KIWT Fire Recovery Experience Walking Tour – 6 JUN 2021


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5 DAYS | 4 NIGHTS | 6 – 10 JUN 2021

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SA | Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail Fire Recovery Experience

Join Big Heart Adventures as we share with you a Fire Recovery Experience on the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail.

In this fully supported mixed group adventure, we walk with daypacks along all five sections of the modified Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail.  We witness and feel the regrowth and rebirth in varying ecosystems from woodlands and mallee scrub to the fragile coastal dune systems.  The trail can only be completed with a commercial tour operator during the recovery period and with two leaders and a maximum of 9 walkers, this is an opportunity to walk the trail in a safe and sustainable small group experience.

Walking reflectively and mindfully, we deeply immerse you in the natural rebuild of these recovering landscapes.

We include all meals, trail snacks and comfortable accommodation next to the trail. Plus we finish our time on the Island with some fresh and authentic Kangaroo Island food and beverage experiences.

Our Leaders will be with you to guide and navigate through the undefined sections of trail and take care of all the detail, so you can relax and absorb the ever-changing surroundings.

Bring your comfortable walking boots and an open heart for this unique and iconic recovering Island Trail.


Small group, guided and pack free walking tour with all meals and trail snacks included.

If you choose to fly direct to Kangaroo Island from Interstate or Adelaide, we will pick you up and drop you off at Kingscote Airport.

  • Date: 6/6/21 – 10/6/21
  • Destination: Kangaroo Island, South Australia
  • Type: Challenge Trek
  • Group Size: Max 9 plus leaders
  • Investment: $2,294 incl GST per person
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Fitness Requirement

  • A good level of fitness is required to walk the trails on this trip.
  • We will be walking with day packs carrying up to 5kg.
  • You should be able to walk on a variety of surfaces: undulating trails, rocky limestone paths, uneven terrain and soft sand.
  • Our longest walking day is 25km and we walk 4 consecutive days on this adventure.
  • Trip rating: Moderate-hard


Day 1 | Depart Adelaide - Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail - Rocky River Section (10km)

We depart from Adelaide early this morning for a scenic private drive through the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis.  From here we take the ferry across to Penneshaw where our island adventure begins!   On the ferry journey we will keep our eyes out for whales known for passing through the Backstairs Passage as well as dolphins and sea birds.

After we disembark we drive our private vehicle to the western side of the island.  For those preferring to fly to Kangaroo Island we can arrange to  pick you up at the airport. We will have a leisurely lunch and briefing before we head into Flinders Chase National Park where our KIWT Fire Recovery Experience will commence.

The evidence of regrowth here is inspiring – gums trees look like giant bonsai with green leafy shoots clumping along branches, grass trees aim their seed pods to the sky and lichen offer orange hues against the backdrop of blackened trunks.

We may spot rosellas, pardalotes and wrens as we cover a 10km section along Rocky River including a visit to Pardalote lookout and the soothing sounds of the Cascades where water flows through rocky chutes and pools.  If we are lucky enough, we may spot platypus.

Once we navigate the final section of limestone trail we turn off towards the old campground of Snake Lagoon to our finish spot where our transport will be waiting to take us to our comfortable accommodation next to the trail.  Then its time to unwind and relax with grazing platters and a glass of something special while we prepare a delicious 2 course welcome dinner.

Included: Lunch, Trail Snacks, 2 Course Dinner
Distance: 10km

Day 2 | Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail - Maupertuis Section (16km)

Today we head back to Snake Lagoon where we pick up from where we left off yesterday on the Fire Recovery Experience.

The trail winds its way back down to Rocky River where we have one more opportunity to spot platypus in the morning light.  We visit the mouth of the river where white sandy surf beach awaits.  The rock formations here are incredible as well as seeing the numerous baby waterfalls of the terraced river rock pools.  This rocky trail adds an element of adventure to our day!

We then make our way up and over the headland to huge views of the mighty Southern Ocean below.  This section is exposed and offers perfect 180 degree views of the coastline.

Then down on to Maupertuis beach for a soft sand walk.  This section was known to test those doing the full trail as overnight hikers pre bushfire but with light day packs, this section is less daunting.  Endangered hooded plovers nest in the dunes here and pied oyster catchers are often spotted on the shore along with seals who stray away from the Arch down the coast.

The dunes have been slow to recover with widespread damage evident. Being such a fragile ecosystem, the trail on this section is hard to navigate at times and we will take this section slow to ensure we protect the delicate plants and shrubs re-establishing – you will notice pigface and samphire offering colour and life to the sand.

We finish our days walk at the lighthouse where our private transport will return us to our accommodation for sundowners and a freshly prepared 2 course dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, 2 Course Dinner

Distance: 16km

Day 3 | Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail - Sanderson Section (18km inc side trips)

After a good nights rest and delicious breakfast, today we conquer a longer section of the KIWT Fire Recovery Experience with approx 18km including side trips.

We start our walk from Admirals Arch where we have the seals to ourselves with an early morning moment before the park opens to the public.  Seals raise their young and breed here, so it’s a busy spot with young ones sparring or learning to swim in the safety of the rock pools.  Tired mums sleep after doing long haul feeding missions while babies play nearby.  It’s a feast for the senses and a great way to start our day.

We make our way to Weirs Cove for a visit to a site where three lighthouse families lived and worked the lighthouse during times where the only way to receive goods on this side of the island was by boat and pulley.

The views of the dramatic coastline are amazing from this side and with Remarkable Rocks in the distance, the next landmark sits on the horizon.   Our journey takes us inland on a meandering and at times disorientating journey through what used to be thick coastal mallee scrub.

With the coastline offering incredibly wild conditions for the afternoon, we make our way towards the feisty Sanderson Beach which we can see in the far distance as we leave the Rocks.  Walking on limestone trail with plenty of hard terrain underfoot, you can see the regrowth of salt loving succulents and even fungi.

Relax back at our accommodation with gourmet platters at sunset followed by a delicious 2 course dinner with us.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, 2 Course Dinner
Distance: 18km

Day 4 | Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail - Grassdale and Kelly Hill Sections (25km)

Today is our longest day of walking but it also offers landscape and trail variance not yet seen before.  Our day starts on the original trail as we follow the stony recovering section to Cape Younghusband.  You can see parts of native bush here untouched by fire while sections right to the cliff edge were singed.

Just past Cape Younghusband the inland trails are littered with diggings so we will keep our eyes peeled for echidna and goanna.

We visit Hansen Bay with views across the bay and beach, stunning turquoise waters (a great swimming beach if a warm day!).  Then its up and over the dunes as we follow the brackish river towards the open plains of Grassdale and then Kelly Hill Conservation Park.  With just 10 km to go, the trail will climb over small hilly sections past the lake and lagoon, with fast regrowth seen amongst gums, acacia and grass trees.

Walking the trail with us means you have contributed not just to funding conservation programs on the island but also keeping the regrowth at bay and defining the trail for future walkers.

Tonight we enjoy our final dinner together and a restful evening with the chance to unwind and relax with a beautiful sunset behind the gum trees.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, 2 Course Dinner
Distance: 25km

Day 5 | Food Wine and Spirits (or Swim with Dolphins!) - Return to Adelaide

Today, we celebrate our way back to Adelaide!  Our day starts by choosing your own adventure.

You can enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading to a distillery where we enjoy gin and liqueur flights (or vodka) with uniquely KI infusions. We then head to a winery for tastings and amazing views over the Bay.

Or, for an additional wildlife experience, you can skip the alcohol and take a cruise and a swim in the wild with dolphins who rest in the shallow waters near a secluded shore. This is an incredible once in a lifetime experience offered nowhere else in Australia – note this is optional extra outside of our itinerary and conditions and additional costs apply.

We all reunite before heading out for a celebration lunch together in Kingscote.  Our destination has rave reviews and a brilliant global menu with delicious meals to choose from.  After lunch we make our way to Penneshaw for our ferry journey back to the mainland. For those preferring to fly, we will drop you off at the airport.

At Cape Jervis our private vehicle will be waiting for us where we enjoy the 90 minute journey in comfort back to Adelaide feeling accomplished and rewarded by this incredible wilderness experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Cafe Lunch, Wine and Spirits/liqueur Tastings

Important Info

  • Read terms and conditions before booking
  • Itinerary and price subject to change at any time
  • Travel Insurance is recommended – click here for a quote from Covermore
  • If this trip departs during Fire Ban Season – last minute changes to our itinerary or walking days may be required for safety reasons
  • Accommodation – new private ensuite room with queen size bed
  • Alternative accommodation – luxury glamping (twin share). Single surcharge up to $500
  • Alternative accommodation – comfortable cabin (twin share in separate rooms).  Single surcharge up to $500
  • Note weather, group member welfare and a range of circumstances outside our control can mean last minute changes to our itinerary are necessary once on tour
  • Private transport to and from Cape Jervis is included from Adelaide
  • Private transport on Kangaroo Island plus daily trail transfers is included
  • Please contact us before booking flights if you are joining us from interstate

Gear you will need:

  • Rainproof jacket and pants
  • Backpack 35 litre (approx)
  • Water bottles/hydration kit (min 3Ltrs)
  • Personal medications
  • Clothing suitable for bushwalking that is quick drying, warm layers if chilly – consider merino/synthetic clothing
  • Sun protection such as hat, sunglasses and suncream, insect repellent (if joining us in warmer months consider a head net for the flies)
  • Sleeping attire
  • Suitable casual attire to dine out at times
  • Swimwear and towel if swimming
  • Walking poles (optional and recommended) – we can assist with hiring if needed

A minimum of 4 travellers are required for this trip to depart.



Comfortable private vehicle transport, return ferry journeys


All meals as per the itinerary

B x 4 | L x 5 | D x 4


4 nights private ensuite room close to the trail 

Alternative accommodation (twin share) comfortable cabin or large glamping tent


Guided Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail Fire Recovery Experience plus spirits, winery and tasting local produce. Optional dolphin swim.

  • Big Heart Adventures ioMerino hiking top and head sock
  • Big Heart Adventures trip specific training sessions and or program
  • Big Heart Adventures discount card for pre-departure purchases at Scouts Outdoor Centre (15% off)
  • Big Heart Adventures journal
  • 4 nights private ensuite room accommodation close to trail. Or alternative cabin, or comfortable glamping
  • Comfortable private transport for the duration of the fire recovery experience tour
  • Return ferry journey to and from Kangaroo Island
  • All meals and snacks as mentioned on the itinerary inc gourmet grazing platters and 2 course dinners nightly
  • Professionally led walks by our leaders qualified in Bushwalking Leadership and Remote Area First Aid
  • Local winery and distillery visit including tastings
  • Gourmet cafe celebration lunch
  • Group First Aid kit and emergency communication device
  • National Park entry fees
  • A charity contribution to our Give Back program


  • Optional dolphin cruise and swim excursion on Day 5 – note this must be booked prior to trip departure and is subject to group numbers, sea and weather conditions – starts from $250pp
  • Optional flights to and from Kangaroo Island in lieu of ferry (small discount will apply)
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance
  • Meals and drinks not stated on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature

Your Host/s

Ian Murphy

Lisa Murphy

Additional information

Payment Type

Deposit, Full Payment