There’s plenty of short hikes that are great for kids under 7, with opportunities to explore nature and see wildlife.
Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with #WalktoberSA.
This article complements the Best Walks for Kids 7-12yo we recently published.
10 Hikes Great for Kids Under 7
Stringybark Hike, Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park
2.7km, 1 hour
The Stringybark Hike is a short loop of the eastern part of Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park. The trail wanders through the flora and fauna, including grassy open areas and stringybark trees.
Kaiki Walk, Granite Island Circuit
The 2.9km walk around Granite Island is a great way for people, including families with children and strollers to discover the island. Ride the horse tram over the causeway. Explore the many boulders and boulder caves.
There are stairs at the far end of the island, but there is an alternative trail that returns directly to the causeway which has no stairs.
Inner Harbour Loop Path
A shared-use walking and cycling loop path provides a 3.5km route around Port Adelaide’s Inner Harbour and Port River. The trail passes the large playground at Harts Mill, and two pocket parks on the opposite side of the river. Watch out for dolphins and observe the boats. Ideal for the kids to ride their bikes whilst you walk.
Make a shorter walk by walking along the wharf to Harts Mill and looping back via Nile Street.
Find out more info at ourport.com.au.
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.
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.
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.
Shorten the walk by wandering down either end of the trail from the campsite and returning via the same route.
Mia Tappa Circuit
2.2km walking-only trail. Mai Tappa means ‘food pathway’ in Kaurna language. The trail reveals aspects of the Kaurna culture including the importance of plants for food, medicine or textiles, and the importance of local animals in Kaurna life.
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. Don’t overlook a short sidetrip to the Giants Cave.
Heysen Trail Walk with Kids to the Fairy Garden, Bridgewater
2km, 2 km 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.
0.5km, 45 mins return
Enjoy a short 250m walk with the family. The trail starts at the picnic area, following the creek upstream for 250 metres to reach the rock pool & waterfall. There are several picnic areas along the way.