Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail - Day 3: Sanderson Section
  • Length: 15.3km

  • Duration: 5hrs

  • Grade: 5

  • Style: One way

  • Start: Cape Du Couedic Rd, Flinders Chase

  • End: Sanderson Fire Access Track, Karatta

  • Location: Flinders Chase National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 278 km

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -36.04005346

  • Longitude: 136.7159275

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Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail - Day 3: Sanderson Section is a 15.3km, grade 4 one way hike located in Flinders Chase National Park, South Australia. The hike should take approximately 5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

An early start is required if you wish to complete the optional side trip off the wilderness trail to view the popular sites of historic Weirs Cove, Cape du Couedic lighthouse and Admirals Arch. Walkers taking this option will also be able to view the enchanting antics of Australian and long-nosed fur seals and Australian sea-lions that visit this section of the coast. Back on the Wilderness Trail the track heads east towards Sanderson Bay and enters dense coastal mallee before breaking out to the awesome sight of the Remarkable Rocks. Here walkers are offered another side trip off the wilderness trail to visit this incredible geological formations. Continuing on, the trail hugs the coastline and offers cinematic views that inspire both awe and contemplation - be sure to glance back from time to time for an ever changing view of the captivating Remarkable Rocks. At the end of the day's walk you'll find the Banksia Campground located in a sheltered area close to Sanderson Bay. Drop your pack at camp and take a short walk down to the small secluded beach to cool your tired feet.

(optional side trips - Admiral's Arch 4 hours return, 9km / Remarkable Rocks 1 hour return, 1km)

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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6 thoughts on “Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail – Day 3: Sanderson Section (15.3km)

  1. Day 3 was better, under foot than Day 2, some rocky cliff top walking but also a lot of inland trails. The inland trails are good under foot, so you don’t need to concentrate so much on your foot fall and can enjoy the scenery.

    As we did Admirals Arch the evening before we headed straight to Remarkable Rocks. When we got there it was very busy with tourist, so we only went as far are the look-out at the top of the carpark (we have also explored Remarkable Rocks on previous visits).

    If you’ve been to the Rocks before (or intend to go when you get off the trail), I wouldn’t bother with this side trip. As you continue along the trail, look back, you’ll get views of Remarkable Rocks, that most tourists don’t get.

    Sanderson Bay is a lovely beach and worth the visit. It’s about an hour return from the campground, and easy walking. If you have plenty of daylight, I suggest you set up camp first and then head to the bay. Being able to wander the beach and soak your feet, without the burden of full backpacks was nice.

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