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New in Travel: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail already deemed one of Australia's greatest walks


A new epic hiking trail in South Australia is already proving a huge hit with tourists and there are hopes from the tourism industry that it will grow into a global draw for the region.

A panoramic shot of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail.
A panoramic shot of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. Image by Dept of Environment.

The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail opened in October this year and is already been touted as one of Australia’s great walks. It’s a five-day trek consisting of 61 kilometres bringing travellers through some of the most unique nature spots. The walk brings hikers through places  previously unreachable by people before coming to the incredible, remote coastline of the Southern Ocean.

The highlights of the trail for many are the opportunity to spot some amazing wildlife such as possums, bandicoots, wallabies and, of course, kangaroos. The area is home to some of the country’s most unique plants and vegetation and the trail also takes in popular tourist spots like Remarkable Rocks and the Kelly Hill Caves.

Get up close and personals with the locals on Kangaroo Island.
Get up close and personal with the locals on Kangaroo Island. Image by Dept. of Environment

Robert Ellis, land and visitor manager with Natural Resources KI, told InDaily that he hopes the trail will appeal to a broad demographic. ‘We’re hoping it will attract international hikers. We certainly suspect that that will happen. At the same time we also really want to anchor it very clearly with families and people with moderate fitness that want to go and do a serious walk.

The trail is open all year but it’s advised that the best time to visit is during the slightly cooler months between March and November and you can do the trail as a self-guided walker or with a tour operator. The number of walkers allowed on the trail at any one time is limited to preserve the unique wilderness. Accommodation is provided by four sheltered campgrounds as well as the nearby Southern Ocean Lodge.