Proposed Adelaide 100 Walking Trail Progresses, March 2017 Update

Proposed Adelaide100 Trail RouteWalking SA continues to develop the unique Adelaide100 walking trail. We are currently finalising a budget to implement Stage 1 of our plan, and putting that together in a business plan, to seek funding support for the trail.

The major advantage this trail has in its implementation is that it uses existing trails to form the whole of the Adelaide100. As such infrastructure needs are minimised, as the various trail elements and their ongoing maintenance that make the Adelaide100 are already supported, so that what we are left to provide is signage on the trails together with interpretative signs at various locations.

Our vision goes beyond this thought to include a dedicated web site, an Adelaide100 trail app with many benefits and other features. We are planning a forum for all key stakeholders shortly at which we will present the next stage of the plan.

Interest In The Adelaide100 Grows

Proposed Adelaide100 Trail RouteIn April, the Adelaide100 was enthusiastically tested by Board members Alan Bundy, Ian Budenberg and me, and Rosie Budenberg. The Adelaide100 is a local long distance loop walk of over 100 kilometres. The Adelaide100 takes in the metropolitan sea front, the Adelaide Hills, and the River Torrens Linear Park. The best parts of nine parks feature. Extensive panoramic views and intimate remote bush settings are special.

We enjoyed the coast, watercourses and Hills over 9 days and 8 nights. At the end of the day there was a warm bed in a holiday park at Belair, a bed and breakfast at Stirling, or a hotel at Newton. On the menu was a bacon and egg breakfast from Jaspers at platform level in the Adelaide Railway Station, a pasty from the award winning Orange Spot Bakery at Glenelg, or a three course feast in the medieval decored Camelot Castle at Basket Range.

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Adelaide100, September Update

Adelaide 100, September 2016 UpdateWalking SA continues to work on developing the Adelaide100 initiated by Board member Jim Mclean.

Having conducted a wide range of initial consultation, a small group walking the trail to learn first hand and as we continue to refine the concept we are now into a business planning mode to determine how we can garner further support to make this project happen. As we have used the principle of using existing well maintained trails for the Adelaide100 we believe that the additional cost of creating the trail will be relatively modest, and in particular when compared to what it would be if we were creating it from scratch.

We are grateful for the ongoing support we are receiving across the Board for this project through our member clubs and organisations, local government, state government and a wide range of community groups that we are engaging with. In particular we acknowledge the financial contribution made by the Friends of the Heysen Trail and Skyline Walkers which will greatly assist us getting work done on the ground.

Adelaide 100, July 2016 Update

Adelaide 100, July 2016 Update, brandedWalking SA has a vision for the establishment of Adelaide100 initiated by passionate Board Member Jim McLean. Adelaide is renowned for its beautiful parks and reserves that encircle our city, enhance our suburbs, thread along our coast and feature throughout the hills. Our landscape, and nature reserves coupled with a favourable climate and fantastic food and wine make Adelaide one of the most liveable places in the world. There is no other city in the world with a signposted loop trail that traverses city, coast, bush and suburbs, incorporates shorter or longer walks, provides accommodation, food, historical and cultural information and links up and promotes other trails. The Adelaide100 will link up existing infrastructure, creating short distance links and trail loops to create a 100km network.

Walking SA has been working closely with Board member Jim Mclean in further developing his vision for the Adelaide100 walking trail. This is progressing and we have recently held meetings with Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) staff to assist us in addressing specific trail details to enable the trail to utilise the maximum number of existing well maintained trails. We have also been meeting with SA Tourism Commission who are providing invaluable advice in moving this project forward.

More recently Jim and a small group walked the whole trail including addition options to “test it out”. It is fair to say that it fulfilled our vision of being a unique and enjoyable walking trail that we believe can have great appeal to south Australians as well as interstate and international tourists. Walking SA is greatly appreciative of the financial support from The Friends of the Heysen Trail and Skyline Walkers, highly valued member clubs of Walking SA.

Vision for the establishment of Adelaide100 walking trail

Vision for the establishment of Adelaide100 walking trail

Walking SA has a vision for the establishment of Adelaide100 initiated by passionate Board member Jim McLean. Adelaide is renowned for its beautiful parks and reserves that encircle our city, enhance our suburbs, thread along our coast and feature throughout the hills. Our landscape, and nature reserves coupled with a favourable climate and fantastic food and wine make Adelaide one of the most liveable places in the world.

As such, South Australia is an ideal nature tourism destination and we are already attracting many national and international walkers into our state. Now is the time to capitalise on existing assets and create new initiatives to capture the growing nature tourism market. We have the opportunity to use existing infrastructure to develop a unique walking experience that show cases our near city vistas, produce and experiences. The Adelaide100 will cater for different walking abilities providing a variety of walk options within the longer trail, and link people to great places to stay, eat and enjoy along the way.

There is no other city in the world with a sign posted loop trail that traverses city, coast, bush and suburbs, incorporates shorter or longer walks, provides accommodation, food, historical and cultural information and links up and promotes other trails. The Adelaide100 links up existing infrastructure, creating short distance links and trail loops to create a 100km network.

Joined up, well-signposted trails with way finding (maps and apps) will provide more options for more people and will attract more people looking for nature tourism experiences. The new sections of the trail have been designed to ensure that walkers can complete short distance legs or the entire trail with easy access to provisions and accommodation if required. This will ensure that short stay tourists as well as local walkers are catered for.

Monument Road

If you asked the locals of Norton Summit about Monument Road you would be told that it exists. Some even know roughly where it might be. On most maps, street directory included, you find a line that looks like Monument Road. With the right search criteria its name is recognised by the Property Location Browser, and there it is, with Norton Summit land holdings on both sides.

Monument Road looks the perfect walking route for a number of reasons. Local residents could use it as a direct, safe, healthy way to reach their hub of community facilities. It is an ideal spur, loop and alternate route of the Heysen Trail which goes right through Norton Summit. It is only 1.6km in length but is the perfect inclusion in the long distance Adelaide100 walking trail.

Despite what paper and electronic mapping shows, finding Monument Road on the ground is not straight forward. It is vehicular track at one end and a well-defined corridor of paddock at the other, but is apparently completely blocked off in between.

Walking SA has now determined where the road reserve is, and in partnership with Skyline Walkers and the Friends of the Heysen Trail has committed to developing Monument Road for use by walkers. Consultation processes with local residents, the broader rate paying community, and the Adelaide Hills Council (AHC) have been completed. Infrastructure requirements have been determined. A detailed submission has been lodged with the AHC. Initial response is favourable – Monument Road is in the AHC 20 Year Strategic Plan (document part 1, document part 2).

It is envisaged that work on the ground will be conducted in the immediate term. Markers, stiles, information boards, and maintenance and management strategies, will be put in place. The opening of this public asset will advantage local walkers and long distance walkers alike. It will bring to the local and wider community the benefits of walking that we know so well.