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Karta Pintingga - Kangaroo Island Walk - 5 Days

Be inspired by landscape, flora and fauna on wonderful Karta Pintingga – All-inclusive 5-day guided walk

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Embark on a transformative 5-day journey through the pristine beauty of Kangaroo Island with Park Trek’s immersive walking tour. Experience the allure of this wildlife haven, surrounded by breathtaking vistas and picturesque landscapes. Encounter diverse wildlife up close while exploring one of Australia’s most scenic destinations. Delve into the island’s resilience post the 2020 bushfires, witnessing local efforts in regeneration and wildlife conservation.

By joining this tour, you directly contribute to the island’s rehabilitation. You will immerse yourself in the natural environment, enjoy comfortable accommodation and savour home-cooked meals prepared by expert guides. Discover the highlights of the KI Wilderness Trail, including Admirals Arch, Remarkable Rocks, Hanson’s Bay, and more. Your visit supports the island’s unique ecosystem and conservation initiatives, while enjoying a fulfilling experience immersed in nature’s wonders.

Elevate your well-being while making a positive impact on this extraordinary island sanctuary.

3550
5 days
40km
10
Adelaide
Adelaide
Grade 2, Easy
2024: 13 Nov.

**Confirmed departure dates allow you to book worry free. If you have any issues booking any departure date, please email us at info@parktrek.com.au  or call us on 03 9997 0500.

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  • Experience an intimate day-pack-only walking tour with a small group of 10 or fewer guests, designed meticulously to offer extraordinary walks and captivating sightseeing through our carefully curated and unique itinerary.
  • Daily guided walks curated to immerse you in the region’s unique landscape, history, flora and fauna, highlights including the Remarkable Rocks and section of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail.
  • Two Park Trek guides who are experienced, accredited and safety gear equipped. Our guides play a versatile role ensuring a seamless and enriching tour experience, they are our story tellers, our chefs, and our legends in the field!
  • Return transport ex-Adelaide, and all tour transfers in our comfortable 12-seater mini-coach with luggage trailer.
  • 4 nights comfortable twin-share accommodation (limited single supplements at additional cost), with ensuites if available and sustainably provided.
  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 two-course dinners, plus trail mix, nibbles, fresh fruit, snacks, tea and coffee, biscuits / cake and non-alcoholic drinks throughout.
  • Return ferry passage to Kangaroo Island
  • Guided tours to Hanson’s Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Kelly Hill Caves.
  • All National Park entry fees.
  • Carbon offset program per our sustainability principles.

DAY 1 – Ironstone Hill and Antechamber Bay

Distance: 4km, approx. 2 hours walking
Grade: 2 – 3 easy to moderate

We meet in Adelaide, departing at 6.30am and drive south to Cape Jervis where we meet the ferry.

The trip is a scenic 45-minute crossing, known as the Backstairs Passage, across to Penneshaw – the gateway to Kangaroo Island.

Mid-morning we walk from Penneshaw, discovering historic features along the beach on the way to the Ironstone Hill Hike in the Baudin Conservation Park. This walk follows the historic Bullock Track towards Cape Willoughby and leads to Ironstone Hill, overlooking a magnificent coastal vista and revealing some of the area’s farming heritage.

In the afternoon, we stop off to take in the beauty of Antechamber Bay and take a short walk along the coastline to soak in the turquoise waters and captivating views of this coastal haven you will get to know and love over the next few days, before we travel to the western, more rugged end of the island to our accommodation where we settle in for the evening.

Enjoy your first evening relaxing on your balcony while enjoying the local fauna graze close by.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

DAY 2 – Snake Lagoon to Cape du Couedic

Distance: 16kms, 7hrs walking
Grade: 3 – 4 moderate to hard

After breakfast and lunch making we take a short drive to begin our journey walking part of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. The trail heads south up the rocky headland above where the mouth of the Rocky River meets the ocean. From there, we venture southeast, tracing the untamed coastal cliffs and bone white Maupertuis Beach that hug the coastline of the majestic and vast Southern Ocean, leading us towards the Cape du Couedic lighthouse.

At Cape du Couedic, we meet back up with the van and enjoy some afternoon tea with time to view the lighthouse, and explore Admirals Arch. This rugged Cape is home to a large colony of Australian Fur Seals which can be viewed at close proximity playing in their natural habitat. We then head back to our accommodation for some well-earned down time, delicious nibbles and a two-course dinner prepared by your guides.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3 – Remarkable Rocks to Sanderson Bay 

Distance: 7kms, 3hrs walking
Grade: 3 – 4 moderate to hard

On today’s journey you will begin where we finished on Day two in Flinders Chase National Park. We start the morning looking out over the historical Weirs Cove, followed by time at the Remarkable Rocks where you can explore and capture some iconic photos amidst seemingly artistic sculptures and extraordinary formations of the granite outcrops. Here we begin our walk along the Flinders Chase Wilderness Trail through the Sanderson section, one of the more remote sections of the trail.

A short side trip takes you to Sanderson Bay where in the right conditions, swimming is possible. This afternoon we have some time back at our accommodation and an early dinner before heading out on a nocturnal tour at Hanson’s Bay Wildlife Sanctuary where you can encounter Tamar Wallabies, Kangaroos, Koalas, Boobook owls and a range of other wildlife.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4 – Hanson’s Bay to Kelly Hill Caves

Distance: 10km, 4hrs walking
Grade: 3 moderate

After breakfast and lunch making, we take a short drive to beautiful Hanson’s Bay, where we will begin our one-way walk to Kelly Hill Caves, the final leg of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. Renowned as one of the most iconic hikes on the island, this trail takes us through a rich tapestry of ecosystems. Our path meanders through diverse habitats, ranging from intricate ‘karst’ cave systems to rejuvenating woodlands and vibrant freshwater lagoons teeming with a myriad of woodland and wading birds.

In the afternoon, we take a Ranger guided tour of the Show Cave at Kelly Hill, which provides a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the spectacular and ornate limestone formations of this underground world, we learn about the island’s geology and heritage and experience local bushfire recovery projects. Back at our accommodation, we enjoy a meal together, before resting for a final day on Kangaroo Island and our return ferry ride to the mainland.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5 – Snellings Beach and Stokes Bay to Penneshaw

Distance: 3kms, 2hrs exploring
Grade: 2 easy 

Following our last breakfast and completing check-out, we gather our belongings and bid farewell to our cozy accommodation. As we set off this morning, we leisurely traverse the northern route of the island, marvelling at the astounding contrast it presents in comparison to the south. Along the way, we pause at enchanting destinations, seizing the chance to explore some of Kangaroo Island’s local producers and their offerings. This leisurely journey ensures we savour the captivating beauty and delights the island has to offer before bidding it adieu.

Today is a combination of panoramic beach views, short walks and refreshing swims with options to visit artisans and sample local gin distilleries, honey producers and other goodies. Our next step entails embarking on an early afternoon ferry excursion from Penneshaw, transporting us back to the mainland.
We aim to have you back in Adelaide at the Terrace Hotel around 5pm.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

*Walking times and distances may be adapted to the weather and groups needs based on guides discretion.

Each evening after our days walking, we return back to our accommodation for some time to refresh and enjoy the spectacular sunsets and grazing animals. Your guides will curate a beautiful nibbles platter for you, providing the perfect setting for a relaxing evening. During this time, they will also conduct a briefing, offering insights into the days experiences and outlining your upcoming adventures. Using a map of the area, your guides will illustrate the various regions and walks we are set to explore in the days ahead.

We spend our 4 nights in cabin style accommodation in the far western end of Kangaroo Island on the edge of the Flinders Chase National Park. The park doubles as a wildlife reserve where you can encounter wallabies, koalas, kangaroos and possums. Your accommodation is surrounded by natural bush and grasslands creating a relaxed enjoyable ambience. With access to our planned walks and activities just a short drive away. Each cabin has a spacious indoor living area. Communal dining will take place in our guides cabin.

Accommodation style: We stay in modern 2-bedroom cabins with a balcony for lovely view after a day’s walk. Each cabin has one or two bedrooms with a bathroom, heating and cooling, kitchenette and all linen, bedding and towels provided.

Rooming: Each cabin has two bedrooms with a mix of twin and queen beds. If you book a Single Supplement, you will have a room to yourself.

Bathrooms: Each cabin has one bathroom. You will be sharing the bathroom with other guests in your cabin.

Single Supplement: If you book single supplement this means you will have one bedroom in the two-bedroom cabin and could be sharing the cabin with one or two other guests.

Other: All towels and linen are provided. Each cabin also has an outdoor balcony setting, kitchen, lounge, TV and lovely bush views. Laundry is available on site within the park.

Rooming upgrades for a private cabin is subject to availability with the accommodation provider for an additional surcharge. Please contact our team to discuss your options.

For guests flying out of Adelaide on the last night of tour, please don’t book flights before 7pm.

Single Supplement: We have limited availability for Single Supplement on this tour. Please enquire about availability and additional cost for SS with our reservations team at time of booking. Please note; by booking a SS you will have your own room in a one or two bedroom cabin with shared bathroom and living areas. Not all our accommodations have a private ensuite option.

Park Trek may adapt the itinerary on day one and five due to ferry availability and timing with seasonal/daily changes.

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