Walks & Hikes

Explore the islands scenic terrain, leaving no stone unturned!

With over 19 hikes around Kangaroo Island there are trails to suit everybody. For those who are beginners to the more experienced, there are hikes ranging from 30 minutes to 8 hours.

Each trail around the Island is unique, and offers something for nearly everyone.  Check out our Walks and Hikes Guide below, or our Walking and Hiking Blog to get the inside tip on our favourite hikes.

 

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DUDLEY PENINSULA

Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail

Frenchmans Terrace Penneshaw SA 5222

Telephone 0427530080

Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail
Penneshaw

The newly developed Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail offers original artwork in a beautiful natural setting. Located just a few minutes walk from the Penneshaw Jetty and a matter of steps from the town center. Come and wander through the stunning trail built in a remarkable natural environment,...

Fireball Bates Walking Trail

Howard Drive Penneshaw SA 5222

Fireball Bates Walking Trail
Penneshaw

George Bates, called Fireball because of his red hair, was one of the first settlers to Kangaroo Island. He joined a sealing expedition in 1823, jumping ship in Kangaroo Island 13 years before settlers arrived. The trail begins at the now closed Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre...

Iron Stone Hill Hike

Binneys Track Ironstone SA 5222

Telephone 0885534444

Iron Stone Hill Hike
Ironstone

This hike follows the coast east of Penneshaw along a section of the original bullock track to Cape Willoughby and provides spectacular views across Backstairs Passage to the Fleurieu Peninsula. After climbing through regenerating sheoak vegetation, the hike leads to the ruins of Harry Bates’...

Lashmar Conservation Park

Hog Bay Road via Penneshaw SA 5222

Telephone 0885534444

Lashmar Conservation Park
Penneshaw

A favourite for beach lovers, Lashmar Conservation Park adjoins the long sandy beach at Antechamber Bay. The park is an ideal location for swimming, fishing and bird watching and is just a short drive from Cape Willoughby lightstation. Explore the park further by canoeing your way along the...

Cape Willoughby Heritage Trail

Cape Willoughby Road Willoughby SA 5222

Cape Willoughby Heritage Trail
Willoughby

Situated in the easternmost point of Kangaroo Island, Cape Willoughby Lighthouse was the first lighthouse to be built in South Australia in 1852. It stands 27 metres high with 102 steps to the lookout tower, and offers stunning panoramic view across Backstairs Passage and the Kangaroo Island...

AMERICAN RIVER

Fish Cannery Walking Trail

Scenic Drive American River SA 5221

Fish Cannery Walking Trail
American River

A trail through the scrub to the ruins of a fish cannery built in the late 1890s. The trail begins at the carpark and trailhead at the end of Scenic Drive, opposite Wattle Avenue and where the dirt road Lierich Drive begins. The American River Progress Association keeps the brochures at the...

Independence Trail American River

Tangara Drive American River SA 5221

Independence Trail American River
American River

A walking trail along the lagoon foreshore to Remembrance Reserve (with a loop) and on to Independence Point. The Independence Trail begins at the boatramp, near the wharf, in American River and follows the coast along the edge of the Port of Pelicans lagoon. At nearby Remembrance Reserve there is...

Prospect Hill

B23 Haines SA 5223

Prospect Hill
Haines

Features: Historic sites; Interpretive signage; Lookout; Native Bushland; Parking (free); Viewing Platform; Walking trails. Matthew Flinders climbed Prospect Hill when navigating the North Coast of Kangaroo Island to determine his bearings in 1802. Visitors can now climb this steep sand hill via...

SOUTH COAST

Beyeria Walk

Wilsons Road haines SA 5223

Telephone 0885534444

Beyeria Walk
haines

This walk is a delightful short stroll through Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee with broombush understorey. Beyeria Conservation Park was named after the endemic Turpentine Bush, Beyeria subtecta. The walk has twenty interpretive signs along the way highlighting ‘The Many Faces of Mallee...

Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park and Wilderness Protection Area

Seagers Road Seal Bay SA 5223

Telephone 0885534444

Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park and Wilderness Protection Area
Seal Bay

There are many other things to see and do on Kangaroo Island - check out our Travel Blog for suggestions! Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park is located on the southern coast of Kangaroo Island approximately 40 kilometres south west of Kingscote. It possesses vast areas of wilderness and spectacular...

Tadpole Cove Walk - Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park

D'Estrees Bay Road D'Estrees Bay SA 5223

Telephone 0885534444

Tadpole Cove Walk - Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park
D'Estrees Bay

This walk combines unusual coastal scenery with early settlement heritage sites. The walk starts at an old grain threshing floor, used by early settlers to process locally grown grain, and takes you past the ruins of a small cottage dating from the same period. The walk then meanders through...

Timber Creek Walk - Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park

Seagers Road Macgillivray SA 5223

Telephone 0885534444

Timber Creek Walk - Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park
Macgillivray

This walk at Murray Lagoon offers the visitor a tea-tree swamp experience. Waterfowl such as ducks, swans and waders flock to the lagoon to create a bird-lovers delight. Hawks and eagles prey upon the waterfowl, while chats and little grassbirds sing among the thickly vegetated shorelines. During...

Curly Creek Hike - Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park

Seagers Road Macgillivray SA 5223

Telephone 0885534444

Curly Creek Hike - Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park
Macgillivray

This hike follows an old fire access track which skirts the edge of Murray Lagoon. Walkers will not only discover a large range of birdlife but also a variety of vegetation communities. Bald Hill provides spectacular views overlooking Murray Lagoon and is an ideal spot to observe migratory waders...

Bald Hill Walk - Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park

Seagers Road Macgillivray SA 5223

Telephone 0885534444

Bald Hill Walk - Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park
Macgillivray

Bald Hill provides spectacular views overlooking Murray Lagoon and is an ideal spot to observe a variety of wetland birds as they feed from the lagoon below. In the distance the visitor can see the dense bush and impressive sand-dunes of the Cape Gantheaume Wilderness Protection Area to the...

KINGSCOTE

A Walk Back In Time Trail - Kingscote

67 Chapman Terrace Kingscote SA 5223

A Walk Back In Time Trail - Kingscote
Kingscote

A Walk Back in Time Trail takes around 45 minutes to complete. It commences and finishes at the Aurora Ozone Hotel. Apart from a couple of hilly bits, most of the walk is on flat ground, which makes it easy to negotiate without feeling exhausted by the end. By the end of the walk, you definitely...

Historical Reeves Point Walk

Esplanade Kingscote SA 5223

Historical Reeves Point Walk
Kingscote

Walking around Kingscote and its neighbouring areas is a great way to discover the rich history and beautiful scenery. Historical Reeves Point Walk commences at the wharf area and follows the beach to Reeves Point and returns along the Esplanade. Includes optional visit to the Museum. This walk...
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Kingscote Scenic Walking Trail

Chapman Terrace Kingscote SA 5223

Kingscote Scenic Walking Trail
Kingscote

Kingscote Scenic Walking Trail commences at the Aurora Ozone Hotel and follows the coast via Brownlow to the mouth of Cygnet River and return. Some parts of the beach are not accessible during high tide. Any part of this walk can be completed on its own depending upon whether you have a hour or...

Kingscote Historic Signs Trail

Kingscote Terrace Kingscote SA 5223

Kingscote Historic Signs Trail
Kingscote

A walking tour of Kingscote's Historic buildings. Walk back in time visiting 25 historical buildings. A great example of imposing architecture is the current ANZ Bank, formally the Union Bank which was built in 1922, an important business for the growing community of Kingscote. Several other...

PARNDANA AND NORTH COAST

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WESTERN END

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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