Kangaroo Island Family Adventure

Kangaroo Island Family Adventure

Family Adventure to spectacular Kangaroo Island

Take time to experience the magnificent regrowth and post fire recovery as you tread lightly with Primal Adventures. We provide an intimate all-inclusive small group wilderness experience led by two expert Primal Adventures leaders on this 4-day hike, taking in the best of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail.

You will camp with your small group in a private campsite, and be transferred each day to the next spectacular place on the trail to continue your journey. Everything will be taken care of so you can enjoy the best the trail has to offer. Come on your own or come with your family!

Read the SMH Article about Primal Adventures 2019 Family Trek to Kangaroo Island here

All images of post-fire recovery are courtesy of National Parks & Wildlife Service SA

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Kangaroo Island Family Adventure

4 days

Group Size 10

Trek Grading All Ages

Trip Dates

25-28th Sep 2021

new trip

$1650 per person

$600 deposit to secure your place

Overview

Accommodation
  • 3 nights camping under the stars adjacent to the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
Food
  • 3 dinners, 4 lunches and 3 breakfasts plus snacks
  • Delicious nutritious food prepared by us and served to you
  • All dietary requirements catered for

FAMILY TREK

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 staying at the same campsite each night and transported to the next leg of the journey, 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 led by two experienced, qualified trekking guides who have a Working with Children clearance. If you have a child younger that 8 who is super-keen, please contact us to discuss suitability.

See the SMH Article about our 2019 Family Trek to Kangaroo Island here

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Day 1: Kingscote Airport to Cape du Couedic (4-6 hours hiking)

We will pick you up from your morning flight to Kingscote Airport on Kangaroo Island and transport you by private vehicle to Snake Lagoon. You’ll 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. You will arrive back at camp in time for a delicious dinner under the stars. LD

Day 2: Cape du Couedic to Sanderson Bay (6-7 hours hiking)

Heading out from camp after breakfast, we will continue from where we left off the previous day. It’s a delightful hike along the clifftop amongst coastal mallee, before the incredible sight of the truly Remarkable Rocks. It’s difficult to describe how spectacular these rock formations that we see along the way. They are huge and impressive! After some impressive views from the expansive cliffs, we will stop for a dip at the secluded beach. Another blissful night under the stars awaits. BLD

Day 3: Sanderson Bay to Hanson Bay (5-6 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 the 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! BLD

Day 4: Hanson Bay 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 your 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! BL

We will be walking with daypacks each day. 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.
You will be guided by two experienced and qualified Primal Adventures 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!
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. We provide tents, inflatable sleeping mats and all cooking and safety gear.

Hiking boots
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)
Swim wear
Travel towel
Spare shoes or sandals
Head lamp
Insect repellent
Spare set of clothes
Personal medication

Optional items: Gaiters, 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 1130am on Day 1 to meet the morning flight, and drop you off at approximately 1600pm on Day 4 to meet the afternoon flight. We can also arrange a pick up or drop off elsewhere on Kangaroo Island if required.

$1650 per person. Please enquire about family discounts

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.