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Kangaroo Island 'Art' Walk

August 15-18, 2022 | Price $3,595 per person

A four day 'en plein air' retreat with Jock Young based at the stunning Kangaroo Island. Spend the days painting the incredible landscapes, light and colour and the evenings chatting about painting with a few glasses of wine, delicious food, and like-minded company.

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 14 walkers will stay in architect-designed private accommodation with sumptuous meals prepared by your guides.

 Direct bookings only.  For all enquiries and bookings please contact the Australian Walking Company on +61 3 5237 4276 or email bookings@auswalkingco.com.au.  

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Jock Young

Jock Young grew up on the beaches of northern Sydney, studied marine biology and moved to Tasmania in 1984, to work for the CSIRO. He has always been drawn to the sea. 

It’s the central theme in much of my work. I am particularly interested in the coast, which has a dynamic quality that is rare to find anywhere else. The interplay between the sea in all its different moods and the adjacent landforms has been a constant subject for me.

I started painting as a teenager growing up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. We spent a lot of time in and around the water. At that time, the area was relatively undeveloped so there were plenty of places to go for a ride or a picnic - and there were lots of times that we would take our paints. We had many conversations about art in general, and painting in particular.

Apart from its natural beauty, Tasmania has a distinct light, which has been the element that’s interested me since my arrival.

A video with Jock's latest work can be discovered here and on Instagram.

Handmark Gallery

Our lodges, huts and offices feature the work of Handmark's artists. Allanah Dopson and her team are found in Salamanca, Hobart. 

Allanah was quick to recommend Jock to lead a coastal art retreat. "The outdoors is his canvas. He is humble and draws us beautifully into his habitat to share his love of the island coast. His background as a marine biologist and en plein air painter make him the perfect leader. To have a group painting and celebrating together at Kangaroo Island, a place of vibrant colour, will be wonderful.'

Kangaroo Island Art Walk (4 Days)

Our intimate groups of no more than 14 walkers will stay in architect-designed Cape du Couedic Cottages, explore the numerous short walks of Flinders-Chase National Park and enjoy sumptuous meals prepared by our naturalist guides.

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Day 1: Adelaide to Flinders Chase and Cape du Couedic Cottages

Approximately 2 hours walking | Distance: 4.2km

Following your early morning short flight from Adelaide, we'll collect you from Kingscote Airport and transfer to our departure base in Cygnet River.  At the base, you'll be introduced to your fellow walkers and your host and two guides will run through a gear check and trip briefing before we set off to Flinders Chase National Park.

We depart from the Flinders Chase National Park Visitor Centre and right from your very first trail steps, we dive deep into the Gondwanan landscape.  It is here that the discovery of ancient megafauna and extinct wildlife was made - the likes of the Tasmanian tiger and the short-faced kangaroos.

We'll walk and find places to stop and paint along the Snake Lagoon hike where a mix of scrubland and low lying country follows the bed of Rocky River.  This area is known for its prolific birdlife and diverse flowering native plant species.  This popular trail winds through Sugar Gums and mallee before descending into the Rocky River valley. The trail crosses Rocky River and meanders along its bank to the mouth, providing spectacular views through the valley and across the Southern Ocean.

Then, it's a short drive back to our base for the next four days, the Cape du Couedic Cottages. We'll settle into three heritage-listed Light Keeper residences, built from hand-carved limestone back in 1907.  Thoughtfully restored, these historic quarters feature twin-share rooms and sensitively designed new bathrooms.  Our communal pavilion - The Commons - is where we'll share good wine and a barbeque bounty featuring local Kangaroo Island sourced lamb.

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Day 2: Cape du Couedic Hike and the Admirals Arch Walk

Approximately 8 hours walking and painting | Distance: up to 5km

Cape du Couedic is a historic Light Station, Lighthouse and Light Keeper residence. They provide a fascinating historical narrative and as such feature as one of Kangaroo Island's iconic locations. 

After doing the Admirals Arch Walk explore the area around the lighthouse further on this Cape du Couedic Hike loop trail. The trail meanders along away from the crowds, with viewing lookouts over the ocean and on the hilltop. Interpretive signs along the way describe plants and the way of life for lighthouse keepers and their families that tended this remote outpost.

Tonight, watch the sun sink over the sea as guides prepare a three-course meal. Enjoy a glass of wine as you chat about painting. The daytime en plein air studies are supported by three nights of drawing the same still life in three different ways- line, tone and contrast - to help in identifying different ways of approaching the landscape. These sessions are informal and enable lots of discussion about the day’s painting and wherever such conversations lead. The open fire and a glass of wine make it a nice way to end the day. 

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Day 3: Remarkable Rocks Walk

Approximately 8 hours walking and painting | Distance: up to 5km

If you didn’t pay a visit to the fur seals yesterday, early risers can wander down to Admirals Arch before a hearty breakfast. Today, we indulge in a day spent painting one of Australia's iconic rock formations.

A short wheelchair accessible walk along a boardwalk to the stunning geological feature of Remarkable Rocks. The granite boulders appear as seemingly artistic sculptures scattered across a larger granite dome. Interpretive signs explain the formation of the granite boulders.

After a day of epic coastline vistas, we’ll retire to the cottages for another evening shared with like-minded artists, local wine, beer, cheese and seafood. 

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Day 4: Cape du Couedic Cottages Hanson Bay to Adelaide

Approximately 3 hours walking and painting | Distance: up to 2km

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, which runs south off of 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 east 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.

Our bus collects us for transfer back to Cygnet River Base where we celebrate with canapes and a glass of local wine among new friends. We’ll then deliver you to the airport for your return flight, or for those wishing to stay on, we will transfer you to your Kingscote accommodation.


Itinerary Details

Kangaroo Island 'Art' Walk

Price per person for departures (inc. GST) (Non-commissionable)

August 15-18, 2022 $3,595
  • Each trip requires a minimum of 7 guests (Twin Share). The maximum is 14.

Direct bookings only:

Single supplement

  • 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 of 75% of the full fee will apply.  This must be requested at the time of booking.

Special Interest Walks - Terms and Conditions 

These are in addition to our standard booking terms and conditions.

  • All prices are quoted per person in $AUD including GST
  • A deposit of $500 per person and the Guest Information Form are due within five days of booking
  • The final payment is due 90 days before departure. For reservations made three months or less from the departure date, full payment, the Indemnity Form and Health Declaration are due at the time of booking.
  • Cancellations
    • more than 90 days from the scheduled departure date, a fee of $350 per person will be charged with the balance of payment refunded;
    • between 90 and 60 days prior to departure, you will be charged 50% of the full trip cost with the balance refunded; or
    • within 60 days of departure, no refund is available. Bookings are transferable.
  • Travel and pre- and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.
  • This walk cannot be booked in conjunction with any other offers and discounts.

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Price Includes

  • Return flights from Adelaide to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island 
  • Pick-up from Kingscote Airport and transfer to our walker base
  • 3 nights accommodation, all linen and towels
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Daily morning and afternoon tea
  • Non-alcoholic drinks and a selection of house wines (oh... and we may have a secret stash of Kangaroo Island Gin!)
  • Vehicle transfer of overnight luggage between trail accommodation (we only walk with lightweight day packs)
  • Use of daypack, water proof jacket, poles, ankle gaiters and water bottles
  • Daily guided walks, with two qualified guides for the duration of the walk 
  • Trip host at each night's accommodation 
  • All entrance & national park fees


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