Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail - Day 1: Rocky River Section
  • Length: 12.4km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: One way

  • Start: Flinders Chase Visitor Centre

  • End: Snake Lagoon Rd, Flinders Chase

  • Location: Flinders Chase National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 266 km

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -35.9515326

  • Longitude: 136.7362685

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Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail - Day 1: Rocky River Section is a 12.4km, grade 4 one way hike located in Flinders Chase National Park, South Australia. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

Day one commences at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre and takes you to the famous Platypus Waterholes where you may encounter the rare and elusive platypus. This shared section of the trail has plenty of interpretation and offers a great introduction to the park. When the path joins up with the Rocky River Trail you'll be immersed in dense eucalypt woodland that is home to a diversity of bird life and native animals. Reaching the Pardalote Lookout you will see the meandering Rocky River far below you as it flows out towards the Southern Ocean. You will then pass through riverbank and mallee habitats where wildflowers provide stunning arrays of colour all year around, along with orchids and fungi in the cooler months. Traversing your way down from the ridge towards the river you will come across the spectacular sight of the Rocky River Cascades. The day comes to a close at the Cup Gum Campground, a peaceful setting for your first night's rest hidden amongst tall sugar gums and old-growth cup gums.

GPX file courtesy of Walking SA. File may not contain elevation data and may only represent half the length on return hikes.

About the region

Flinders Chase National Park is a protected area in the Australian state of South Australia located at the west end of Kangaroo Island about 177 kilometres west-south west of the state capital of Adelaide and 110 kilometres west of the municipal seat of Kingscote.

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17 thoughts on “Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail – Day 1: Rocky River Section (12.4km)

    1. Juanita Sentance did you do the whole trail? It’s a stunning place to hike!!!
      Snake lagoon is amazing also and then it gets even better!

    2. Noeline Overall I did the whole KI wilderness trail, it was my 1st solo hike, I stayed on the track and tented across it, very soul searching on your own but also very do able. Always fun to share the experience but found it very rewarding on my own. Stunning coastline and fauna.

  1. The whole trail was a great experience, the facilities in each campground were amazing. My husband and I did it as a fully self-supported walk, my first multi-day hike of this type. The first day was good walking mostly through bushland

    1. Amanda Warriner apparently the posts are automatically generated. But I do agree that it might be best to turn that off for now. I was on the wilderness trail just days ago and devastated by this turn of events.

  2. Just finished the KIWT. Got evacuated off after the 3rd day. Finished section 4 & 5 the following day. Wer were the last hikers through. Devastating fires. Saw the fires from our cabin in the KI caravan park. Out the next day. Much love to Fiona and Mark who own the park and had to evacuate yesterday. Heartbroken for the koalas on the koala walk from their park. Trying not to think that they might not have made it. ?

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