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With over 700 trails listed, find a place to walk, hike or bushwalk across South Australia. From a 1 hour walk near your home with your dog, to a half day hike in a national park, or a longer trail further afield, you're only ever two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

We've short listed some of the best walks below, or view all walks (724).

Park of the Month
Deep Creek Conservation Park

Deep Creek Conservation Park is the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA Park of the Month for April 2019. 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.

7 Great Hikes for Warm Days

Warmer days don't necessarily mean there are no opportunities for walking. Why not try one of these seven shorter hikes, and start off early in the morning.

Park of the Month
Para Wirra Conservation Park

The park has recently been upgraded, with upgraded trails, a nature play area, upgraded picnic areas and a new camping area. Explore 13 hikes in the park, from wheelchair accessible trails to half day hikes.

Bushwalks close to the city for evening hikes

With daylight savings short after-work hikes are a great way to get out and experience nature and the sunshine. We’ve updated our previous list to add 20 more hikes, showcasing 45 short hikes which are close to Adelaide. All are an hour or two, up to three hours.

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.

30 Walks and Trails across the Parks of Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island offers a variety of hikes and trails to explore the landscape and abundant wildlife. Across Kangaroo Island there are 7 national parks and conservation areas that have 30 walking trails: Flinders Chase National Park and Ravine Des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area (18 hikes) Kelly Hill Conservation Park (2 hikes) Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park […]

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

Anstey Hill Recreation Park is National Parks and Wildlife Service 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. […]

Park of the Month, Mount Remarkable National Park, June 2019

Mount Remarkable National Park is the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA Park of the Month for June 2019. The park has three focus areas from where you can start some great hikes and trails: Mambray Creek, Alligator Gorge and Melrose.

50 Great SA Short Walks and Hikes for Kids

There are loads of great short walks and hikes around South Australia for kids, with opportunities to explore rock formations, big trees, caves, creeks, waterfalls and see wildlife. And with many taking in playgrounds, why not pack a picnic and enjoy a great family day out. We've listed some of the best ones

Park of the Month, Murray River National Park, September 2019

Murray River National Park is the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA Park of the Month for September 2019. We've outlined the three walking trails in the park. Nearby there's more of the Riverland and Murray River to experience on foot, and we've included some of the best ones below.

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

Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park - Winaityinaityi Pangkara - is the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA Park of the Month for November 2017. The Adelaide Shorebirds Festival is celebrating this Park of the Month throughout November. You can also see some of the birds on some of the walking trails in the park, we've outlined 5 walks and trails to see some of the shorebirds and experience the unique coastal habitats.

Best Lookouts on Hikes in SA

We’ve shortlisted some of the best hikes to take in views from lookouts. Hikes are a great way to grab some nature time, and lookouts are a great opportunity to pause and take life in.

Walks and trails in Kuitpo Forest and Kyeema Conservation Park

Explore 4 shared-use trails in Kuitpo Forest and 2 walking trails in the adjacent Kyeema Conservation Park. Kuitpo Forest is 60% plantation pine forest, with the rest native scrub. In the adjacent Kyeema Conservation Park there is dense natural scrub.

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.

Bushwalks Close to the City for Evening Walks

Now that daylight savings has started, short after-work bushwalks are a good evening activity. We've compiled a list of 25 short hikes which are close to Adelaide.

Best Overnight Hikes in South Australia

South Australia has many great hikes to undertake multi-day hikes on and camp out along the way, we've listed some great 2-3 day treks and 5 day treks below. Spend your days hiking and watch the sunset, sleeping in a tent and waking up to a chorus of birdlife on some of these spectacular hikes.

Park of the Month
Innes National Park

Innes National Park is the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA Park of the Month for January 2019. We've outlined 8 walks and trails to experience the park. The park is a great destination for camping, fishing and short walks to coastal lookouts.

8 Ways to Hike Up Mt Lofty

The well-known and popular Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty summit hike is good, but there are 7 other ways to hike up to the summit of Mt Lofty, outlined below. Some are gentler, some just as steep. Expect to see less people but more koalas and kangaroos.

Park of the Month, Belair National Park, October 2018

Belair National Park is the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA Park of the Month for October 2018. The 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.

Best Hikes to See Wildlife in South Australia

Going for a hike is a great way to see wildlife in their native environment. We've outlined some of the best hikes in South Australia to see different wildlife.

Walking Trails along the Coorong

Coorong National Park is the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA Park of the Month for March 2019. We've outlined 11 walking trails that are scattered along the 130km long Coorong, both in the national park but also in small reserves and in the nearby Coorong gateway town of Meningie.

Walking Trails to enjoy on Kangaroo Island, supporting the KI community post-bushfire

We've listed 13 walks and trails unaffected by the 2020 Kangaroo Island Bushfires. Are you looking for ways to support the Kangaroo Island community after the devastating January bushfires? Head to the recovery and enjoy one of the many walks that are confirmed as still open.

Park of the Month
Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island
October 2019

Flinders Chase National Park is the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA Park of the Month for October 2019. 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. We've outlined 19 hikes and trails in the two parks.

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. As most of the walks are suitable for prams and wheelchairs, they can also be great for children to ride their bikes along with their walking parents. We've broken the list down into 3 sections: Adelaide Metro Area (29 walks), Bush Walks (13 hikes), and Regional South Australia (8 walks).

Park of the Month, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, July 2019

We’ve outlined the 18 walking trails in the park, and included the nearby Rawnsley Bluff Hike and Wilpena Pound Lookout Hikes. Discover quiet gorges with ancient Aboriginal rock engravings, wander through the Pound Gap to spot wildlife and discover the struggles early Europeans encountered with the harsh Australian conditions. Or for something more adventurous, explore the trails out to Malloga Falls, Wilkawillina Gorge or St Mary Peak/Ngarri Mudlanha.

10 Great Bushwalks Accessible by Public Transport

Although so many bushwalks are best accessed by car, there are plenty of great hikes accessible by Adelaide Metro bus and train. Here's a list of 10 hikes.

Best walks to see wildflowers and flowers in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula (updated)

Explore some walking trails for see some of this Spring's native wildflowers or other flowers. We've listed some walking trails near Adelaide in the Adelaide Hills, and in parks and reserves on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Park of the Month, Sturt Gorge Recreation Park, March 2020

Escape the hustle and bustle of the nearby city and suburbs by venturing into Sturt Gorge. There are 19 marked trails in the Sturt Gorge Recreation Park and adjacent Craigburn Farm Shared Trails network, with another half dozen in the adjacent Mitcham Trail Network (Zone 4, Blackwood Hill Reserve). Most of these trails are linear or return trails, but we've outlined two of the trails and four walking loop routes.

Park of the Month, Shepherds Hill Recreation Park, May 2017

Shepherds Hill Recreation Park is the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA Park of the Month for May 2017. There are three great hikes in the park, and another good one that extends outside of the park into the adjacent Watiparinga Reserve walking to the old railway tunnel and viaduct.

30 Evening walks to enjoy now that Daylight Saving has started

With daylight savings short after-work walks are a great way to get out and experience the sunshine. We’re showcasing 30 short walks around Adelaide along rivers, the coast and metropolitan parks. All are an hour or two, or up to three hours.

Celebrate May’s History Festival with a Historical Walk

The History Festival is being celebrated throughout May. It promotes South Australia's wonderful places, stories and collections through a range of hundreds of history-related activities. Walking on a self-guided or guided tour of one of our historic towns or neighbourhoods is a great way to experience these places and stories. We've compiled a list of the best historical walks, just grab a brochure, map, or app to get started on your walk.

Park of the Month, Onkaparinga River Parks, February 2020

Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park is the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA Park of the Month for February 2020. View 16 great hikes and trails in the park.

60 Best Dog Walks in Adelaide

We know that having a dog encourages you to walk more, and that there are numerous health benefits to dog walking. We've short listed 60 of the best walks around Adelaide to walk your dog, including trails in national parks, forests, river walkways, linear reserves and the coast.

30 Walks on the Limestone Coast

Explore the Limestone Coast on some of the many walking trail experiences. With plenty of hiking trails along the coast around Robe and Beachport, and in the Little Dip and Canunda Conservation Parks there's lots of places to discover the natural wonders of the Limestone Coast. Around Mount Gambier and northwards through the Coonawarra to Penola and Naracoorte there are walking trails that explore the natural wonders of the stringybark forests, hills and caves.

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 14 of the best summit hikes in SA.

News

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Walking SA Leadership Development

We are embarking on a program to help you develop your club leadership skills base to maintain and grow your club walks program. Essentially – to get more people walking more often. As the peak body for recreational walking in South Australia, we have received funding from The Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing to assist clubs in capacity building over this financial year.

Super Tuesday – Ten years of collecting cycling and (now) walking data in the City of Adelaide

For a decade now volunteers have counted cyclists at key locations in an around the City of Adelaide for two hours on the first Tuesday in March – known as Super Tuesday. Adopting the belief that “what is counted counts”, Walking SA is always looking for data on the amount of walking being done, and this year counted pedestrians, undertaking a similar count as that of the cyclists. This year we counted pedestrians at 14 locations, and helps us so we can start observing trends.

July 13: Covid-19 update for walking club activities

Relevant to walking clubs - SA Health and SAPOL have made factsheets available to clarify restrictions related to sport change rooms; communal / shared food (ie bbqs); re-iterating density and physical distancing rules.

Game On – building a more active SA

Did you know that if we can get moving for 150 minutes a week, we could save $100,764 in health system cost savings to government across a lifetime. The newly released Game On plan by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR) aims to get more South Australians moving. We participated in the consultation period.

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Find a Walking Club

Finding a new place to go for a bushwalk and friends to go with is easy with a club. It’s also a great way to try out hiking, and meet others keen for walking.

Search through our list of 20 member walking clubs, offering a range of walking types:

  • walks of a few hours
  • 3-4 hour hikes
  • full days bushwalks
  • multi-day hikes camping along the way overnight

Skyline Walkers

Skyline Walkers is a walking club that meets at different locations on Saturday mornings at 9am. Each walk, led by club members, has two levels and takes approximately 2 to 3 [...]

Heart Foundation Walking

Network of free community-based walking groups, with walks from 30 minutes to several hours.

Gawler Bushwalkers

Day walk program from April through to early November, 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month. Meet at Fasta Pasta Car park, Lyndoch Road. 8.00 am. Also base camping hiking [...]

Kangaroo Island Walking Club

Coastal and inland day walks monthly in various areas of Kangaroo Island. Walks are graded for high (A Grade), moderate (B Grade), and easy (C Grade) levels of fitness.

Friends of the Heysen Trail

Hike the entire Heysen Trail in a six-year end-to-end program, also half/full day walks elsewhere.

Retired Teachers Walking Group

The Retired Teachers Walking Group (RTWG) is an independently incorporated walking club. We welcome members who have worked in the pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary [...]

WEA Ramblers Bushwalking Club

The Ramblers, established 1925, is a special interest group of the WEA. Hikes from 12 to 18km are held fortnightly on Sundays. There are usually 12 to 20 walkers, who range in [...]

Darwin Bushwalking Club

Bushwalking day/overnight including walks in Kakadu/Litchfield National Parks and beyond.

Adelaide Bushwalkers

Adelaide Bushwalkers specialises in multi-day wilderness hiking with full packs and camping gear along with other complementary activities such as day walking, kayaking, [...]

Mid North Branch, Friends of the Heysen Trail

A branch of the Friends of the Heysen Trail, in the Mid North, which conducts a walking program. They also maintain a lengthy section of the Heysen Trail between Logans Gap [...]

ARPA Bushwalkers

The ARPA Bushwalkers is an activity sub-group of the ARPA Active over 50s Association (SA) Inc. Each month the Bushwalkers organise over twenty day walks in and around [...]

Adelaide Happy Wanderers

A range of different all day walks on the first Sunday each month. The walks are provided for gay, lesbian and interested walkers.

St Agnes Bushwalkers

Bushwalking, family camps, backpack camps, club meeting. Bushwalks – full day, half day, family groups. Education about and maintenance of the natural environment. Our [...]

Central Australian Bushwalking Club

The Central Australian Bushwalkers, based in Alice Springs, explore the central desert rangelands including the East and West MacDonnell Ranges.

Goannas Walking Group

A small walking group which meets on Thursday mornings. We enjoy 2-3 hour bushwalks with a picnic lunch, and shorter suburban walks over summer which end at a coffee shop for [...]