- 13.3 km one way
- 4.5 - 6.5 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
- 16 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.
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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
- Day 2, Maupertuis Section
- Day 2 or 3, optional sidetrip to Admirals Arch
- Day 3, Sanderson Section
- Day 4, Grassdale Section (below on this page)
- Day 5, Kelly Hill Section
This Section: Day 4, Grassdale Section
Banksia Campsite to Tea Tree Campsite (near Grassdale)
6.5 hours, 13.5km (extra 700m return sidetrip to Hanson Bay Beach)
From the campsite the trail returns to the coastal cliffs, walking past Cape Younghusband before heading inland. This section is through cooler mallee and tea trees, and is across private property as it sneaks past the million-dollar South Ocean Lodge. Crossing the road into Hanson Bay, there is an ingenious boat set up to cross the South West River. Take an optional short sidetrip to be rewarded with views of the idyllic Hanson Bay Beach. Returning to the main trail, the trail follows the Hanson Bay Hike along the river, before reaching the quiet sanctuary of Tea Tree Campsite, with the South West River splitting the campsite in two.