The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail (KIWT) is one of Australia’s best walks full of unimaginable beauty waiting to be discovered. The trail weaves its way through the most botanically unique area in all of South Australia before reaching the rugged, remote and spectacular coastline of the Southern Ocean.
The 2019-20 summer bushfires devastated much of Kangaroo Island, including the KIWT and its associated infrastructure. Since then, a huge amount of work has been carried out to begin to bring it back to life.
A modified version of the trail will be accessible for day walkers who book the special Fire Recovery Experience with one of the tour operators licensed to for the Walking Trail. This opportunity provides a unique experience for visitors to connect with the post-bushfire landscape and see the regeneration of the Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Conservation Park and the Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area.
The Fire Recovery Experience provides walkers with an amazing opportunity to experience ’unmasked’ landscapes and the beauty of regenerating plants, as well as stunning vistas. Walkers will be supporting bushfire recovery with a portion from every KIWT visitor use fee going directly to conservation efforts in Flinders Chase National Park.
Sections of the trail have been repaired to enable walkers to complete the five-day trail via individual, modified day walks. Staying overnight on the trail is not available at this stage, as we work through a process to reimagine some parts of the trail, including campgrounds.
The work to rebuild the trail to its original state is ongoing and the KIWT Fire Recovery Experience has been created so that walkers can experience the recovering bush landscape earlier than forecast.
This experience will only be accessible to walkers who book with a licensed tour operator. To find out more visit www.kangarooislandwildernesstrail.sa.gov.au
The Department for Environment and Water acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Nations of the lands and waters we live and work upon and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and respect the deep spiritual connection and the relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to Country.
The Department works in partnership with the First Peoples of South Australia and supports their Nations to take a leading role in caring for their Country.