12 Great Walks for Kids

There are some great trails and areas for children to explore on foot. We’ve shortlisted 12 below, suitable for children of different ages.

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12 Great Walking Trails for Children

Woorabinda Bushland Reserve Loop1.

Woorabinda Bushland Reserve Loop

5.4km, 2-3 hours

A cool, quiet forest oasis, filled with a cacophony of birds and frogs. Woorabinda Lake is a highlight, with a path circling the lake passing reed beds, picnic benches, boardwalks and a bird hide. Take the kids on a walk around the lake and feed the ducks.

Park in the small carpark on Woorabinda Drive for the closest access to the lake. There are no toilets in the reserve, but there are toilets at Stirling Oval (800m from the lake).


Heysen Trail Walk with Kids to the Fairy Garden, Bridgewater2.

Short Heysen Trail Walk to the Fairy Garden, Bridgewater

2km return, 2 hours return

Take the kids on a 1km each-way hike from a playground to the fairy garden at Deanery Reserve. Walk through a tunnel, see ducks and play with fairies. Take some materials to add to the extensive fairy garden. A shorter walk option is to approach from the carpark in Mount George Conservation Park, walking through a tunnel to the fairy garden at Deanery Reserve.

There are toilets and a playground at Bridgewater.


Mannum Waterfalls3.

Mannum Waterfalls

3km, 2-3 hours return

Scenic walking trail following Reedy Creek from the lower pools to the waterfalls. An adventure playground – rock-hop along the creek, exploring the many pools and waterfalls. An abundance of birdlife and wildlife can be found. Suited for children of all ages. The first pools are 250 metres from the lower carpark.

There are toilets between the carpark and the first pools.


Wirra Water Loop, Mambray Creek4.

Wirra Water Loop, Mambray Creek

1.6km, 30 mins return

Explore the child-friendly mobility-accessible Wirra Water Loop with interpretive signs. Plenty of animals to see, including emus and kangaroos.

Starts at the Mambray Creek Day Visitor Area or campground. Toilets are also located here.


Valley Loop Hike, Belair National Park5.

Valley Loop Hike, Belair National Park

3km, 1 hour

Follows the forested banks and lower slopes of Minnow Creek and passes the Railway Dam, with ducks and seating. The trail is suitable for most strollers.

The Adventure Playground is at the north-eastern end of the trail loop. Combine with a picnic. Toilets available at each end of the trail loop. Park entry is $12 per vehicle.


Kaiki Walk, Granite Island Circuit6.

Kaiki Walk, Granite Island Circuit

3.3km

The 2.9km walk around Granite Island is a great way for people, including families with children and strollers, to discover the island. Combine with a ride on the horse drawn tram, or tour through the penguin interpretive centre.

Trams generally depart hourly, prices are $5 for a child, $7 for an adult, or $19 for a family. Penguin feeding is available twice a day (11:30am and 2:30pm) for $6 for a child, and $8 for an adult.

Toilets available at either end of the walk.


Wood Duck Walk, Belair National Park7.

Wood Duck Walk, Belair National Park

1km, 15 mins

Pleasant walk around Playford Lake, great for feeding the ducks with kids, and popular people with limited mobility issues. Pram friendly, dog friendly.

Toilets nearby. Park entry is $12 per vehicle.


River Red Gum Loop, Shepherds Hill Recreation Park8.

River Red Gum Loop, Shepherds Hill Recreation Park

2.3km, 1 hour

Explore the river red gums and wildlife along Viaduct Creek on this loop walk. A wide well-made trail suitable for prams which is shared with beginner-level cyclists. The park’s trail network has been recently upgraded and is of excellent standard. The Kids Zone at the Ayliffes Road carpark is a safe place for small children to play in the dirt and explore timber structures and nearby creek.


Morialta Falls Valley Walk9.

Morialta Falls Valley Walk

1.7km, 45mins return

Follow Fourth Creek to the heart of Morialta Gorge, on the stroller accessible trail. After rains water tumbles 30m from the top of First Falls.

Option to begin from Stradbroke Road and walking the 1.4km Fourth Creek Walk to the top carpark, to commence the Morialta Falls Valley Walk.


Greenfields Wetlands Nature Trail10.

Greenfields Wetlands Nature Trail

1.3km

Explore the wetlands along the trails with Interpretive signage detailing the rich and diverse wildlife.

Accessible 7 days a week between 8am-4pm. Just push open the gate and enjoy the walk along the trails and boardwalks. There are toilets and a cafe in the same complex.


Lorikeet Loop Walk, Belair National Park11.

Lorikeet Loop Walk, Belair National Park

3km, 1.25

Wind your way past Old Government House, State Flora Nursery, and adventure playground. Wide gravelled surface suitable for most abilities and strollers. Small natural trail-side rocks and rock steps allow children to sit or explore nearby.

The trail passes the Adventure Playground. Numerous toilets. Park entry is $12 per vehicle.


Coral Lichen Circuit, Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park12.

Coral Lichen Circuit, Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park

1.1km, 1 hour

Circuit walking trail passes through Tall Shrubland, Mallee Box and Pink Gum. Walk in the evening to see many kangaroos feeding on the open grassed expanses. Viewing platform overlooks a colony of rare Lacy Coral Lichen – a spectacular Australian lichen.