Rocky River Hike

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5 Feb 2020: Kangaroo Island was devasted by bushfire in January 2020. Some parks and trails remain closed. View our article of 13 walking trails open post-bushfire.

Walking Trail Facts
13 km one way
3-4 hours one-way
Suitable for
Walking, Hiking, Trail Running
Trail Class
Grade 3, Moderate Hike
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Flinders Chase National Park
Kangaroo Island
Download maps & GPS files
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  2. 2 GPS files
  3. 1 website link
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18 photos
Travel options
  1. Car
Rocky River Hike

About the Walking Trail

Follow the shady paths along the pristine Rocky River through to Snake Lagoon. Experience the river bank communities, low woodlands and open forests. Even in the drier months spring-fed pools provide life giving water to birds, reptiles, insects and mammals.

This trail is also the first day’s hike of the five day Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail.

Access the trail from the walking trailhead at Flinders Chase Visitor Centre. The trail includes the Platypus Waterholes Walk. Alternatively, the trail can be started from Rocky River Bridge on West Bay Road, or the Platypus Waterholes car park off Shackle Road.


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