Success of the 2017 Hiking Expo

What an event! Hiking Expo 23 April 2017 at Belair National ParkWhat an event! At yesterday’s Hiking Expo between 1,500 and 2,000 people attended and over 550 people enjoyed the free guided walks around Belair National Park.

Our vision is to see more people walking more often, and yesterday we connected those people with new walking opportunities. We hope you found it as rewarding as we found in hosting the event!

But Wait, There’s More to Come!

Last week we received the great news that we have received funding from the Office of Recreation and Sport to conduct Walktober – a month long celebration of walking this October.

There will be a series of walking and hiking events (such as 2016’s Trails Less Travelled) and walking promotion throughout the month. Whether you walk for leisure, health or transport there will be something for you!

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Maps from the Guided Walks

At yesterday’s Hiking Expo over 550 people enjoyed the free guided walks around Belair National Park.

We know some people missed out on a walk or their preferred walk. We’ve updated our event webpage with the walk maps, so you can undertake the walk yourself.

Please do note that most of these guided walks are walking routes, not walking trails, which means you will need to undertake the navigation yourself. Also some walk leaders may have modified the route during the walk to adapt to yesterday’s conditions.

If you prefer to follow marked trails, read about that below.

Explore other hikes and walks

If you prefer to follow marked trails, check out the 8 walks around Belair National Park that are listed in our Find a Place to Walk directory.

There are 400 walks in our Find a Place to Walk directory, so you find hikes that suit what you like.

A big thanks to our volunteer walk leaders!

A big thanks to our volunteer walk leaders, lgAll our wonderful walk leaders were volunteers from walking clubs and event partners. A big thanks to them all who guided everyone on the walks around the park. We’ve had so much great feedback about the walks!

Find more details about walking clubs.

Nine new walking trails in Anstey Hill Recreation Park, Park of the Month

Anstey Hill Recreation Park is National Parks SA’s Park of the Month for March.

The park has recently been upgraded as part of a $10.4m plan to upgrade and develop more walking and cycling trails, public toilets, barbecue and picnic areas, and playgrounds in national parks close to the Adelaide metropolitan area.

There are now 9 marked walking trails in the park, which is vast improvement given there were only previously some unmarked walking routes. The new trails are mostly loops and depart from various trailheads, all with new carparks and trail information boards. The new trails include 3 that are for walkers only.

We’ve outline the 9 walking trails below:

New Walking Trails for Anstey Hill Recreation Park

Wildflower Wander1.

Wildflower Wander

1.4km, 45mins to 1 hour

The Wildflower Wander is a hike up a steep hill with rewarding views over the Adelaide Plains, as well as seasonal opportunities to view wildflowers including native orchids. The quiet gullies are a haven to a variety of small birds.


Wednesday Loop2.

Wednesday Loop

3.7km, 2-4 hours

The Wednesday Loop hike is 3.7km long circuit that mostly follows single trail which is used by hikers and mountain bikers. The trail begins near the main carpark in the former quarry. If you miss the formal trailhead and follow the main Quarry Track (also the Yellowtail Look), just 200 metres up the fire track the Wednesday Loop walking trail leaves the main fire track on the left.


Little Quarry Loop3.

Little Quarry Loop

0.65km, 20 mins

The Little Quarry Loop is a short, easy trail for people of all abilities. Suitable for prams and people with limited mobility access (wheelchair access). The trail features a gravel surface with many easy but optional trail obstacles and features. The trail begins near the main carpark in the former quarry.


Silver Mine Loop4.

Silver Mine Loop

2.5km, 2-3 hours

The Silver Mine Loop is a 2.4km long circuit hike that predominately follows wide fire track. The loop includes a short section of walking trail up to the Lookout, which has views and a picnic table. The hike passes several old fenced mine shafts near the Lookout.


Quarry Views Hike5.

Quarry Views Hike

1.1km, 30 mins return

The Quarry Views Hike is a short 1.1km hike around the top of the former quarry, offering views into the quarry. Keep a watch out for native birds and reptiles.


Pink Gum Loop6.

Pink Gum Loop

3.1km, 90mins

A challenging circuit hike along wide fire trails climbing a steep hill. The trail is good for walking dogs and trail running, although the fire track can be dusty and loose gravel on the descent.


Bursaria Hike7.

Bursaria Hike

4km, 1.5 hours

The Bursaria Hike explores some of the more remote areas of the park. The trail is named after the Bursaria flower which could be found flowering in the summer months.


Yellowtail Loop (Anstey Hill Loop)8.

Yellowtail Loop (Anstey Hill Loop)

7.5km, 2-3 hours

This 7.5km loop walk around Ansteys Hill Recreation Park includes some steep climbs, superb views over the Adelaide Plains, some of the wildlife of the park, and the ruins of Newmans Nursery.


Geological Hike9.

Geological Hike

1.3km, 30 mins

The Geological Hike is a quiet hike located in the little-visited south west corner of the park. The trail explores the geological feature known as ‘The Gun Emplacement’, with interpretive signage along the way detailing local history and the environment.


Review of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail (KIWT)

Day 2, Maupertuis Section, Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

The Cape du Couedic lighthouse sits tantalizingly on the horizon as the KIWT follows the cliffs south towards Hakea Campsite

The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is a five day hiking trail along the spectacular coastline of the south-west corner of Kangaroo Island. The trail opened in October 2016. There are campgrounds along the way. The first day in the Rocky River Section (as the Rocky River Hike), and the 5th day in the Kelly Hill Section (as the Hanson Bay Hike) can be hiked by anyone, but the middle 3 days are only accessible to people who have paid the $161 trail fee. In the Suggested Itineraries section we review shorter ways to walk the trail, including how to hike the sections as day walks.

We walked the trail in December 2016, offering the following review. Although we had earlier received an invitation, we were not guests of National Parks SA on this hike trip.

This review was originally published on the Notes from a Trailhead blog, and is reproduced here with permission.

Details about each day’s walk appears in our Find a Place to Walk directory listing for the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail.

The trail is referred to using the acronym of KIWT on some trail signage, and when using hashtags on social media (#KIWT).

Contents of this Review

Jeremy Carter, author of this review, has hiked many multi-days throughout Australia and New Zealand, including South Australia's Heysen Trail. He undertakes volunteer work and professional work with Walking SA, although this article is unpaid. He has contributed over 200 walks and trails to our Find a Place to Walk directory.

Jeremy Carter, author of this review, has hiked many multi-days throughout Australia and New Zealand, including South Australia’s Heysen Trail. He undertakes volunteer work and professional work with Walking SA, although this article is unpaid. He has contributed over 200 walks and trails to our Find a Place to Walk directory.

Our review covers the following topics, which you can jump to directly or read the whole article below:

  1. Trail Comparison
  2. Choose this trail if you like
  3. Starting the Hike
  4. Trail Conditions Underfoot
  5. Trail Signage
  6. Campgrounds
    • Large communal kitchen and dining shelter
    • The Bathroom Block
    • Campsites
    • Campground Signage
    • Extra Campground Facilities
    • Food in Campgrounds
  7. Maps
  8. Audio Tour App
  9. When to Walk
  10. Suggested Itineraries
    • 5 Day hike plan
    • 4 Day hike plan #1
    • 4 Day hike plan #2
  11. Packing List
  12. Wildlife
  13. Beaches & Swimming
  14. Bushfires
  15. Drinking Water
  16. Mobile Reception
  17. Details of each Trail Section

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As Walktober ends there’s never been a better time to walk more often

We’ve been celebrating walking throughout October with #WalktoberSA.

Whether walking for leisure, health or transport, there are always great places to go walking.

With longer warm evenings there’s never been a better time to walk more often:

See where other people have been hiking throughout #WalktoberSA in our gallery of social media snaps people have taken on their walks.

Throughout summer the Friends of the Heysen Trail undertake a 2-hour walk each Wednesday evening.

Best Walks for Kids 7-12yo

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.

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Best Waterfall Hikes in South Australia

South Australia is a dry place, but there are still plenty of waterfalls. We’ve listed some of the best ones to access on hikes.

Right now in October 2016 there are waterfalls everywhere, stay safe in flood waters.

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with #walktoberSA

We’ve listed some of the best walks to view waterfalls below below, or view 221 hikes in our Find a Place to Walk directory.
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17 Short Walks on the Heysen Trail

The Heysen Trail stretches 1,200km from Cape Jervis to the Flinders Ranges. We’ve listed some of the great short hikes you can walk along the Heysen Trail, ranging from a few hours to a full day.

The Friends of the Heysen Trail conduct a walking program to walk the entire 1,200 kilometres over six years. Other hikers walk the entire trail over a six week period, camping out along the way. In last place on the list we have included special mention of a 5 day highlight section of the trail along the South Coast.

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with #walktoberSA

We’ve listed some of the best walks on the Heysen Trail below, or view 221 hikes in our Find a Place to Walk directory.

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25 + 110 New Find a Place to Walk Entries

In recent months we’ve listed 26 new walks in our Find a Place to Walk directory.

Last week we also listed 110 new historical walks, a great way to explore some of the rich history in our suburbs and country towns.

Over the last eighteen months the directory has expanded to over 300 walks and trails around the state, so there are plenty of places to explore for walking.

New Walks to Explore

Walk Into History at Port Elliot1.

Historical Walks

Last week we also listed 110 new historical walks, a great way to explore some of the rich history in our suburbs and country towns.

To explore the historical walks, visit the Find a Place to Walk directory and select the Historical Walks checkbox.

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15 New Find a Place to Walk Entries

In recent months we’ve listed 15 new walks in our Find a Place to Walk directory.

Over the last twelve months or so the directory has expanded to over 180 trails around the state, so there are plenty of places to explore for walking.

15 New Trails to Explore

Ridge Trail, Mount George Conservation Park1.

Ridge Trail, Mount George Conservation Park, Stirling

2.4km, 2 hours

Hike along fire tracks & walking trails, through a secluded forest to the summit of Mt George, with magnificent views from a rocky outcrop lookout.


Forest Circuit Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek2.

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.


Mount Brown Summit Hike3.

Mount Brown Summit Hike, near Quorn

14.9km, 4-7 hours

A circuit hike along the Heysen Trail up to the summit of Mt Brown. The trail is well marked and gradually climbs the summit, taking in Waukarie Falls and Bald Hill Viewpoint.


Spring Wildflower Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek4.

Spring Wildflower Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek

4.7km, 2.5 hour return

Enjoy a walk through the regenerating forest. Watch out for echidnas, kangaroos and birdlife. During late winter and spring you’ll see wildflowers along this trail.


Boat Harbor Hike5.

Boat Harbor Hike, Deep Creek

7.8km, 4 hours return

Enjoy a well-graded trail with breathtaking views of Kangaroo Island, The Pages Islands and Tunkalilla Beach. Watch out for dolphins at Boat Harbor Beach.


Hardys Scrub Hike6.

Hardys Scrub Hike, near Onkaparinga Gorge

5.9km, 2-3 hours

Wander through this forest on walking trails and fire tracks. The trail is well marked. We recommend this extra eastern trail as especially delightful to walk through, with some good views.


Montacute Conservation Park Hike7.

Montacute Conservation Park Hike

6.3km, 2 hours

This hike through the rugged hills of Montacute Conservation Park is challenging, but rewarding with excellent views.


Mount Ohlssen Bagge Hike8.

Mount Ohlssen Bagge Hike

5.6km, 4 hours return, 5.6km return

A steep rocky climb to the summit of Mount Ohlssen Bagge, with rewarding views both inside and outside the Pound. Look for reptiles along the way.


Wangara Lookout Hike9.

Wangara Lookout Hike, Wilpena Pound

7km, 3-3.5 hours return. 7.0km return (upper lookout), 6.2km return (lower lookout)

Walk through the Pound Gap into Wilpena Pound, and up to one of the Wangara Lookouts for panoramic views into the inside of Wilpena Pound.


Mount Remarkable Summit Hike10.

Mount Remarkable Summit Hike, Melrose

15.4km, 4 – 5 hours return (7.7km one way, 15.4km return)

Hike along the Heysen Trail up to the summit of Mt Remarkable. The trail is gently graded as it contours up to the summit. You can start the trail from the main street of Melrose, walking up to the Monument on the bitumen road past the caravan park. When walking across the scree slopes watch out for the remnants of a small plane that crashed here in 1980.


Aaron Creek Circuit Hike11.

Aaron Creek Circuit Hike, Deep Creek

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.


Ingala Falls12.

Ingala Falls, near Deep Creek and Victor Harbor

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.


Hindmarsh Falls13.

Hindmarsh Falls, Victor Harbor

0.2km, 15 mins

Enjoy a short walk to the lookout to see the waterfalls, as water cascades over numerous pools. The lower car park is adjacent to a picnic area.


Walking Trail Around Mount Barker Summit14.

Walking Trail Around Mount Barker Summit

2.4km, 1.5 hours

This 2.4km circuit hike is an alternative walk to the easy Summit Walking Trail. The trail is easy to follow, and provides views to the east and west.


Mount Barker Summit Walking Trail15.

Mount Barker Summit Walking Trail

0.5km, 1 hour

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.


The Mosaic Trail – Edithburgh to Sultana Point, Walk the Yorke16.

The Mosaic Trail – Edithburgh to Sultana Point, Walk the Yorke

2.9km, 1-2 hours

An walking trail with interpretive signage and 94 mosiacs. The trail begins from the main jetty in Edithburgh, following the coast around to Sultana Point. The walking trail is suitable is hard gravel, and is suitable for wheelchairs, prams, walkers and cyclists.


New Find a Place to Walk Entries: Walk the Yorke + Crafers to Mt Lofty + Bendleby Ranges

We’ve listed four new walks in our Find a Place to Walk directory.

Walk the Yorke, Marion Bay to Gleesons Landing1.

Walk the Yorke, Marion Bay to Gleesons Landing

60.5km / 2-3 days

Enjoy the spectacular coastline around the rugged foot of Yorke Peninsula in this 3-day section of the 500km Walk the Yorke trail.

Other sections we have listed of the Walk the Yorke include:


Main St Crafers to Mt Lofty Summit2.

Main St Crafers to Mt Lofty Summit
Now through Cleland with no road walking

4.9km, 2 hours one-way

In February 2016 this trail network was expanded, with a new walking and cycling trail constructed through Cleland Conservation Park linking existing fire tracks. This link trail means that walkers can now walk from Crafers to Mt Lofty with no road walking – as they follow the meandering trail through Cleland Conservation Park. The trail includes 700 metres of new trail and 800 metres of resurfaced trail.


Bendleby Ranges – 4 Bushwalks3.

Bendleby Ranges – 4 bushwalks through Hidden Valley

5.4km, 2-3 hours

With an unspoilt natural environment, Bendleby Ranges offers remote campsites nestled amongst gum lined creeks, 4WD tracks and hiking and mountain bike trails. The gem of the bushwalks are through Hidden Valley.


Walk the Yorke, Hillocks Drive to Marion Bay4.

Walk the Yorke, Hillocks Drive to Marion Bay

20km, 5 hours

The walk passes along the spectacular coastline within Hillocks Drive, which is a real highlight of this end of Yorke Peninsula. Experience the rugged coastline, quiet sandy beaches and magnificent rock pools.


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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.

Throughout October share your “view from my walk” photo via social media using the hashtag: #walktoberSA

Explore more walks in the 150 walks in our Find a Place to Walk directory.

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.