There are loads of great hikes around South Australia for kids aged 7 to 12, with opportunities to explore rock formations, big trees, caves, creeks, waterfalls and see wildlife. We’ve listed some of the best ones below.
Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with #WalktoberSA.
This article builds on the 12 Great Walks for Kids we published during last year’s WalktoberSA.
13 Great Walks for Kids 7 to 12 Years Old
Lizard Rock Nature Walk, Para Wirra
1.5km, 1-2 hours
Experience an easy walk to the Lizard Rocks. The rocks are large towering boulders that can be climbed for views into the valley of Wild Dog Creek.
Mylor Conservation Park Loop
2.3km, 2 hours
Explore this park with a short loop. Explore some of the open woodland of the park. Keep an eye out for western grey kangaroos and the birdlife.
We have two loops noted on this walk, and we’re recomending the secondary loop marked in red on the map (the yellow loop is a little difficult to follow near point 5, and between points 3 and 4).
Ridge Trail, Mount George Conservation Park
2.4km, 2 hours
A short hike along fire tracks & walking trails, through a secluded forest to the summit of Mt George, with magnificent views from a rocky outcrop lookout. There are some steep bits and the kids will enjoying reaching the lookout rocks.
Aldgate Valley Nature Walk
13.6km, 3.5 hour return
A walking trail connecting a series of nature reserves and some quiet country lane walking. The reserves and native bushland are home to Southern Brown Bandicoots, kangaroos, possums, echidnas and koalas.
The walks is on the longer side, but it’s possible to start in Mylor and walk some way up the valley trail, and return along the same route. From Mylor to the start of Bandicoot Lane is 3.8km return.
Forest Circuit Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek
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.
Aaron Creek Circuit 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.
Lorikeet Loop Walk, Belair National Park
3km, 1.25 hours
Wind your way past Old Government House, State Flora Nursery, and adventure playground. There are numerous stone seats along the trail, and with a wide gravelled path the trail is suitable for most abilities and strollers. Extend the day by enjoying a bbq at one of the nearby bbq shelters.
Newman’s Nursery Ruins Walk
3km, 1 hour return
Walk up Water Gully to the extensive ruins of Newsmans Nursery. Watch out for koalas along the way, and explore the many rooms and buildings of the ruins.
Devils Nose and Back Hike, Para Wirra
5km return, 2 hours
Take the kids on this walk out along a long ridge to the end at Devils Nose Lookout. Near the end walk between large boulders and onto the large rocks that form the lookout.
Rosetta Trail, the Bluff
0.8km, 1 hour
A winner with kids of all sizes, explore the Bluff by walking the 800m Rosetta Trail to the top of the Bluff.
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.
Extend the walk by walking up the Viaduct Track into Watiparinga Reserve to view the remains of the old railway viaduct, to see old tunnel entrances and passing trains. Watch out for the caves high above the Viaduct Track (marked on the google map on the walk page), which are a steep rocky climb for adventurous kids.
Wirra Water Loop, Mambray Creek
1.6km, 30 mins return
Explore the child-friendly mobility-accessible Wirra Water Loop with interpretive signs. With large hollow trees, a tree-lined rocky creek and emus, kangaroos and reptiles, this walk has plenty for kids to explore. Walk further along the Baroota Hike to explore the old homestead ruins and cemetery.
5.8km, 3 hours
The Sugarloaf Circuit hike is a gentle 3 hour, 5.8km circuit through the cool sanctuary of Chambers Gully, winding around the Sugarloaf (a sidetrip to a lookout with views over Adelaide) and walking beyond into Woolshed Gully. Watch out for koalas and kangaroos.
The trail ends at the bottom of Woolshed Gully with a short walk along the roadside Waterfall Gully Road Walking Trail.
Mount Barker Summit Walking Trail
0.5km, 1 hour return
The 500 metre return trail is an easy walk, & passes a lookout area with picnic tables before reaching the summit. Begins at the far end of the summit car park.
You can extend this hike by also walking around the summit on the 2.4km Scenic Bush Walk. This trail starts from the large boulder in the car park.