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.


Thorndon Park loop around lake2.

EASTERN: Thorndon Park loop around lake

Walk suitable for prams and strollers

1 hour, 1.5km

There are numerous walking trails at Thorndon Park that loop around the lake. Walking trails take you throughout this photographic location and past unique attractions like the water tower, natural wetlands, and a giant chess board. It easy to make a couple of different loops of the park and lake.


Coast Park Path along Adelaide’s Beaches3.

NORTH WEST, WEST, SOUTH: Coast Park Path along Adelaide’s Beaches

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

Enjoy a section of the Coast Park Path along Adelaide Beaches. Stretching 70km from North Haven through to Sellicks Beach the trail is a wide bitumen or compacted trail suitable for walking, prams, bikes and wheelchairs.

The major missing section is around Port Stanvac, where no trail or even rough footpath exists (there is no access to the foreshore). Sections between Moana and Port Willunga may also be rough, but easy enough for walkers to follow.


Woorabinda Bushland Reserve Loop4.

EAST, HILLS: Woorabinda Bushland Reserve Loop, Stirling

2-3 hours, 5.4km

A cool, quiet forest oasis, filled with a cacophony of birds or frogs. Woorabinda Lake is a highlight, with a path circling the lake passing reed beds, picnic benches, boardwalks and a bird hide.

Enjoy a shorter walk on The Lake Trail, which loops around the main lake.


Hallett Cove Boardwalk (Marion Coastal Walking Trail)5.

SOUTH: Hallett Cove Boardwalk (Marion Coastal Walking Trail)

Walk suitable for dog walking

90 mins – 2 hours one-way, 5.1km

A clifftop boardwalk along the rocky coastline between Marino and Hallett Cove. There are lots of options as to how long to make this walk.

Dogs are only permitted north of the Hallett Cove Conservation Park.


Adelaide Park Lands Trail (loop ring route)6.

CITY: Adelaide Park Lands Trail (loop ring route)

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

A 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

Little Para River Trail7.

NORTH: Little Para River Trail

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

Choose a section of the 14km long trail, which goes from the hilly escarpment in the east, to Barker Inlet in the west. Trail users can experience diverse areas of remnant eucalyptus woodlands, grasslands, samphire and mangroves.


Munno Para Wetlands8.

NORTH: Munno Para Wetlands

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

30 mins, 1.4km

The Munno Para Wetlands include walking trails, a playground, a large grassed area and picnic shelter.


The Gawler Rivers (Tapa Pariara) Path9.

NORTH: The Gawler Rivers (Tapa Pariara) Path

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

10.3km, 3 hours, or shorter to walk a section of it

Take a leisurely stroll along the pretty North and South Para Rivers. Interpretative panels provide information on the history of the area, native birds and vegetation. The official map shows 6.8km of trail, but the trail network has been extended north from Clonlea Reserve a further 3.5km into the suburb of Hewett.


Dry Creek River Trails10.

NORTH, NORTH EAST: Dry Creek River Trails

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

The Dry Creek Trails are a 14km network of walking and cycling trails that follow Dry Creek and its reserves from the Little Para River Trail near Barker Inlet, through Mawson Lakes, past Yatala Prison and on to Valley View and Wynn Vale.

Highlight sections include around Mawson Lakes and Dry Creek.


Wynn Vale to Valley View Walking Path11.

NORTH EAST: Wynn Vale to Valley View Walking Path

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

A 6.3km trail meandering along the beautiful Dry Creek corridor from Wynn Vale Dam through to Vaucluse Reserve in Valley View. There are four playgrounds and seating along the route.

The trail is a wide shared-use path for walkers, runners, cyclists and is pram and wheelchair accessible. There is a gentle decent from Wynn Vale towards Valley View.


Inner Harbour Loop Path12.

WEST: Inner Harbour Loop Path

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

3.5km

A shared-use walking and cycling loop path provides a 3.5km route around Port Adelaide’s Inner Harbour and Port River, taking in history and playgrounds.


River Torrens Linear Trail, West Beach to Adelaide CBD to Athelstone13.

EAST, CITY, WEST: River Torrens Linear Trail, West Beach to Adelaide CBD to Athelstone

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

The trail follows 30km of Torrens River. Walk a section of the trail as a circuit by walking down one side of the river, and returning on the other side.


St Clair Wetlands Walk14.

WEST: St Clair Wetlands Walk

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

30mins, 2.1km

The walking trail loop around the St Clair wetland.


Laratinga Wetlands15.

HILLS: Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

15mins to 45mins, 2km

There are 3 marked walking trails within the wetlands, with a fourth trail (Linear Trail) exiting the park and heading into Mt Barker.


Tennyson Dunes Native Plant Trail16.

WEST: Tennyson Dunes Native Plant Trail

45mins, 2km

An interpretive trail through the one of the last remaining remnants of a tertiary dune system on the metropolitan coast, containing some 56 native plant species and host a variety of wildlife.


Loop around West Lakes17.

WEST: Loop around West Lakes

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

1.5 hours, 5.8km

Walk around the southern lake at West Lakes on this 5.8km circuit.


Coast to Vines Rail Trail including the Shiraz Trail18.

SOUTH: Coast to Vines Rail Trail

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

This 32km trail follows an old railway corridor from Hallett Cove train station to Noarlunga via Morphett Vale, and then on to McLaren Vale to Willunga as the Shiraz Trail. Enjoy a short section and retrace your steps.


Pingle Farm Trail via estuary, Onkaparinga River Recreation Park19.

SOUTH: Pingle Farm Trail via estuary, Onkaparinga River Recreation Park

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

90 mins, 3.3km

Walk along the estuary before returning via the ruins of the former Pingle Farm farmhouse and sheds.


Wetlands Loop Trail, Onkaparinga River20.

SOUTH: Wetlands Loop Trail, Onkaparinga River

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

2 hours, 4.5km

The Wetlands Walk is located on the Onkaparinga River estuary with opportunities for walking, birdwatching and photography, with interpretive signs.