The Kangaroo Island Futures Authority, an advisory board formed by the South Australian government, is planning to establish a multi-day hiking trail on the island.

Having visited Kangaroo Island myself earlier in the year (if you haven’t read my post about it, you should seriously do that), and having walked some of the coastline they’re considering for the trail, I was immediately excited at the prospect.

I realise that to some people, this kind of development in such a relatively wild place wouldn’t seem so exciting. On reflection, I’m not 100 percent sure if it’s the best thing either. There are so many questions… Is it better to leave the area for off-track walking? Or will that actually do more harm than good? Should these wild places be left alone? Or are we contributing to their protection by attracting people to them?

I don’t have the answers. What I will say is that I’m not completely opposed to creating trails in parks, so long as they don’t pave the way (no pun intended) for larger developments such as hotels or resorts.

But I’ll stop rambling… This will all eventually be addressed in another blog post anyway.

For now, I really just wanted to let you guys know that the Kangaroo Island Futures Authority are looking for hikers to fill out a survey, to help them in the planning stages of this project. It’s a quick one. Only took me about 10-ish minutes to fill out. If you think you might like to have input, head on over and tick some boxes. To say thanks, they’ll give you the chance to win one of three Kangaroo Island produce hampers worth $200. The deadline is Friday 20th of September.


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