It’s amazing what you see when you slow down to a natural pace – the tiny details, the big sky. Your senses all come into play – the sounds, the heady smell of the sandhill daisy as you brush past, the feel of dry leaves crunching beneath your feet, or sand shifting on an impossibly white beach. Things we took for granted as children we can now seek out to make us more grounded, relaxed and reconnected.
We want to connect with the landscape, our wildlife, our produce and our community. To discover the sense of place that makes our Island home a particular destination. This is what we seek when we Walk Kangaroo Island. We are not walking a linear track; instead, we have curated a selection of walks through conservation reserves, national parks, along cliff-tops and through private property.
This fully hosted trip uses a comfortable 4WD to link up the best walks. It leverages the experience and relationships built up by your hosts, Craig and Janet Wickham, with over 30 years in experiential travel. We introduce you to producers, artists, ecologists and business people who are Kangaroo Island stalwarts.
Come and share our open spaces, fresh air, fresh produce & solitude, and learn why we choose to make Kangaroo Island our home.
Please note: order of days may altered based on weather and availability of experiences.
Meet in the city for a transfer down to Cape Jervis and the ferry to Kangaroo Island.
On arrival, you will be met by your guides who will host you for the next 6 days. Get an outline of the program on a map over a welcome morning tea.
Start your walk-on an artistic note with a loop around the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail before exploring some of the coastline of the Dudley Peninsula, enjoying a picnic lunch en-route.
Continue on to Cape Willoughby and the Devil’s Kitchen before visiting False Cape Wines for a wine tasting.
Settle in your hotel – the Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge, where you can take a self-guided walk to the wharf and return prior to hosted dinner in-house.
Start the day with some maritime heritage with the Cannery Walk and an introduction to some delicious oysters.
A meandering walk along the edge of Pelican Lagoon will take us to Independence Point, with the option of a pre-lunch hill climb.
Explore more of the Pelican Lagoon area before retuning to the Mercure for some down-time and a refresh before a 5pm departure to a mystery dinner – wear layers as it could be cold.
We will have a gentle start after a late finish – joining a local artist for morning tea at her studio.
Next is a long beach walk at D’Estrees Bay past Point Tinline with a historic osprey nest, the location of the wreck of the Osmanli and a picnic lunch on Wreckers Beach.
Continue walking to Wheaton’s Beach with a sweeping lagoon and into the wilderness coast of Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park.
Spend the morning on the water on a Zodiac adventure with an open ocean swim with wild dolphins if conditions are right.
Head inland to explore a large-scale rewilding project and have an elegant barbecue lunch with Dr Peggy Rismiller, the world expert on echidnas.
The afternoon will be spent walking through this large private conservation property.
Early casual dinner at the home of your hosts, Craig and Janet Wickham.
Today we spend our time exploring the wild west end of Kangaroo Island.
Begin the day in the south-west of Flinders Chase National Park and walk the fire trail to Remarkable Rocks, one of the Island’s most recognised landmarks.
Next, visit the Long-nosed Fur Seal colony at Admiral’s Arch before breaking for a clifftop picnic lunch at Weirs Cove.
After lunch, travel north to meet with the team from Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife to learn about the post-fire conservation work being undertaken.
Finish the day with an extraordinary hike into Ravine des Casoars, which is one of the most remote and untouched areas of Kangaroo Island.
On our final day we take a long beach walk along the beach at Vivonne Bay and end up in the dunes at Little Sahara.
Break for an al fresco lunch and then travel inland for a final walk into Parndana Conservation Park, on the escarpment of the Cygnet/Snellings Fault. This park is rarely visited by people and it offers an insight to the original landscape of the central plateau.
We will work our way back to Penneshaw by the days’ end to connect with the ferry back to Cape Jervis and the return trip to Adelaide.
*Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge unavailable for these dates, so guests will instead stay at Wanderer’s Rest.