Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail project

Commercial opportunities

The Request for Information for commercial opportunities has closed resulting in an excellent response.  The broad range of submissions are now being evaluated in preparation for moving to the next stage of the process.

Creating one of Australia's great walks

Kangaroo Island (KI) is South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination and one of the State’s two designated national landscapes. The Kangaroo Island National Landscape Strategic Tourism Plan 2013 identified the need for a multi-day walk on the island as a “hero” experience, with significant flow-on benefits for the island and for South Australia’s tourism brand. The tourism plan recognised that a multi-day walk was a critical strategy, ensuring that KI could maintain its leading position against growing competition from other nature-based destination in Australia and beyond.

The KI Wilderness Trail is located in Flinders Chase National Park on the western end of Kangaroo Island, and traverses Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area and Kelly Hill Conservation Park. Flinders Chase National Park is a rugged wilderness, featuring iconic landmarks such as the world-famous Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. 

The KI Wilderness Trail project will provide a new, internationally competitive multi-day walking experience, predominantly along the south west coast of KI. The project includes new trail development and upgrades through Flinders Chase National Park and trail upgrades in Kelly Hill Caves Conservation Park and Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area. It is intended that there will also be some new trail development through sections of private property. The walking trail will be complemented by four dedicated overnight camping areas. Potential also exists for high-end, privately built and operated on-park eco accommodation.

Get inspired

Read more about the project in the KI Wilderness Trail information booklet and get inspired by the breathtaking views of Kangaroo Island with this video.

Our vision

To be recognised as one of the great walks of Australia.

Our purpose

To provide exceptional opportunities for people to connect with nature in a unique wilderness environment.

Our aim

  • Lift the international profile of KI and South Australia as a nature-based, wildlife and adventure destination
  • Broaden the tourism opportunities on KI by providing a uniquely South Australian tourism product
  • Provide the opportunity for visitors to experience iconic attractions through a walking experience
  • Bring economic benefits to the state and opportunities for the private sector investment in eco accommodation and or new tourism products.

The experience

Day Location Distance Duration
Day 1 Rocky River to Snake Lagoon 11 km 5.5 hours
Day 2 Snake Lagoon to Cape du Couedic 13.5 km 7 hours
Day 3 Cape du Couedic to Sanderson Bay 19.5 km 9 hours
Day 4 Sanderson Bay to Grassdale
13.5 km 6.5 hours
Day 5 Grassdale to Kelly Hill Caves
7 km 3.5 hours

More information on walking the trail will be made available as the project progresses, but for now, much of the trail is a construction site and visitors should not attempt to access it.

Find out more

More information about the project is available in our frequently asked questions section, or contact the Senior Project Manager:

Senior Project Manager
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
Natural Resources Kangaroo Island
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Phone: (08) 8463 3139
john.o'malley@sa.gov.au
GPO Box 1047
Adelaide SA 5001


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