Frequently asked questions

What is the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail?

The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail will be a 64km  world class, 5 day, 4 night walking experience giving visitors access to some of the most rugged, remote and spectacular coastlines in South Australia.

Where is the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail located?

The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is located in the south west of Kangaroo Island, predominantly within Flinders Chase National Park. Walkers will depart from the Rocky River Visitor Centre and head west toward the mouth of Rocky River, before turning south and following the coast around to conclude in Kelly Hill Conservation Park.

What is the timetable for construction?

The construction timetable and up to date information on the progress of the project are available on the Project updates page

What will be my walk options?

The trail will cater for both free and independent walkers and commercial guided tours.

What level of walker do I need to be to do the walk?

The track is predominantly being constructed to Australian Walking Track Standard Class 4. The trail will be an achievable walking experience for a wide range of ages and abilities.

A reasonable level of mobility and fitness will be required to complete the 5 day walk.

What facilities will be provided?

The trail will provide dedicated overnight camping areas for both independent and commercially guided groups, offering platform based tent camping, uni-sex toilets, shelter for food preparation and rainwater.

Privately operated eco-style huts may also become available for guided walkers.

When will the KI Wilderness Trail be open and will I need to book my walk?

It is proposed the trail will be complete in 2016 and officially be open in September 2016. 

Walkers will be required to book prior to embarking on the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. 

Bookings will open well in advance of the official opening

Is there a fee to walk the trail?

Yes, there will be a fee to walk and camp along the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. Exact costs have yet to be determined.  

How many people will be allowed to depart each day?

There will be up to 12 independent and 36 commercial operator guided walkers including guides) permitted to depart each day.  

There will be 12 independent and 12 commercial operator tent sites at each campsite.  All other walkers will require accommodation off trail.

These numbers ensure that the KI Wilderness Trail is a quality experience and that campground use can be adequately serviced to provide a sustainable wilderness style experience.

Will the track be available for day walks?

Two sections of the trail will be suitable for extended day walks. Rocky River Visitor Centre to Snake Lagoon and the Hanson Bay Hike (Hanson Bay to Kelly Hill Caves).

There will be no separate fees for these day walk opportunities.  

Can I walk the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail while it is under construction?

During construction, it will be necessary to restrict access to the trail in the interests of public safety.

The day walk option from Rocky River Visitor Centre to Snake Lagoon is complete and may be accessed now.

The Hanson Bay Hike (Hanson Bay to Kelly Hill Caves) is also complete and may be accessed, although some minor trail realignments may restrict access from time to time.

What is the budget for this project?

The South Australian Government has committed funding of $5 million to develop the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail.

The Commonwealth Government has contributed a further $500,000 under the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program.

What are the expected economic benefits?

The project will deliver significant regional and state-wide benefits, particularly to the tourism and hospitality sectors.  It is estimated that the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail will generate 27 jobs directly on Kangaroo Island and potentially 50 across South Australia. 

The total visitor expenditure directly related to the trail is estimated to be $1.8 million by 2020 increasing the tourism expenditure $4.4 million by 2020.