Two brilliantly stunning hikes that offer two very different experiences. One is our very own Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail and the other is the Jatbula Trail in the Northern Territory. In the last year my wife, Isabel and I had the very great privilege of hiking both and hope you enjoy these few photographic memories.
KANGAROO ISLAND WILDERNESS TRAIL
The newly created Kangaroo Island walk is one for all South Australians to be proud of. It has been well planned and executed and is certainly worthy of international attention. It is a five day, 61 km walk with everything we needed carried on our backs (there are other options). The trail commences at the Flinders Chase National Park and finishes at Kelly Hill Caves. http://www.kangarooislandwildernesstrail.sa.gov.au/home
We walked through landscapes that were formed over 100s of millions of years, sculpted and carved by the forces of nature. We experienced the changing moods of the sea and sky, the roar of the Southern Ocean as the waves crashed on remote beaches and rugged cliffs.
The Jatbula Trail is situated amongst the stunning ancient landscape of Nitmiluk National Park. The 62km walk follows the route travelled by generations of Jawoyn people, from Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) to Leliyn (Edith Falls). Following the western edge of the Arnhem Land Escarpment, the trail traverses sandstone plateau scrub, woodlands, open forest, sandstone monsoon forest and riverine landscapes. Totally different terrain to Kangaroo Island but equally beautiful country.