kangaroo island wilderness trail re-opening

New experience showcases Kangaroo Island Wilderness trail recovery

 

The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail reopened for walkers on Tuesday December 1st 2020 for the first time since last summer’s devastating bushfires.


A modified version of the trail will be accessible for day walkers who book with one of the tour
operators licensed for the walking trail. This opportunity provides a unique experience for visitors to
connect with the post-bushfire landscape and see the regeneration of the Flinders Chase National
Park, Kelly Hill Conservation Park and the Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area.


Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said last summer’s bushfires destroyed much of
the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail (KIWT) and its associated infrastructure.
“A huge amount of work has been carried out to begin to bring the trail back to life,” Minister Speirs
said.


“This work is ongoing and the KIWT - Fire Recovery Experience has been created so that walkers
can experience the recovering bush landscape earlier than originally expected.  Walkers will be supporting bushfire recovery with a portion from every KIWT visitor use fee going directly to conservation efforts in Flinders Chase National Park. Walkers will also be encouraged to contribute to important data collection by recording wildlife sightings as part of their walking experience.  Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail has been hugely popular since it opened in October 2016 with more than 7,000 walkers having experienced the attraction. The reopening of the trail is an important step for the Kangaroo Island community who have first
had to deal with last summer’s devastating bushfires and then the impacts of COVID-related restrictions affecting tourism. I encourage all South Australians and those from further afield to take the opportunity to walk the trail and experience the wonders of Kangaroo Island," Minister Speirs said.


KIWT Manager Alison Buck said the trail provided the opportunity for visitors to disconnect from the
modern world and to give themselves the chance to relax and take in our unique scenery. “It provides walkers with an amazing opportunity to experience coastal views that you were unable to glimpse before,” Ms Buck said.
“You can see the contours of the land from the trail and the regeneration of the surrounding bush. The trail is a wonderful opportunity to connect with nature and the friends and family you walk with.  While the change in scenery may be confronting for some I believe it really provides a lot of hope for many, and really showcases how our Australian bush recovers after fire.”

Sections of the trail have been repaired to enable walkers to complete the five-day trail via individual, modified day walks.

Staying overnight on the trail is not available at this stage, as NPWSSA works through a process to reimagine some parts of the trail, including campgrounds.


The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail Fire Recovery Experience will only be accessible to walkers who book with a licensed tour operator.

Licensed tour Operators to contact regarding access to the Experience

Western KI Caravan Park & Wildlife Reserve - KI Wilderness Trail Experience

7928 South Coast Road Karatta SA 5223

Telephone 0885597201

Western KI Caravan Park & Wildlife Reserve - KI Wilderness Trail Experience
Karatta

The Western KI Caravan Park and Wildlife Reserve is ideally situated in 17ha of natural bush and grassland next door to the internationally acclaimed Kangaroo Island attractions of Flinders Chase National Park, including Admirals Arch and Remarkable rocks, along with the many other natural...

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

7928 South Coast Road Karatta SA 5223

Telephone 0885534470

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
Karatta

Nature's secrets are waiting to be discovered at every step of the five-day trek, with the trail weaving its way through stunning landscapes before reaching the rugged, remote and spectacular coastline of the Southern Ocean. NEW Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail - Fire Recovery Experience This...

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