Know before you go: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

Planning to walk South Australia’s newest multi-day walk? Be prepared with these handy tips.

The countdown is on for the launch of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, with the first walkers setting off on the 61-kilometre, five-day trek on October 1.

If you’re planning to take a walk on the wild isle, here are some tips that will make your experience as safe and enjoyable as possible:

1. Plan your trip

Book your trip well in advance, including your accommodation, transport by air or sea, and transfers to and from the start and end of the trail. Study maps and route guides ahead of the walk. You’ll receive a KI Wilderness Trail orientation pack on arrival at the visitor centre at the beginning of the trail, which includes a map, trail guide and an update on weather conditions.

2. Know your limits

A good level of fitness is required to walk the trail. You can expect to walk between 3.5 and 6.5 hours a day, not including side-trips. This also depends on your fitness level, weather conditions, how much weight you are carrying, and how long you stop to take in the scenery or check out the wildlife, and rest breaks. For your own safety, be willing to seek assistance if the walk is more difficult than expected.

3. Not for the young ones

The trail is not recommended for the little people in your life if they’re under the age of ten, due to the long distances travelled, exposed coastal environment and often adverse weather conditions.

4. Be prepared

Take clothing and equipment to suit changeable weather and track conditions. Pack all your own food – including an extra day’s worth – and the first day’s water supply. Rainwater is available at campsites, but if you plan to drink it, it’s advisable to boil or filter it.

5. Safety in numbers

Walk with a companion or a number of friends wherever possible. The trail is such a memorable experience – why not share it with your nearest and dearest?

6. Share your plan

Make sure you let a reliable person know your plans before you go, including what to do if you fail to return as planned.

7. Be aware of the weather

The best time of year to walk the trail is March until November, but it’s important to remember that the weather is unpredictable. Certain times of the year have a higher risk of bushfire and dangerous ocean conditions. Be aware of the dangers and check the forecast and weather warnings before you go. Depending on the conditions, you may need to change or adapt your itinerary. It’s a good idea to check the Bureau of Meteorology for the latest weather updates. 

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