18 December 2014
This is the first of a series of regular updates on the progress of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, the island’s new multi-day walk.
The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail will traverse approximately 63 km of Flinders Chase National Park, Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protected Area and Kelly Hill Conservation Park. It will use some pre-existing trails and more than 40 km of new track will also be developed.
The first section connecting Flinders Chase visitor centre to Snake Lagoon is now open for walkers. This section, the Rocky River Hike, is 9.5 km in length and is classed as moderate. More details about the walk can be found in theNatural Resources Kangaroo Island Working Together Achievements Report 2013-14 pg 13 or from the Flinders Chase visitor centre phone
Three new sections of the Wilderness Trail will be completed by June 2016, along with campsites, toilets and facilities catering for both independent walkers and those accompanied by a commercial guide. Tenders have been called for trail construction and the design of campsite infrastructure. The next section of the trail, the upgraded Hanson Bay to Kelly Hill Hike is due for completion by the middle of 2015.
A marketing strategy is being developed in collaboration with South Australian Tourism Commission.
The establishment of the trail has been supported by the Kangaroo Island Futures Authority, SATC, Kangaroo Island NRM Board and the Kangaroo Island Council with funding provided by the State Government.