Park of the Month, Mount Remarkable National Park, June 2018

Mount Remarkable National Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for June 2018.

The park has three focus areas:

  1. Mambray Creek is a wide, rocky river with seasonal pools of water. There is a picnic area and camping sites. With plenty of trails and lots of wildlife, it’s an ideal place for families.
  2. At Alligator Gorge explore the Narrows and Terraces on a couple of different hikes, or take a short walk to a lookout to peer inside the deep, narrow gorge.
  3. From Melrose you can take a short hike around the foothills, or hike up to the summit of Mt Remarkable.

15 Great Walks and Hikes in Mt Remarkable National Park

1. Trails from Mambray Creek

Mambray Creek is a wide, rocky river with seasonal pools of water. There is a picnic area and camping sites. With plenty of trails and lots of wildlife, it’s an ideal place for families.

The hikes, walks and trails that begin from the Mambray Creek picnic area and campsite:

Wirra Water Loop, Mambray Creek1.

Wirra Water Loop, Mambray Creek

1.6km, 30 mins return, Easy Walk

Explore the Wirra Water Loop, a child-friendly walk suitable for people of all abilites, with plenty of opportunities to see wildlife, and discover the more on the interpretive signs.

The trail is compacted gravel and suitable for prams. It may be accessible to advanced wheelchair users as it is a consistent width and flat, although the gravel may be loose in parts.

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Park of the Month
Para Wirra Conservation Park

Para Wirra Conservation Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for May 2018.

With its extensive grassy areas, relaxing lakeside, and beautiful bush setting, Para Wirra Conservation Park is a well-loved gathering place for family and friends.

The park has recently been upgraded, with upgraded trails, a nature play area, upgraded picnic areas and a new camping area.

During May on the Devils Nose Hike check out a new ceramic art installation called ‘Clay Impermanence’ by Ang Walford Ceramics.

On-leash dogs are welcome in the park.

Below we’ve outlined the hikes and trails in the park.

13 great hikes in Para Wirra Conservation Park

Gawler View Nature Loop, Para Wirra1.

Gawler View Nature Loop

Easy walk, 1km, 30 mins

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for those with mobility issues including wheelchairs Walk suitable for dog walking Trail shared by mountain bikers

Explore the Nature Play Forest shared-use paths through the Gawler View picnic area and playground. Keep your eyes peeled for bush birds, scurrying lizards and maybe even an emu or kangaroo. Suitable for prams. Some limited mobility access may be possible if assisted.


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Park of the Month
Deep Creek Conservation Park

Deep Creek Conservation Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for March 2018.

The park is has an extensive network of trails for hiking, camping in five campgrounds and views of the spectacular scenery of Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island and the rugged Deep Creek valley.

We’ve outlined some of the best hikes below.

11 great hikes in Deep Creek Conservation Park

Forest Circuit Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek1.

Forest Circuit Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek

Easy walk, 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.


Spring Wildflower Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek2.

Spring Wildflower Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek

Easy walk, 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.


Deep Creek Waterfall Hike from Tent Rock Road (Trig Campsite)3.

Deep Creek Waterfall Hike from Tent Rock Road (Trig Campsite)

Moderate hike, 4km, 2-3 hours return

Enjoy a hike down to the Waterfall. Although the waterfall generally only flows in winter and after rains, the waterhole is permanent. The trail is well graded with steps towards the end.


Deep Creek Cove Hike from Trig Picnic Area4.

Deep Creek Cove Hike from Trig Picnic Area

Moderate hike, 6km, 2.5-4 hours return

Hike to a secluded cove where Deep Creek meets the ocean. Enjoy ocean views as you descend. The end of the hike into the cove can be steep.


Aaron Creek Circuit Hike5.

Aaron Creek Circuit Hike

Moderate 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.


Deep Creek Cove Hike from Tapanappa Lookout6.

Deep Creek Cove Hike from Tapanappa Lookout

Hard hike, 3.2km, 2.5 hours return

Hike to a secluded cove where Deep Creek meets the ocean. Enjoy views of the ocean as you descend.


Blowhole Beach – Cobbler Hill – Marrano Creek Hike7.

Blowhole Beach – Cobbler Hill – Marrano Creek Hike

Hard hike, 6.7km, 3.5 hours

Taking in the scrub, sandy beaches and open coastal hills of Deep Creek Conservation Park. Walk through scrub and wildlife, visit the sandy Blowhole Beach, and return via open grassy hills.


Deep Creek Waterfall Hike from Tapanappa Lookout8.

Deep Creek Waterfall Hike from Tapanappa Lookout

Hard hike, 6.6km, 3.5 hours return

Hike down into the valley to see Deep Creek Waterfall through gullies with moist forest. The trail is well graded.


Boat Harbor Circuit Hike9.

Boat Harbor Circuit Hike

Hard hike, 9.4km, 4 -5 hours circuit

A longer circuit hike down to Boat Harbor. A well-graded trail with breathtaking views of Kangaroo Island, The Pages Islands and Tunkalilla Beach, returning via fire tracks.


Aaron Creek Hike10.

Aaron Creek Hike

Hard hike, 10km, 4-6 hours

Take a detour when walking the Aaron Creek Circuit Hike, following Aaron Creek out to the coast. Reaching the rocky cove from the trail is difficult and involves rock scrambling.


Deep Creek Circuit Hike11.

Deep Creek Circuit Hike

Hard hike, 12km, 4-7 hour hike

Circuit hike taking in a waterfall with permanent pool, coastal views, rocky beach with creek outlet, well maintained trails with a diversity of ecosystems. Yacka hillsides, grassy hilltops, humid forest, tall stands of eucaplypts.


Park of the Month
Innes National Park

Innes National Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for December 2017.

Below we’ve outlined 8 walks and trails to experience the park. The park is a great destination for camping, fishing, surfing and short walks to coastal lookouts. There is an abundance of birds and animals to see while you catch some of the best coastal views in South Australia. All of the park is accessible by 2WD, so it’s perfect for day visits and a paradise for beach lovers.

8 Walks and Hikes in Innes National Park

Cape Spencer Lighthouse Walk1.

Cape Spencer Lighthouse Walk

600m, 1 hour return, Easy Walk

This short walk provides spectacular views from Cape Spencer, including of the Althorpe Islands.

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Park of the Month
Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park – Winaityinaityi Pangkara

Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park – Winaityinaityi Pangkara – is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for November 2017.

Adelaide Shorebirds Festival is celebrating this Park of the Month throughout November.

There’s lots of activities like kayaking, snorkelling and river cruises, and you can also see some of the birds on some of the walking trails in the park.

Below we’ve outlined 5 walks and trails to see some of the shorebirds and experience the unique coastal habitats.

Walking Trails to see Shorebirds

Third Creek Trail, Samphire Coast Shorebird Trails, Thompson Beach1.

Third Creek Trail, Samphire Coast Shorebird Trails, Thompson Beach

3.4km, 1 hour

The Third Creek Trail is one of the Samphire Coast Shorebird Trails at Thompson Beach. Follow the trail to learn about the lives of shorebirds and the samphire smorgasboard. Look for up to 40 species of shorebirds and waterbirds.

The trail has recently been upgraded with new signage and new compacted gravel. The upgraded section is a 900m loop from the trailhead, and the remaining trail is easily walked to Third Creek.

The Third Creek Trail starts from the southern end of the Esplanade. Brochures and maps are often available at the Third Creek Trail trailhead, or you can download the brochure.

There is a free Ranger Guided Walk along this trail on Thursday 16 November.

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Best summit hikes in South Australia

Hiking up to the summit of a mountain can be a rewarding experience. On the walk up you might wonder why you undertook such an adventure, but often reaching the summit is exhilarating.

We’ve outlined some of the best summit hikes in SA below.

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with #WalktoberSA. View other lists of Best Walks.

14 of the Best Mountain Hikes in SA

Ridge Trail, Mount George Conservation Park1.

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.

Where: Located just off the freeway near Bridgewater, the hike makes an ideal evening adventure.

When to Hike: The park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

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Best Walks for Kids under 7 (updated)

[This article was originally published in 2016 and has been updated in October 2017]

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 article we recently published.

16 Great Hikes and Walks for Kids Under 7

Punchbowl Lookout Walk1.

Punchbowl Lookout Walk

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for those with mobility issues including wheelchairs

2km, 1 hour return

A new trail opened in September 2017. The one kilometre trail visits a new lookout above The Punchbowl, where you can see spectacular views into the Onkaparinga Gorge. The trail is a consistent one metre wide and made of compacted gravel, and with gentle contoured gradients, so as such is suitable for those with mobility access issues, including wheelchairs and prams. There is some seating mid-way along the trail.

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Best Walks for Kids 7-12yo (updated)

[This article was originally published in 2016 and has been updated in October 2017]

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 complements the Best Walks for Kids under 7 article we recently published.

21 Great Hikes and Walks for Kids 7 to 12 Years Old

Michael Perry Botanic Reserve1.

Michael Perry Botanic Reserve

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

1.7km, 1 hour

Walk along a 1.7km loop through the quiet reserve following Second Creek to see the wildlife, aquatic life and remnants of the exotic plants.

Kids would enjoy the creek that the trail follows.

The path may be suitable for prams, but is a bit rough for wheelchairs. There are some steps near triangle area between the toilets and Kurrajong Avenue, but there is a steep ramped trail up to Kurrajong Avenue that avoids the steps.

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Park of the Month
Flinders Chase National Park
October 2017

Flinders Chase National Park, on Kangaroo Island, is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for October 2017.

Experience the rugged wilderness with its iconic landmarks such as the world-famous Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Enjoy the park and its diverse wildlife on the network of walking trails. Trek the five day Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail on assisted day walks or camping out along the way.

Ravine Des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area connects the two sections of Flinders Chase National Park. Below we’ve outlined 19 hikes and trails in the two parks.

19 Great Hikes and Trails in Flinders Chase National Park

Discovery Walk1.

Discovery Walk

Easy walk, 400m, 10 mins return

This short walk will take you from the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre to the Walking Trail Information Shelter overlooking Black Swamp. Interpretive signs along the way will help hone your wildlife observation skills. Signs at the Black Swamp Lookout shelter give information about other hikes and walks accessed from here.

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50 Pram and Wheelchair Accessible Walks and Hikes

Adelaide and South Australia has many walking trails and hiking paths that are accessible to prams, strollers and people with mobility issues, including wheelchairs. We’ve outlined some of the best ones below.

The walks can also be great for children to ride their bikes along with their parents walking beside them.

We’ve broken the list down into 3 sections:

  1. Adelaide Metro Area (29 walks)
  2. Bush Walks (13 hikes)
  3. Regional South Australia (8 walks)

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with #WalktoberSA.

Here’s a short selection of great hikes

Section 1 of 3. Adelaide Metro Area

Adelaide Park Lands Trail (loop ring route)1.

Adelaide Park Lands Trail

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for those with mobility issues including wheelchairs Walk suitable for dog walking

Series of connected walking and cycling trails through the parklands which loop around the city. Bisected by the River Torrens, offering the option to do either the southern or northern loops and loop back via the river.

  • Full circuit (around south Adelaide and North Adelaide): 18.1km
  • southern Adelaide circuit, using Torrens River to link up: 16km
  • North Adelaide circuit, using Torrens River to link up: 9km

The trail is an initiative of Adelaide City Council, who describe the trail as: “The trail is suitable for basic riders, family groups and mobility aid users.”


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Bushwalks close to the city for evening hikes

Now that daylight savings has started, short after-work hikes are a great way to get out and experience nature and the sunshine.

We’ve compiled a list of short hikes which are close to Adelaide. All are an hour or two, up to three hours.

Prefer easier walks around Adelaide along rivers, the coast and metropolitan parks?

Check out our accompanying article:
20 Evening walks to enjoy now that Daylight Saving has started

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with walktoberSA. Watch out for some more lists of best walks and hikes throughout the month.

25 Bushwalks close to the city for evening hikes

Michael Perry Botanic Reserve1.

EAST: Michael Perry Botanic Reserve

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

1 hour, 1.7km

Wander around a loop through the quiet reserve following Second Creek to see the wildlife, aquatic life and remnants of the exotic plants. Start the walk on Andrews Walk, near 66 Hallett Road, or from one of the nearby streets.


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Evening walks to enjoy now that Daylight Saving has started

Now that daylight savings has started, short after-work walks are a great way to get out and experience the sunshine.

We’ve compiled a list of short walks around Adelaide along rivers, the coast and metropolitan parks. All are an hour or two, or up to three hours.

Looking for some more adventurous hikes in nature?

Check out our accompanying article:
25 Bushwalks close to the city for evening hikes

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with walktoberSA. Watch out for some more lists of best walks and hikes throughout the month.

20 Evening walks to enjoy now that Daylight Saving has started

Walking Loop of the Patawalonga1.

WESTERN: Walking Loop of the Patawalonga, Glenelg

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

1 hour, 3.8km

Enjoy a walk around the Patawalonga Lake, with it’s pleasant grassed banks, playgrounds and views to Glenelg and across the marina and lake. The walk can be commenced from Wigley Reserve or Colley Reserve in Glenelg, from where you can follow the path on either side of the lake northwards. Return by walking across either the road bridge half way along, or at the foot bridge near Tapleys Hill Road.


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Park of the Month
Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park
August 2017

Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for August 2017.

In the National Park diverse hiking trails take you to cliff tops with magnificent views, or down to permanent rock pools teeming with life. Experience rugged ridge tops and the narrow river valley of the spectacular Onkaparinga Gorge.

In the Recreation Park, the river spills onto the plains, creating wetland ponds and flood plains. The area conserves important fish breeding habitat and hundreds of native plant and animal species, many of which are rare.

You can walk your dog in the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park, between South Road and Commercial Road. You must keep your dog on a lead and under your control at all times. Pets are not permitted in other areas of the park.

Below we’ve outlined 10 hikes and trails in the two parks.

Two new walking trails are due to be opened later this month, the Punchbowl Lookout Walk and the Sundew Loop, both of which go to a new lookout platform with spectacular views deep into the river gorge. Watch out for more news about this trail later this month.

10 Great Hikes and Trails in Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park

Onkaparinga Gorge Loop Trail and Lookout, Sundews Ridge Hike1.

Sundews Ridge Hike

Moderate hike, 5km, 2 hours return

Take a short hike to view the rocky outcrops and meandering river of the Onkaparinga Gorge from the Sundews Lookout. Continue your walk along the ridge top, returning to the car park without descending to the river.

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Park of the Month, Belair National Park, July 2017

Belair National Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for July 2017.

Belair National Park is close to Adelaide, nestled in the foothills. There are 8 hiking trails in the park, and another 2 hiking trails that pass through the park. The trails vary from Easy Walks to Hard Hikes. A couple of the Easy Walks are suitable for people of all abilities, including for wheelchair access, for those with mobility issues and for prams. The trails are of a high standard and are well marked.

The park is accessible by public transport train service and bus services. Vehicle entry is $12 per car, of $9.50 for concession, and you need to book before you go, of use the self-service computer available for payment daily between 9am and 4:30pm. There is also a host of free events throughout the month, including guided Ranger Walks and Friends of Belair guided walks.

You can walk your dog in this park providing it remains under your control on a lead.

11 Great Walk and Hikes in Belair National Park

Wood Duck Walk, Belair National Park1.

Wood Duck Walk, Belair National Park

1km, 30 mins

This pleasant walk around Playford Lake is popular with young children, people with prams, people with limited mobility, including wheelchairs, and those who want to experience the park’s wildlife, including the ducks on the lake.

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Accessible Trail to be built in Hallett Cove Conservation Park

The walking trail to Black Cliff in Hallett Cove Conservation Park is being upgraded to enable access for prams and assisted wheelchairs.

The entire length of the 550m trail, starting at the Park’s southern entrance and ending at Black Cliff/Black Point, is being paved to create a smooth, non-slip surface.

The trail connects with the existing boardwalk, providing a 925m trail to the lookout near Waterfall Creek, or a 1.8km return walk.

Other improvements include removal of the entry chicane and a reduction in the steepness of the path at the park entrance, allowing easier access for prams and wheelchairs.

The path has also been widened to allow visitors to stop and read park interpretive signs without blocking others.

Works will commence in August 2017 and during construction detours will be in place.

You can view 37 other Accessible Trails in SA in our Find a Place to Walk directory.

Under ‘More Filters’ select Rating: Wheelchair Accessible (37 trails), or Attributes: Stroller Friendly (61 trails).

The current trail was featured in a recent PushAdventures.com.au blog post, so the trail upgrade will be welcomed by all.

The $140,000 improvements at Hallett Cove are part of the State Government’s commitment of $10.4 million to upgrade metropolitan national parks and reserves for the growing number of local residents who use outdoor recreational spaces and to make our parks and reserves more accessible and inclusive.