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
  • 12 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.

Find this #hikingexpo on Facebook.

  • Expo from 9am to 1pm
  • Come-and-Try Hikes from 9am, register from 8:30am onwards
  • Park vehicle gates open 8am
  • Official bushwalking season opening at 12:30pm

Event Partners

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Hikes on the Day

We have a selection of 12 free Come-and-Try Hikes and 3 Extended Walks.

Come-and-Try Hikes

Join one of 12 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.

Draft schedule:

Start Time Walk Distance, Duration & Grade Led By
9:00 am
Start time: 9:00 am

Walk 1: Amphitheatre & Melville Hill

Distance, Duration & Grade: 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

Walk 2: Old Government House & Waterfalls

Distance, Duration & Grade: 9.6km / 2.5hrs

A more adventurous walk to explore the hills above the Expo site. After crossing the railway the hike passes Old Government House, built as the Governor’s Residence in 1860, and the State Nursery. Walking through Echo Tunnel into the wonderland beyond, the walk has views of both waterfalls, Waverly Lodge, an avenue of sequoias and the Japanese cherry plantation, once one of the most important WW1 memorials in Australia.

9.6km / 2.5hrs
9:20 am
Start time: 9:20 am

Walk 3: Valley Loop Hike

Distance, Duration & Grade: 2.8km / 1hr

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 / 1hr
9:30 am
Start time: 9:30 am

Walk 4: Valley & Playford Lake

Distance, Duration & Grade: 5.9km / 2hrs

An easy 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
9:45 am
Start time: 9:45 am

Walk 5: Saddle Hill & Berri Werri Tracks

Distance, Duration & Grade: 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
10:00 am
Start time: 10:00 am

Walk 6: Valley Loop Hike

Distance, Duration & Grade: 2.8km / 1hr

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 / 1hr
10:10 am
Start time: 10:10 am

Walk 7: Warri Parri Ridge Loop

Distance, Duration & Grade: 2.8km / 1hr

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 Railway Dam and returning to the Expo site along a forested walking trail.

2.8km / 1hr
10:20 am
Start time: 10:20 am

Walk 8: Amphitheatre & Ridge

Distance, Duration & Grade: 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
10:30 am
Start time: 10:30 am

Walk 9: Ridge & Valley Loop

Distance, Duration & Grade: 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.

3.6km / 1.25hrs
10:40 am
Start time: 10:40 am

Walk 10: Warri Parri Ridge Loop

Distance, Duration & Grade: 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 Railway Dam and returning to the Expo site along a forested walking trail.

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

Walk 11: Ridge & Valley Loop

Distance, Duration & Grade: 3.6km / 1.25hr

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.

3.6km / 1.25hr
11:00 am
Start time: 11:00 am

Walk 12: The Hills Above

Distance, Duration & Grade: TBA / 1.5hr

This hike explores some of the hills above the expo site, more info soon.

TBA / 1.5hr

Extended Hikes

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

Please register direct with the member club.

Draft schedule:

Start Time Walk Distance, Duration & Grade Led By
8:30 am
Start time: 8:30 am

Heathfield to Belair National Park via Mark Oliphant Conservation Park

Distance, Duration & Grade: 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 & Grade: 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 at Carrick Hill carpark (enter from end of Hoggs Road Springfield.)

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 & Grade: 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 Ron Jackson (Keep Walking) on 0405 321 988 or randmjackson@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.

Exhibit your Organisation at the Expo

Walking SA is inviting walking clubs, outdoor retailers and walking tour companies to display stands at the expo, and operate come-and-try walks on the day.

Get in touch with Greg Boundy via office@walkingsa.org.au or 0457 006 620.

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.)