Join us for a 4-day guided Family Adventure to beautiful Kangaroo Island in South Australia, in the NSW school holidays from 18th to 21st April 2019.
We will take in the highlights of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail adjacent to the Southern Ocean, through botanically unique vegetation to rugged, remote and spectacular coastline. Share the towering cliffs of limestone and coagulated magma, storm-blasted coastal scrub, massive arcs of bone white beach and unique KI wildlife with your family!
We will provide transport of packs between campsites, which means you only carry a daypack. How great is that!
Dates: Thursday 18th - Sunday 21st April 2019 (in NSW School Holidays)
Accommodation: 3 nights camping under the stars on the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
Food: Lunch x 4, Dinner x 3, Breakfast x 3 and Refreshments (wholefood, nutritious meals with vegetarian and gluten-free options)
Max group size: 10
Investment: $1995 per person. ***EARLY BIRD RATE of $1450 per person for bookings before 15th October 2018!*** Please enquire about family discounts
Most treks out there simply aren’t set up for families but we’ve designed one for you that is perfect for parents with children aged 8-16 who are active and who enjoy the outdoors. It combines a mixture of stunning scenery, mostly easy to moderate trekking terrain with enough challenge to give children a real sense of achievement. We will be moving to a new campsite each night, but our gear will be transported to each camp for us, so we will only have to carry day packs each day on the trek.
Being with other families is also a great motivator for children to hike and explore. They will love being out in the open air in a safe place where they can run around to their hearts content, without screens and technology getting in the way of communication and fun. What could be better for a family adventure!
The trip will be hosted by Helen Cooper, experienced trekking guide and mother-of-two with teaching qualifications and tons of experience hiking with children. Helen will be assisted by another fully qualified guide who has a Working with Children clearance. If you have a child younger that 8 who is super-keen, please contact us to discuss suitability.
Day 1: Kingscote Airport to Hakea Camp (4 hours hiking)
We will pick you up from your morning flight to Kingscote Airport on Kangaroo Island and transport you by private vehicle to Hakea Camp. We will have a delicious lunch before heading out for an afternoon exploring some of the spectacular parts of the south-western tip of Flinders Chase National Park. In the afternoon we'll hike to the spectacular rock formation at Admirals Arch, see the beautiful Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, and visit historic Weirs Cove. These are some of the truly unique places on Kangaroo Island that we will get to see up close. We will arrive back at camp in time for a delicious dinner under the stars. L/D
Day 2: Hakea Camp to Banksia Camp (6-7 hours hiking)
After breakfast, we’ll head east to see some of the long-nosed fur seals and Australian sea-lions that visit this section of the coast. The track passes through dense coastal mallee before revealing the breathtaking sight of the Remarkable Rocks. After exploring the unique rock formations, we will continue to hug the coastline to our camp near Sanderson Bay. When we get to camp, we can go for a short stroll to a secluded beach to dip your toes in, followed by a delicious meal. What a way to spend a day! B/L/D
Day 3: Banksia Camp to Tea Tree Camp (6-7 hours hiking)
After another invigorating dip before breakfast, we’ll pack up camp and head along the wild coastline with towering cliffs and expansive views. After a tasty lunch at the spectacular Cape Younghusband, the track heads inland towards Hanson Bay. We will see a change in vegetation here from low coastal heath to tall, dense mallee and tea tree. When we reach the South West River we’ll have the opportunity to use a punt to cross the river; a unique experience not to be missed! We can then head down to Hanson Bay for another afternoon splash in the crystal clear water before heading to camp. Get up close to the abundant wildlife here after a great day of walking! B/L/D
Day 4: Tea Tree Camp to Kelly Hill Caves (2-3 hours hiking)
After breakfast, we'll hike through a diversity of habitats; from recovering woodlands to freshwater lakes and ‘karst’ cave systems. Reaching the stunning Wilderness and Grassdale Lagoons, birdwatchers will be rewarded with sightings of abundant birdlife in this stunning habitat. Beautiful sugar gum woodland brings the trail to its conclusion at the amazing Kelly Hill Caves. We will then be transported to Kingscote Airport for our return flights. You do have the option of continuing your stay on the island, and we can drop you at your accommodation. What an adventure you will have shared with your family! B/L
We will be walking with daypacks each day, and having our other gear transported between camps. The trek is suitable for parents and children aged 8 or above who are active and who enjoy the outdoors. Moderate fitness required (speak to us if you want to know whether this is suitable for you). Some uneven track surfaces.
Guides and Safety
You will be guided by Helen Cooper and an assistant, who are experienced and qualified bushwalking guides licensed to lead trekking groups on Kangaroo Island. In addition, they are both trained in wilderness first aid and will carry emergency communication systems. They will enjoy talking to you and your family about training and living the way that nature intended on this incredible adventure!
What to bring
Kangaroo Island has a Mediterranean climate: typically warm to hot dry summers with very low humidity; and cool, mild winters. In autumn, days can be more like winter or summer or something in between! The temperature ranges between 10-20 degrees, with about a 20% possibility of rain. Weather can always be unpredictable, and its necessary to prepare for all conditions and to have good-quality warm clothing. Jeans and cotton clothing are not suitable for hiking.
Daypack - approx 30 litres
Duffel bag/Backpack & Pack liners (strong plastic bags to keep clothes and sleeping bag dry)
3/4-season sleeping bag
Waterproof raincoat (Gore-tex or similar)
Warm fleece/wool jersey (not cotton)
Hiking shorts or pants
2 shirts for hiking (dry fit material and preferably long-sleeved)
Polypro/thermals – top & long-johns
2 pairs of hiking socks
Warm hat or balaclava
Sunscreen and sunglasses
Drink bottles/bladder (3 litres)
Spare shoes or sandals
Spare set of clothes
Optional items: Gaiters (recommended if wearing shorts), binoculars, gloves/mittens, earplugs, walking poles, camera.
We supply: tents, inflatable mattresses, cooking equipment, plates/cutlery, first aid kit, safety equipment and maps.
We pride ourselves on our delicious fresh food that is prepared in advance by your guides. The food is based on nutritious, healthy, wholefood recipes. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements. Among the group equipment is a portable stove which we will carry on the trek. All the meals as indicated above (B/L/D) are included in the price.
The tour starts and finishes at Kingscote Airport. We will pick you up at 11.15am on Thursday 18th April and drop you off at approximately 11am on Sunday 21st April. We can also arrange a pick up or drop off elsewhere on Kangaroo Island if required.
$1995 per person based on a group size of 6-8. ***EARLY BIRD RATE of $1450 per person for bookings before 15th October 2018!***
Includes 4-day guided adventure with 2 Primal Adventures Guides, 3 nights camping accommodation, all meals as stated above together with healthy snacks, Pack transfers, National Park permits, first aid kit, safety equipment and cooking equipment.
Excludes sleeping bags, travel insurance (compulsory) and flights.
A deposit of $600 per person is required to secure your place.
Full payment is required 8 weeks before the date of your trek.
More than 20 days prior to departure – 70% refund of full ticket price
20 to 10 days prior to departure – 50% refund of full ticket price
Less than 10 days prior to departure – NO REFUND
Deposits are not refunded.
Comprehensive personal travel insurance is required for this trip. We will also ask you to fill out a disclaimer before you begin the adventure. You must follow the instructions of your guide at all times.
When you book you must notify us of any medical condition, medical history, or medications that you are on. In particular, asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, allergies to wasp/ bee stings and food allergies.
With any outdoor activity, there is an element of risk. Primal Adventures operates in remote and mountainous areas. Risks in undertaking this activity could include hypothermia due to adverse weather conditions, personal injury, or property damage from hiking over rugged and uneven terrain.
The staff and management of Primal Adventures take all practicable steps to identify and minimise potential dangers. However you must follow our instructions (and use the safety equipment provided) at all times. Adults accompanying any person under the age of 18 must ensure that the underage person follows our instructions at all times. You must release or indemnify Primal Adventures and our staff against any liability we incur to anyone else, resulting from your failure to follow our instructions or the failure of any person accompanying you under the age of 18 to follow our instructions. We will not accept responsibility if a client chooses to swim on an unpatrolled beach - this is done at your own risk.
Primal Adventures and their guides reserve the right to make any alterations to the itinerary in the interest of safety, comfort or unforeseen circumstances due to causes such as weather, illness, or misadventure. Every reasonable endeavour will be made to keep to published schedules but no guarantee is given. Primal Adventures will not be held liable for costs incurred by change, delay, or the missing of connecting services.
Primal Adventures reserves the right to exclude a person from a tour at anytime if in the opinion of the guide or operator that person may be likely to risk the health, safety or comfort (including unsociable behaviour) of other clients, him or herself, or the environment. In such circumstances Primal Adventures will not be obliged to offer any refund or transfer of ticket.