Global tourism hopes for Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

Tourism authorities hope a 66-kilometre walking trail which has just been opened on Kangaroo Island in South Australia will become a global drawcard.

"Already we're getting such great feedback from a few international walkers, as well as locals who wanted to be the first ones on it," Environment Department chief executive Sandy Pitcher said.

Walkers pass through bushland wilderness areas and get sweeping views of the Southern Ocean at times.

The trail passes already-popular tourist sites including Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.

It ends at Kelly Hill Caves, just 11kms from The Woolshed KI, an ideal base camp for your hiking party.

Seal Bay is a must

No stay on Kangaroo Island is complete without a visit to the Seal Bay Conservation Park. Seal Bay is a large sandy beach and dune area where Australian sea lions rest and nurse their young.

Seal Bay Conservation Park is located about 45 minutes from Kangaroo Island's main town of Kingscote.

The stunning views of the Australian sea lion colony and the neighbouring coastline are what make Seal Bay an essential experience for visitors to the island.

There is a lot to do at Seal Bay. Tours are run at regular intervals, plus there are picnic and barbecue areas at the nearby Bales Bay where you can stop for lunch.

A short walk from the picnic grounds will take you to a lookout which offers excellent views of Cape Gantheaume and the wilderness area, or take a short drive to the beautiful Bales Beach where you can relax and enjoy the surrounds in an unspoilt location.

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Handmade, Aussie gin leading the way in spirit’s comeback

A range of botanicals on display – apart from the classic gin flavours of juniper, angelica and coriander, the Larks’ gin contains distinctly Australian flavours like boobialla and native rosemary.

Gin is back in fashion and Australia is at the vanguard, with a surge in popularity of distinctive, small batch spirits from micro distilleries.

Kangaroo Island Spirits is increasingly acclaimed for its small batch, hand-made gin featuring local botanicals such as Boobialla with its berry reminiscent of juniper, and Olearia, a coastal daisy bush dubbed ‘wild rosemary’ by early Dutch explorers. Continue reading

Hanson Bay Track

Grassdale Lagoon. Source: Nigel Roberts 2008

From Kelly Hill caves to Hanson Bay. Fantastic walk - thoroughly recommended. 18km round trip takes around 2.5 hours for 9km each way. Grassdale Lagoon mid way along the track is a highlight. Walked the track in July – no issues.

Kangaroo Island Spirits

South Australia's first and only boutique distillery. All products are hand made in small batches in copper pot stills. The range includes a honey and walnut liqueur, anisette, and a strawberry and vanilla liqueur. Visit the intimate cellar door for a tasting or an espresso coffee.

The Cellar Door at Cygnet River is open for tasting, sales and light refreshments on most days (except Tuesdays unless during holiday periods)

Visit their website.

Kelly Hill Caves

Beneath the vast expanse of native bushland of Kelly Hill Conservation Park lies a maze of surprising caves. Be sure to join one of the regular guided tours to discover Kelly Hill Caves' treasures of impressive stalagmites, stalactites, helictites and straws.

As one of the few dry limestone caves in Australia, Kelly Hill offers an ideal spot where you can try adventure caving. Don a hard hat and overalls as you crawl through amazing caverns. Above ground, interpretive walking trails offer the chance to spot native wildlife and enjoy the island's peaceful natural beauty. Continue reading

Kayaking at Vivonne Bay

Paddle on up to five kilometers with your kayak in the ravishing and calm Harriet River with a variety of birds and other wildlife, easily to be observed.

According to a survey among 10,000 beaches, led by Professor Andrew Short, Sydney University’s marine studies center director, the beach at Vivonne Bay has been listed as the best in Australia. Paddle on up to five kilometers with your kayak in the ravishing and calm Harriet River with a variety of birds and other wildlife, easily to be observed.  Relax as you enjoy the beautiful scenery.