Kangaroo Island Walking Trails and Safety

Australia is a big country with dense bush, filled with wonderful flora, wildlife and scenery to explore.

On Kangaroo Island, our National Parks and their walking trails are abundant with choices for everyone's taste.

Walks can be short, maybe only 10 or 15 minutes. Others can go around in a loop that might take a few hours. Which ever walks you choose, be prepared at all times, particularly in extremely hot or cold weather.

MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE at the Western End of K.I. is poor. Please do NOT rely on always having a Mobile Phone signal available to make emergency phone calls, or to access online maps.

MAPS - When walking, ensure you carry with you PRINTED maps, showing a wide area, to help you keep your navigational bearings. Even though most of the popular walking tracks are well sign-posted by our National Parks service, it simply is not possible for them to put signs on every intersecting walking track.

WATER - When walking ensure you have plenty of water with you. On hot days, it is probably good to allow for the equivalent of 1 litre of water per hour per person. Dehydration is one of the most common and serious things that quickly affect visitors to Australia, not use to our hot, dry days. Be very cautious!

SIGN-IN - At locations that you find a National Parks Ranger station (such as at the entrance to the Remarkable Rocks Park) - you are able to report your intended walk(s) to the rangers, and at the end of your walking day, return to report you have safely completed your walk. It is a simple system of checking-out and checking-in that have helped many people out of trouble over the years, because at times that something has gone wrong, the Rangers know which path to follow to find people who lose their way a bit. Simple. Don't be embarrassed. The Rangers much prefer to hear from you in advance. It's their passion to keep all of our visitors safe.

Regardless of all of this, carrying your water, maps, some food and good clothing and footwear, walks on Kangaroo Island are fantastic.

TRACKS - South Australia's National Parks and Wildlife Service put much energy into maintaining our walking trails to make it easy for visitors to reach wonderful scenery and places of interest.

DISABLED ACCESS - Many tracks, such as down around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch and Seal Bay for example, have structured boardwalks accessbile also for people in wheelchairs.

Even many bush trails are well graded and wide, giving a degree of safe and easy access for people in wheelchairs.

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