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Kangaroo Island Birds and Wildlife Walk

April 24-27, 2024 | Price $3,550 per person

Journey to remote Kangaroo Island. Walk with lightweight day packs and enjoy a special focus on the Island's incredible natural history. Return each evening to chef-inspired meals paired with local beer and wine, in the comfort and ambience of the newly restored Cape du Couedic Lightkeeper Cottages. 

This all-inclusive four-day walk is for groups of no more than 12 walkers. Each day, you will venture out to walk and learn, accompanied by an expert Inala Nature Tours leader who will draw upon years of field experience to share their in-depth knowledge of Kangaroo Island birds, wildlife and plants, ensuring an exceptional birding and wildlife tour. 

Kangaroo Island is located 20 kilometres off the South Australian coast and is home to an abundance of native wildlife. You’ll be sharing the Island with koalas, sea lions, diverse bird species and, of course, kangaroos. Immerse yourself in the unique landscape of wild and raw beauty featuring towering sea cliffs and sweeping sunsets of an evening. You'll feel completely at peace in the remote wilderness of Kangaroo Island.

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Introducing Inala

For over 30 years, Inala Nature Tours, a family-owned and operated company, has been designing and leading birding and wildlife tours across Australia. From their 1,500-acre private reserve at ‘Inala’ on Bruny Island, Tasmania, their tours extend across Australia from the lush rainforests of Queensland to the rugged landscapes of the Kimberley and beyond. They have all 1e endemic bird species living at Inala amongst the rich and diverse conservation habitats.

Their tours are designed and led an expert team. Among them exists a diversity of talents, from qualified scientists to travel experts. They are united by their passion for wild Australia.

Image credit: Glossy Black Cockatoo by Jenny Thynne

Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse By Julie Fletcher

Day 1: Adelaide to Flinders Chase National Park and Cape du Couedic 

Approximately 3 hours walking | Distance: 7.9km

Make sure you come fuelled up, dressed and ready to walk on the morning of day one. Guests will be picked up in Adelaide, ready to travel to Kangaroo Island on the Sealink ferry and onto the Flinders Chase National Park Visitor Centre.

Shortly after arriving on the Island, you will start a three-hour hike with your lightweight day pack along the Black Swamp Hiking Trail connecting to the Platypus Waterholes Walking Trail. Learn the history of Gondwana and its mega-fauna from our knowledgeable guides as you pass through a mixture of scrubland and low-lying country that follows the Rocky River. Passing through forest and woodland offers excellent chances to observe birds and spring orchids. Take a break mid-venture and enjoy a secluded lunch on the trail, prepared by your guides. 

 The destination for the day is your accommodation for the next three nights, the Cape du Couedic Cottages. Thoughtfully restored, these historic quarters feature twin-share rooms and newly renovated bathrooms for a very comfortable stay. Upon arrival at Cape du Couedic, explore the historic lighthouse, Admirals Arch and the nearby Fur Seal colony. Our communal pavilion — Wickies Lounge — is where we’ll share good wine and a barbeque featuring locally sourced produce. Watch the sun sink over the sea while you enjoy fireside chats with a glass of wine.

Birds that we may spot here include the Southern Emu-wren, Spotted Scrubwren, Shy Heathwren, Purple-gaped, Tawny-crowned, White-eared and Crescent Honeyeaters. Offshore birds include the chance of White-bellied Sea-eagle, Caspian Tern and various albatross species, as well as rarer species like Brown Skua or even the ultra-rare Antarctic Tern. In spring-summer, thousands of Short-tailed Shearwaters are present offshore as well.

Photo Credits: Left - Cape du Couedic Lighthouse by Sana Thakore. 

Seals Kangaroo Island Admirals Arch

Day 2: Snake Lagoon to Cape du Couedic

Approximately 7-8 hours walking | Distance: up to 14km

Breakfast and coffee prepared by your hosts launches day two to a great start! Then it’s time to lace up your boots. You’ll be shuttled one hour to the start of our walk from Snake Lagoon where you will follow the Snake Lagoon Trail along the Rocky River, through eucalypt forest, followed by a 5km walk along Maupertuis Bay beach, a southwest-facing stretch of stunning coastline. Learn about Loch Sloy, wrecked in 1899 when it crashed en route to Adelaide, along with other historic stories. You may even see seals on the beach and frolicking in the waves here. Soak up the views of crashing waves and breathe in the crispy salt air before a brief climb that will take you along the edge of some spectacular limestone cliffs. With the lighthouse coming in and out of view, home base is within your sights. 

With a bit of luck today we’ll pick up the coastal-dependent Rock Parrot, as well as Hooded Plover, Sooty Oystercatcher, Crimson Rosella, Beautiful Firetail and Cape Barren Goose. Also in the heathlands along the way, we may be fortunate enough to see the rare and skulking White-bellied Whipbird or maybe even a Heath Monitor.

Remarkable Rocks By Isaac Forman

Day 3: Remarkable Rocks to Sanderson Bay

Approximately 7-8 hours walking | Distance: 7km

Our stunning day of walking and birding today includes spectacular scenery, coastal heath, and mallee forest habitats.

You can begin your day with an optional early morning independent hike to Weirs Cove where fresh supplies were offloaded by boat for the lighthouse keepers and their families. Walking out you might catch glimpses of Remarkable Rocks, and on your return, you will see the Cape du Couedic lighthouse on the horizon. 

Our guided hike begins at the iconic granite formations of Remarkable Rocks. Shaped by the forces of wild weather over millions of years, it’s the perfect spot to capture your iconic Kangaroo Island photo in front of the orange lichen-covered rocks. We walk the cliff-hugging trail ahead, delivering unobstructed views along the southern coast of Kangaroo Island. The day's walking concludes at Sanderson Bay where the Southern Ocean dumps huge waves across the shore. Birds today include Scarlet Robin, Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo, Striated Thornbill, Red and Little Wattlebirds, Brown-headed Honeyeater and Grey Currawong.

After a day of epic coastline vistas, we’ll retire to the cottages for another evening shared with like-minded naturalists, local wine, beer, cheese and seafood. 

Photo Credit: Isaac Forman

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Day 4: Cape du Couedic Cottages to Hanson Bay and Adelaide

Approximately 4 hours birding and walking | Distance: up to 4km

This small, secluded bay sits along the south coast of Kangaroo Island just west of the famous Kelly Hill Conservation Park. It is accessible via West River Road, off South Coast Road. West River Road is an unsealed road, but like many places the harder it is to get to the more beautiful it is. The views are expansive and stunning. This last morning is a final chance to witness the incredible combination of landscape, colour and light that is Kangaroo Island. We also have the chance to see echidnas, koalas, kangaroos and even Tammar Wallabies here.

The return morning walk is flexible and depends upon the birding opportunities and speed of the group. It travels through coastal heathland and low-lying forest, possibly as far as an inland large lagoon system that holds water permanently with abundant opportunities for viewing waterbird species. Here we may see large numbers of Australian Shelduck, as well as Musk Duck, Australasian Shoveler and Chestnut Teal. Wading birds include Banded Stilt and Pied Stilt, and in spring-summer migratory shorebirds such as Sharp-tailed Sandpiper or Red-necked Stint.

Guests are treated to a celebratory drink before and nibbles as we debrief at Kangaroo Island Spirits before being collected for the return bus and ferry journey back to Adelaide.  A scheduled stop at a local distillery provides the opportunity for guests to freshen up, share a celebratory drink and purchase local produce prior to their departure.

Steve Davidson Inala

Your Inala guides

Steve has had a love affair with birds from as far back as the age of six, and since then the hobby has become a passion. Steve lives in Melbourne, Victoria and has travelled extensively throughout Australia chasing birds; to that end has seen over 650 species in the country. 

Steve joined the Inala team in 2014 and brings with him a wealth of experience, having operated his own bird tour company for eight years. He currently works for Birdlife Australia on a part-time basis, involved in ongoing bird survey work and as a regional coordinator for the Orange-bellied Parrot Recovery Team, and has been involved in Swift Parrot national surveys in Tasmania and on the mainland.

Steve has excellent call recognition skills and a thorough understanding of bird habitats and the best locations to find the more difficult and skulking species.

We are sure as your guide Steve will provide you with the best experience possible on your Inala Nature Tours tour and we are proud to have him on the team.

Itinerary Details

Kangaroo Island Birding and Wildlife Walk

Price per person for departures (inc. GST) 

  • April 24-27, 2024 | Price AU$3,550 per person
  • Each trip requires a minimum of 8 guests (Twin Share). The maximum is 11.

Direct bookings only

Single supplement

  • All accommodation is twin share.  Single travellers may be required to share a twin room with another walker of the same gender if departure fills to capacity.  To guarantee a single room for the duration of the walk a supplementary price will apply.  This must be requested at the time of booking.

Special Interest Walks - Terms and Conditions 

Our standard booking terms and conditions apply to all bookings. In addition:

  • Cancellations
    • more than 90 days from the scheduled departure date, a fee of $350 per person will be charged with the balance payment refunded;
    • within 90 days of departure, no refund is available. Bookings can be transferred to another person.
  • Minimum numbers are required four months before departure.

Price Includes

  • Return transfers from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island
  • 3 nights accommodation in the Cape du Couedic Cottages with linen and towels
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Daily morning and afternoon tea
  • Non-alcoholic drinks and a selection of house wines and beer (oh... and we may have a secret stash of Kangaroo Island Gin!)
  • Quality day pack (Osprey Kestrel 32 litre), Waterproof jacket, Lunch Container and cutlery and Basic toiletries (sunscreen, after sun care, insect repellent)
  • Daily guided walks, with 2 qualified guides for the duration of the walk
  • Trip host at each nights accommodation
  • All entrance and national park fees
  • One specialist Inala Nature guide

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