Success of the 2017 Hiking Expo

What an event! Hiking Expo 23 April 2017 at Belair National ParkWhat an event! At yesterday’s Hiking Expo between 1,500 and 2,000 people attended and over 550 people enjoyed the free guided walks around Belair National Park.

Our vision is to see more people walking more often, and yesterday we connected those people with new walking opportunities. We hope you found it as rewarding as we found in hosting the event!

But Wait, There’s More to Come!

Last week we received the great news that we have received funding from the Office of Recreation and Sport to conduct Walktober – a month long celebration of walking this October.

There will be a series of walking and hiking events (such as 2016’s Trails Less Travelled) and walking promotion throughout the month. Whether you walk for leisure, health or transport there will be something for you!

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Maps from the Guided Walks

At yesterday’s Hiking Expo over 550 people enjoyed the free guided walks around Belair National Park.

We know some people missed out on a walk or their preferred walk. We’ve updated our event webpage with the walk maps, so you can undertake the walk yourself.

Please do note that most of these guided walks are walking routes, not walking trails, which means you will need to undertake the navigation yourself. Also some walk leaders may have modified the route during the walk to adapt to yesterday’s conditions.

If you prefer to follow marked trails, read about that below.

Explore other hikes and walks

If you prefer to follow marked trails, check out the 8 walks around Belair National Park that are listed in our Find a Place to Walk directory.

There are 400 walks in our Find a Place to Walk directory, so you find hikes that suit what you like.

A big thanks to our volunteer walk leaders!

A big thanks to our volunteer walk leaders, lgAll our wonderful walk leaders were volunteers from walking clubs and event partners. A big thanks to them all who guided everyone on the walks around the park. We’ve had so much great feedback about the walks!

Find more details about walking clubs.

Walktober 2017 Initiative Funded

WalktoberSA 2016, header image

Walking SA has been successful in receiving funding from the Office of Recreation and Sport for its Walktober 2017 initiative. This builds on the promotion and events we conducted throughout October 2016, including the key Trails Less Travelled event. We’ve got some great ideas to expand upon 2016’s initiatives to further meet our vision: to see more people walking more often.

This is a significant opportunity for Walking SA’s members to promote walking in their club or organisation as well as reach out to the walking community at large to promote our vision of more people walking more often. Over the next few months we will be establishing a program for Walktober 2017 and we are actively seeking involvement from all our members to be part of it. We would like members to:-

  • Collaborate with us to promote walking events in October as part of Walktober 2017
  • Create events, such as “Come and Try Days” and Guided Walks that could encourage walking and potential membership
  • Create other opportunities for promoting walking
  • Links with other organisations to promote walking events and activities

Please contact Walking SA to discuss opportunities as to how we might collaborate to promote walking in Walktober 2017.

Nine new walking trails in Anstey Hill Recreation Park, Park of the Month

Anstey Hill Recreation Park is National Parks SA’s Park of the Month for March.

The park has recently been upgraded as part of a $10.4m plan to upgrade and develop more walking and cycling trails, public toilets, barbecue and picnic areas, and playgrounds in national parks close to the Adelaide metropolitan area.

There are now 9 marked walking trails in the park, which is vast improvement given there were only previously some unmarked walking routes. The new trails are mostly loops and depart from various trailheads, all with new carparks and trail information boards. The new trails include 3 that are for walkers only.

We’ve outline the 9 walking trails below:

New Walking Trails for Anstey Hill Recreation Park

Wildflower Wander1.

Wildflower Wander

1.4km, 45mins to 1 hour

The Wildflower Wander is a hike up a steep hill with rewarding views over the Adelaide Plains, as well as seasonal opportunities to view wildflowers including native orchids. The quiet gullies are a haven to a variety of small birds.

Wednesday Loop2.

Wednesday Loop

3.7km, 2-4 hours

The Wednesday Loop hike is 3.7km long circuit that mostly follows single trail which is used by hikers and mountain bikers. The trail begins near the main carpark in the former quarry. If you miss the formal trailhead and follow the main Quarry Track (also the Yellowtail Look), just 200 metres up the fire track the Wednesday Loop walking trail leaves the main fire track on the left.

Little Quarry Loop3.

Little Quarry Loop

0.65km, 20 mins

The Little Quarry Loop is a short, easy trail for people of all abilities. Suitable for prams and people with limited mobility access (wheelchair access). The trail features a gravel surface with many easy but optional trail obstacles and features. The trail begins near the main carpark in the former quarry.

Silver Mine Loop4.

Silver Mine Loop

2.5km, 2-3 hours

The Silver Mine Loop is a 2.4km long circuit hike that predominately follows wide fire track. The loop includes a short section of walking trail up to the Lookout, which has views and a picnic table. The hike passes several old fenced mine shafts near the Lookout.

Quarry Views Hike5.

Quarry Views Hike

1.1km, 30 mins return

The Quarry Views Hike is a short 1.1km hike around the top of the former quarry, offering views into the quarry. Keep a watch out for native birds and reptiles.

Pink Gum Loop6.

Pink Gum Loop

3.1km, 90mins

A challenging circuit hike along wide fire trails climbing a steep hill. The trail is good for walking dogs and trail running, although the fire track can be dusty and loose gravel on the descent.

Bursaria Hike7.

Bursaria Hike

4km, 1.5 hours

The Bursaria Hike explores some of the more remote areas of the park. The trail is named after the Bursaria flower which could be found flowering in the summer months.

Yellowtail Loop (Anstey Hill Loop)8.

Yellowtail Loop (Anstey Hill Loop)

7.5km, 2-3 hours

This 7.5km loop walk around Ansteys Hill Recreation Park includes some steep climbs, superb views over the Adelaide Plains, some of the wildlife of the park, and the ruins of Newmans Nursery.

Geological Hike9.

Geological Hike

1.3km, 30 mins

The Geological Hike is a quiet hike located in the little-visited south west corner of the park. The trail explores the geological feature known as ‘The Gun Emplacement’, with interpretive signage along the way detailing local history and the environment.

Advocating for Walking, March 2017 Update

Walking SA continues to represent our member clubs, organisations and individual members as well as the general walking community in matters regarding walkability of all aspects of the walking environment.

Specifically, over the last six months we have raised our voice and will continue to do so on the issue of shared paths and trails to ensure the safety of walkers using those paths and trails. We are on ongoing discussion with the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) regarding trails in the national parks that they manage as well as local councils and other bodies with jurisdiction over other paths and trails.

DEWNR is about to launch a program in recognition of that advocacy and supported by other user groups with the I Share My Trail campaign, to make all users sensitive to the needs of other users when on trails. We will provide more information as it comes to hand.

We also plan to hold a forum in May where we can get walkers and the relevant organisations together to further discuss these issues.

Walking SA, through the commitment of a number of keen volunteers, continues to monitor, liaise and in some cases object to gazetted changes to land use that will have an adverse impact upon walkers. Our voice is heard and in most cases successfully so.

In addition, we are advised of other plans that we are sought to make comment on. The latest of these are detailed below. If you wish to make comment direct please do so if you wish to advise walking SA of issues and concerns please do so and we will consolidate that into our input for each consultation.

Burnside Council

The Council seeks comment to develop a strategy for Recreation Trails Strategy within the City of Burnside.

City of Onkaparinga

The Council is seeking comment on their new Trails and Cycling Strategic Management Plan (TCSMP) which will guide the delivery of trails and cycling projects into the future. View the map of their existing and proposed trails, including the proposed Willunga Basin Trail.

Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park

Located on the River Murray, 12km south of Swan Reach, the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources is seeking feedback on the draft management plan for the park.

Proposed Adelaide 100 Walking Trail Progresses, March 2017 Update

Proposed Adelaide100 Trail RouteWalking SA continues to develop the unique Adelaide100 walking trail. We are currently finalising a budget to implement Stage 1 of our plan, and putting that together in a business plan, to seek funding support for the trail.

The major advantage this trail has in its implementation is that it uses existing trails to form the whole of the Adelaide100. As such infrastructure needs are minimised, as the various trail elements and their ongoing maintenance that make the Adelaide100 are already supported, so that what we are left to provide is signage on the trails together with interpretative signs at various locations.

Our vision goes beyond this thought to include a dedicated web site, an Adelaide100 trail app with many benefits and other features. We are planning a forum for all key stakeholders shortly at which we will present the next stage of the plan.

Heart Foundation’s Heart Week Celebration Walk

Heart Foundations Heart Week Celebration WalkDid you know that the simple act of walking for 30 minutes a day or more can reduce your risk of heart by as much as half.

Heart Foundation is hosting a community walk to kick of Heart Week 2017 and to celebrate the 12th anniversary of Heart Foundation Walking groups in South Australia.

  • Do you enjoy walking with family, friends or a community group?
  • Planning to set up a walking group with your work mates and want to try it out?
  • Are you a member or interested in joining a Heart Foundation Walking program – Australia’s largest FREE walking network?
  • Keen to find out more about your heart health?

Why not come along to the Heart Week Community Walk!

  • When: Saturday 29th April, Starts 9.00am, Registration from 8.30am
  • Children and dogs welcome!
  • Where: Botanic Park, Adelaide, opposite the Botanic Garden gates
  • Light refreshments and healthy morning tea provided at end of the walk
  • Register your interest to attend

Working with Recreation SA

Within the Recreation SA structure Walking SA is a member of a number of groups (Outdoor Committee, Trails Advisory Group and the Trails Forum) as advocates for the walking community in South Australia.

Recreation SA recently appointed a Trails officer, Anthony Bates, with funding from the Office for Recreation Sport to assist in the ongoing development of trails in accordance with the SA Trails Master Plan. Walking SA is working closely with Anthony already.

Recreation SA is hosting a one-day conference on Monday 3rd April 2017 which is SA’s leading professional development opportunity for managers, staff and business owners in the recreation, aquatics, parks and leisure sector.

Grants available for walking clubs from the Office for Recreation and Sport

Active Club Program

The Active Club Program helps active recreation and sports clubs with:

  • program and equipment (up to $5,000) and
  • facility upgrade requests (up to $25,000)

Round 43 is currently open and closes on 10th April 2017.

Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program

The Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program helps eligible organisations to establish or improve sport and active recreation facilities that meet the needs of the community in South Australia.

Organisations can apply under the following categories:

  • Minor facility development (requests $25,000 – $200,000) and
  • Major facility development (requests $200,000 – $1,000,000)

The funding round is currently open and closes on 10th April 2017.

The Eyre Trails Project Builds Momentum

The Eyre Trails Project Builds MomentumThe Eyre Trails project has been developing a concept for hiking and biking trails on the Eyre Peninsula.

During a recent meeting with stakeholders the proposed projects include:

  • a 50km+ trek trail connecting local trail networks
  • a coastal trail
  • kayak trails
  • BBQ/picnic area
  • campsites and environmental education

It is great to see the project ideas developing so well. Project partners include the District Council of Tumby Bay, Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula and Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula.

Walking SA – Walking Awards 2017

Walking SA initiated the Walking SA Walking Awards in 2016 which were presented at an event in October 2016.

The Walking SA Awards for 2017 are now open in the following categories:

  • Longstanding Contribution /Distinguished Service Award – Individual
  • Special Recognition Award – Individual
  • Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation
  • Local Government Award – Individual
  • Local Government Award – Organisation

For more information please see:

We’re accepting nominations for the 2017 awards.

Friends of Parks groups: volunteers working for conservation

Friends of Parks logoThere are Friends of Parks groups throughout South Australia. Most national parks have a group of friends passionate about their conservation and protection. Special Interest Groups also abound. They range in area of interest from butterflies to hiking adventures; from the heritage and history of the Adelaide Gaol to walking the Heysen Trail. With so much to choose from you’re bound to find something to occupy those spare hours!

For more information please refer to and

Conquer Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail to Conquer Arthritis

Conquer Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail to Conquer Arthritis

The remote and spectacular new Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail will be traversed by a small band of people in October 2017 wanting to draw attention to arthritis and raise money for research into treatments in 2017.

This is the first time that Arthritis SA has picked a “home” destination for its trek, held every two years. Previous treks have honed in on international destinations like China, India and New Zealand.

Find out more on the Arthritis SA website.