2018 Walking Awards Nominations Open

Our 2018 Walking Awards presentation will be in October 2018. We accept nominations throughout the year. 2018’s award nominations deadline is 14 September 2018.

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.

Our annual walking awards recognise sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout SA. If you know of someone who should be considered for an award please do consider nominating them.

Awards categories:

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

Criteria for awards will encompass:

  • Enhanced the development of walking in South Australia and/or
  • Significantly furthered the objectives of Walking SA and/or
  • Developed/supported the implementation of a significant walking project/activity and/or
  • Added value to the wider community of South Australia

Nominations may be made by any South Australian nominators. Referees and nominees are not required to be members of Walking SA or of a walking club. We’ll also be pleased to consider self nominations.

For more information refer to walkingsa.org.au/awards.

Walktober 2018 Initiative Funded

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Walking SA has been successful in receiving funding from the Office for Recreation and Sport for its Walktober 2018 initiative. This builds on the promotion and events we conducted throughout October 2017, including the key Trails Less Travelled event. We’ve got some great ideas to expand upon 2017’s initiatives to further meet our vision: to see more people walking more often.

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.

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 community at large to promote the vision of more people walking more often. Some ideas we’d like to explore:-

  • Collaborate to promote walking events in October
  • Events such as “Come and Try Days” and Guided Walks that could encourage walking and potential membership
  • Walking events and initiatives that promote inclusive walking, or engage with a diverse range of people from the community
  • Other opportunities for promoting walking

Please contact Walking SA to discuss opportunities as to how we might collaborate to promote walking in Walktober 2018.

Our focus on improving advocacy for walking

The voice of the people was heard about the sale of a section of Kangaroo Island coastline.

Here at Walking SA we are focussed on improving our advocacy for walking and on behalf of the walking community of South Australia.

Over recent months we’ve been involved with:

  1. Improving pedestrian crossings and crossing times on North Terrace with new RAH, SAHMRI and research precincts. We’ve been meeting with the Department of Transport Planning and Infrastructure to improve this.
  2. Input focussed on walking into the SA Health Public Health Plan Review
  3. Australian Adventure Activity Standards in consultation with Bushwalking Australia. After much discussion Bushwalking Australia will be finalising details shortly.
  4. Kangaroo Island coastline proposed sale to a private developer – Walking SA along with many other individuals and organisations including Friends of the Heysen Trail lodged a formal objection to this consideration. The voice of the people was heard and the Minister has advised that it will not proceed.
  5. Ongoing monitoring of gazetted changes to land use, such as unmade road reserves with review and lodging objections as appropriate when walking trail use or high-value potential walking trail use is compromised.

Of ongoing significant concern is still the issue of shared paths. This is still causing significant alarm to us and our members and the walking community at large. We will continue to make presentation to state and local government to address ways to improve the situation for all trail users. If you have issues of concern and examples of problems please get in touch with us.

Walking faster may lead to a longer, healthier life

For people aged over 60, the benefits of walking at a fast pace increased

For people aged over 60, the benefits of walking at a fast pace increased

Walking at an average pace was associated with a 20 per cent risk reduction for all-cause mortality compared with walking at a slow pace, and walking at a fast pace was associated with a 24 per cent risk reduction.

For people aged over 60, the benefits increased: an average walking pace was associated with a 45 per cent reduction in cardiovascular disease risk, and fast or brisk walking, a 55 per cent reduction.

The study by Sydney University analysed more than 50,200 walkers. Their most valuable message is that you’ve got to huff and puff and step up the pace until you’re out of breath, because that will lead to improvements.

And another study in Canada has confirmed what many people already believed: Walking for older people, even less than the recommended guidelines and only at moderate speed, can add years to your life. The 13-year study followed 140,000 people with an average age of 70.

Experts have calculated some best practice guidelines for time spent walking weekly. It’s about 150 minutes of moderately intense activity, or about 30 minutes five times a week, with about half that — 75 minutes a week — as a minimum.

But the study has found that even if you’re not meeting the minimum, the act of walking is still extremely valuable.

“Even a little walking might help you live longer. It’s been called a perfect exercise, it’s easy, cheap, doesn’t require special equipment and it doesn’t even have to be fast walking. Most of the participants said they walked about four kilometres an hour.”

Celebrating the completion of the Lavender Federation Trail

Congratulations to South Australian Recreation Trails (SARTI) on the opening of the final section of Lavender Federation Trail on May 5 at Clare, attended by a broad cross section of the walking and local community.

Some 21 years ago, back in 1997, a group of walkers realized the potential of a long distance walking trail on the eastern side of the Mt Lofty Ranges in South Australia. The attraction of a such a trail in this location was that it is in the “rain shadow” of the Mt Lofty Ranges thereby offering dry weather walking for much of the year.

The Lavender Federation Trail, now 325km long, beings on the Murray River in Murray Bridge and traverses diverse countryside on the eastern flanks of the Mt Lofty Ranges to Clare, connecting with almost 100km of link & loop trails to nearby towns, and attractions through the Barossa & Mid North of the State.

The unique feature of this trail? It has been designed, built and maintained entirely by volunteers, the eldest being 86. We understand it is the longest trail network in the country built entirely by volunteers.

Success of the Hiking Expo

The successful Hiking Expo event was on April 15th in Belair National Park. The day consisted of guided walks and 35 exhibitors promoting walking opportunities including trails, outdoor gear, walking clubs and walking groups and tours.

We had indications of upwards of 2,500 attending on the day but unfortunately with poor weather that weekend this was reduced to about 500.

The event was possible through the financial seed funding and many volunteers from our key event partners the Friends of the Heysen Trail, ARPA Bushwalkers and Heart Foundation Walking. Thanks to the financial generosity of member clubs and other revenue generation on the day we were able to break even financially.

Save next year’s date:
Sunday 14 April 2019, 9am to 1:30pm

Park of the Month, Mount Remarkable National Park, June 2018

Mount Remarkable National Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for June 2018.

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.

The trail is compacted gravel and suitable for prams. It may be accessible to advanced wheelchair users as it is a consistent width and flat, although the gravel may be loose in parts.

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Park of the Month
Para Wirra Conservation Park

Para Wirra Conservation Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for May 2018.

With its extensive grassy areas, relaxing lakeside, and beautiful bush setting, Para Wirra Conservation Park is a well-loved gathering place for family and friends.

The park has recently been upgraded, with upgraded trails, a nature play area, upgraded picnic areas and a new camping area.

During May on the Devils Nose Hike check out a new ceramic art installation called ‘Clay Impermanence’ by Ang Walford Ceramics.

On-leash dogs are welcome in the park.

Below we’ve outlined the hikes and trails in the park.

13 great hikes in Para Wirra Conservation Park

Gawler View Nature Loop, Para Wirra1.

Gawler View Nature Loop

Easy walk, 1km, 30 mins

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for those with mobility issues including wheelchairs Walk suitable for dog walking Trail shared by mountain bikers

Explore the Nature Play Forest shared-use paths through the Gawler View picnic area and playground. Keep your eyes peeled for bush birds, scurrying lizards and maybe even an emu or kangaroo. Suitable for prams. Some limited mobility access may be possible if assisted.

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Many exploring walking opportunities at Sunday’s 2018 Hiking Expo

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At yesterday’s Hiking Expo plenty of people joined one of the 22 guided walks through Belair National Park, and discovered new walking destinations, walking groups and walking gear with the 35 exhibitors. With the passing showers it was pretty wet, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the many expo visitors, stall holders and event volunteers.

Over coming months watch out for news of other walking events, including:

  • our Walktober promotion during October, promoting walking for leisure, health and transport, and
  • save the date for our 2019 Hiking Expo on Sunday 14th April 2019!
  • and with over 500 walking trails on our website there are always places to go walking, for all styles of walking, seasons and abilities. Find a place to walk.

The event was possible through the many volunteers from our event partners: including the Friends of the Heysen Trail, ARPA Bushwalkers and Heart Foundation Walking. Thanks to the 35 exhibitors for spreading the word about the benefits and opportunities of walking.

Support our work so we can bring more walking events and promote walking by joining as an Individual Member from as little as $22 per year.

Only 2 more sleeps to Sunday’s Hiking Expo in Belair National Park

Only 2 more sleeps to Sunday’s Hiking Expo in Belair National Park.

With 35 exhibitors there’s plenty to find out about walking destinations, who to go with and the best clothing and equipment.

We’ve packed goodie bags for the first 500 expo visitors, jammed full with offers and discounts from the exhibitors and info on other SA walking trails.

It’s not too late to register for one of the 25 guided walks – simply book online now for $5 to secure your chosen walk, or turn up on the day and choose from the available walks and make a gold coin donation. There’s a walk for everybody – walks suitable for children and families (check out Panda Child Carrier’s offer to try out their baby child carrying packs), Accessible walks, and walks ranging from 30mins to 3 hours.

Missed our post on getting to the Expo? Catch a train and enjoy a 20min walk, or drive – free vehicle entry for expo visitors, however car parking is limited. The Expo is at Gums Oval, near the main park entrance. View the location map and directions.

Food at the expo includes:

  • Grab a sausage off the bbq, staffed by volunteers from the Friends of the Heysen Trail
  • A delicious range of sandwiches, baked goods and cakes will be provided by the Friends of Belair National Park
  • Grab a piece of free fruit for your walk
  • Coffee will be available from Xpresso Mobile Café
  • Refill your water bottles or have a drink of free water at the SA Water Quench Bench

Getting to Sunday’s Hiking Expo

Car parking is limited for Sunday’s Hiking Expo at the Gums Oval in Belair National Park, so we encourage car pooling or public transport use.

The expo is accessible by Adelaide Metro public transport, refer to walking directions below the map.

By Train

Adelaide Metro Belair train, get off at the terminus (Belair Railway Station).

Trains arrive at 8.57am, 9.57am, 10.57am, and 11.57am.

Trains depart from Belair Railway Station at 10:13am, 11:13am, 12:13pm, 1:13pm and 2:13pm.

Walk directions from train station (15mins walk, 1.5km) – follow the Expo trail markers:

  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. After passing Playford Lake you pass a tennis court and cross the creek on a bridge – you’re almost there!
  4. When you see the Lorikeet Loop Walk (red signs), turn right and walk a short distance before turning left onto the Gums Oval and the Expo site

By Bus

Adelaide Metro 196 bus service from the city via Unley Road to Blackwood Interchange. Buses 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 ‘Gums Oval, Queens Jubilee Dr, Belair SA 5052’

Walk directions from the main entrance (8min walk, 500m) – follow the Expo trail markers:

  1. Enter the park via the main entrance gate off Upper Sturt Road
  2. Begin by following the Lorikeet Loop Walk (red signs) to the LEFT (follow it clockwise)
  3. Watch out for the Gums Oval on your right, just behind a stone public toilet building

Only 9 days to go until our Hiking Expo in Belair National Park

Only 9 days to go until our Hiking Expo on Sunday 15 April 2018 in Belair National Park. Free entry.

Come along to find out more about walking destinations, who to go with and the best clothing and equipment.

With over 30 exhibitors there plenty of walking to explore:

  • Walking Destinations, Tour Guides and Trails (jump to details)
  • Get the right gear with these retailers (jump to details)
  • Walking clubs: Discover how making and walking with new friends is the key to walking more (jump to details)

Walking Destinations, Tour Guides and Trails

  • National Parks South Australia

    National Parks South Australia. Walk, cycle, holiday, hike, camp, 4WD, swim and more in inspiring natural places. From seemingly endless red sand dunes to rugged mountain scenery, sandy beaches, diverse bushland and cherished picnic and camping grounds, South Australia boasts an extensive and comprehensive parks system.

  • Heart Foundation Walking

    Heart Foundation Walking is a fun, social and easy way to get active. Join Australia’s largest network of free community-based walking groups, with walks from 30 minutes to several hours. Groups for all sorts of people, paces and places: over-50s, parents and prams, workplaces, cultural groups and more.

  • Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail with Sealink

    The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is a new world class walking experience giving visitors access to some of the most rugged, remote and spectacular coastline in Australia. And it is on your doorstep!… Talk to SeaLink Kangaroo Island about the wide range of package options available for both individual and group walkers.

  • Big Heart Adventures

    Big Heart Adventures aims to change the world through travel one walk at a time. From charity treks for men and women to their exclusive Wise Women Walking program, Big Heart Adventures offers short walks, day walks, microadventures and weekenders both here in South Australia and multi-day adventures overseas getting first time walkers trek ready and giving back to some of our favoured charities in Adelaide and in the destination countries visited.

  • The Good Trek Co

    The Good Trek Co provides good times for nature-loving folk through our eco-weekenders, day hikes and trail adventures. They tread lightly, embrace community and are trail obsessed! Join the #trekforgood movement.

  • Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation

    The Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation aims to raise funds to support and undertake environmental initiatives associated with the Heysen Trail and other significant walking trails in South Australia. The major fundraising event is the “Walk for the Heysen” to be held at Bridgewater Oval on 29 April 2018. Tax deductable donations help us to preserve the environmental integrity of walking trails.

  • Murray River Walk

    Murray River Walk – discover the magic of the Murray River on a 4 day 3 night guided walking experience along the Murray while your houseboat accommodation cruises to your daily walking destination. Amazing scenery and wetland wildlife – superb 3 course dinners paired with local wines. One of the Great Walks of Australia. Winner of the 2017 SA Tourism Award for Ecotourism.

  • Inspiration Outdoors

    With Inspiration Outdoors return from your next holiday feeling your absolute best! Fully supported, guided and self guided hiking/biking holidays on Australia’s most beautiful trails.

  • Jodi Lee Foundation

    The Jodi Lee Foundation raises awareness to educate all Australians about bowel cancer prevention and the steps you can take to lead a healthier life. Bowel cancer is Australia’s second most common cause of cancer related death, but up to 90% of cases can be successfully treated or even prevented if detected early. On May 18 and 19 challenge yourself with the JLF Trek SA 2018 to walk 76km along the Heysen Trail in the iconic Barossa Valley to raise awareness for bowel cancer. Get fit, have fun with friends, meet new people and raise essential funds. Be part of something big and make a difference.

  • Friends of The Heysen Trail

    The Friends of The Heysen Trail is one of the largest bushwalking groups in SA. Find out about hiking the entire 1,200km Heysen Trail by joining the End-to-End walk programme. Other walks are conducted near Adelaide on other trails and parks, catering for beginners to experienced walkers, as half day walks and full day hikes. The Friends support maintenance and development of the iconic Heysen Trail.

  • SA Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

    SA Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI) is a volunteer organisation which builds walking trails in SA. Its major trail is the 325km Lavender Federation Walking Trail from Murray Bridge to Clare. The trail links many small rural towns and has loop and spur trails along its length. SARTI also advises councils and other trail developers on trail design based on its 21 years of experience.

  • Peregrine Travel Centre Adelaide

    Peregrine Travel Centre Adelaide can help you take your passion for hiking and being active and combine it with exploring the world! Whether it’s scaling one of the seven summits of the world or strolling through the lavender fields of Provence, we have you covered. Come and see us at 142 Gawler Place for all of your travel needs!

  • Pioneer Women’s Trail

    The Pioneer Women’s Trail. Follow in the footsteps of pioneer women and men who walked from Hahndorf to Adelaide in the early years of the colony selling produce. Commencing at Silver Road, Verdun, the trail winds through Bridgewater then traverses beautiful Mt George Conservation Park. It continues through Stirling, Crafers and Cleland Conservation Park before joining the Old Bullock Track and descending to Beaumont. Join the Pioneer Womens Trail Walk on Sunday 20 May.

  • Willunga Basin Trail Inc

    Willunga Basin Trail Inc are bringing to fruition the vision to establish a 120km circuit trail between McLaren Vale, Kangarilla, Willunga, Sellicks and Moana. It traverses, the Onkaparinga River National Park, Southern Mt Lofty Ranges, forest, rural land, coastal scrub, cliffs and beach. They welcome walkers to join them on Fridays, alternate Wednesdays and Sundays monthly. They walk on the proposed trail, nearby and in neighbouring regions on 12 to 15km walks with some shorter walks 5-6km walks.

  • Bushwalking Leadership South Australia

    Bushwalking Leadership South Australia is the peak body for bushwalking training in South Australia. They have been providing nationally recognised training in South Australia for teachers and outdoor leaders since 1973. Their 2018 courses to bushwalk leaders are filling fast – the first Bushwalking Leadership Certificate Program for 2018 kicks off in the April school holidays.

  • Friends of Belair National Park

    The Friends of Belair National Park are part of a SA wide ‘Friends’ network that assist with environmental management in our national parks. In Belair the Friends work to preserve the natural environment in which users can see and experience nature. They lead guided walks in the park twice monthly from April to December to explore the flora, fauna and walking trails in the park.

  • Friends of Sturt Gorge

    The Friends of Sturt Gorge look after the Sturt Gorge Recreation Park in conjunction with the Department for Environment and Water. They have a busy calendar of events, including weed control and trail maintenance working bees, training, and guided walks. They aim to restore the pre-European habitat in the Sturt Gorge and invite people to join them to meet new friends and contribute to bushcare activities. No experience is required – just a love of the bush!

  • Australian Friends of the Camino

    Australian Friends of the Camino, based in Adelaide, is part of an international voluntary network which promotes the many medieval pilgrimage routes (the Camino) traversing Europe to the tomb of St James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, in the north west of Spain. We provide Camino passports to the many Australians who walk the Camino for religious, spiritual, cultural, historical, health or recreational reasons. Visit their stand to meet experienced Camino walkers.

  • Koala Rescue Team of Fauna Rescue SA

    Koala Rescue Team of Fauna Rescue SA. The Fauna Rescue is the is the largest wildlife group in SA. The Koala Rescue Team rescue and rehabilitate koalas in Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges. Find out how you can help when walking, by knowing how to identify a koala in trouble and what to do.

Get the right gear with these retailers

  • Scout Outdoor Centre

    Scout Outdoor Centre caters for all your travel, hiking and adventure needs. A great range of brands, advice and service is on offer. Visit your leading specialist in adventure travel at 192 Rundle Street or shop with them online.

  • ioMerino

    IO Merino not only make amazing, natural, thermal layers to help keep you comfortable for longer when you’re out hiking, they also happen to be a local South Australian company!

  • Rays

    Rays. Camp, paddle, hike, explore. Drop into Rays on Main North Road, Enfield, or shop online for a wide range of paddle, hiking and camping equipment, outdoor clothing and footwear.

  • Paddy Pallin

    From its early days Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment has concentrated on supplying bushwalkers, trekkers and travellers with the highest quality and most advanced products from some of the world’s leading manufacturers. Staffed by passionate and knowledgeable outdoors people who are able to speak from experience to ensure you get the right equipment and clothing for your next adventure.

  • Carto Graphics

    Carto Graphics stock a wide range of travel, topographic & 4WD maps, GPS units, wall maps and travel guide books. Shop online or visit their store on Unley Road, Unley.

  • Redtail Outdoors

    Redtail Outdoors quality hiking gear at affordable prices. Designed and stocked by a seasoned hiker.

  • Snowys Outdoors

    Snowys Outdoors where they live and breathe camping, hiking, and travel. Located just out of Adelaide CBD on Richmond Rd, Keswick, and with a huge range online.

  • EDAS Food

    Discover Primal Pods from EDAS Food – it is simply the freshest Australian meat (160g approx), fruit & vegies (300g approx) + herbs and spices condensed into a delicious 80g meal. Designed to be ultraconvenient, Primal Pods are #fastfoodreinvented. They can be stored for months at room temperature then simply open and eat clean wherever you are. No refrigeration required, making them perfect for hikers, with 2/3rds of your recommended daily vegetable requirements & 50g protein (approx) in an open and eat paleo meal.

  • Panda Child Carrier

    Panda Child Carrier is the hiking backpack carrier which starts adventure for every young family. Keep positive spirit by being active in natural environment. The carrier is suitable for a child from 7 months of age to 4 years. Try out a hiking backpack carrier on one of the guided walks on the day! Limited numbers.

  • Groovy Gaitors

    Groovy Gaitors specialise in groovy coloured lycra gaiters – choose from 26 groovy choices. Their gaiters are awesome for keeping muck from your shoes making them the ultimate accessory for your fitness walk or hiking adventure. Life’s too short to be boring, it’s time to get groovy!

Walking clubs: Discover how making and walking with new friends is they key to walking more

  • ARPA Bushwalkers

    ARPA Bushwalkers is one of the largest bushwalking clubs in SA, each month conducting over twenty day walks in and around Adelaide. The walks range from gentle 2 to 3 hour strolls to challenging 5 to 6 hour hikes. A sub-group of the ARPA Active Over 50s Association.

  • Friends of The Heysen Trail

    The Friends of The Heysen Trail is one of the largest bushwalking groups in SA. Find out about hiking the entire 1,200km Heysen Trail by joining the End-to-End walk programme. Other walks are conducted near Adelaide on other trails and parks, catering for beginners to experienced walkers, as half day walks and full day hikes. The Friends support maintenance and development of the iconic Heysen Trail.

  • Adelaide Bushwalkers

    ABW (Adelaide Bushwalkers) specialise in multi-day hiking with full packs and camping gear. They mainly explore regions around South Australia and sometimes follow adventure interstate or overseas. Once members become experienced, they’re able to become Walk Leaders and add new activities to the yearly program.

  • St Agnes Bushwalkers

    St Agnes Bushwalkers are friendly people who enjoy a variety graded walks throughout the beautiful Adelaide hills and plains. They also enjoy camps, generally using cabins in caravan parks; as well as social activities, such as theatre visits and slide evenings.

  • WEA Ramblers

    The Ramblers, established 1925, is a special interest group of WEA Adult Education. Full day bushwalks from 12 to 18km are held fortnightly on Sundays with 12 to 20 walkers, ranging in age from 35 to 75. Long weekend camps in June and October. Check out the Photo Gallery page on their website to see maps and photos of recent hikes.

  • South Australian Road Runners Club

    South Australian Road Runners Club invites everyone, beginners, social runners and walkers, competitive and talented runners, on road or trail, to live an active lifestyle.

Park of the Month
Deep Creek Conservation Park

Deep Creek Conservation Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for March 2018.

The park is has an extensive network of trails for hiking, camping in five campgrounds and views of the spectacular scenery of Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island and the rugged Deep Creek valley.

We’ve outlined some of the best hikes below.

11 great hikes in Deep Creek Conservation Park

Forest Circuit Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek1.

Forest Circuit Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek

Easy walk, 2.7km, 1 hour circuit

Enjoy an easy stroll through the stringybark forest near Stringybark Campsite. The walk is suitable for children, explore the forest, mushrooms and birdlife. The walk is especially enjoyable near sunset and sunrise.

Spring Wildflower Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek2.

Spring Wildflower Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek

Easy walk, 4.7km, 2.5 hour return

Enjoy a walk through the regenerating forest. Watch out for echidnas, kangaroos and birdlife. During late winter and spring you’ll see wildflowers along this trail.

Deep Creek Waterfall Hike from Tent Rock Road (Trig Campsite)3.

Deep Creek Waterfall Hike from Tent Rock Road (Trig Campsite)

Moderate hike, 4km, 2-3 hours return

Enjoy a hike down to the Waterfall. Although the waterfall generally only flows in winter and after rains, the waterhole is permanent. The trail is well graded with steps towards the end.

Deep Creek Cove Hike from Trig Picnic Area4.

Deep Creek Cove Hike from Trig Picnic Area

Moderate hike, 6km, 2.5-4 hours return

Hike to a secluded cove where Deep Creek meets the ocean. Enjoy ocean views as you descend. The end of the hike into the cove can be steep.

Aaron Creek Circuit Hike5.

Aaron Creek Circuit Hike

Moderate hike, 6km, 3 hours

Explore the grasslands with views and kangaroos, before descending into Aaron Creek with its lush vegetation and winter waterfall. Take a picnic along to enjoy at the picnic table at Eagle Waterhole Campground.

Deep Creek Cove Hike from Tapanappa Lookout6.

Deep Creek Cove Hike from Tapanappa Lookout

Hard hike, 3.2km, 2.5 hours return

Hike to a secluded cove where Deep Creek meets the ocean. Enjoy views of the ocean as you descend.

Blowhole Beach – Cobbler Hill – Marrano Creek Hike7.

Blowhole Beach – Cobbler Hill – Marrano Creek Hike

Hard hike, 6.7km, 3.5 hours

Taking in the scrub, sandy beaches and open coastal hills of Deep Creek Conservation Park. Walk through scrub and wildlife, visit the sandy Blowhole Beach, and return via open grassy hills.

Deep Creek Waterfall Hike from Tapanappa Lookout8.

Deep Creek Waterfall Hike from Tapanappa Lookout

Hard hike, 6.6km, 3.5 hours return

Hike down into the valley to see Deep Creek Waterfall through gullies with moist forest. The trail is well graded.

Boat Harbor Circuit Hike9.

Boat Harbor Circuit Hike

Hard hike, 9.4km, 4 -5 hours circuit

A longer circuit hike down to Boat Harbor. A well-graded trail with breathtaking views of Kangaroo Island, The Pages Islands and Tunkalilla Beach, returning via fire tracks.

Aaron Creek Hike10.

Aaron Creek Hike

Hard hike, 10km, 4-6 hours

Take a detour when walking the Aaron Creek Circuit Hike, following Aaron Creek out to the coast. Reaching the rocky cove from the trail is difficult and involves rock scrambling.

Deep Creek Circuit Hike11.

Deep Creek Circuit Hike

Hard hike, 12km, 4-7 hour hike

Circuit hike taking in a waterfall with permanent pool, coastal views, rocky beach with creek outlet, well maintained trails with a diversity of ecosystems. Yacka hillsides, grassy hilltops, humid forest, tall stands of eucaplypts.

‘One million steps’ campaign to get Aussies off the couch

On Sunday 25 March the Heart Foundation and the Prime Minister announced a new walking initiative – the Prime Minister’s One million steps. Between now and 11 August, Australians across the country are encouraged to start walking and clock up their steps. The more they walk, the more they’ll be rewarded – with app badges and entries to prize draws. Reach 1 million steps, and they’ll enter the prize draw for an Auswalk holiday!

The Prime Minister’s One million steps is open to individuals via the Heart Foundation Walking app, and Heart Foundation Walking groups.

Sign up before 31 March and you’ll be in the draw to win a $100 rebel voucher – just download the app or tick the sign-up box in your Heart Foundation Walking profile.

Individual walkers can join by:

  • downloading the Heart Foundation Walking app
  • syncing the app to their fitness tracker (Apple Health, Google Fit or Fitbit)
  • as they walk they’ll automatically enter prize draws for 100,000 steps, 250,000 steps, 500,000 steps, 750,000 steps and 1 million steps

Heart Foundation Walking group members can join by:

  • ticking the ‘yes’ box on their online profile to join the Prime Minister’s One million steps (or their Walk Organiser can tick the box for them)
  • joining their regular walks
  • as they walk, they’ll automatically enter prize draws for 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 group walks.

Entry is open to everyone, it’s free and you can sign up all the way to 11 August and still enter the prize draws.

Hiking Expo at Belair, Sunday 15th April 2018

Hiking Expo, Opening of the Bushwalking Season, 15 April 2018

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.

  • At the Gums Oval in Belair National Park. The Expo will be open from 9am to 1:30pm.
  • Expo of walking clubs, walking tour companies and outdoor retailers, free entry.
  • Guided and self-guided hikes ranging from 45mins to 3 hours, including child-friendly and Accessible options. Guided Walks will depart every 10 minutes from 9:30am to 1pm.
  • You can secure a place on a specific guided walk by registering online from Monday 19th March, or just arrive on the day and choose a guided walk to join.