Blazing a trail on the spectacular south coast of Kangaroo Island
13 March 2015
The next phase of construction of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is underway with the State Government announcing a contract for completion of the $5 million, 63 kilometre trail.
The development of the five-day walking trail was announced in last year’s State Budget, when funding was allocated for the first section of the proposed trail on the south west of the island.
Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter said the trail – to be constructed by Dirt Art – is designed as a five day adventure, with four custom-designed campsites located at key points along the trail.
“I’m very pleased that construction of the final stages of this magnificent walking trail can now commence, and the entire project is due for completion in June 2016,” he said.
“The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail will bring significant economic benefit to the island; it is expected to attract an additional 5,000 visitors each year, as well as up to 50 new permanent jobs.
“The trail will showcase the island’s unforgettable natural environment to a global audience, with walkers traversing through Flinders Chase National Park, Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protected Area and Kelly Hill Conservation Park.
“It will take in many of the island’s famous landmarks and attractions, including the Cape du Couedic light house, Admirals Arch, Remarkable Rocks and Kelly Hill Caves.
“I think it’s safe to say that when completed the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail will rival other world-famous multi-day walks, such as New Zealand’s Milford Track and the Overland Track in Tasmania.”
Design of the campsites associated with the trail has commenced, overseen by local company Shannon Architects who were awarded the contract.
The island will also benefit from local employment opportunities associated with the construction works, and there is potential for private investment in eco-accommodation associated with the trail.
Dirt Art is a world leader in recreational trail design, consultancy and construction, with offices in Australia and New Zealand.
Minister Ian Hunter
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation
Minister for Water and the River Murray
Minister for Climate Change
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