10 things you might see on the KI Wilderness Trail

From algae to bee hives, and rainbows to fur seals, there’s plenty to discover on this adventurous five-day trek.

Earlier this year, the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail was named one of Lonely Planet’s top new destinations to visit in 2017.

If that’s not enough to convince you to take a walk on the wild isle, here’s 10 fascinating things you might be lucky enough to see on the trail.

1. Moss

Commonly found on rocks and under trees in shady and damp areas. Reach out and feel the softness of this furry green as it holds the surrounding soil together.

Algae

2. Ligurian bees

These busy insects – which originally hail from Italy – collect honey from flowers on warm days and take it back to their hives in tree hollows and rock crevices.

Bees

3. Pink fairy orchids

Short in stature, the Caladenia latifolia only grows to about 10 centimetres in height. Get down low to appreciate its rich colour, attractive features and soft petals.

Pink fairy orchid

4. Moths and butterflies

These flying insects float in the wind and flit between plants in the low coastal vegetation to lay their eggs.

Moth

5. Rainbows

Misty rain and sunshine produce stunning rainbows across the trail. The best vantage point is along the coast.

Rainbows.jpg

6. Long-nosed fur seals

Long-nosed fur seals rest on the rocks at Cape du Couedic and Cape Younghusband between their fishing trips.

Seal sea lion

7. Red-headed mouse spider

These robust and agile hunters live on the ground in sandy soil around the island.

Spider

8. Collared earthstar

This fascinating fungi species starts in a ball-shape, then splits into a star to reveal a soft ball inside. Spores puff out through a hole in the centre if it’s touched.

Collared earthstar

9. Rosenberg goannas

Look along the edges of the trail and you might just see a Rosenberg goanna. These leathery lads seek extra warmth by lying on vegetation that has heated up from the sun. Watch for the blink of their eyes and the flick of their tongue.

Rosenberg goannas

10. Wandering sea anemone

Many sea creatures can wash up on the shore during stormy weather on the island – they’re lovely to look at but can still provide nasty bites.

 Wandering sea anemone

Thinking of booking your spot on the trail? Here’s some things you should know before you go

This story was originally posted in September 2016.


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