselves, once they meet up.
The Group Pre & Post Tour Hotel:
122 Grenfell Street Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8159 5588Hotel check in: from 2PM
If you would like to arrive prior to this time, feel free to leave your luggage with the hotel and return later to check in.
DAY 1 – SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER 2018
Adelaide - Kangaroo Island
Beginning in Adelaide, we have an early morning meet up at 6.10am to depart from the hotel, to transfer to Cape Jervis, where we board the Sealink Ferry. On arrival to the ferry terminal at Cape Jervis, there will be option of getting some breakfast (at your own expense).
*** Be ready in your walking gear ***
We board the Sealink Ferry at 8:30am for a 9am departure for a very scenic 45 minute crossing, known as the Backstairs Passage, to Penneshaw and Kangaroo Island.
Should I/Shouldn’t I have breakfast this morning?
We’d suggest something to eat before joining the trip. The journey down to Cape Jervis Ferry Terminal is about an hour and a half. We can let guests get off the coach once we are in position to board the ferry. The terminal has a cafe so getting a coffee and muffin is not a problem. Then it’s a 45 minute crossing followed by our first mornings walk. Otherwise, lunch is not offered until around 12.30pm.
Disembark from the ferry and head to the Island Beehive for morning tea (at guests own expense). Here you can try a unique Ligurian or Honeycomb Latte, or the infamous Kangaroo Island home made honeycomb ice cream. This is followed by a 30 minute guided tour of the Beehive (tours run every half hour).
From there it’s onto Seal Bay where we head down to the beach with a local ranger and take part in a tour of the sea lion colony. Seal Bay is home to the third largest population of the world’s rarest marine mammals – the Australian Sea Lion. We have lunch after our tour and then enjoy a short walk to Weirs Cove Hike. This trail houses ruins of storage buildings and the Cape Du Coedic lighthouse can be seen in the distance as you approach the historic cottages. This great little walk is an absolute delight.
Distance: - walk 1.5 kms to Weirs Cove
walking time: 25 mins
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2 – MONDAY 8 OCTOBER 2018
A short drive from our front door this morning is Hanson Bay. From here we head off for our day's walk to Kelly Hill Caves. We walk along the Island's best known walks, the 10 kilometre Hanson Bay Hike 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.
Once at Kelly Hill Caves we take a tour of the caves and appreciate their amazing limestone formations. We’ll also stop here and have a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit, then, it’s back to our accommodation to explore the nearby formations of Admirals Arch, home to thriving colony of Australian and New Zealand Fur Seal.
Dinner this evening is a two-course meal prepared by your guides.
Walking Time: 3.5 - 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 - TUESDAY 9 OCTOBER 2018
We get things underway with the spectacular Snake Lagoon walk. The trail follows Rocky River and the beach at the end reveals spectacular views of the Southern Ocean. On this section of the trail experience colourful coastal plants, stunning and rugged beauty of the Flinders Chase National Park.
We then visit Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary to take a leisurely stroll down the famous koala walk and view these relaxed animals enjoying the shady eucalypt trees. There is a café onsite so guests can grab a coffee if they wish.
This afternoon, we head to the famous Remarkable Rocks. The wind sculpted rocks can be seen as artworks in progress, a 500 million year old story of change.
Your guides will again prepare your two course meal this evening.
Distance: 6 km
Walking time: 2 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER 2018
After breakfast we travel to the northwest corner of the island and walk a popular trail – the Ravine des Casoars. This trail follows the ravine valley to the coast, passing along the creek bank and high above the valley floor, providing spectacular views. The French explorer, Nicolas Baudin, observed the Kangaroo Island Emu here in 1802, mistakenly identifying them as Cassowary.
After the walk we stop in at Cape Borda Lighthouse. After lunch, we can visit the Bay of Shoals winery just out of Kingscote (towards Emu bay). Take the option to enjoy a glass of wine with one their platters including local produce (at your own expense) while taking in the magnificent view over the vineyards and the Bay of Shoals.
We finish the day in the lovely seaside town of Kingscote.
Dinner tonight is at your leisure.
Walking time: 3-4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5 – THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER 2018
Depart to return to Adelaide
It will be hard to leave our cosy surrounds, but after breakfast and lunch making we head off to catch the 10am ferry back to the mainland. We then visit 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. The walking trail provides spectacular scenery of the Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island and the rugged Deep Creek valley.
Return to Adelaide Airport.
About return flights:
Return flights should be booked from 5pm onwards, and we recommend 5.30pm is better in case of any unexpected delays
Walking Time: 1 hour
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel. Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.