- 12.4 km one way
- 4 hours
- Suitable for
- Hiking, Trail Running
- Grade 5, Trek
- Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
- Flinders Chase National Park
- Kangaroo Island
- Download maps & GPS files
- 2 GPS files
- 1 website link
- 26 photosJump to Photos section
- Travel options
- Travel time from Adelaide
- 2+ hours
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We are experiencing severe rate limiting imposed by Google under their new map pricing arrangements. We will be implementing a solution to ensure as many people as possible can access the walking maps.
Under Google's new pricing structure, we will incur an annual fee in excess of AUD $5,000 for a service which was previously free. As a not-for-profit body largely lead by volunteers this is not an insignificant charge. You can support our work in promoting walking and walking trails with an membership from $22 per year.
About the Walking Trail
Spend 5 days hiking the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail along the spectacular coastline of south-west Kangaroo Island.
We’ve listed each of the 5 sections on a separate entry:
- Day 1, Rocky River Section (below on this page)
- Day 2, Maupertuis Section
- Day 2 or 3, optional sidetrip to Admirals Arch
- Day 3, Sanderson Section
- Day 4, Grassdale Section
- Day 5, Kelly Hill Section
This section: Day 1, Rocky River Section
Rocky River to Cup Gum Campsite (near Snake Lagoon)
4 hours, 12km
The first day’s hike starts from the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre, following the Platypus Waterholes Walk over Black Swamp, with its ancient history of megafauna, and around the Platypus Waterholes. If you’re there early in the morning sit and wait to catch a glimpse of the shy platypus at one of the eight viewing platforms. Turning west, the trail follows the Rocky River Hike along Rocky River. Watch out for Rosenbergs Goannas (a monitor lizard) on the track. Pause for a moment at the rapids and rockpools along the way, and keep an eye out for wildlife coming into the water to drink. As today’s walk includes other walking trails, anyone can walk this day’s section.