Share your “view from my walk” for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October

Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October.

Take a walk in a nearby park, along the beach, along a river, in a national park or on your walk to work – anywhere in #SouthAustralia. October is ideal for walking – the temperatures are mild and the evenings are getting longer.

The weekly prizes for the fourth week, thanks to Rays, is a chance to win a $250 voucher. With Rays you can find gear to go for a hike, a paddle, or camp, and outdoor clothing and footwear for men, women and kids.

This week’s prizes will be drawn Monday 30/10/17.

Last week’s winners were announced just now on Facebook and Instagram, and the winning photos are displayed below.

Good luck and enjoy a walk! You’re just two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

Enter via Instagram or Twitter. Facebook users can post direct to our page to share their photo.

View T&C.

The competition is part of Walktober SA – celebrating walking throughout October.

Week 3’s Winners

The winners for the third week of October, thanks to National Parks SA, have one of 6 National Parks Passes or one of two 2 Family Passes for Cleland Wildlife Park. Walk, cycle, holiday, hike, camp, 4WD, swim and more in inspiring natural places. From seemingly endless red sand dunes to rugged mountain scenery, sandy beaches, diverse bushland and cherished picnic and camping grounds, South Australia boasts an extensive and comprehensive parks system.

Share your “view from my walk” for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October

Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October.

Take a walk in a nearby park, along the beach, along a river, in a national park or on your walk to work – anywhere in South Australia. October is ideal for walking – the temperatures are mild and the evenings are getting longer.

The weekly prizes for the third week, thanks to National Parks SA, is a chance to win one of 6 National Parks Passes or 2 Family Passes for Cleland Wildlife Park. Walk, cycle, holiday, hike, camp, 4WD, swim and more in inspiring natural places. From seemingly endless red sand dunes to rugged mountain scenery, sandy beaches, diverse bushland and cherished picnic and camping grounds, South Australia boasts an extensive and comprehensive parks system.

This week’s prizes will be drawn Sunday 23/10/17.

Last week’s winners were announced yesterday on Facebook and Instagram.

Good luck and enjoy a walk! You’re just two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

Enter via Instagram or Twitter. Facebook users can post direct to the Walking SA Facebook page to share their photo.

View T&C.

The competition is part of #walktoberSA – celebrating walking throughout October.

Take a walk – the perfect way to clear your mind and balance life

We chatted with Chris “Savvy” Savill, from the Hills Hikers Walking Group, and he told us of his experience of walking and how it helped him to think things through and clear his mind during hard times, which is timely given that this week is Mental Health Week.

He shared this video and writes:

Sitting comfortably there? Are you snug in your home? Look out the window. Out there you will see one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, and it’s right on your doorstep. I don’t know about you, but just the thought of that alone excites me, and fills me with the urge to get out there to explore. There are many ways to navigate the amazing landscape of South Australia and beyond, but the best way by far is on foot. When walking or hiking, one is in constant contact with their surroundings, which stimulates every single one of the senses.

There are many benefits to walking. Of course, everyone knows that it’s good for you physically as it keeps you fit and gets your heart pumping, but walking is also very good for your mental health as well. Many entrepreneurs and successful business people such as Sir Richard Branson go walking when they need to make important decisions. Sir Richard often skips having business meetings in a boardroom like most people, and instead opts for a “walking meeting” – as walking helps stimulate the brain which in turn leads to a clearer thought process.

Walking is amazing for your mental wellbeing. If you have depression or are going through a rough spot in your life, try spending some time outside and taking a walk, surrounding yourself with nature. This helps to get away from the distractions of everyday things and to clear your mind. Walking soothes the soul, and is very therapeutic.

I recently myself went though some hard times, and walking was my “go to” thing. It helped me think things through and it really cleared my head of all the problems that were fogging my mind. I literally walked my way out of depression.

I also use walking to “unwind” from my busy lifestyle. I work in mainstream media as part of a TV crew, which can be a high pressure job at times, and extremely stressful, so just getting outside and going for a walk – if its just a couple of kilometres, or a long day hike- is a great way for me to relax.

I mentioned before how diverse the Australian landscape can be, and what I love about hiking in South Australia is how easy it is to experience this diversity in one’s local area. You can experience walking through the serenity of Kuipto Forest and surround yourself with the towering trees, or you can visit the rugged bushland of Morialta Conservation Park and clamber over the rocks. Alternatively, you can head a little further north and experience the untouched landscape of the outback that’s just begging to be explored. There’s an added bonus to walking as well, which is that you get to see and experience an array of different wildlife that also calls South Australia home. A lot of people take the wildlife for granted, but take a moment to ponder that… most of the animals here are unique to Australia – it’s the only place you can see them in the world. Experience them with your eyes though, not your hands.

Walking has totally improved me as a person in many ways. I am naturally the “outdoors type” and have been trained in survival, navigation, first aid and have an expedition qualification thanks to my ex-military days. Walking and hiking has kept my skills up to scratch, and over the years with thanks to technological advancements, it easy to use technology to also enhance your outdoor experience by following guided walks on your smart device, and using it as a navigational tool, and power these devices by using small portable solar panels when they need a recharge. However, it’s easy to forget that we shouldn’t be 100% reliant on that smart device as there may be poor signal reception, or none at all down that beaten track. Pack the old school map as well.

I have made many friends from walking, as it’s a great way to socialise. I had more and more people ask to come along for walks with me, which led me to creating my own walking group that I have lovingly called “the Hills Hikers” (You can find us on Facebook).

Walking is even better when you can share the experience with friends! So grab your walking buddy and hit those trails. Use Walking SA’s WalktoberSA as a launching pad to experience the exciting. See you out on the trails. Maybe our paths will cross, who knows… but if they do, I will give you a high five as we pass!

Chris “Savvy” Savill
Hills Hikers Walking Group | Savill Sound

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with WalktoberSA. Looking for somewhere to walk or hike? Check out our lists of best walks and hikes.

Share your “view from my walk” for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October

Share your “view from my walk” for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout OctoberShare your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October.

Take a walk in a nearby park, along the beach, along a river, in a national park or on your walk to work – anywhere in South Australia. October is ideal for walking – the temperatures are mild and the evenings are getting longer.

The weekly prizes for the first week, thanks to ioMerino are two $50 vouchers. ioMerino not only make natural, lightweight, breathable, all-weather layers that will keep you comfortable for longer, they also happen to be a local South Australian company!

This week’s prizes will be drawn Sunday 15/10/17.

Last week’s winners were announced yesterday on Facebook and Instagram.

Good luck and enjoy a walk! You’re just two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

Enter via Instagram or Twitter. Facebook users can post direct to the Walking SA Facebook page to share their photo.

View T&C.

The competition is part of #walktoberSA – celebrating walking throughout October.

Share your “view from my walk” for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October

Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October.

Take a walk in a nearby park, along the beach, along a river, in a national park or on your walk to work – anywhere in South Australia. October is ideal for walking – the temperatures are mild and the evenings are getting longer.

The weekly prizes for the first week, thanks to Scout Outdoor Centre are:

  • Stay hydrated with this in your pack! Camelbak 2L Crux Reservoir RRP$69.95
  • Black Diamond head torch RRP$79.95

This week’s prizes will be drawn Sunday 8/10/17.

Good luck and enjoy a walk! You’re just two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

Enter via Instagram or Twitter. Facebook users can post direct to the Walking SA Facebook page to share their photo.

View T&C.

The competition is part of #walktoberSA – celebrating walking throughout October.

This October we’re celebrating walking with #walktoberSA

This October we’re celebrating walking with #walktoberSA.

Walking SA has been successful in receiving funding from the Office of Recreation and Sport for the Walktober 2017 initiative. We’ve building on the 2016 initiatives to further meet our vision to see more people walking more often.

October is ideal for walking – the temperatures are mild and the evenings are getting longer.

A key event will be Trails Less Travelled on Sunday 15 October – guided and self-guided hiking up Mt Lofty from 10 different directions, showcasing walking clubs and walking trails.

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.

We congratulate the Heart Foundation initiative as part of the $10m Federal Budget

10m dollars allocated in Federal Budget to get more Australians active by investing in a walking revolution$10m has been allocated in this week’s Federal Budget to get more Australians active by investing in a walking revolution.

We congratulate the Heart Foundation in leading this initiative of the Prime Minister’s Walk for Life Challenge, which will support up to 300,000 Australians to adopt the easy way to better health – regular walking – by 2019.

“Disturbingly, about half of Australian adults are not physically active enough to gain the health benefits of exercise. This includes just under half of young people aged 25 to 34 years old. This puts them at higher risk of heart disease, stroke, some cancers and dementia in later life.”

“But even moderate exercise is like a wonder drug. Being active for as little as 30 minutes a day, five days a week, can reduce risk of death from heart attack by a third, as well as help you sleep better, feel better, improve your strength and balance, and maintain your bone density. It also manages your weight, blood pressure and blood cholesterol. So we are delighted by the news of the Prime Minister’s $10 million walking challenge.”

Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s only national network of free walking groups. It has helped more than 80,000 Australians walk their way to better health since the program began in 1995, and currently has nearly 30,000 active participants. “We need to inspire Australians to be more active, and walking groups are a cheap, fun and easy way for them to get moving,” says Heart Foundation National CEO, Adjunct Professor John Kelly.

Read more via heartfoundation.org.au/news.

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.

Advocating for Walking, March 2017 Update

Walking SA continues to represent our member clubs, organisations and individual members as well as the general walking community in matters regarding walkability of all aspects of the walking environment.

Specifically, over the last six months we have raised our voice and will continue to do so on the issue of shared paths and trails to ensure the safety of walkers using those paths and trails. We are on ongoing discussion with the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) regarding trails in the national parks that they manage as well as local councils and other bodies with jurisdiction over other paths and trails.

DEWNR is about to launch a program in recognition of that advocacy and supported by other user groups with the I Share My Trail campaign, to make all users sensitive to the needs of other users when on trails. We will provide more information as it comes to hand.

We also plan to hold a forum in May where we can get walkers and the relevant organisations together to further discuss these issues.

Walking SA, through the commitment of a number of keen volunteers, continues to monitor, liaise and in some cases object to gazetted changes to land use that will have an adverse impact upon walkers. Our voice is heard and in most cases successfully so.

In addition, we are advised of other plans that we are sought to make comment on. The latest of these are detailed below. If you wish to make comment direct please do so if you wish to advise walking SA of issues and concerns please do so and we will consolidate that into our input for each consultation.

Burnside Council

The Council seeks comment to develop a strategy for Recreation Trails Strategy within the City of Burnside.

City of Onkaparinga

The Council is seeking comment on their new Trails and Cycling Strategic Management Plan (TCSMP) which will guide the delivery of trails and cycling projects into the future. View the map of their existing and proposed trails, including the proposed Willunga Basin Trail.

Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park

Located on the River Murray, 12km south of Swan Reach, the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources is seeking feedback on the draft management plan for the park.

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

Working with Recreation SA

Within the Recreation SA structure Walking SA is a member of a number of groups (Outdoor Committee, Trails Advisory Group and the Trails Forum) as advocates for the walking community in South Australia.

Recreation SA recently appointed a Trails officer, Anthony Bates, with funding from the Office for Recreation Sport to assist in the ongoing development of trails in accordance with the SA Trails Master Plan. Walking SA is working closely with Anthony already.

Recreation SA is hosting a one-day conference on Monday 3rd April 2017 which is SA’s leading professional development opportunity for managers, staff and business owners in the recreation, aquatics, parks and leisure sector.

Friends of Parks groups: volunteers working for conservation

Friends of Parks logoThere are Friends of Parks groups throughout South Australia. Most national parks have a group of friends passionate about their conservation and protection. Special Interest Groups also abound. They range in area of interest from butterflies to hiking adventures; from the heritage and history of the Adelaide Gaol to walking the Heysen Trail. With so much to choose from you’re bound to find something to occupy those spare hours!

For more information please refer to environment.sa.gov.au/get-involved and friendsofparkssa.org.au.

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.