Employment Opportunity
Walking SA – Executive Director

Exciting opportunity to work for peak body in SA

About us

Walking SA is the peak body that leads, promotes and supports all forms of walking in South Australia, including walking for recreation, transport, health and wellbeing. We achieve this through promoting walking opportunities, events, adventure, environmental appreciation, education, training and fun experiences. Our vision is to see more people walking more often.

About the role

Walking SA is looking for an Executive Director to work with the Chair, the Board, key stakeholders, our volunteers and members to provide strategic advice, manage communications and implement strategies to support the activities of Walking SA within our Strategic Plan.

The Executive Director will represent Walking SA to the broader walking community, including the general public, all levels of government and key stakeholders.

To apply for this senior salaried position, you must have highly developed oral and written communication skills. A proven record of writing successful grants would be beneficial. You must be able to generate workable, practical solutions, understand basic bookkeeping (knowledge of using Xero is an advantage), fundraising and marketing, be committed to a collaborative working approach; be able to operate autonomously, and have good, negotiation and liaison skills. A high level of organisational skills is essential.

Most importantly you should have an understanding of, and commitment to, the benefits and promotion of walking. A demonstrated knowledge or background in walking and the factors influencing opportunities for walking in South Australia, both recreational and for transport, would be advantageous.

This position has the potential to become full-time if additional funding is sought.

Employee benefits

We value our employees and volunteers and believe your passion and commitment will make a difference to achieving our vision. We offer:

  • Work-life balance – flexible work arrangements (some out of hours may be required).
  • Developing your career – we provide professional development opportunities.

To apply for the job please provide a cover letter addressing the criteria (max 3 pages), and your recent 2 page CV. Please address to Mr Rod Quintrell, Chair of Walking SA, office@walkingsa.org.au

Salary: On Application

Office location: Adelaide

Contact Helen Donovan on 0457 006 620, office@walkingsa.org.au for the position description and more information

Applications will remain open until a candidate is chosen but early application is advised.

General information about Walking SA and our activities can be found at walkingsa.org.au.

2021/22 Annual Report, Walking Awards and AGM

Walking SA held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 20th October at the Torrens Rowing Club, with an attendance of over 50 people from member clubs, organisations and supporters. We greatly appreciate the attendance and engagement with those there on the night.

Thank you to Mary-Anne Healy from the Department of Environment and Water for the presentation for our bushwalkers on trail updates and plans, including the Southern Flinders Ranges (new Gorges Walk – construction to commence in 2023 and improvements to Tapanappa Ridge Lookout), the new infrastructure along the Wild South Coast Way (those who have used it give it a big thumbs up!), and the continuing work at Kangaroo Island.

Thanks to EXURBIA The Adventure Supply Co the Lucky Door Prize, a Salewa Denali II Tent valued at $429 was won by Sharon. The Denali II is a large 2-person, 3-season, double wall dome tent for hiking and trekking.

Award Winners

We presented the awards for the annual Walking SA Walking Awards. The awards recognises and promotes the achievements and work of groups, organisations, local and state government, and volunteers in South Australia. The Awards process is an opportunity for public and peer recognition of achievements in walking, and demonstrates to volunteers, community groups, the recreation industry, business, government, and the wider community the significant and positive impact that can be achieved through improvements to walkability.

Awards were presented to three organisations and one individual, celebrating their contribution to walking in South Australia. Awards were presented by Lyn Dean, Chief Executive, Wellbeing SA, and Rod Quintrell, Walking SA Chair.

Board

Walking SA Board and AGM guests, 20 October 2022. From left-to-right: Jim McLean (obscured), John Eaton, Jeremy Carter, Rebecca Tooher, Lisa Murphy, Matt Lang, Bill Gehling, Charlotte Budenberg, guest Mary-Anne Healy from the Department of Environment and Water, Rod Quintrell, Ian Radbone, guest Lyn Dean, Chief Executive of Wellbeing SA, Daniel Osborne, Meredith Lawson, Daniel Bennett, Jinal Shah, Tuesday Udell.

Daniel OsborneWe welcome Daniel Osborne as a new Board member, having earlier taken on the role of Chair of the Walking for Transport Committee. With Daniel’s professional background as an Urban Transportation Plangineer he brings a valuable perspective to the Walking for Transport Committee. He brings a strong data driven approach to planning, design and policy development, informed by the work of globally recognised thought leaders. He has key skills in public transport infrastructure and network design, human scaled street design and spatial driven data analysis. He’s a big fan of challenging conventional wisdom.

2021/22 Annual Report

The 2021/22 Annual Report was distributed at the AGM and Helen Donovan, Executive Director of Walking SA, spoke to the report identifying a range of highlights from the past year.

Improve your Hiking Skills session Southern Flinders

Saturday 15 October 2022
Southern Flinders, Mt Remarkable National Park, Wilmington

Choose from two sessions:
8:30am to 11:30am, or
1pm to 4pm

Join an experienced leader from Walking SA for a guided bushwalk & skills session in Alligator Gorge, Southern Flinders, Nukunu country.

This 3-hour session will include a 2 hour hike in the park plus some time to relax in the bush and have a chat about:

  • How to plan and be well prepared for a hike
  • How to stay comfortable while walking
  • Equipment should you take with you
  • Navigation and map resources
  • What to do in an emergency
  • Rules and guidelines about walking in parks
  • The principles of Leave No Trace
  • Walking SA
  • Bushwalking Leadership South Australia

This event is proudly supported by National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia as part of the October – Parks of Northern Mount Lofty Ranges.

Make Walking Great Again, Wed 12 Oct 2022

Join us to explore the practicalities of delivering real walkability improvements from a local government planning and design perspective.

Hear about the challenges and success stories from local examples.

Wed 12 Oct 2022
9am to 1pm
Networking time and light lunch included

The Joinery
111 Franklin St
Adelaide

Cost
FREE

  • Keynote Speaker:
    Anna Campbell,
    Executive Officer of Queensland Walks

  • Case study presentations:

    • City of Unley, Tanya Bacic

    • City of Prospect, Mayor David O’Loughlin

    • Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Tim McEvoy

  • Panel discussion

  • Workshop:
    Delivering walkability in a South Australian context.

Stop the spread! Bushwalking guidelines to protect our environment

The current risk of Foot and Mouth Disease (F&MD) being introduced to Australia is a reminder for all bushwalkers to take precautions to combat the potential spread of soil borne diseases, the fungus Phytophthora cinnamomi (pronounced fy-TOFF-thora), and even weed seeds! Each of these issues can cause significant destruction – to animals, plants, and the ecosystem.

Help stop the spread by complying with these guidelines:

Vegetation affected by Phytophthora cinnamomi

  • clean your boots before you leave home
  • park your car in designated car parks only
  • keep to designated roads and walking trails at all times
  • use hygiene stations where provided
  • Respect instructions from private landowners regarding areas of access
  • clean your boots when you finish your walk. Don’t take boots or shoes home to clean.

How to keep your footwear clean:

Hard brush for cleaning

Hard brush for cleaning boots and shoes

Bushwalkers are encouraged to carry a hygiene kit in their backpacks to keep footwear clean.

A ‘hygiene kit’ should contain:

  • hard brush to clean footwear
  • spray bottle of disinfectant
    • methylated spirits (undiluted) or
    • household bleach (diluted 1 part of bleach with 4 parts of water).

Cleaning procedure:

Hygiene station for cleaning boots

  1. if a hygiene station isn’t located on your walk, select a hard, well drained site for boot cleaning
  2. remove all soil and plant material from one boot at a time using the brush
  3. disinfect the entire sole using the spray bottle before placing the boot on the ground
  4. allow the sole of the boot to dry for approximately one minute
  5. step forward to avoid re-contaminating your footwear
  6. repeat steps two to six for the other boot
  7. finish by disinfecting the

The Aussie Camino

Guest post by Luke Mills

History of pilgrimage

Luke Mills on the Aussie Camino

There are many different reasons why people travel – health; to broaden the mind by seeing other places and other cultures; for holidays; while working for multi- national companies; and for sport. People today, both young and old, are travellers. It is only within the last fifty or so years that the terms globe-trotters, and jet-setters have been coined. A pilgrimage has a different objective. It is a journey with a religious purpose, to visit holy or sacred places called shrines associated with a saint where people can feel near to the saint either through relics or miraculous stories.

It is as well to remember that Australia has no history of pilgrimage. Australia is not a country that people associate with pilgrimage, For pilgrimage to become part of the Church’s witness in a particular country one needs saints and a kindling of the desire to visit places associated with their lives. Although there are many Aboriginal sacred sites and Aborigines go “walkabout” to reach them that is not pilgrimage in the Christian sense when pilgrims are intent on honouring those who lived and died for the faith. There is no tradition of Christian pilgrimage in Australia as there is in countries such as Spain, France, ltaly and the Holy Land. With the canonisation of Mary MacKillop in 2008, the tradition of pilgrimage has begun to take root in Christian consciousness.

In April 2013 Luke Mills, Steven Murphy, Anthony Mills and Michael Dillon from St Francis Xavier College set out for the journey to where it all began. This was a first ever – there is no record that any other pilgrimage has ever been undertaken before from Portland, Victoria to Penola, South Australia.

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Walking SA AGM 2022

Thursday 20 October 2022
AGM: 6:30pm
Trails presentation: 7pm
Followed by Walking Awards award ceremony

Torrens Rowing Club
Victoria Drive, Adelaide SA 5000

Join us to hear from our Guest Speaker Mary-Anne Healy, Director, Community and Nature Partnerships, Department for Environment and Water, who will discuss trail updates for National Parks and Wildlife Service SA (NPWSSA). Trails, camping, and future plans for NPWSSA – hear it all, direct from the source, with an opportunity to ask questions!

Thanks to EXURBIA The Adventure Supply Co we have a Lucky Door Prize, a Salewa Denali II Tent valued at $429 up for grabs. The Denali II is a large 2-person, 3-season, double wall dome tent for hiking and trekking.

Public welcome, please register for free ticket.

Torrens Rowing Club is located on Victoria Drive, just north of the Adelaide CBD, on the southern bank of the River Torrens next to the City Bridge and Jolly’s Boathouse.
Please note the venue is accessed by stairs.

Nominations for the Board

Nominations for membership of the 2022/23 Walking SA Board are invited from anyone with a passion for raising the profile of walking, improving walking environments and getting more people walking. We are particularly interested in applications from members from our walking clubs.

Please refer to the Nomination Form ( Microsoft Word, or PDF.)

Please send your completed nomination form to:
Helen Donovan, Executive Director
Walking SA
Level 4, 25 Leigh Street, Adelaide SA 5000
or email office@walkingsa.org.au
by Thursday 13th October 2022.

Getting there

Please note the venue is accessed by stairs.

Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/6d5sECmBaqcLXzVj6

By bike: there are some bike racks nearby.

By public transport: 10 mins walk from the Adelaide Railway Station, or from the nearby tram stop.

By car: Use the Park Adelaide app to find street parking, displaying real-time info about available parking spaces, time limits, and parking payment. You can download the app free on Apple or Android.

National Parks and Wildlife Service SA adopts the Australian Walking Track Grading System 

South Australia’s national parks feature a diverse range of trails allowing park visitors to immerse themselves in nature and explore the different landscapes across our state. Trails varying in length, surface, gradient and remoteness so it’s important that park visitors can choose a walk that best suits their level of fitness and walking experience.

Previously, trails in national parks have been classified under subjective descriptors such as Easy Walk, Moderate Hike, Hard Hike and Trek. The National Parks and Wildlife Service now adopt the Australian Walking Track Grading System which is based on the technical specifications of the Australian Standard Walking Tracks – Classification and Signage (AS2156.1-2001).

Under the system, walking trails are graded on a difficulty scale from grades one to five. You may have noticed these grades appearing on our trailhead signs and parks webpages.

A trail is graded according to its most difficult components the classification criteria. You may find that a trail will often have components which are easier than the trail’s final classification.

I hope this inspires you to go out and explore a new trail in our wonderful parks.

Australian walking track grading system

Grade 1
No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5 km.
Grade 2
No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10 km.
Grade 3
Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20 km.
Grade 4
Bushwalking experience reccommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
Grade 5
Recommended for very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20 km.

~ Matt Lang, Statewide Trails Officer, National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia

Guided Street Art Walks throughout June

2 hour / 4km tour
Weekday and weekend timeslots throughout June
3 tour routes

Join a guided walking tour to discover the huge range of street art styles representing the diversity of Adelaide’s artists and cultural scene.

We will guide you down the main thoroughfares and hidden laneways to experience parts of Adelaide best seen on foot!

Places are limited – get in quick!

Book tickets:

Walking SA starts creating their Reconcilliation Action Plan

It has been 5 years since the launch of the Uluru Statement from the Heart – the call for a First Nations voice to parliament. Watch this short video clip from NITV’s The Point explaining what the Uluru Statement from the Heart is.

Walking SA has begun the process of creating a Reconciliation Action Plan, engaging in the Reflect stage of the framework. We welcome any feedback as we find ways to advance reconciliation. We look at walking, especially bushwalking, and see a disconnect with love of being on country and engagement with, or understanding of Indigenous culture. Should you wish to contribute, please get in touch.

It’s Reconciliation Week 2022 – Be Brave, Make Change.

The RAP Framework

The four RAP types – Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate – allow organisations to continuously develop their reconciliation commitments.

Reconciliation Australia’s RAP Framework provides organisations with a structured approach to advance reconciliation.

Each type of RAP is designed to suit an organisation at different stages of their reconciliation journey and organisations can repeat the same type of RAP if appropriate.

Reflect: Scoping capacity for reconciliation

Reflect RAPs are for 12 months and are right if your organisation is new to reconciliation and unsure how to get started.

They set out steps to prepare your organisation for reconciliation initiatives in future RAPs.

Committing to a Reflect RAP means scoping and developing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, deciding on your vision for reconciliation and exploring your sphere of influence.

reconciliation.org.au/the-rap-framework

Stiles on the Willunga Basin Trail

Guest post by Chris Davies, Chair, Willunga Basin Trail Inc.

One of the Climbing Stiles being erected on the Willunga Basin Trail

My partner Zara and I have walked many miles in several countries and seen some wonderful sights. I have always been intrigued by the many and different approaches that have been taken to allow walkers access to or from the next paddock or enclosure, yet barred stock and other animals. Instantly recognizable in the landscape when seeking a way are the huge wooden A-frame ladders over high-wired deer fences in Scotland. Not always as discernable are the horizontal slabs jutting as steps from drystone dykes. In North Yorkshire, slender slots to squeeze through stone walls. And clever off-centre hinges that cause small heavy wooden gates to re-latch with a “clunk “behind you. The ubiquitous pole on the fence line, with two or three boards set through the fence as steps, is perhaps the simplest, cheapest, and most easy to use of all stiles, yet due to construction methods I have seen many in disrepair.

In South Australia, when crossing a typical wire fence at the beginning of the Little Kaiserstuhl walk near Tanunda, I was struck by how easy this stile was to climb, where one may use two hands for added safety and the simplicity of its design.

When we were deciding on a style of stile for the Willunga Basin Trail, I found that this Flinders Ranges Bush Walks Stile is approved by the South Australian Insurance Corporation. It was designed by Rob Marshall of the Walking Trails Support Group.

A phone call to Rob and we were on the way to a decision.

We had estimated that we would need at least 29 stiles, that they would need to be rugged due to the varied conditions and terrain in which they would be placed, and above all, safe to use. Ease of construction on site was also a factor. The fewer parts, the easier to assemble was the thought. Chats with an engineer in McLaren Vale eventually saw the production of 38 stiles, each having a single heavy duty pipe frame with 4mm thick walls, rounded step-ends for extra safety should a climber slip, and double galvanising for durability.

We have now placed 35 stiles on the trail.

If you asked our volunteers about how easy these climbing frames have been to erect, you may hear a few mumbles. Dedicated, happy and very loyal though they are, a trench big enough to take up to 380 kilograms of ready-mix concrete had to be dug for each of the 35. This was often into hard rocky clay that came out of the ground looking like dry wood chips, enough to test the patience and strength of even our stalwart volunteers. Throw in 33 degree heat or wind driven rain and you may start to wonder about “ease of construction”.

But the sight of a beautifully choreographed 4 person team, each member holding a corner of a two metre square tarpaulin, moving to the callers instructions, mixing up to seventeen  20 kilogram bags  of ready-mix concrete and then pouring it directly into that hard won trench, eases the aching bodies and doubtful minds. Another stile stands ready in place. They are simple, they are strong. They make climbing wire fences easy and are easily recognizable in the landscape.

Improve your Hiking Skills session

Saturday 7 May 2022
Anstey Hill Recreation Park

Choose from two sessions:
9am to 12noon, or
1pm to 4pm

Join an experienced leader from Walking SA for a guided bushwalk & skills session in the easily accessed Anstey Hill Recreation Park.

This 3-hour session will include a 2 hour hike in the park plus some time to relax in the bush and have a chat about:

  • How to plan and be well prepared for a hike
  • How to stay comfortable while walking
  • Equipment should you take with you
  • Navigation and map resources
  • What to do in an emergency
  • Rules and guidelines about walking in parks
  • The principles of Leave No Trace
  • Walking SA
  • Bushwalking Leadership South Australia

This event is proudly supported by National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia as part of the May – Parks of Northern Mount Lofty Ranges.

Instructions for Hiking Expo Guided Walk Participants

Hiking Expo, 3 April 2022For Sunday’s Guided Walks at the Hiking Expo we’re excited to show you some of the best bits of Belair National Park!

Please arrive 30 minutes before the start of your guided walk, and check-in at the walk registration desk inside the large shed. If you’ve pre-purchased a ticket let them know, otherwise you can purchase your ticket. If you’ve pre-purchased a ticket you can bring friends or family along with you to register on the day.

The walks are being hosted by volunteers from our member hiking clubs and sponsors.

You can refill your water bottle at the SA Water Quench Bench, or grab some food:

Share photos on social media using the hashtag #hikingexpo

 

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of your experience please read the following guidelines:

  1. Please observe social distancing practices, maintain personal hygiene (apply hand sanitiser and protect others if you cough/sneeze, and do not share drink bottles, eating utensils, other personal items and equipment.
  2. You are responsible for your own fitness and preparedness for the walk:
    • This includes wearing suitable footwear with adequate tread (this could be walking shoes, running shoes or hiking boots).
    • If you have any questions about your fitness or the requirements of the walk, please ask us prior to commencing the walk. People with medication needs and / or special requirements should discuss their needs with us.
    • You are responsible for carrying your own food (snacks), water (suggest 1-2L), some basic first aid equipment (suggest for blisters), and any required medication.
  3. The Guided Walks are a group experience. There will be walk leader at the start of the group, and another at the back of the group. The group may spread out, but will regularly re-group, typically at junctions or the top of hills.
    • You should check with the walk leader before walking on ahead, and if you need to leave the group (for toileting, to withdraw from the walk, taking photos, or any other reason) please advise either the walk leader at the start of back of the group.
    • You should ensure that walkers behind you are kept within eyesight.
    • Please don’t bring pets along, as they may not be welcomed by others in the group. On walks marked ‘Dog Friendly’ you are welcome to walk your dog provided they remain under your control and on a lead no more than 2 metres in length, that you bring disposable bags to clean up your dog’s faeces and be mindful of other guided walk participants and trail users.
      Our friends at National Parks and Wildlife Service SA will have free disposable bags available at their stall.
    • Please don’t smoke or leave any litter.

The event is presented by Walking SA in conjunction with:

Walking SA is the not-for-profit peak body that leads, promotes and supports all forms of walking in South Australia. Our vision is to see more people walking more often. You can support Walking SA’s efforts by becoming a Supporter from as little as $22.

Discover hiking trails, who to hike with & the best hiking gear at this Sunday’s Hiking Expo

Hiking Expo, 3 April 2022, logoAt this Sunday’s Hiking Expo discover hiking trails, who to hike with & the best hiking gear. Free entry, 9am to 1pm at Main Oval, Belair National Park.

Explore the national park on one of the the guided hikes. With options ranging from 45mins to 3 hours, child friendly, dog friendly and Accessible walks there is something for everyone.

Try out orienteering with two courses available, one for children under 5, and larger ones extending into the national park for teams, families or singles. Use the smartphone app to navigate your way between points. Courses are 10mins to 1hour.

Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna elder Major Moogy Sumner will lead a welcome to country at 10am, followed at 11am by a yarning circle around a fire pit.

Exhibitors include:

  • Walking SA

    Walking SA is the not-for-profit peak body that promotes and supports all forms of walking in South Australia. Our vision is to see more people walking more often.

    With over 750 trails on our website, 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.

    Find out more at walkingsa.org.au

  • National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia

    Walk, cycle, holiday, hike, camp, 4WD, swim and more in inspiring natural places with National Parks SA.

    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.

    Parks encompass more than 20 percent of the state and offer a wide range of experiences. Whether you want to take it easy on a local walking trail, cuddle a koala, fish magnificent beaches, dive with sharks or sleep under the stars, there’s an adventure for everyone.

    Find out more at parks.sa.gov.au

  • Forestry SA

    ForestrySA proudly manages hundreds of kilometres of walking trails with forest reserves including the Heysen Trail and many multi-use loops and circuits. Visitors enjoy walking, hiking and trail running through picturesque pine forests and adjacent beautiful conservation areas. Many of our trails are supported by overnight stopovers in forest huts and campgrounds.

    Find out more at forestrysa.com.au

  • Friends of the Heysen Trail

    The 1200km hiking trail, the Heysen Trail, covers some of South Australia’s most diverse and breathtaking landscapes, traversing coastal cliffs, beaches, native bushland, rugged gorges, pine forests and vineyards, as well as rich farmland and historic towns. Walk from Cape Jervis in the south to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges, or hike from top to bottom.

    The Trail passes through some of the most scenic parts of the state including national parks, state forests and internationally acclaimed tourist destinations, including the Barossa Valley and the stunning Wilpena Pound, star of the Flinders Ranges.

    The not-for-profit organisation the Friends of the Heysen Trail maintains the Heysen Trail in partnership with the Department for Environment and Water (DEW).

    A regular walking program occurs year-wide, with different grades of walks catering for beginners to experienced walkers.

    Find out more at heysentrail.asn.au

  • Retire Active SA Bushwalkers

    Retire Active SA Bushwalkers (Previously ARPA Bushwalkers) is an activity subgroup of Retire Active SA. Each month the Bushwalkers organise over 20 day walks in and around Adelaide, ranging from gentle 2-3 hour strolls to challenging 5-6 hour hikes. They run a number of camps each year within Australia and also overseas, and organise small groups walking the complete Heysen Trail.

    Find out more at retireactivesabushwalkers.org.au

  • Adelaide Bushwalkers

    Adelaide Bushwalkers specialise in multi-day wilderness hiking with full packs and camping gear along with other complementary activities such as day walking, kayaking, cycling and social activities for the benefit of their members. Come chat to us at our stall about how you could join us in discovering new places with new experiences.

    Find out more at adelaidebushwalkers.org

  • Trail Running SA

    Trail Running SA is a not-for-profit trail running club with low-cost membership, which depends completely on volunteers. Our purpose is to organise off-road running activities which enable runners of all levels and abilities to enjoy running in natural surroundings and in pleasant company. As well as organising regular free social runs and information sharing sessions, we organise a range of trail running events kicking off with the Five Peaks SA Trail Running Festival on Sunday 10 April. You can find out more about that event and all the others we have planned for 2022 at trailrunningsa.com.

    Find out more at trailrunningsa.com

  • Exurbia the Adventure Supply Company

    THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER.
    ONLY BAD GEAR CHOICES!

    WE ARE:
    A bright clump of puffered hikers on the Heysen Trail.
    Gloved hands clutching flat whites on the Saturday morning sidelines.

    The smell of bacon frying in a campsite in the Flinders.
    Climbers scaling sheer rockfaces and walkers tackling Mount Lofty.

    Dog owners at Grange with a tireless border collie.
    Linear Park all day, every day.

    WE ARE:
    People like you who love being out of the house,
    out of the burbs,
    out of your comfort zones,
    out of puff and well,
    just out.

    BUT BEFORE YOU GO OUT, COME IN AND SEE US.
    WE ARE EXURBIA,
    THE ADVENTURE SUPPLY CO.
    COME IN. GET OUT.

    Find out more at exurbia.com.au

  • Macpac

    Macpac is New Zealand’s leading technical outdoor brand. We’ve been equipping adventure-lovers with durable outdoor gear and apparel for nearly 50 years. With 46 stores across Australia (and 3 stores in SA), we’re deeply connected to the bushwalking and hiking community. Whether you’re a seasoned bushwalker or a first-time explorer, chat to our passionate and experienced store teams for advice on pack fitting, finding the perfect pair of hiking boots, recommended trips and more.

    Find out more at macpac.com.au

  • Reservoirs South Australia

    Home to unique flora and fauna, our reservoir reserves are open for adventure and offer access to special parts of South Australia. Immerse yourself in beautiful natural landscapes while enjoying a walk, hike, run or cycle on a series of trails with stunning water views.

    Find out more at reservoirs.sa.gov.au

  • Snowys Outdoors

    We live and breathe camping, hiking, 4WD and travel… and we want to help you enjoy it too.

    According to our customers, we’re Australia’s leading camping, hiking & travel store. We’re staffed by experts so come to chat to us as we will be only too happy to help.
    Our local store is in Keswick, you can’t miss us – just look for a big orange building! Not close by? That’s okay, we have a huge range of products online and offer fast, FREE delivery to most of Australia, and Australia’s lowest prices… every day.

    Find out more at snowys.com.au

  • Paddy Pallin

    From its early days Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment has concentrated on supplying bushwalkers, trekkers and travellers with the highest quality and most advanced products from some of the world’s leading manufacturers. Staffed by passionate and knowledgeable outdoors people who are able to speak from experience to ensure you get the right equipment and clothing for your next adventure.

    Find out more at paddypallin.com.au

  • ioMerino

    ‘io’ stands for ‘Into’ the ‘Outdoors’. Because ioMerino is the perfect, natural clothing to wear outdoors. Whether that be on trail, on mountain, on the water… anywhere outdoors.

    Find out more at iomerino.com

  • Recycle your quality outdoor gear

    Promote sustainability by selling or donating outdoor gear to the Recycle Your Quality Outdoor Gear Stall. It could be shoes or a backpack that you bought but didn’t turn out to be for you, but is still quite new, or it could be a used piece of gear that still has some life.

    • View the stall brochure.

    • Drop off items before the Expo to Hallett Cove or Kensington, or at the stall on the day. View the information form to include with items.

    Find out more at walkingsa.org.au/news/recycle-quality-outdoor-gear-hiking-expo-2022

  • SA Greens

    As the third political force in Australia, we believe in maintaining parks and wildlife for all to enjoy. We tirelessly campaign for the preservation of our natural environment, for action on climate change, and for sustainability in all facets of business. National, conservation and marine parks should be cared for, for the benefit and well-being of all.

    Find out more at greens.org.au/sa

  • Adelaide 100

    The Adelaide100 is a 100km circuit walk that traverses the city and the suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia.

    Trail work is currently underway to open the trail in 2022. The trail can be started from any point along the circuit, and spans from the beautiful coastline, through the CBD and suburbs, and into
    the Adelaide Hills.

    Find out more at adelaide100.com.au

  • SA Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

    SA Recreation Trails Incorporated is a community-based, non-profit organisation dedicated to the establishment of countryside trails (mainly walking) across South Australia’s rich and unique landscape, to increase the well-being of all South Australians and visitors and, at the same time, improve the preservation of the state’s heritage and natural environment. SARTI is a volunteer organisation and the planner/designer/builder and maintainer of the 325km Lavender Federation Trail from Murray Bridge to Clare (1997 – 2018).

    SARTI has also built in excess of 120km of spur and loop trails throughout the council districts of Rural City of Murray Bridge, Mid Murray, Barossa, Goyder and Clare and Gilbert Valley. SARTI has also assisted Councils with their trail building projects in planning, design and physical on the ground construction.
    SARTI has received funding from; Walking Clubs in South Australia, the above mentioned Councils, SA Government grants through the Department of Recreation & Sport and Tourism SA and Federal Government grants.

    Find out more at lavenderfederationtrail.org.au

  • Carto Graphics

    Carto Graphics; your home of topographic maps, walking maps, trail maps and outdoor books, local, national and international.

    Find out more at cartographics.com.au

  • Custom Mapping Services

    With a history of producing high quality detailed authoritative mapping, Custom Mapping Services specialise in topographic trail mapping. We have produced maps of the 100km Great Ocean Walk, the 325km Lavender Federation Trail, the 33km Riesling Trail, the 250km Great South West Walk and many more. Providing printed, pdf and digital formats including Avenza Maps, we can help keep your walker safe and on track.

    Find out more at custommappingservices.com.au

  • Big Heart Adventures

    Big Heart Adventures offer themed, culturally authentic, guided and self-guided walking adventures. Designed for beginners, intermediate and experienced trekkers. They offer sustainable culturally aware hiking tours, inspiring walking experiences and events for wellness, fitness, and confidence. Their award winning Wise Women Walking program empowers women to walk for wellbeing by offering bushwalks, overnight hikes and multiday walking events.

    Find out more at bigheartadventures.com.au

  • SA Rogaining Association

    Plan. Seek. Find.
    Three words encapsulate the fun and excitement of exploring new districts with a map and compass in hand at a rogaine with the SA Rogaining Association. We provide the location – you make your own adventure with a teammate or two, finding checkpoints hidden around a district. We have 5 events a year, from a 3-hour event in a metropolitan setting, through to the Championship 24-hour bush event.

    Find out more at sarogaining.com.au

  • Skyline Walkers Inc

    The Skyline Walkers are a sociable group that walks on Saturday mornings with a 9am start (winter walks). They welcome any new members. Approximately 25-45 members (30-60% of our membership) attend each walk with various club members leading the walk each week.

    There are two walking groups, ‘A3’ and ‘A2’. The ‘A3’ walks are approximately 10km over three hours and walked at a good pace on often hilly terrain. The ‘A2’ walks are approximately 7km over two hours, with some hills. Walks cover areas such as Para Wirra to the north of Adelaide, Kuitpo Forest to the south of Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills.

    Find out more at skylinewalkersinc.com

  • Orienteering SA

    Orienteering is a sport where competitors visit a number of points marked on the ground, controls, in the shortest possible time aided by a map and compass, and using the MapRunF smartphone app.

    Try it out in a small group or alone. Orienteering is a sport for all ages – with competitors from about 5 years of age up into the 90s. It can be enjoyed as a recreational activity or a competitive sport.

    At the Hiking Expo try out some orienteering on the day with come and try orienteering courses. There is a free string-orienteering course suitable for children, and for adults choose a courses from easy and short, to hard and long, find out more.

    Find out more at sa.orienteering.asn.au

  • Willunga Basin Trail Inc

    The Willunga Basin Trail opens on the 3rd April 2022, the day of the Hiking Expo. For the last 3 years volunteer members of Willunga Basin Trail Inc have been working to establish this 130km trail. Visit the stall to the meet the people, learn more or buy a map for $2.

    The route travels through the agricultural land, the hills, and the coast which make up the Willunga Basin, visiting McLaren Vale, Kangarilla, Willunga and the coastal suburbs between Sellicks and Moana as well as the Onkaparinga River National Park, Aldinga Conservation Park and Kuitpo Forest.

    The Willunga Basin trail is divided into 11 sections which can be done as half day walks or it can we walked in 5/6 days using camp sites and other accommodation. Detailed maps and info at www.willungabasintrail.org.au.

    The infrastructure for the trail has been funded by the South Australian Government through the Office of Recreation, Sport, and Racing and through the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board. The City of Onkaparinga is the major partner.
    Willunga Basin Trail walking group has been instrumental in finding and testing the route of the trail. The group walks every Friday morning in the southern area.

    Find out more at willungabasintrail.org.au

  • Native Orchid Society of South Australia

    The Native Orchid Society of South Australia is a group of enthusiastic orchid lovers who promote the conservation of Australian native orchids through cultivation, education and the preservation of naturally occurring orchids and natural habitat.

    One of the exciting citizen science projects we support is the national Wild Orchid Watch (WOW) project that helps the public collect orchid data which directs research and conservation efforts. At the same time WOW assists you with identification of your orchid photos.

    WOW is part of an international citizen science project called iNaturalist.

    Find out more at nossa.org.au

  • Pioneer Women’s Trail (National Trust Hahndorf Branch)

    Experience the amazing trips undertaken by Hahndorf’s Prussian Lutheran women and girls, sometimes twice weekly. They walked, carrying their produce, from Hahndorf through the Adelaide Hills to market in Adelaide in the early years of European settlement. The walk honours their sturdiness, hard work and stamina, for they were instrumental in saving the young colony from starvation.

    The Pioneer Women’s Trail was rediscovered by members of the Hahndorf and Burnside Branches of the National Trust, and Walking SA in 1980.

    Join the 2021 Pioneer Women’s Trail Walk on Sunday 15 May 2022, choose from 12km, 19km and 26km options. The annual Pioneer Women’s Trail Walk retraces the steps of the women and girls from Hahndorf to Beaumont House. Our walk of 26km ends there, but they would have continued for another 9km into central Adelaide. Since the event started in 2009 many hundreds of women, men and children have followed in their footsteps.

    Find out more at nationaltrust.org.au/event/2022-pioneer-womens-walk

  • Friends of Belair National Park

    The Friends of Belair National Park have been caring for Belair for more than 35 years. Come and talk to us about Bush Care and other activities.

    Find out more at friendsofbelairpark.org.au

  • St Agnes Bushwalkers

    If you want to enjoy some beautiful countryside while increasing your fitness, then join the St Agnes Bushwalkers Our different walks cater for varying fitness levels, whilst our competent and experienced leaders will show you parts of the Adelaide hills, plains and beaches that you never knew existed.

    Find out more at stagnesbushwalkers.org.au

  • Australian Friends of the Camino

    The Australian Friends of the Camino are based in Adelaide and is part of an international network which promotes the many medieval pilgrimage routes (the Camino) traversing Europe to the tomb of St James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, in the north west of Spain. They provide Camino passports to their members, among the many Australians who walk the Camino for religious, spiritual, cultural, historical, health or recreational reasons. Visit their stand to meet experienced Camino walkers.

    Find out more at afotc.org

  • Oova Juice

    Oova juice is a wholesome natural grape juice traditionally produced in southern Brazil that, besides being delicious, can help to improve your performance when consumed before or after physical activities.
    Grape juice offers a revolution to the sports industry with its antioxidant properties. Oova juice is naturally made with 100% Vitis Labrusca grapes and nothing else added.

    Rich in resveratrol, just like wine, but without alcohol, Oova juice helps fight the production of toxins and free radicals, it is also a natural anti-depressant, has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial properties and many other health benefits

    For lovers of physical activities, indoor or outdoor, grape juice is recommended before or after training. During exercise, there is an improvement in blood flow, facilitating the exchange of nutrients in the cells. As result: an increase in performance and acceleration of the recovery process.

    Intagram: @oovajuice

    Find out more at oovajuice.com.au

Recycle your Quality Outdoor Gear at the Hiking Expo

Promote sustainability by selling or donating outdoor gear to the Recycle Your Quality Outdoor Gear Stall at the April 3 Hiking Expo. It could be shoes or a backpack that you bought but didn’t turn out to be for you, but is still quite new, or it could be a used piece of gear that still has some life.

  • View the stall brochure.
  • Drop off items before the Expo to Hallett Cove or Kensington, or at the stall on the day. View the information form to include with items.