Best Hikes to See Wildlife in SA

Go for a hike is a great way to see wildlife in their native environment. We’ve outlined some of the best hikes to see different wildlife.

14 hikes to see some of South Australia’s wildlife

Aldgate Valley Nature Walk1.

Bandicoots

Southern Brown BandicootSouthern Brown Bandicoots are shy and fast moving, but you might catch a glance of one as it scurries under foliage. If you’re first thought was: “did I just see a rat… wait, a big one, and brown, and with a pointed snout, and rounded”, then you just saw a bandicoot.

There are several hikes where you might catch a glimpse of a bandicoot if you keep a watchful eye:


Koala, Montacute Conservation Park2.

Koala in Montacute Conservation Park

Koalas

Koalas are throughout the Adelaide Hills. They can often be found in large numbers in quiet cool gullies.

A few good hikes to see koalas on include:


Kangaroo and joey on the Chambers Hike and Wine Shanty Hike3.

Kangaroo and joey on the Chambers Hike and Wine Shanty Hike

Kangaroos

Kangaroos are quite easy to find in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula. A few good hikes to see roos on include:


An echidna on the Aaron Creek Circuit Hike4.

An echidna on the Aaron Creek Circuit Hike

Echidnas


Emu in Mambray Creek, on the Wirra Water Loop Hike5.

Emu in Mambray Creek, on the Wirra Water Loop Hike

Emus

There are abundant emus in the Mambray Creek campground and on the Wirra Water Loop hike (1.6km, 30 minutes).


Platypus Waterholes Walk6.

Platypus

Photo of platypus at Flinders Chase courtesy of TripAdvisor

Photo of platypus at Flinders Chase courtesy of TripAdvisor

Platypus are rare in South Australia, but with some patience you might be in with a chance of seeing some on the Platypus Waterholes Walk (4.7km, 2 hours), in Kangaroo Island’s Flinders Chase National Park.

There is plenty of other birdlife, kangaroos, wallabies, geese, echidnas and goannas to be seen on this walk.


Dolphins playing in the waves above Boat Harbor, Deep Creek Conservation Park7.

Dolphins playing in the waves above Boat Harbor, Deep Creek Conservation Park

Dolphins

View of Boat Harbor

View of Boat Harbor

In Deep Creek Conservation Park the Boat Harbor Hike (7.8km, 4 hours return) goes down to the coast with a viewing spot. You might get lucky and see dolphins playing in the surf. The trail is well-graded with breathtaking views of Kangaroo Island, The Pages Islands and Tunkalilla Beach.


White-bellied Sea-Eagle8.

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

The White-bellied Sea-Eagle are endangered in SA and few remain on the mainland. You can catch a glance of them flying overhead on the hike along the Heysen Trail from Waitpinga Cliffs to Kings Beach (11.5km, 4-6 hours one way). One of a just a few breeding pairs of sea-eagles on the mainland inhabit the cliffs here.