Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail - Day 5: Hanson Bay Hike
  • Length: 8.5km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Kelly Hill Visitor Centre

  • End: 471-475 Hanson Bay Rd, Karatta

  • Location: Kelly Hill Conservation Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 260 km

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -36.01697075

  • Longitude: 136.8569425

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Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail - Day 5: Hanson Bay Hike is a 8.5km, grade 4 one-way hike located in Kelly Hill Conservation Park, South Australia. The hike should take approximately 6hrs to complete. If you are completing this as a one day return hike you will need to double the distance shown.

Hike Summary

This spectacular trail meanders from Kelly Hill Visitor Centre to Hanson Bay. It passes through banksia heath, Pink Gum woodlands, mallee and coastal heath, alongside freshwater lagoons, and over dunes to viewpoints that provide wonderful vistas inland and along the coast. Allow most of the day for the return trip or try to arrange a pick-up.

Access: This hike begins at Kelly Hill Visitor Centre, and the beginning takes in the Burgess Hike and May Walk.

About the region

The majority of the park and much of its infrastructure was burnt in the January 2020 bushfire, but the toilets survived! We’re working hard to rebuild and reimagine the park.

In the meantime, the good news is that green shoots are emerging from vegetation in nearby Flinders Chase National Park and Ravine des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area and there are native animal sightings like goannas, eagles, kangaroos and KI echidnas.

Getting there

This hike begins at Kelly Hill Visitor Centre, and the beginning takes in the Burgess Hike and May Walk.

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

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Total distance: 8507 m
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For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Walking SA

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8 thoughts on “Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail – Day 5: Hanson Bay Hike (8.5km)

  1. Hi I understand why you have doubled the day 5 distance of the KIWT, but it could be better stated as a return trip in the notes and if a person is walking Day 5 it is only 7.6km.

    1. Good suggestion Jonathan. I will make all of these one way hikes and will add a note about the distance if doing them as individual day hikes. I was looking at these as individual day hikes only rather then people having to find all sections.

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