Walking Awards 2017 Presentation Ceremony & AGM

Walking Awards 2017The annual Walking SA Walking Awards are to recognise sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout SA. Many volunteers and others have contributed to South Australia’s great walking trails, walking clubs, and walking promotion and opportunities for health, wellbeing, recreation and tourism.

Please join us to present and celebrate our outstanding community members at Plant 4 Bowden.

Venue: Plant 4, 1 Third Street Bowden
Date: Thursday 12 October 2017
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start, followed by networking and refreshments

If you know of someone who should be considered for an award there’s still time to nominate. Get your nomination in by 22 September 2017.

Bar will be open for purchase of drinks, light refreshments provided.

RSVP Thursday 5 October 2017 to Greg Boundy
office@walkingsa.com.au

The Walking SA Annual General Meeting will be held after the Awards presentation. It will be brief so people are welcome to stay after the Awards presentation to hear about the organisation, its achievements, issues and direction.

The AGM Agenda is as follows:

  • Welcome & Apologies
  • Any other business to add to the agenda
  • Confirm the minutes of the preceding AGM
  • Annual Report and officer’s Reports
  • Appointment of Auditors
  • 2017/18 Board
  • Other Business
  • Meeting Close

If you wish to nominate for the Board you are strongly encouraged to do so. Please refer to the nomination form.

Free on-street carparking and nearby carparking areas are available off Third Street. The tram stop at the Entertainment Centre is a 5 minute walk away. View the access and parking map.

This event is part of Walktober – promoting walking throughout October.

Throughout October we're celebrating walking with #WalktoberSA

Heysen Trail South Coast Proposed Upgrade – Feedback Sought

Feedback sought on Heysen Trail South Coast Proposed UpgradeA proposal is under consideration to upgrade the Heysen Trail on the southern Fluerieu Peninsula (67km / 5 days), which will encourage walkers to visit the area, in particular tourists from outside the region.

Feedback is being sought from the public, walkers and potential tourism and adventure operators. The survey will take approx 10 minuntes to complete, or 22 minutes if reading the additional supporting proposal.

Various Walk Options

Various combinations of walk options will allow for day walkers, 1-2 day walkers, 5-day walkers and a 1-day Accessible trail, with walkers camping on the trail or staying in accommodation nearby. Tourism operators will be able to offer transport services, either daily or the start and end of multi-day walks.

5-Day Walk with Camping or Off-Trail Accommodation

At the core of the product will be a through walk commencing from Cape Jervis and providing access to four exclusive camping sites at Eagle Waterhole, Tapanappa, Balquhidder and Newland Head. These sites will include camping platforms, shelter, toilets and water tanks. Through walkers can tailor their walk, exiting the trail after any of the day walk stages. Tourism operators will add value through the provision of transport, accommodation and other services to day and multi-day walkers.

Half Day Accessible Walk

To provide a ‘softer’ recreational experience for day visitors to the region, or those passing through on their way to Kangaroo Island, and perhaps to encourage new walkers to the region and park, it is proposed that an extensive re-development of the Heysen Trail between Cape Jervis and Fishery Beach (4km one-way, 8km return) will be undertaken to provide a Class 1 trail with boardwalk, viewing platforms and interpretation that will provide an Accessible trail for prams and those with mobility aids including wheelchairs. A boardwalk will be constructed with viewing platforms at points of significant interest in association with appropriate interpretation.

1-Day Accessible Walk with Return Transport

An extension of this upgraded trail onwards to Blowhole Beach (11km walk from Cape Jervis) as a Class 2 trail which will cater for all-terrain wheelchairs, which will be available for hire from the Sealink terminal for visitors with significant physical disabilities. This section will again be suitable for recreational walkers as a two-way linear walk from Cape Jervis or a one way walk with a pick up at the Cobbler Hill camp ground, which will be upgraded to allow cars and buses to park safety.

About the Proposal

The proposal is an initiative of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and the District Council of Yankalilla, and supports tourism and nature based recreation in regional South Australia.

Provide feedback about this proposal at deepcreek.questionpro.com. Feedback is being sought from the public, walkers and potential tourism and adventure operators. The survey will take approx 10 minuntes to complete, or 22 minutes if reading the additional supporting proposal.

Park of the Month
Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park
August 2017

Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for August 2017.

In the National Park diverse hiking trails take you to cliff tops with magnificent views, or down to permanent rock pools teeming with life. Experience rugged ridge tops and the narrow river valley of the spectacular Onkaparinga Gorge.

In the Recreation Park, the river spills onto the plains, creating wetland ponds and flood plains. The area conserves important fish breeding habitat and hundreds of native plant and animal species, many of which are rare.

You can walk your dog in the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park, between South Road and Commercial Road. You must keep your dog on a lead and under your control at all times. Pets are not permitted in other areas of the park.

Below we’ve outlined 10 hikes and trails in the two parks.

Two new walking trails are due to be opened later this month, the Punchbowl Lookout Walk and the Sundew Loop, both of which go to a new lookout platform with spectacular views deep into the river gorge. Watch out for more news about this trail later this month.

10 Great Hikes and Trails in Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park

Onkaparinga Gorge Loop Trail and Lookout, Sundews Ridge Hike1.

Sundews Ridge Hike

Moderate hike, 5km, 2 hours return

Take a short hike to view the rocky outcrops and meandering river of the Onkaparinga Gorge from the Sundews Lookout. Continue your walk along the ridge top, returning to the car park without descending to the river.

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This October we’re celebrating walking with #walktoberSA

This October we’re celebrating walking with #walktoberSA.

Walking SA has been successful in receiving funding from the Office of Recreation and Sport for the Walktober 2017 initiative. We’ve building on the 2016 initiatives to further meet our vision to see more people walking more often.

October is ideal for walking – the temperatures are mild and the evenings are getting longer.

A key event will be Trails Less Travelled on Sunday 15 October – guided and self-guided hiking up Mt Lofty from 10 different directions, showcasing walking clubs and walking trails.

We’re seeking to expand this year’s Walktober promotions by exploring potential opportunities with like-minded partners. We’d love to chat to organisations, walking groups and businesses to explore opportunities to collaborate in the fields of walking for health, leisure and transport, inclusive walking, and engaging with a diverse range of people from the community.

Rising from the Ashes, Opening of the Kersbrook Trails Network

Mount Lofty Ranges Trail, logo squareIn 2012 the four loop trails through the forests around Kersbrook were upgraded and marked. The trails were to be opened in April 2015, but suffered substantial damage during the January 2015 Sampson Flat Bushfire. Throughout 2016 and 2017 work was undertaken to again upgrade and mark the trails. The trail network, formerly part of the Mount Lofty Ranges Trails Network from the 1980s, will be officially opened on Sunday 8th October 2017.

Official Opening

10am – 3pm Sunday 8th October 2017
Kersbrook Institute/Hall,
13-15 Scott Street, Kersbrook, SA 5231

View Location Map
Official opening at 1pm by Hon Karlene Ann Maywald, former member of Chaffey

There will be some guided walks on offer, please attend at the Kersbrook Institute/Hall to register and join the walk.

The trails are:

  1. Morgan Loop
  2. Old Kersbrook Loop Trail
  3. Anderson Trail (in honour of the work of Thelma Anderson)
  4. Simpson Loop Trail

Some of these loops are short (5-7 km) and whilst this is hoped to encourage the occasional walker, for the more experienced walker most loops can be linked to form a longer day’s hike.

Guided Walks

On the day there will be guided walks to to experience the new trails. Meet at the central Kersbook Hall to join a walk.

 

Three other trails will be completed and opened at a later date:

  1. Devils Gully Link Trail
  2. Vixen Gully Link Trail
  3. Beer – Leane Loop Trail

The main trailhead signage will be opened at the Kersbrook Institute, and each trail will have its own trailhead with map and interpretive signage.

Printed maps will be available during the opening.

Walking Awards – Nominations close 22nd September 2017

Walking SA initiated annual awards to recognise contributions to walking in South Australia which were first presented 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

Nominations close on 22nd September 2017 and we encourage nominations.

Save the Date

Award Presentation Ceremony
7pm Thursday 12 October

Venue and details to be advised

Launch of the Terry Lavender Churchill Fellowship Appeal

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has undertaken to recognize and perpetuate the work of some of our outstanding Fellows. As such the Churchill Fellows Association of South Australia would like to build on the work of Terry Lavender by raising funds to create a one-off fellowship titled The Terry Lavender Churchill Fellowship — To investigate ways to develop, improve, manage and promote outdoor recreational trails and pursuits to be awarded in 2018.

About Terry Lavender OA

Terry Lavender OA

Terry Lavender OA

In 1991, Terry Lavender OA was awarded the Churchill Fellowship to study the development of recreation trails and their impact on tourism in England, USA and Europe.

Terry’s fellowship built on the very significant foundation that he had already established within the trail walking fraternity. He was assigned the task of delineating and marking the routes and trails throughout the Mount Lofty and Flinders Ranges and was instrumental in establishing the Friends of the Heysen Trail and Other Walking Trails. Terry and his volunteers marked the Heysen Trail completing that task in 1992 six years after the formation of the Friends.

Terry was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 1994 Australia Day Awards. The Lavender Federation Trail that runs through the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Barossa districts was named in his honour.

Terry died on 9th January 2004 leaving this remarkable and valuable legacy. This legacy continues to inspire South Australians and enable them to access and enjoy our beautiful natural bush.

Terry Lavender Fellowship Launch
Sunday 20 August, 11 am
Uraidla Hotel, Greenhill Road, Uraidla

This event will launch a public appeal for donations towards this Fellowship named in honour of Terry Lavender to explore the value of outdoor recreational trails and pursuits.

South Australian walkers, trekkers, bike and horse trail enthusiasts and Churchill Fellows are invited to come along to hear presentations on the history of the Heysen and Lavender Federation Trails, Outback Flinders program and current developments with trekking tourism.

After the presentations join us for lunch and fellowship.

Cost is $48 set menu includes exquisite shared entree platters and a choice of 4 main courses including a vegetarian option. RSVP by 6 August 2017.

Bookings through trybooking.com/297905.

For more information contact annie.wcf@gmail.com.

Walk the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail with a Sealink Tour

Walk the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail with a Sealink TourWe welcome Sealink onboard as a new Sponsor and Organisation Member.

Kangaroo Island holds many secrets waiting to be discovered, with none more rewarding than the new Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. The world class, 61 kilometre, 5 day walking experience opened in October 2016, and gives walkers access to some of the most rugged, remote and spectacular coastline in Australia.

The trail is located in the South West of Kangaroo Island and encompasses new and upgraded trails through Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Conservation Park and the Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area. Along with encounters with some of the island’s most unique wildlife, the trail provides access to the iconic attractions of Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Weirs Cove, Hanson Bay and Kelly Hill Caves.

Walk the full 5 days as an independent walker or join a 1 or 2 day section of the trail with SeaLink’s guided tours, featuring all the extras. The range of experiences means the beauty of the track is open for all to explore.

WEA Ramblers June Long Weekend

WEA Ramblers walking in Padthaway Conservation Park on their long weekend hiking trip

WEA Ramblers walking in Padthaway Conservation Park on their long weekend hiking trip

We received this recent hiking weekend report from our Member Club, WEA Ramblers Walking Club:

On the recent June long weekend, 14 walkers of our walkers stayed at Cockatoo Downs Farm-stay in the northern Limestone Coast, 15km out of Keith. We were accommodated in cottages and camping. There is also bunkhouse accommodation available. We hired the farm-stay function hall for Saturday and Sunday where breakfast and excellent dinners were provided. This venue has great views from large windows and a wood fire provided warmth. We would recommend this accommodation and catering to other walking groups.

The Ramblers walked a 15km loop through the woodland at Padthaway Conservation Park on Saturday, and a 13.5km loop in the mallee at Desert Camp Conservation Reserve, with a visit to Mt Monster Conservation Park, on Sunday. On Monday morning we walked the 5.6km Tym’s Lookout Hike through the heath on sand dunes in the Mt Rescue section of Ngarkat Conservation Park.

View maps and photos of the walks.

As part of Walktober, WEA Ramblers will be hosting a walk on Sunday 22 October on the Sea-to-Summit Trail, walking in reverse from Belair to Kingston Beach. All welcome.

Office for Recreation and Sport (ORS) Sustainability Funding

Walking SA’s Sustainability Funding has been confirmed by the Office for Recreation and Sport (ORS) for the 2017-18 financial year. This is the third year of the three year Sustainability Funding provided by ORS. It is through this financial support that we can function at the level we do. It is equally important we keep expanding our funding base, largely through the growth of club, organisation and individual members, to ensure we can maintain the services that we do into the future. We are grateful to ORS fort this support and also for the second year of funding for Walktober.

ORS have a wide range of resources to support volunteers and clubs develop their capabilities.

Park of the Month, Belair National Park, July 2017

Belair National Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for July 2017.

Belair National Park is close to Adelaide, nestled in the foothills. There are 8 hiking trails in the park, and another 2 hiking trails that pass through the park. The trails vary from Easy Walks to Hard Hikes. A couple of the Easy Walks are suitable for people of all abilities, including for wheelchair access, for those with mobility issues and for prams. The trails are of a high standard and are well marked.

The park is accessible by public transport train service and bus services. Vehicle entry is $12 per car, of $9.50 for concession, and you need to book before you go, of use the self-service computer available for payment daily between 9am and 4:30pm. There is also a host of free events throughout the month, including guided Ranger Walks and Friends of Belair guided walks.

You can walk your dog in this park providing it remains under your control on a lead.

11 Great Walk and Hikes in Belair National Park

Wood Duck Walk, Belair National Park1.

Wood Duck Walk, Belair National Park

1km, 30 mins

This pleasant walk around Playford Lake is popular with young children, people with prams, people with limited mobility, including wheelchairs, and those who want to experience the park’s wildlife, including the ducks on the lake.

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Accessible Trail to be built in Hallett Cove Conservation Park

The walking trail to Black Cliff in Hallett Cove Conservation Park is being upgraded to enable access for prams and assisted wheelchairs.

The entire length of the 550m trail, starting at the Park’s southern entrance and ending at Black Cliff/Black Point, is being paved to create a smooth, non-slip surface.

The trail connects with the existing boardwalk, providing a 925m trail to the lookout near Waterfall Creek, or a 1.8km return walk.

Other improvements include removal of the entry chicane and a reduction in the steepness of the path at the park entrance, allowing easier access for prams and wheelchairs.

The path has also been widened to allow visitors to stop and read park interpretive signs without blocking others.

Works will commence in August 2017 and during construction detours will be in place.

You can view 37 other Accessible Trails in SA in our Find a Place to Walk directory.

Under ‘More Filters’ select Rating: Wheelchair Accessible (37 trails), or Attributes: Stroller Friendly (61 trails).

The current trail was featured in a recent PushAdventures.com.au blog post, so the trail upgrade will be welcomed by all.

The $140,000 improvements at Hallett Cove are part of the State Government’s commitment of $10.4 million to upgrade metropolitan national parks and reserves for the growing number of local residents who use outdoor recreational spaces and to make our parks and reserves more accessible and inclusive.

First Post Installed on Adelaide 100 Trail

Jim Mclean, trail visionary, with John Potter, from the Friends of the Heysen Trail, and helper Bill Gehling having installed the first Adelaide 100 post.

Jim Mclean, trail visionary, with John Potter, from the Friends of the Heysen Trail, and helper Bill Gehling having installed the first Adelaide 100 post.

Installing the first post on the #Adelaide100 trail, directing walkers along Monument Road between Norton Summit and Debneys Road.

Installing the first post on the Adelaide100 trail, directing walkers along Monument Road between Norton Summit and Debneys Road.

Joe Stellmann, a local landholder, with John Potter, from the Friends of the Heysen Trail, and helper Bill Gehling having installed the first Adelaide 100 post.

Joe Stellmann, a local landholder, with John Potter, from the Friends of the Heysen Trail, and helper Bill Gehling having installed the first Adelaide 100 post.

We’ve installed our first post on the Adelaide100 trail.

The Adelaide 100 will link up existing infrastructure, creating short distance links to create a 100km trail. Adelaide is renowned for its beautiful parks and reserves that encircle our city, enhance our suburbs, thread along our coast and feature throughout the hills. The trail will take in these beautiful areas.

The first post was installed in the Adelaide Hills, directing walkers along a short section of a road reserve along Monument Road between Norton Summit and Debneys Road.

The trail proposal involves key stakeholders like the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), Foresty SA and numerous local councils.

Read more about the project at walkingsa.org.au/news/category/adelaide100

Map of the proposed Adelaide100 trail route

The Adelaide 100 will link up existing infrastructure, creating short distance links to create a 100km trail. Adelaide is renowned for its beautiful parks and reserves that encircle our city, enhance our suburbs, thread along our coast and feature throughout the hills. The trail will take in these beautiful areas.

As at June 2017, Walking SA has met with key staff in the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) in order to take the Adelaide100 walking trail concept to a reality, which includes engaging with key stakeholders such as land managers and nine local councils.

For the most part the trail will link up existing trails to form a circuit. A short connecting section near Norton Summit was marked in early June 2017. Some sections still require negotiation with land owners and managers, or aren’t practical to walk along. Some of the route can be walked, albeit without the trail being marked as such, and without detailed local maps. Please respect land owners and keep to existing trails, paths and roads. The following sections can be easily walked along existing trails:

Follow project updates at walkingsa.org.au/news/category/adelaide100.

Maps of the Proposed Route

As the project progresses towards implementation, further detailed maps, brochures and apps may be developed, and the trail marked.

Overall Circuit Map

Map of the proposed Adelaide100 trail route

GPS Map

GPS files and maps will be improved as the project progresses from a concept to reality.

Park of the Month, Mount Remarkable National Park, June 2017

Mount Remarkable National Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for June 2017.

The park has three focus areas:

  1. Mambray Creek is a wide, rocky river with seasonal pools of water. There is a picnic area and camping sites. With plenty of trails and lots of wildlife, it’s an ideal place for families.
  2. At Alligator Gorge explore the Narrows and Terraces on a couple of different hikes, or take a short walk to a lookout to peer inside the deep, narrow gorge.
  3. From Melrose you can take a short hike around the foothills, or hike up to the summit of Mt Remarkable.

15 Great Walks and Hikes in Mt Remarkable National Park

1. Trails from Mambray Creek

Mambray Creek is a wide, rocky river with seasonal pools of water. There is a picnic area and camping sites. With plenty of trails and lots of wildlife, it’s an ideal place for families.

The hikes, walks and trails that begin from the Mambray Creek picnic area and campsite:

Wirra Water Loop, Mambray Creek1.

Wirra Water Loop, Mambray Creek

1.6km, 30 mins return, Easy Walk

Explore the Wirra Water Loop, a child-friendly walk suitable for people of all abilites, with plenty of opportunities to see wildlife, and discover the more on the interpretive signs.

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