Hello Frankie Dean Walks the KI Wilderness Trail
By Hayley Rockford, Hello Frankie Dean
Last week’s trip to Kangaroo Island was the maiden voyage for ‘Frankie Dean’ – our much loved new campervan – and a bit of a personal pilgrimage for me. Last year I completed the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, and made a commitment to myself that I would return each year to walk the trail as a time of space, reflection, walking meditation, grounding and connecting with nature.
Spring is an ideal time to walk the trail – simply because it’s the South Australian school holidays before term 4, which for me – as a teacher and parent – is always a bit crazy; but also for the weather and wild flowers.
Last year (in 2017) I completed the walk with two dear friends, both women and it was our first multi-day hike and an amazing experience to share. I gained such a sense of achievement and strength from completing the walk with them.
This year was a mothers’ and daughters’ trip, I took my eldest daughter Harper, 10, and my friend Tina took her daughter Ella, 14, and it was equally as fabulous. The trip also served as a ‘getting to know each other’ trip for me and Frankie Dean (the van), as I put the first 600 kms on the clock.
We took Frankie over on the ferry – and I was very nervous! But thankfully, the SeaLink Ferry Crew reversed him on for me and off we sailed to “the rock”, as I learned Kangaroo Island is affectionately called by some locals.
The trail was equally amazing this year: the wildlife, the bright night sky and the great places we visited either side of the walk. We stayed at the Western KI Caravan Park who welcome many walkers to the trail and can cater for a variety of walkers, day hikers, pack carriers, etc.
I simply love Kangaroo Island – there is something about getting on the ferry, travelling across the water and arriving to a slower pace with such stunning scenery and so many hidden treasures. Kangaroo Island has me hooked and going back each year.
If you’re interested in walking the Kangaroo Wilderness Trail from the Western KI Caravan Park we stayed at, take a look at the National Parks SA website for more information, or see SeaLink for your travel and accommodation needs as they can create a package including your transfers to and from the trail.
Would you like to follow my adventures? I’ll be travelling around Australia with my van Frankie Dean and my two wonderful daughters for the next year. We’d love you to follow our adVANtures on our blog, Facebook or Instagram sites so please pop over here to take a look!
Back on the mainland now and planning the next AdVANture!