Hiking Expo, Opening of the Bushwalking Season

Sunday 23rd April 2017
Belair National Park

Hiking Expo, Opening of the South Australian Bushwalking Season, 23 April 2017 at Belair National Park

An expo to celebrate the start of the South Australian bushwalking season. With the arrival of cooler autumn weather, hiking is an ideal outdoor activity. South Australia’s bushwalking clubs and Walking SA are coming together to celebrate the occasion with a unique day in Belair National Park.

  • Expo of walking clubs, walking tour companies and outdoor retailers, free entry
  • 13 Come-and-Try bushwalks ranging from 30mins to 3 hours. Register on the day, free
  • Several extended bushwalks by hiking clubs from further afield into the Expo
  • Free vehicle entry to park on the day

Expo near the Volunteer Centre, cnr The Valley Road and Saddle Hill Road. View location map.

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  • Expo from 9am to 1:30pm
  • Come-and-Try Hikes from 9am, register from 8:30am onwards
  • Park vehicle gates open 8am
  • Official bushwalking season opening at 1:00pm

There will be a sausage sizzle, freshly cut sandwiches, baked goods, and tea & coffee provided by the Friends of Belair National Park. A coffee van will also be on site.

Event Partners

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Hikes on the Day

We have a selection of 13 free Come-and-Try Hikes and 3 Extended Walks.

Come-and-Try Hikes

Join one of 13 free bushwalks, hosted by our member clubs or event partners.

Register at the Expo from 8:30am onwards. These hikes commence from the Expo site.

View our guidelines for people wishing to participate in these walks and hikes.

Walks are graded for difficulty from:

  • 1 (easy):
  • 2:
  • 3:
  • 4:
  • 5 (hard):
Start Time Walk Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level Led By
9:00 am
Start time: 9:00 am

Hike 1: Amphitheatre & Melville Hill Hike

Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level:
5.8km, 1.5hrs

A walk to explore the well-hidden cave of Amphitheatre Rock, and up the hill to historic Melville House. The cave is surrounded by native bushland that was dug out of the rock-face as part of the works to build the Adelaide to Melbourne railway in 1883. The walk continues along the Melville ridge before returning to the Expo site.

5.8km
1.5hrs
9:10 am
Start time: 9:10 am

Hike 2: Old Government House & Waterfalls Hike

Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level:
8.9km, 3hrs

A more adventurous walk to explore the trails through Echo Tunnel. The walk starts on gentle terrain, passing the Railway Dam, Adventure Playground, and Old Government House, built as the Governor’s Residence in 1860, and the State Nursery. Walking through Echo Tunnel into the gully beyond, the track ascends steeply to the rock escarpments of the upper and lower waterfalls. The return trip includes a steep descent, then passes near towering sequoia trees, once one of the most important WW1 memorials in Australia and the remains of the Japanese cherry plantation.

8.9km
3hrs
9:20 am
Start time: 9:20 am

Walk 3: Long Gully Accessible Walk

Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level:
1.5km, 45mins

Explore the gully to the north-east of the expo site. Take the Saddle Hill Road past the gate to the third creek crossing and return. Accessible to people of all abilities.

1.5km
45mins
9:30 am
Start time: 9:30 am

Walk 4: Valley & Playford Lake Walk

Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level:
5.9km, 2hrs

An easy to moderate walk along and down the valley, following the forested banks and lower slopes of Minnow Creek past the Railway Dam, and continuing down to Playford Lake. The walk passes the adventure playground, Old Government House (built as the Governor’s Residence in 1860) and the State Nursery.

5.9km
2hrs
9:40 am
Start time: 9:40 am

Hike 5: Saddle Hill & Berri Werri Tracks Hike

Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level:
5.2km, 2hrs

A hike into the hills in the upper section of the park. The hike passes the Japanese cherry plantation, once one of the most important WW1 memorials in Australia, before continuing past the avenue of giant sequoia trees and up Saddle Hill Ridge.

5.2km
2hrs
9:50 am
Start time: 9:50 am

Walk 6: Valley Loop Walk

Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level:
2.8km, 50mins

Follows the forested banks and lower slopes of Minnow Creek past the Railway Dam down to the adventure playground, before returning to the Expo site along a forested walking trail.

2.8km
50mins
10:00 am
Start time: 10:00 am

Hike 7: Old Government House Ranger's Walk

Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level:
4.5km, 2hrs

Senior Ranger Jen Pitman will guide a group along the Heritage Tree and Lorikeet Loop Walks and inside of the old summer residence of the Governor of SA.

4.5km
2hrs
10:10 am
Start time: 10:10 am

Hike 8: Amphitheatre & Ridge Hike

Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level:
4.2km, 1.5hrs

A walk to explore the well-hidden cave of Amphitheatre Rock, and through the quiet native woodland up the hill to Warri Parri Ridge. The cave is surrounded by native bushland that was dug out of the rock-face as part of the works to build the Adelaide to Melbourne railway in 1883. The walk continues along the ridge before descending back down to the Expo site.

4.2km
1.5hrs
10:20 am
Start time: 10:20 am

Hike 9: Ridge & Valley Loop Hike

Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level:
3.6km, 1.25hrs

A hike to explore some of the lesser used trails up to nearby Warri Parri Ridge, before continuing along the ridge to Footes Hill Lodge, and descending down to the adventure playground. Returning to the Expo site via the forested banks and lower slopes of Minnow Creek past the Railway Dam. Steep ascent.

3.6km
1.25hrs
10:30 am
Start time: 10:30 am

Hike 10: Upper Waterfall Hike

Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level:
6.8km, 2hr

This will be an adventurous walk following some of the lesser used tracks to view the Upper Waterfall. (Unfortunately there will not be any water at this time of year.) We will depart the Expo site to the west and track back to the east along the high ridge, past the waterfall and take foot tracks through scrub. There will be plenty of wild blackberries to pick alongside the tracks. We return to the west via Long Gully.

6.8km
2hr
10:40 am
Start time: 10:40 am

Hike 11: Warri Parri Ridge Loop Hike

Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level:
2.8km, 1hour

A hike to explore some of the lesser used trails up to nearby Warri Parri Ridge, before continuing along the ridge and back down to the Valley Road, returning to the Expo site along the roadside footpath. Long steep ascent and steep descent.

2.8km
1hour
10:50 am
Start time: 10:50 am

Hike 12: Valley & Ridge Loop Hike

Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level:
3.3km, 1hr

A hike along the Valley footpath and up the lesser used Nookoo Track, along the Warri Parri Ridge to Footes Hill Lodge, and descending down to the adventure playground. Returning to the Expo site via the forested banks and lower slopes of Minnow Creek past the Railway Dam. Steep ascent.

3.3km
1hr
11:00 am
Start time: 11:00 am

Walk 13. Valley Loop Walk

Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level:
2.8km, 50mins

Follows the forested banks and lower slopes of Minnow Creek past the Railway Dam down to the adventure playground, before returning to the Expo site along a forested walking trail.

2.8km
50mins

Extended Hikes

Join one of the 3 Extended Walks offered through our member clubs.

Please register direct with the member club.

View our guidelines for people wishing to participate in these hikes.

Walks are graded for difficulty from:

  • 1 (easy):
  • 2:
  • 3:
  • 4:
  • 5 (hard):
Start Time Walk Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level Led By
8:30 am
Start time: 8:30 am

Heathfield to Belair National Park via Mark Oliphant Conservation Park

Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level:
9.8km, 3hrs

This extended hike commences from Heathfield, walking through a mix of residential and primary production areas, and past the historic Manoah House. The walk continues along trails in Mark Oliphant Conservation Park before climbing Warri Parri Ridge to enter the Belair National Park, descending down to Melville Gully before reaching the Expo site.

To register for this walk please register via the Friends of the Heysen Trail.

9.8km
3hrs
8:30 am
Start time: 8:30 am

Mitcham to Belair National Park via Brownhill Creek

Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level:
9.7km, 3hrs

This extended hike commences from Mitcham Reserve. Experience the rich history of the indigenous inhabitants and early settlers of Brownhill Creek. Special guest, Ron Bellchambers, of the Brownhill Creek Association and developer of the proposed Wirraparinga Trails will be joining the walk hosts. The hike follows Brownhill Creek up the valley, following the Yurrebilla Trail up to Sheoak Road and into Belair National Park, before walking through Echo Tunnel, past the State Nursery, Old Government House, and the adventure playground. From there the hike continues to the Expo site via the site via the forested banks and lower slopes of Minnow Creek past the Railway Dam.

Meet in Mitcham Reserve at cnr Norman Walk and Old Belair Road.

To register, please contact Di Lind (ARPA) on 0422 962 879 or dlmlind@hotmail.com.

9.7km
3hrs
8:30 am
Start time: 8:30 am

Blackwood to Belair National Park

Distance, Duration & Difficulty Level:
7.8km, 2.5hrs

This hike commences from Blackwood, exploring the environs of Sturt Creek through residential Craigburn Farm and Coromandel Valley. The walk continues through Frank Smith Park, the historic Watchman House, and the sparsely populated remote elevated Olave Hill Road. The hike descends into Belair National Park to the Expo site.

Meet at Blackwood Oval Craigburn Rd, Blackwood.

To register please contact Keep Walking (Ron Jackson) on 0405 321 988 or keepwalking@internode.on.net.

7.8km
2.5hrs

Location Map

This map is intended only for use in finding the expo location.

For hiking and trail maps please refer to official maps on the national parks website.

The Expo is at Long Gully Picnic Area.

Refer below to details about:

Travel by Public Transport

The hiking expo is accessible by Adelaide Metro public transport.

For travel by car, remember there is FREE vehicle entry to Belair National Park for expo visitors. There is car parking available in multiple car parks around the expo site.

BY TRAIN:

Adelaide Metro Belair train, get off at the terminus (Belair Train Station). First service arrives 6.57am, and at 3mins before every hour thereafter.

Walk directions from train station (1 hour walk, 4km):

  1. Begin by following the Yurrebilla Trail signs (yellow)
  2. The Microcarpa Hike (green signs) joins shortly afterwards, and is along the same route
  3. The Lorikeet Loop Walk (red signs) joins after passing Playford Lake. Turn left and follow these markers now (both the green and yellow signs are still there for a while)
  4. Follow the Lorikeet Loop Walk (red signs) leaving the yellow and green signs behind
  5. Follow the red signs past the State Nursery, Old Government House & the Adventure Playground
  6. Join the Valley Loop Hike (olive green signs) and follow that past the Volunteer Centre
  7. The expo site is at Long Gully Picnic Area

BY BUS:

Adelaide Metro 196 bus service from the city via Unley Road to Blackwood Interchange. Bus stops at Stop 29 Hollywood Way, Glenalta (first service arrives 9:39am, next service arrives 11:39am).

A little more complicated is 195 from Blackwood Interchange (with connections from Adelaide via train or other bus services) stopping at Stop 28 Laffers Rd, Glenalta (first service arrives 10:15am, next service arrives 11:40am).

We suggest you use Google Maps to plan your bus connections by entering the address ‘Queens Jubilee Dr, Glenalta SA 5052’ or this link: http://bit.ly/HikingExpoBus

Walk directions from the main entrance (45min walk, 2.7km):

  1. Enter the park via the main entrance gate off Upper Sturt Road
  2. Begin by following the Lorikeet Loop Walk (red signs). You can follow it clockwise (turn left) or anticlockwise (turn right), but anticlockwise is shorter
  3. If walking clockwise, after passing Old Government House and the Adventure Playground, join the Valley Loop Hike (olive green signs) and follow that to the Volunteer Centre
  4. If walking anticlockwise, when you reach The Valley Road, turn right and follow the Valley Loop Hike (olive green signs) and follow that past the Volunteer Centre
  5. The expo site is at Long Gully Picnic Area

Travel by Car (Car Parking)

Location Map for Car Parking, Hiking Expo, April 23rd 2017

Location Map for Car Parking

The Expo is at Long Gully Picnic Area.

There are multiple car parking locations:

Before the Long Gully Picnic Area

  • unnamed carpark between Joseph Fisher picnic area and the road bridge before the Volunteer Centre
  • adjacent the Adventure Playground. Park near here and enjoy a 1.3km long 15min stroll following the Valley Loop Hike trail signs (olive green). The trail follows the forested banks and lower slopes of Minnow Creek past the Railway Dam to the expo site.

At the Y-junc near the Volunteer Centre and Long Gully Picnic Area

  • in the grassed triangle between Saddle Hill Road and Melville Gully Road
  • turn left for Long Gully Pavillion parking and roadside parking on the left-hand side of the road
  • turn right for parking in dirt carpark parallel to road
  • turn right for parking at Karka Pavilion (10mins walk)
  • on the day an additional grassed area may be opened for parking

There is FREE vehicle entry to Belair National Park for expo visitors.

If you’re using public transport please refer to the Travel by Public Transport section.

Marketing Toolkit

We welcome walking clubs, participating organisations and event websites to promote the event.

A marketing toolkit is available in Dropbox (no requirement to have a DropBox account to download items.)