Adventure

Meet Your New Favourite Multi-Day Australian Hike

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It’s Australia’s third-largest island behind Tasmania and Melville Island, and it’s positively teeming with beautiful wildlife: Kangaroo Island is arguably Australia’s best kept secret.

Accessible by ferry from Cape Jervis, Kangaroo Island is already a favourite weekend destination for South Australians – but it’s a new attraction that’s set to drive its popularity into overdrive.

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Photo: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail opened in 2016, and it’s already being touted as one of our country’s greatest walks. The five-day trail is 61 kilometres long and takes hikers through spectacular landscapes where native wildlife reigns supreme – including 250 species of birds, penguins, echidnas, a huge colony of sea lions, koalas, emus and, of course, a motherload of kangaroos.

On the way you’ll pass through forests, beaches and freshwater lagoons, balance along clifftops, pass by natural formations like Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch and come up to the remote Southern Ocean coastline. Some of these spots have been previously unreachable by visitors, so it’s bound to appeal to a broad demographic of hikers.

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Photo: SATC

The trail is now open year round, but the pros reckon the best time to visit will be during the slightly cooler months between March and November.

(Lead image: SATC)