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!

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, subscribe to email news about events, or watch our website for updates in coming months.

To see more events like this

Support walking and Walking SA to see more great events like this. Walking SA is the peak body for all forms of walking in South Australia, our vision is to see more people walking more often.

Support us with a membership from as little as $22 and together we can achieve that!

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.

Walktober 2017 Initiative Funded

WalktoberSA 2016, header image

Walking SA has been successful in receiving funding from the Office of Recreation and Sport for its Walktober 2017 initiative. This builds on the promotion and events we conducted throughout October 2016, including the key Trails Less Travelled event. We’ve got some great ideas to expand upon 2016’s initiatives to further meet our vision: to see more people walking more often.

We’re seeking to expand this year’s Walktober promotions by exploring potential opportunities with like-minded partners. We’d love to chat to organisations, walking groups and businesses to explore opportunities to collaborate in the fields of walking for health, leisure and transport, inclusive walking, and engaging with a diverse range of people from the community.

This is a significant opportunity for Walking SA’s members to promote walking in their club or organisation as well as reach out to the community at large to promote the vision of more people walking more often. Some ideas we’d like to explore:-

  • Collaborate to promote walking events in October
  • Events such as “Come and Try Days” and Guided Walks that could encourage walking and potential membership
  • Walking events and initiatives that promote inclusive walking, or engage with a diverse range of people from the community
  • Other opportunities for promoting walking

Please contact Walking SA to discuss opportunities as to how we might collaborate to promote walking in Walktober 2017.

Heart Foundation’s Heart Week Celebration Walk

Heart Foundations Heart Week Celebration WalkDid you know that the simple act of walking for 30 minutes a day or more can reduce your risk of heart by as much as half.

Heart Foundation is hosting a community walk to kick of Heart Week 2017 and to celebrate the 12th anniversary of Heart Foundation Walking groups in South Australia.

  • Do you enjoy walking with family, friends or a community group?
  • Planning to set up a walking group with your work mates and want to try it out?
  • Are you a member or interested in joining a Heart Foundation Walking program – Australia’s largest FREE walking network?
  • Keen to find out more about your heart health?

Why not come along to the Heart Week Community Walk!

  • When: Saturday 29th April, Starts 9.00am, Registration from 8.30am
  • Children and dogs welcome!
  • Where: Botanic Park, Adelaide, opposite the Botanic Garden gates
  • Light refreshments and healthy morning tea provided at end of the walk
  • Register your interest to attend

Australian Walking & Cycling Conference 2017

Australian Walking & Cycling Conference logoThe 2017 Australian Walking & Cycling Conference will be on July 17th and 18th in Adelaide.

“The simple acts of walking and cycling have the potential to transform the places we live, our economies and how we engage with the environment. The Australian Walking and Cycling Conference… explores the potential for walking and cycling to not only provide for transport and recreation but solutions to livability, health, community building, economic development and sustainability.”

Read more on the conference website.

Conquer Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail to Conquer Arthritis

Conquer Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail to Conquer Arthritis

The remote and spectacular new Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail will be traversed by a small band of people in October 2017 wanting to draw attention to arthritis and raise money for research into treatments in 2017.

This is the first time that Arthritis SA has picked a “home” destination for its trek, held every two years. Previous treks have honed in on international destinations like China, India and New Zealand.

Find out more on the Arthritis SA website.

Hiking Expo, Opening of the Bushwalking Season, 23 April 2017

Hiking Expo, Opening of the South Australian Bushwalking Season, 23 April 2017 at Belair National ParkSunday 23rd April 2017
Belair National Park

An expo to celebrate the start of the South Australian bushwalking season. With the arrival of cooler autumn weather, hiking is an ideal outdoor activity. South Australia’s bushwalking clubs and Walking SA are coming together to celebrate the occasion with a unique day in Belair National Park.

  • Expo of walking clubs, walking tour companies and outdoor retailers
  • Come-and-try bushwalks ranging from 30mins to 3 hours
  • Free park entry on the day

Find out more at walkingsa.org.au/expo


Supported by Walking SA, ARPA, Friends of the Heysen Trail, South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI), and Adelaide Bushwalkers.

Walking SA is inviting walking clubs, outdoor retailers and walking tour companies to display stands at the expo, and operate come-and-try walks on the day. Get in touch with Greg Boundy via office@walkingsa.org.au or 0457 006 620.

Walktober 2016 Report

walktoberSA, WSA email 1000pxWalking SA was delighted to receive financial support from the Office for Recreation and Sport to conduct our Walktober 2016 project in October. We carried out a range of activities and events all with the intention of fulfilling our organisation vision of “getting more people to walk more often”. We would like to thank all of those actively engaged during October. A significant effort went into our social media engagement as well as providing a range of resources on our ever expanding web site. For more details of what we did please refer to walkingsa.org.au/walktober

Of particular note was our “Trails Less Travelled” event where we focussed on promoting walking other trails to the summit of Mount Lofty. This event was extremely well supported but suffered due to the atrocious weather on the day. We would like to thank all our volunteers and participants who supported the event and despite the weather had a great time. Read about the 8 Ways to Hike Up Mt Lofty.

Walk the trails from Sunday’s Trails Less Travelled, Hike Mt Lofty from a different direction event

Despite the morning’s rain and wind over 120 people participated in the six hikes for Sunday 16th October’s Trails Less Travelled event, exploring the different walking trails up to Mt Lofty summit.

The walkers were welcomed at the summit by our two intrepid explorers with goody bags and competition entry forms (congratulations Emily Young from Unley for winning a Mountain Designs day pack and a set of walking poles valued at $300.)

You can walk these trails yourself anytime. We’ve outlined the best ones below with maps and details.

Thanks to all our volunteers for making the event happening, including Heart Foundation Walking for packing the goody bags, for our walk leaders including volunteers from the Friends of the Heysen Trail, ARPA Bushwalkers, Adelaide Happy Wanderers, Heart Foundation Walking and Walking SA volunteers, for our stall holders including ARPA Bushwalkers, Murray River Walk, the Friends of the Heysen Trail, ARPA Bushwalkers and Mountain Designs.
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EVENT UPDATE Trails Less Travelled, 24 hours to go

Trails Less Travelled: Hike Mt Lofty from a different direction
8am Sunday 16 October

We’ve had lots of volunteers helping out to bring you tomorrow’s event and show people the many different ways to hike up to Mt Lofty summit. Register now, it’s free!

  1. Recent days have been fabulously sunny but the weather forecast for tomorrow is for some showers. Bring a rain jacket, umbrella or cheap plastic poncho (available from Coles, some servos, camping stores, travel stores, Harvey Norman, Spotlight).

    We also recommend:

    • wear some runners or hiking boots
    • wear a hat and sunblock
    • bring something warm to wear at the summit
    • bring 1-2L of water (water can be refilled at Mt Lofty summit)
    • avoid wearing jeans (if they get wet they stay wet for a long time and can make you feel very cold)
  2. The following walks are all good to go:

    Regretably we’ve had to cancel these hike options:

    • Botanical Gardens
    • Measdays Lookout
    • Adventure Trail
  3. All hikes start at 8am. The meeting location for each hike is listed on the hike’s event page, see:
  4. The summit expo is open from 9am to 1pm, free entry. Thanks to Mountain Designs you could win a Mountain Designs day pack and some walking poles in our event competition. Refresh yourself at The Summit Cafe, stroll among the stall holders in the summit courtyard and enter the competition.
  5. You can grab a detailed map of the event hikes
  6. Getting back afterwards
    • Some host clubs will offer to also walk back via the same route or another route.
    • You may choose to walk your own route to return, or retrace your steps.
    • If you’re hiking with a friend you could park a second car at the top before the hike, and drive back to the start in your first car. Then when you reach the top you have a car to drive down in, back to collect the first car.
    • Adelaide Metro bus service 823 stops at Mt Lofty Summit at 10:42am, 1:42pm and 4:42pm. The bus service originates in Cleland Wildlife Park and goes to Crafers Park N Ride stop 24 (by the freeway), with connections to the city and hills.

EVENT UPDATE Trails Less Travelled

Trails Less Travelled: Hike Mt Lofty from a different direction
8am Sunday 16 October

  1. The rangers at National Parks SA have reviewed and given the all clear for all our hikes.
  2. You can grab a detailed map of the hikes of the event’s hikes
  3. How to register:
    • Visit the event page
    • Review the 9 Hike Options and choose one
    • Register (it’s free)
  4. At the top:
    • stroll among the stall holders of walking clubs, retailers and tour companies
    • there’s fresh drinking water and toilets at the top
    • grab a coffee or bite to eat at the Summit Cafe
  5. Getting back afterwards
    • Some host clubs will offer to also walk back via the same route or another route.
    • You may choose to walk your own route to return, or retrace your steps.
    • If you’re hiking with a friend you could park a second car at the top before the hike, and drive back to the start in your first car. Then when you reach the top you have a car to drive down in, back to collect the first car.
    • Adelaide Metro bus service 823 stops at Mt Lofty Summit at 10:42am, 1:42pm and 4:42pm. The bus service originates in Cleland Wildlife Park and goes to Crafers Park N Ride stop 24 (by the freeway), with connections to the city and hills.

Trails Less Travelled – hike Mt Lofty from a different direction, Sunday 16th October 2016

Trails Less Travelled: Hike Mt Lofty from a different direction. Sunday October 16 2016. Hikes from 8am.Most Adelaidians are familiar with the Waterfall Gully track to Mt Lofty Summit but did you know there are at least 9 other routes that can get you to the top? Come and join one of our hosted walks and discover some of the lesser known trails exploring Cleland Conservation Park and the trails beyond.

There are walk options to suit everybody. If you’re after a serious climb along forest trails to get your heart pumping, a gentle ramble to take in the scenery or something in between then we have a walk for you. Check out the options and choose from various lengths, terrain and starting points. All walks will start at 8am and will be led by one of our member clubs so you don’t even need to read a map! Registration is free.

Once you’re at the top, you can refresh yourself at the Summit Cafe and stroll among the stall holders in the summit courtyard.

So whether it’s a new route or an old favourite, register for one of the Trails Less Travelled and we’ll see you at the summit!

Launch of two walking trails: the Sanderston Trail and Barbara Hardy Walking Trail

During August 2016 two new walking trails are being officially opened.

Lavender Federation spur trail, the Sanderston Trail, at Saunders Gorge Sanctuary

Sunday 21st August 2016
Saunders Gorge Sanctuary, Three Chain Rd, Sanderston

Sanderston Trail, 280The Sanderston Trail is a five kilometre linear trail across high ridge country adjacent to the Saunders Gorge Sanctuary. The trail has been 12 years in the making. The trail is a challenging walk with some steep sections but rewarding with spectacular scenery revealing many kilometres of unbroken dry stone walls. From the western end of the Sanderston Trail there is a six kilometre link trail connecting to the Springton Loop Trail which then intersects with the Lavender Federation Trail.

Guided walks are available at 10.00am. At 12.30pm an official opening ceremony will be held at the Three Chain Road trail head sign which is nearby the Saunders Gorge Sanctuary. This is to be followed by lunch and at 2:00pm trail walks on the Sanderston Trail and into Saunders Gorge. The Saunders Gorge walks usually attract a fee of $10 for adults, $5 children or $25 for a family but at no cost on the opening day.

Barbara Hardy Walking Trail at Hiltaba Nature Reserve

Friday 26th August 2016
Hiltaba Nature Reserve, Hiltaba, Gawler Ranges

Barbara Hardy Walking Trail, 280There are currently two walking trails on the Hiltaba Nature Reserve, with a third trail, the Barbara Hardy Walking Trail opening on Friday 26th August.

There are plans for a total of five walking trails at the Hiltaba Nature Reserve to honour the four founders of Nature Foundation and also the major supporters Bob and Betty Lewis.

Walktober 2016 Initiative Funded

WalktoberSA 2016, header image

Walking SA has been successful in receiving funding from the office of Recreation and Sport for its Walktober 2016 initiative. This is a significant opportunity for Walking SA’s members to promote walking in their club or organisation as well as reach out to the walking community at large to promote our vision of more people walking more often. Over the next few months we will be establishing a program for Walktober 2016 and we are actively seeking involvement from all our members to be part of it. We would like members to:-

  • Advise us of events in October that we can promote as part of Walktober 2016
  • Create events, such as “Come and Try Days” that could encourage walking and potential membership
  • Create other opportunities for promoting walking
  • Links with other organisations to promote walking events and activities

Please contact Walking SA with your contributions.