Kangaroo Island, SA

 Australia

An oasis of raw and rugged natural beauty, Kangaroo Island offers a sanctuary away from everyday life.

Trip duration:
5 days

Challenge duration:
4 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
March to November

Accommodation:
Twin-share in 3-star accommodation

Hiking Kangaroo Island

The island lies off the mainland of South Australia, home to an array of native flora and wildlife, unparalleled seascapes and picturesque trails.

The recent bushfire season left the island in a state of devastation, closed to visitors for a period of time. But now as the community rebuilds and the landscape regenerates, parts of the island have reopened and await visitors.

On this adventure, you will spend 5 days exploring some of the most scenic spots on the island. Following trails including the Ironstone Hill Hike and Timber Creek Walks, you’ll be rewarded by sensational views. As you pass sculpted cliffs keep an eye out for sea lions, birdlife in the tea tree wetlands, and learn about the history of South Australia’s oldest lighthouse. At the end of each exciting day, wind down by enjoying the hospitality of the local towns and settlements, with a hearty meal and opportunity to sample the island’s fine wines.

Sculptural rocks along coastline at colourful sunset. Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Trekkers looking to the side. Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Challenge yourself to trek through breathtaking seascapes, tea-tree wetlands, sand dunes, and farmland
  • Experience the diverse wildlife that makes Kangaroo Island so unique
  • Explore historic remains across the island
  • Raise vital funds for your chosen cause and make friends with like-minded people when you travel for good

Trip notes

Day 1: Depart Adelaide for Kangaroo Island

Make your own way to Adelaide, where we’ll be meeting the rest of the team and our guide for a morning departure.. Our adventure begins with a 2 hour drive to Cape Jervis, where we’ll board the scenic ferry before arriving at Kangaroo Island, ready to tackle our adventure. The rest of the day will be spent settling into our surroundings, and we may do some short walks to get us warmed up for the days ahead. 

Trekking Distance: 2-6km

Meals: Lunch

Day 2: Rocky River to Snake Lagoon

For our first full day of trekking, we’ll be making our way from Rocky River to Snake Lagoon. Today’s hike takes us through eucalypt woodland, surrounded by the calls of local bird species. Upon reaching the Pardalote Lookout, we stop to take in views of the meandering Rocky River below, before we continue down from the ridge. As the day comes to a close, we’ll pass the spectacular Rocky River Cascades, and finally arrive at the tall sugar gums that mark Snake Lagoon. We return to our accommodation tonight and reminisce on all that we have accomplished so far over dinner.

Trekking Distance: 12km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Snake Lagoon to Remarkable Rocks

Today, we return to Snake Lagoon to follow another trail; this one to the iconic Remarkable Rocks. We begin along the coast and are soon rewarded with our first views of the mighty Southern Ocean. As we continue along the coastline, you may spot birds of prey and bottle-nosed dolphins when they surface to hunt for fish. We continue on the coastline until we reach Maupertuis Bay and Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, sitting atop the headland and then continue on to Remarkable Rocks, a geological formation, where we finish for the day.

Trekking Distance: 21km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Remarkable Rocks to Hanson Bay

Be prepared for more stunning sights, as today’s trek offers coastal views for the majority of the day, including fascinating rock formations. We then cut inland through lush eucalypts, and make our way to the Hanson Bay headland and small settlement. You may wish to dip your toes in the crystal blue waters to celebrate a day well done, before we return to our accommodation for our final evening together, celebrating all that we have accomplished.

Trekking Distance: 18km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hanson Bay, Kelly Hill Caves & Return to Adelaide

Our final day of walking is shorter but no less spectacular than the previous days. Beginning at Hanson Bay, our trail winds through cave systems, woodlands and freshwater lakes before we arrive at Kelly Hill Caves. It is finally time to bid farewell to Kangaroo Island and the magical time we have all shared here. Once we board the ferry,  the island becomes increasingly tiny on the horizon, and we return to Adelaide filled with memories to last a lifetime. We will arrive back in Adelaide in the late afternoon, and ask that you not book your flight home until after 7:30pm.

Trekking Distance: 9km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 1: Depart Adelaide for Kangaroo Island

Make your own way to Adelaide, where we’ll be meeting the rest of the team and our guide for a morning departure.. Our adventure begins with a 2 hour drive to Cape Jervis, where we’ll board the scenic ferry before arriving at Kangaroo Island, ready to tackle our adventure. The rest of the day will be spent settling into our surroundings, and we may do some short walks to get us warmed up for the days ahead. 

Trekking Distance: 2-6km

Meals: Lunch

Day 2: Rocky River to Snake Lagoon

For our first full day of trekking, we’ll be making our way from Rocky River to Snake Lagoon. Today’s hike takes us through eucalypt woodland, surrounded by the calls of local bird species. Upon reaching the Pardalote Lookout, we stop to take in views of the meandering Rocky River below, before we continue down from the ridge. As the day comes to a close, we’ll pass the spectacular Rocky River Cascades, and finally arrive at the tall sugar gums that mark Snake Lagoon. We return to our accommodation tonight and reminisce on all that we have accomplished so far over dinner.

Trekking Distance: 12km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Snake Lagoon to Remarkable Rocks

Today, we return to Snake Lagoon to follow another trail; this one to the iconic Remarkable Rocks. We begin along the coast and are soon rewarded with our first views of the mighty Southern Ocean. As we continue along the coastline, you may spot birds of prey and bottle-nosed dolphins when they surface to hunt for fish. We continue on the coastline until we reach Maupertuis Bay and Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, sitting atop the headland and then continue on to Remarkable Rocks, a geological formation, where we finish for the day.

Trekking Distance: 21km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Remarkable Rocks to Hanson Bay

Be prepared for more stunning sights, as today’s trek offers coastal views for the majority of the day, including fascinating rock formations. We then cut inland through lush eucalypts, and make our way to the Hanson Bay headland and small settlement. You may wish to dip your toes in the crystal blue waters to celebrate a day well done, before we return to our accommodation for our final evening together, celebrating all that we have accomplished.

Trekking Distance: 18km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hanson Bay, Kelly Hill Caves & Return to Adelaide

Our final day of walking is shorter but no less spectacular than the previous days. Beginning at Hanson Bay, our trail winds through cave systems, woodlands and freshwater lakes before we arrive at Kelly Hill Caves. It is finally time to bid farewell to Kangaroo Island and the magical time we have all shared here. Once we board the ferry,  the island becomes increasingly tiny on the horizon, and we return to Adelaide filled with memories to last a lifetime. We will arrive back in Adelaide in the late afternoon, and ask that you not book your flight home until after 7:30pm.

Trekking Distance: 9km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Frequently asked questions

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About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked a moderate 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Kangaroo Island trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 4-5 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Breakfast is a continental spread of cereals, stewed fruit, toast, spreads and yoghurt. Lunch can vary from day to day, but includes meat, salad, bread and wraps. There will also be plenty of snacks available during the day. Dinner is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert accompanied by pre-dinner nibbles, all prepared by your guides. The menu is constantly changing but can include a classic steak on the barbecue, chicken korma or salmon fillet. Dessert can include maple baked apples, pears in red wine, fruit salad or pavlova to name just a few.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

What weather can I expect?

Kangaroo Island is known for not experiencing particularly extreme temperatures. The average temperature tends to range from 11-19C. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You can expect patchy to non-existent reception whilst on Kangaroo Island– but don’t worry; it’s all part of the experience! If you’re lucky, you might get some coverage at your accommodation.

Will I have access to electricity?

Electricity points will be available at your accommodation which you will return to each evening.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

 

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3-star, based on twin-share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Personal expenses, such as soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and tips

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $45 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required, while travelling.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked a moderate 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Kangaroo Island trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 4-5 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Breakfast is a continental spread of cereals, stewed fruit, toast, spreads and yoghurt. Lunch can vary from day to day, but includes meat, salad, bread and wraps. There will also be plenty of snacks available during the day. Dinner is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert accompanied by pre-dinner nibbles, all prepared by your guides. The menu is constantly changing but can include a classic steak on the barbecue, chicken korma or salmon fillet. Dessert can include maple baked apples, pears in red wine, fruit salad or pavlova to name just a few.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

What weather can I expect?

Kangaroo Island is known for not experiencing particularly extreme temperatures. The average temperature tends to range from 11-19C. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You can expect patchy to non-existent reception whilst on Kangaroo Island– but don’t worry; it’s all part of the experience! If you’re lucky, you might get some coverage at your accommodation.

Will I have access to electricity?

Electricity points will be available at your accommodation which you will return to each evening.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3-star, based on twin-share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Personal expenses, such as soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and tips

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $45 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required, while travelling.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

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Responsible Travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.
Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.
Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral. 
Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.
Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.
Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here

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