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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Historic storehouse saved from crumbling

The recently restored Weirs Cove storehouse in Flinders Chase National Park.

The stone remains of the Weirs Cove storehouse in Flinders Chase National Park have undergone restoration in an attempt to keep their history intact.

Originally completed in 1908, this original Weirs Cove structure was integral to receiving materials and then goods for the remote Cape du Couedic lighthouse and its keepers.

Flinders Chase National Park ranger Mike Penhall said, at the time, there were no roads that led to the South Western corner of Kangaroo Island, making it one of the most remote and isolated parts of the state.

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.

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

Admirals Arch

Witness the amazing forces of nature at Admirals Arch, located at Cape du Couedic in Flinders Chase National Park. A viewing platform and boardwalk around a cliff face leads visitors to this spectacular natural rock arch known as Admiral's Arch, sculpted by weathering and erosion from the sea over thousands of years. Continue reading