Long-known as a wildlife refuge and more recently recognised as a foodie heaven, Kangaroo Island (KI) is all about getting away from it all. Away from it all except seals and penguins and delicious cheese, honey and wine. So it’s perhaps not surprising to learn that the first motorcar didn’t reach the island’s southwest tip until 1940.
Most KI visitors drive to Cape du Couedic, within Flinders Chase National Park, to see the island’s youngest (1906-1909) and tallest (25m) lighthouse, and the nearby truly Remarkable Rocks and gaping Admiral’s Arch. You can, however, eschew the bitumen and take in these attractions on the 5-day Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, a welcome addition to a network of shorter existing KI walks to lighthouses, lookouts, lagoons and seal hang outs.
The first leg of the Wilderness Trail, which starts at the Rocky River visitor centre, takes in one of Australia’s best short walks in Australia, the 3km return Snake Lagoon walk.