The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail (KIWT) will reopen this week following last summer's wildfires, but in a modified format.
In the first steps of recovery, a modified Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail has reopened for walkers with day hikes hosted by licensed tour operators only.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said last summer’s bushfires destroyed much of the trail and its associated infrastructure.
“A huge amount of work has been carried out to begin to bring the trail back to life,” Minister Speirs said.
“This work is ongoing and the KIWT - Fire Recovery Experience has been created so that walkers can experience the recovering bush landscape earlier than originally expected.
“Walkers will be supporting bushfire recovery with a portion from every KIWT visitor use fee going directly to conservation efforts in Flinders Chase National Park. Walkers will also be encouraged to contribute to important data collection by recording wildlife sightings as part of their walking experience.
There are already plenty of signs of the bush bouncing after the fires. Green shoots are springing from tree trunks and tiny seedlings are emerging from the soil. Yaccas are putting on an amazing show, with flower spikes reaching heights of 6 metres! It is easy to spot wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, goannas, birds and echidnas.
Without the dense vegetation, visitors can witness a rarely seen landscape – discover the undulating landforms and experience 360 degree views. More info click here.