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Kangaroo Island Birding and Nature Walk

South Australia

Kangaroo Island Birding and Nature Walk
KI Koala - Cindy Marple
Tour name
Kangaroo Island Birding and Nature Walk
Tour Price

$3,650 ppts

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.

4 days
Group size
8-11 people

A guided tour to beautiful, remote places to discover Kangaroo Island's endemic birds. Improve your knowledge of birds, fieldcraft and photography.


This collaboration between Inala and the Australian Walking Company offers birdwatching with Inala's expert bird guides in a diverse range of habitats, from the ocean to rocky shores, remote beaches and coastal heath lands. Join expert birding guides and experienced naturalist guides and discover this wonderfully remote landscape. 

Nine thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island separated from mainland Australia forming a unique landscape of wild and raw beauty.  Spend four days taking a range of short walks to diverse eco-systems where you can set up and paint. This wild outpost is located 20 kilometres off the South Australian coast.  Gondwandan megafauna, abundant wildlife, towering sea cliffs and broad sunsets with a glass of red in hand form part of your discovery of the Kangaroo Island's tracks.  Our intimate groups of no more than 12 walkers will stay in architect-designed private accommodation with sumptuous meals prepared by your guides.


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  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

Additional information

Essential Gear List

When you arrive at our central hotel please be dressed to begin your walk. Please have one small suitcase or similar which our staff will arrange to have transferred to your evening accommodation. Whilst walking on track you will only carry your daily requirement in a lightweight daypack.

Lace-up hiking shoes or boots that have sturdy, treaded soles (full-grain leather or Gore-Tex with Vibram soles recommended).

We can not over-emphasise the importance of appropriate footwear. Running shoes, sand shoes, elasticised boots and similar are not acceptable. Boots/shoes must be worn in to minimise the risk of blisters. If you haven’t worn your boots for awhile please dust them off, take them for a walk and make sure the soles are still firmly attached to the boot.  There is nothing worse than your boot failing on day one. .  You will be unable to commence the walk without the appropriate footwear, so please feel free to contact us for more details. We are more than happy to discuss footwear with you.

Polar fleece jacket (preferred) or woollen jumper/pullover 
2 x long-sleeved shirt (good sun protection)
Thermal top
2 x t-shirts
Shorts and/or light walking trousers
3 x hiking socks
Swimmers (summer only and small body chamois or towel)
Lightweight indoor footwear (thongs/sports sandals for lodges and cottages)
2 x 1-litre water bottle or 2-litre bladder
Change of clothes for evening (casual)
Any personal medication, including anti-inflammatories and EpiPens


AWC provide

Quality day pack (Osprey Kestrel 32 litre)
Waterproof jacket
Lunch Container and cutlery 
Basic toiletries (sunscreen, after sun care, insect repellent)

* Tip: Layering of clothing has long been the basis for dressing in the outdoors and the gear list above follows this principle. When the temperature drops, we add another layer of insulation; if it rains, we add a rain shell on top and when it’s warm and dry, we strip off a layer.

 * Your guides will do a thorough gear check prior to departure. If you are unsure about anything on the gear list, please call us or talk to your local outdoor adventure store. 

Cape du Couedic Lighthouse Keeper's Cottages
AWC have exclusive access to the newly renovated heritage-listed Cape du Couedic Cottages during the walks. Located within the Flinders Chase National Park and dating back to 1907, each cottage is made from locally-sourced hand-carved limestone. All the houses are identical in design with three bedrooms, a kitchen, and a lounge (kept to original condition) with modern converted bathrooms. These beautifully renovated buildings provide a unique heritage accommodation experience for our guests, who can fully immerse themselves in the history and narrative of the area. The twin-share rooms are a welcome retreat atop the headland and are appointed with Kangaroo Island artisans' works.
At this location,there are Wickies Lounge - a communal space for unwinding and dining around the shared table.  This open pavilion is the heart of tonight's Village Square locale, where your guides and host busy themselves preparing a barbeque banquet.  Later, retire to your cosy Cape du Couedic lighthouse keeper's cottage.
Take a short stroll from the cottages, down the headland to reveal Admirals Arch, a significant geological formation. View the pounding waves of the Southern Ocean. As you walk down, watch out for Long-nosed Fur Seals basking in the sun on the rocks. The boardwalk descends as stairs to a bay before emerging under Admirals Arch, where viewing platforms allow you to watch the seals more closely. 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.

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Here's what you'll see and do on the Kangaroo Island Birding and Nature Walk tour.

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.

Accommodation: Cape du Couedic Cottages

Meals: L D

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.

Accommodation: Cape du Couedic Cottages

Meals: B L D

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. 

Accommodation: Cape du Couedic Cottages

Meals: B L D

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.

Accommodation: None

Meals: B L

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