- 33 km one way
- 2 days one way
- Suitable for
- Grade 5, Trek
- Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
- Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park and Wilderness Protected Area
- Kangaroo Island
- Download maps & GPS files
- 2 GPS files
- 1 website link
- 8 photosJump to Photos section
- Travel options
- Travel time from Adelaide
- 2+ hours
About the Walking Trail
Hike along the wild and rugged south coast of Kangaroo Island out to the headland of Cape Gantheaume, where there is an isolated pristine beach dotted with New Zealand fur-seals.
The first 6km heading east from Bales Beach is a series of isolated sandy beaches. Continuing east, the walking is along cliffs out to Cape Gantheaume. There is a beach at Cape Gantheaume on the western side. The coast west of Cape Gantheaume is predominately cliffs with a beach near the end, before the walk comes out into a carpark at Sewer Beach, a rocky beach in D’Estrees Bay.
The hike is challenging and requires careful planning:
- the hike is 2-days one-way
- camping at the Cape Gantheaume headland is recommended. There is no campsite
- there is no water on this walk so you must carry water for 2 days of hiking. There is a rainwater tank in the carpark at Bales Bay (and Seal Bay is a 4km further west). The closest water in D’Estrees Bay is at Wreckers Beach which is 2.5km west of the Sewer Beach trailhead.)
- for most of the walk there is no trail (there is a rough fire track from D’Estress Bay to Cape Gantheaume headland)
- people must discuss their plans with park rangers. View the Trekking Information Sheet.
- The Cape Gantheaume headland is subject to seasonal closures, usually from May through to the end of December. Check the National Park website for updates. The closure is to protect white-bellied sea eagles, which are vulnerable to breeding disruption along this coastline – as the eagles can see people approaching from many kilometres away, and eagles protect their nests as they raise their young. The eagles return to the same nest each year.