Our first walker to complete the BLSA Day Walk Leader Certificate

We’ve been offering training to members of our hiking clubs to complete Bushwalking Leadership SA’s Day Walk Leader Certificate. We’ve been able to provide this with grant support from the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing.

Heather JensenLast month our first student, Heather Jensen, graduated. Heather is a member of Adelaide Bushwalkers and the Friends of the Heysen Trail.

The Day Walk Leader Certificate equips people to lead single day bushwalking trips.

Heather found the planning elements tedious, but has been surprised to learn it to be the most critical aspect of preparing for the hike. It has allowed her to be prepared and confident when leading a hike – and indeed enjoy the experience – knowing when to proceed or pull the pin, and understand the potential hazards and how mitigate those with contingency plans.

Through the course Heather has realised that she has been overly reliant on easy and accessible smartphone and devices to work out where she is in the bush. The course has equipped her with the knowledge to navigate via the “old school compass and map” method. Having seen that sometimes technology can fail or fall short, her approach now is a mix of both methods.

“I found when I only had the paper map to follow, I took a lot more notice of my surroundings and although this takes longer to stop and check where I am on the map, it is much more satisfying.”

On her practical trip when she led a small group on a hike she had planned, one of the hikers had a fall.

“The course taught me how to handle a variety of emergency situations, and with my First Aid skills, gave me the confidence to be calm with the injured hiker and the rest of the group, so as to best help the person and group.”

The course is delivered over multiple sessions with a five-hour practical, which as a bonus gives students time to take in what they are learning, explore the issues more and raise questions.

“I believe the course provides a good grounding in how to be a good day hike bushwalking leader and all groups should be sending their leaders on the course to ensure the safety of those in their care.  Experience and practice will help me to continue to understand and maintain what I have learned.”

You can find out more about upcoming training dates by contacting us.

Showcasing a Walking Organisation: the Friends of the Heysen Trail celebrates 35 years

Celebrating 35 years of volunteering to keep the Heysen Trail Alive!

For the past 35 years members of the Friends of the Heysen Trail (the Friends) have worked to develop and support the Heysen Trail, South Australia’s 1200km adventure hike. The continued existence and access for walkers on the Heysen Trail depends upon the work done by volunteers.

Formed in 1986 to provide volunteer support for the initial planning and construction of the Heysen Trail, the Friends has continued to work closely with relevant state government departments, currently the Department for Environment and Water, to maintain and develop the Trail. Since that time, the Friends has vigorously advocated for and contributed to construction of additional campsites and facilities. During the past 10 years our volunteers have built and installed major improvements including:

  • Water tanks: 15
  • Pit toilets: 8
  • Campsite platforms: 18
  • Cabins with bunks: 1
  • Huts refurbished: 6

The Friends are fortunate to have a large group of volunteers (we are all volunteers) involved in the office, administration, trail development works, promotions, our ‘Trailwalker’ magazine, and the extensive walk programme. The large range of activities ensures there’s a place for all those who would like to help support Australia’s 1200km adventure hike, the Heysen Trail.

Walking – The Friends deliver a comprehensive program of bushwalks, TrailStarters and TrailWalkers, are day walks accessible from Adelaide. TrailStarter walks are shorter walks, with a walk time of about 3 to 4 hours and are not too physically demanding. TrailWalker walks are reasonably demanding for walkers who have walked regularly in various terrain. With a walking time of about 5 to 6 hours they require a higher degree of physical fitness. Summer Walks are generally shorter walks held over summer, many at evening twilight time with a sociable meal after, to keep up fitness and friendships.

The End to End walk program is for those wishing to walk some or all of the Heysen Trail. To hike the 1200km involves approximately sixty day walks, spread over six seasons. The southern walks, from Cape Jervis to Kapunda, are held on one Saturday or Sunday per month during the walk season. Due to the greater travelling distances involved, from Kapunda northwards, the walks are held over one weekend a month. The Friends organise many of the logistics making it a safe and supported way to hike the entire trail. With walking times of about 5 to 6 hours these hikes are for those who have walked regularly in various terrain and have a high degree of physical fitness. In 2021 there will be 7 groups walking separate sections on the Heysen Trail.

The Friends membership fee is $25 per year. A charge of $10 per walk applies for most walks, with $5 for Summer Walks. A Golden Boots card provides 12 months of walks for the one $75 fee. After two walks, guest members need to join as members. Proceeds from the walks are returned to support and promote the Heysen Trail. Currently the Friends has around 1,200 members.

You can find out more, including the walk program and guidelines for walkers at heysentrail.asn.au.

 

You can view all our walking clubs at walkingsa.org.au/walk/list-of-walking-clubs-south-australia.

Are you planning a walking group in Kuitpo or Mount Crawford forests?

The number of people and groups visiting our forests has been increasing, particularly since COVID.

For all small group day activities, including those run by walking clubs, ForestrySA requests the organiser confirms they can proceed as planned, and are not impacted by forest operations and other events in the vicinity.

At least two weeks prior, please send an email to recreation@forestrysa.com.au with the following details:

  1. Event Organiser name + contact details
  2. Expected number of attendees
  3. Dates/s and timing of arrival and departure to forest
  4. Map or route, and itinerary for proposed activities

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

At this Sunday’s Hiking Expo discover hiking trails, who to hike with & the good hiking gear at the Expo of walking tours, walking destinations, outdoor retailers and walking clubs. Free entry, 9am to 2pm 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Find out more at adelaidebushwalkers.org

  • ARPA Bushwalkers

    ARPA bushwalkers is an activity subgroup of ARPA active over 50’s Association (SA) Inc. 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 arpabushwalkers.org.au

  • Australian Native Food Company

    Gourmet Artisan products infused with native superfoods. At Australian Native Food Co we are committed to creating Unique, Flavorsome and Nutritious foods using the finest of Australia’s Native Ingredients, thus bringing products from farm to plate.

    Australian Native Food co is your one stop for native Australian based products. Our company prides itself on sourcing local ingredients from local sustainable sources.

    Our products range from native jams, dukkha, vegan chocolates, loose leaf tea and herbs, to body & aroma products including candles with native Australian goodness.

    We combine this with current food trends and we aim to serve up a range of products that have Superfood health benefits at the same time as tasting absolutely delicious.

    We gather all our produce from all over Australia depending on seasons and availability. All production is done locally in South Australia. We endeavour to source from communities and also support local farmers in the industry.

    Most recently we have expanded our range to aromas, teas and body products. Australian Native Food Co. is proud to be a part of the Australian Food and Lifestyle Landscape and endeavour to keep developing delicious products and forging the path with Australian native ingredients.

    Creating brighter futures, supporting community and changing peoples lives… one step at time.

    Find out more at australiannativefoodco.com.au

  • Big Heart Adventures

    Big Heart Adventures is a family owned walking company specialising in wellness walks and tours. We connect people with themselves, the natural environment, and the walking community. A strong emphasis is placed on personal development and positive mental health outcomes through nature immersion. Our wellness walks and tours cater for all abilities (beginner level to advanced trekkers), so there are plenty of options available and no pressure. We have a women’s only walking program (Wise Women Walking) plus walks for men and women.

    Find out more at bigheartadventures.com.au

  • Breathe Fitness

    Fitness for your Body and Mind. Imagine leaving a training session, not only proud of yourself but with a smile on your face! That is what Breathe Fitness is.

    While every session is varied, there will always be a focus on functional fitness; exercises that will enhance your day to day life and build your strength so that you can explore more of the wonderful walks in SA.

    Find out more at facebook.com/SheenaBreatheFitness

  • Bushwalking Leadership SA

    Bushwalking Leadership South Australia (BLSA) have trained walk leaders in South Australia since 1973. The Leadership certificates have been developed over time by highly experienced people. As a result they are a requirement of the South Australian Education Department for leaders and teachers when conducting day and multi day bushwalking expeditions with students. The course is also also matched to the training package for walking and is compliant with the South Australian and Australian Adventure Activity Standards.

    Our courses range from becoming day walk leaders, leading multi day walks and advanced bushwalking in remote areas.

    Find out more at bushwalkingleadership.org.au

  • Caravan and Camping Industries Association of SA

    There is no better time to discover travelling in your own backyard. Caravan and Camping SA promotes everything caravan and camping within South Australia. Providing tips and tricks, the best places to stay and explore, for new travellers, experienced travellers and everyone in between.

    Find out more at caravanandcampingsa.com.au

  • Carto Graphics

    Carto Graphics, your specialist map store providing an extensive range of local and interstate walking and adventure maps and books.

    Find out more at cartographics.com.au

  • ForestrySA

    Find yourself in the Forest. As South Australia’s home grown plantation and community forest manager since 1875, ForestrySA manages sustainable, multi-use forests for economic, social, and environmental outcomes. Camp, run, walk, hike, ride, dive… we have magical places where you can choose your own adventure.

    Find out more at forestrysa.com.au

  • 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

  • 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

  • Heart Foundation Walking

    Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest free walking community. Since 1995, over 145,000 participants have logged 6 million walks – a social, fun, free and easy way to be active.

    Find out more at walking.heartfoundation.org.au

  • The Hydropath Society Wine Hikes

    There is a special magic to enjoying a bottle of wine in the great outdoors, enplein air, as the French might say. Follow a meandering trail to a brilliant vista and delight in a brisk walk across the ridgeline. The confluence of beautiful natural environments and an incredible selection of eclectic wines coupled with delectable provisions and stellar views sums up the Wine Hike Experience.

    Spend a rollicking afternoon with winemaker and educator, om Robinson as he guides you across gentle landscapes of pure vinous pleasure!

    Find out more at hydropathwines.com/wine-hikes

  • 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

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

    Find out more at nossa.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

  • Orange Mud Australia

    Trail. Road. Wherever.

    At Orange Mud it’s very simple, make the most efficient, well crafted gear. Our design team has spent years competing in adventure racing, mountain bike racing, trail running, marathons, Ironman’s and some awfully fun outdoor adventures. Whatever your next outdoor adventure is, we have you covered.

    Find out more at orangemud.com.au

  • 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.

    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

  • Outdoors SA

    Outdoors SA is the peak representative and advocacy for outdoor adventure and recreational activities in South Australia. Encompassing outdoor education, tourism, recreation, associations, clubs, businesses and suppliers.

    Our focus is to help bring together the outdoor industry as a whole to ensure that it continues to grow and receives the support it needs to go from strength to strength.

    Find out more at outdoorssa.org.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

  • Pioneer Women’s Trail (Hahndorf National Trust)

    Our annual walk on the Pioneer Women’s Trail honours the early European settlers from Hahndorf who supplied Adelaide with fresh produce at a time when most foodstuffs had to be imported into South Australia.

    Join the 2021 Pioneer Women’s Trail Walk on Sunday 16 May 2021, choose from 12km, 19km and 26km options.

    Find out more at nationaltrust.org.au/event/2021-pioneer-womens-walk

  • 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 at the stall on the day. View the information form to include with items.

    Find out more at walkingsa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Recycle-Stall-Flyer-2021.pdf

  • 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

  • South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI) – Lavender Federation Trail

    Volunteers in SARTI build and maintain walking trails. Our main trail is the Lavender Federation Trail. Discover the rare and unique beauty of this 325km walking trail from Murray Bridge in the South to Clare in the North. For Cyclists there is a special Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C). Enjoy one of the many loop or spur trails running off the Lavender Federation Trail, each with their own story to tell and beauty to discover.

    Find out more at lavenderfederationtrail.org.au

  • Scout Outdoor Centre

    Scout Outdoor Centre caters for all your travel, hiking and adventure needs. A great range of brands, advice and service is on offer. Visit your leading specialist in adventure travel at 192 Rundle Street or shop with them online.

    Find out more at soc.com.au

  • Southern Ocean Walk

    The Southern Ocean Walk is a fully guided 4 day – 3 night immersive experience that showcases some of the most spectacular sections of the iconic Heysen Trail between
    Cape Jervis and Victor Harbor. New for 2021 is our 1 day – 1 night tour, A Taste of the Southern Ocean Walk, which is a wonderful introduction to this magnificent landscape.

    Our walks include guides, daily trail transfers, accommodation, all meals, and use of equipment.

    Find out more at southernoceanwalk.com.au

  • Snowys Outdoors

    Over at Snowys, we live and breathe camping, hiking, 4WDing, caravan and travel…and we want to help everyone else enjoy it too. We’re Aussie owned and operated since we started in 1995, but we’re not just another camping store – we’re passionate about giving our customers an awesome retail experience from start to finish. Whether you’re a beginner or lifelong adventurer, we’ve got a huge range of products from the best brands at the lowest prices to help you get out there and explore.

    Find out more at snowys.com.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 communitywebs.org/StAgnesBushWalkers

Improve your Hiking Skills session

Saturday April 24 2021
Onkaparinga River National Park

Choose from two sessions timeslots: 9am or 1:30pm

Join an experienced leader from Walking SA for a guided walk & bushwalking skills session in the spectacular Onkaparinga River National Park.

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

Fitness requirements:

A moderate to good level of fitness is required to complete this hike. The proposed route is on grade 3 to 4 trails and includes some uneven surfaces with moderate to steep ascents and descents.

This event is suitable for children over 12 years of age accompanied by their adult and who are willing and able to complete a 3 hour trail hike.

What to bring:

  • Completed Medical Info and Acknowledgement of Risk form
  • Hiking boots / enclosed footwear
  • Sun protection – hat plus sunscreen
  • Wet weather protection (if rain forecast) – check the forecast
  • Warm clothing for after the walk (jumper/jacket)
  • Drinking water (minimum 1 litre per person)
  • Snacks
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Personal medication
  • Hand sanitiser

Please note that the event may be cancelled in the event of a total fire ban or extreme weather, at the discretion of Walking SA.

This event is proudly supported by National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia as part of the Parks of the Fleurieu Peninsula – Park of the Month program.

Advocating for improved walking and mobility conditions in Mannum

We recently sent a letter to Mid Murray Council about works on an access ramp and footpath that has resulted in a steep incline which is not suitable for those with mobility impairments. We applaud the works to improve walking and mobility within the towns and settlements in the council’s area but draw attention to an example of a ramp that does not meet Australian Standards (AS1428 Design for access and mobility.)

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Letter from Walking SA

23 March 2021
Mid Murray Council
CEO Ben Scales

Dear Mr Scales

We are aware Council has been investing in installing new footpaths and access ramps in selected locations across the Mid Murray Council and we applaud the works to improve walking and mobility within the towns and settlements in the council’s area.

We are contacting you about an access matter that has been brought to our attention in Mannum.

It appears that some recent new works involving the installation of an access ramp and footpath has resulted in a steep incline which is not suitable for those with mobility impairments. We understand this is located within the town centre of Mannum on Neil Street.

We would like to draw your attention to Australian Standards (AS1428 and parts) regarding the provision of universal access to such devices, which includes the connection to new or improved footpaths from the adjacent street.

This requires a maximum grade of no more than 2.5% in any direction, together with the approach footpaths where feasible.

This issue may have been alleviated with some simple and minor earthworks to better align the grades of the new bitumen footpath and the access ramp, as well as connecting the ramp to the adjacent and new path in accordance with the standards.

We would also seek assurance that new works or asset replacements works are specified according to the relevant universal access standards (in this case, Australian Standard AS1428 and parts), and where appropriate, funded adequately.

Improving walking conditions to an agreed universal access standard for all abilities is an important and critical service councils provide. We appreciate at times errors or mistakes occur.
We would request council reconsider this matter and rectify the situation to ensure the safety and access for all residents, visitors, and workers in Mannum.

Walking SA is the peak body for walking in South Australia, and a strong advocate for creating more walkable places. We support efforts to encourage more walking for transport, recreation and health in our cities, towns, and settlements for people of all ages and abilities.

We would be pleased to discuss this matter further if required and we also would appreciate your response to this matter.

Regards
Helen Donovan
Executive Director

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 11 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 at the stall on the day. View the information form to include with items.

Belair Hiking Expo 11 April – join a guided walk

Hiking Expo in Belair National Park Sunday 11 April 2021

Discover hiking trails, who to hike with & the good hiking gear at the Hiking Expo on Sunday 11 April in Belair National Park.

  • Expo of walking destinations, walking tours, outdoor retailers, walking clubs. Free entry. 9am to 2pm.
  • Guided hikes ranging from 45mins to 3 hours, including child-friendly, dog friendly and Accessible options, departing every 10 mins.
  • Secure your place on a specific guided walk by registering online, or just arrive on the day and choose from the available guided walks.
  • NEW this year: Bushwalking equipment and experience demonstration stage

Event brought to you by

Presented by: Walking SA
Principal Event Partner: National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia
Supporting Partners: Friends of the Heysen TrailHeart Foundation Walking and ARPA Bushwalkers

Join a Guided Walk

Walking in Belair National ParkCheck out the walks on offer at the Hiking Expo and secure your spot now. The guided hikes range from 45mins to 3 hours, with child-friendly, pram friendly, dog friendly and Accessible options.

Explore the park and discover the trails, wildlife and meandering creeks and waterfalls. Take in the Grey Box Woodland once common throughout the Mount Lofty Ranges, the Kaurna “Taking of the Shield” tree, the dark Echo Tunnel or the park’s heritage sites.

View the walks and grab your ticket at walkingsa.org.au/expo

Recycle your Quality Outdoor Gear

Recycle Your Quality Outdoor Gear - backpacks, outerwear. jackets, thermals, boots, camping gearPromote 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 at the stall on the day. View the information formto include with items.

Showcasing a Walking Club: WEA Ramblers

The WEA Ramblers is the oldest walking club in South Australia. In 2020 they celebrated the 95th anniversary of the club’s first walk at Hallett Cove in August 1925.

For most of those years Ramblers has conducted day walks of between 12 to 18 km fortnightly on Sundays throughout the year. This year, half day walks are also being included in the program. These will be from 6 to 9km, once a month on a Tuesday.

Day walks are held in Conservation Parks and reserves up to 70km from Adelaide. Summer walks and half day walks are closer to the City.

On the June and October long weekends, trips are made to more distant locations in South Australia with accommodation, from Friday to Monday, organized in holiday houses or hostels. Day walks are conducted on the Saturday and Sunday, and a half day walk on the Monday morning, before the trip home.

The membership fee is $20 per year. A charge of $5 per walk applies for Sunday walks, but there is no charge for Tuesday walks. After three walks, new walkers become eligible to join as members. Currently the club has 25 members.

You can find out more, including the walk program and guidelines for walkers on their website at sites.google.com/view/wea-ramblers-sa. Photos and maps of recent walks are displayed on the Photo Gallery page.

You can find a walking club at walkingsa.org.au/walk/list-of-walking-clubs-south-australia.

Walking SA welcomes new Board Member Daniel Bennett

We’ve welcomed Daniel Bennett as our newest Board Member.

Daniel is a registered landscape architect with over 20 years’ experience asking questions, developing ideas, testing scenarios, working through them and shaping projects across all scales of strategy and design.

His expertise in understanding cities, movement, place and green infrastructure has helped shaped many projects in both the private and public sector, most recently in his role as Associate Director of Strategy and Design at the City of Adelaide, and prior to that as a Principal at Hassell.

At the City of Adelaide he developed the award winning Adelaide Design Manual, the city’s guide to creating great public spaces and streets, as well as developing c$65m of initiatives and projects delivering on the city’s Transport Strategy, Smart Move, and the Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy.

This included the City Bikeways project (Adelaide’s first separated bike lane network), the City Laneways project and Park Lands park upgrades – all developed in partnership with the State Government.

He is currently shaping several projects across Australia – including an urban design strategy for Melbourne’s $10b Airport Rail link with Aurecon and Architectus, and an urban design and landscape strategy for the Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct with Jensen Plus.

Daniel is an active advocate within industry bodies, and is the Australian Institute of Landscape Architect’s State President in South Australia, chairs AILA’s National Advocacy Committee, is an independent member of the Premiers Climate Change Council and a past National President of AILA.

Daniel lives in the lower Adelaide Hills and is an avid bushwalker and has, amongst his achievements, walked Tasmania’s Western Arthurs and South Coast Track…packhauling at one point and determined to do it again one day.

Being naturally curious, he has a creative and innovative belief in strategy and design, and can synthesise ideas into things…he prefers to challenge defining a problem, not solving a perceived one.

Children have the right to walk and ride safely to school

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Logos - Bike Adelaide, Walking SA and Heart Foundation

Leading advocacy agencies Walking SA, Bike Adelaide and Heart Foundation, are urging all levels of government to radically rethink school precincts to prioritise children’s physical and mental health and safety by providing safe, enjoyable walking and cycling routes to school. The agencies call for:

  • A consistent decrease in speed to a maximum speed limit of 40km/h in local streets and school precincts, with lower speed limits in all dedicated school zones and streets where pedestrians and cars are forced to share space (including streets with narrow footpaths, carparks, and laneways)
  • An immediate increase in funding to local governments to install a network of planned separated bikeways, safe road crossings, and other supporting infrastructure to create safe travel routes to schools
  • To move school drop-off zones away from the front gate to decrease the high traffic volumes immediately in front of schools and thereby decrease the risk of collision with a child

“Let’s start with a simple, systemic change that will dramatically increase children’s safety – drop the default urban speed limit to a maximum of 40km/h” said Dr Helen Donovan, Executive Director of Walking SA. “The relationship between speed and road traffic accidents is well established. Speed is one of the major factors contributing to accidents on South Australia’s roads. Evidence shows a decrease in the default maximum speed from 50km/h to 40km/h would reduce the risk of death on collision from over 80% to 26% 1. If you could save the life of one child by adding a few seconds on to your daily commute, would you choose to do it?

“Over the past 40 years, children walking and cycling to school has declined from 75 percent to 25 percent,” Dr Donovan said. “As physical activity levels decrease, not only do children experience a myriad of problems associated with loss of physical health, but we have also seen levels of anxiety and depression in young people skyrocket. Are we going to accept this as a community?”

In South Australia on average 52 percent of school children live within two kilometres of their school, but only 20 percent actively travel to or from school 2. Bike Adelaide Chair, Katie Gilfillan, is encouraging local governments and the state government to re-orient transport and infrastructure spending toward a network of safe, enjoyable walking and cycling routes. “Walking and cycling to school isn’t just a matter of individual motivation. We need to steadily improve the built environment to ensure it is safe and enjoyable to walk and ride. Children and families must have a viable, safe choice.”

Heart Foundation CEO SA/NT Imelda Lynch welcomes the recent South Australian government announcement that a state walking strategy will be developed in 2021. The strategy will aim to get more people walking more often including safe routes for children to walk to school which improves levels of physical activity and wellbeing.

Media enquiries

Helen Donovan, Executive Director Walking SA
helen.donovan@walkingsa.org.au Ph: 0457006620

About Walking SA

Walking SA is the not-for-profit peak body that leads, promotes and supports all forms of walking in South Australia, including walking for recreation, transport, health, wellbeing, organised events, adventure, environmental appreciation and fun experiences.

Our vision is to see more people walking more often.

Our members include walking clubs, informal groups, individuals and organisations whose aims, and objectives align with those of Walking SA. We provide leadership by:

  • Promoting opportunities to improve the health and lifestyle of South Australians through
  • Offering expertise, guidance and advocacy for the development and maintenance of safe and supportive walking environments throughout South

To find out about Walking SA, including our database describing over 700 trails in South Australia, visit www.walkingsa.org.au

About Bike Adelaide (Formerly the Bicycle Institute of South Australia)

Bike Adelaide advocates for the development of bike friendly communities that encourage people to use the bicycle as a healthy, efficient, and environmentally friendly transport choice. Our advocacy efforts focus on supporting everyday cycling, particularly the creation of a low-stress cycling network safe for anyone aged 8 – 80 years to enjoy.

Specifically, Bike Adelaide advocates for investment in new and improved cycling infrastructure and supporting policies and practices to improve cycling safety, connectivity, and comfort across the Greater Adelaide area.

Our vision: Sustainable transport is at the heart of Adelaide’s success as a people friendly and environmentally responsible city. Adelaide thrives on the fun and freedom that comes from cycling.

As a non-for-profit organisation powered by volunteers Bike Adelaide represents its members and all people including children who currently, or would like to bike, as a part of their everyday lives. For more on Bike Adelaide and our activities visit bikeadelaide.org.au.

About the Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to fighting the single biggest killer of Australians – heart disease. For 60 years, it has led the battle to save lives and improve the heart health of all Australians. Its sights are set on a world where people don’t suffer or die prematurely because of heart disease.

For heart health information and support, call the Heart Foundation Helpline on 13 11 12. To find out about more about the Heart Foundation’s work supporting active living visit heartfoundation.org.au/Heart-health-education/Physical-activity-Built-Environment

  1. Curtin-Monash Accident Research Centre’s fact sheet Improving Pedestrian Safety (2010)
  2. GIS Residential data from 26,910 primary school students (2015-2018) and Way2Go school survey data from 11,944 year 3-7 students (2015-2018)

Showcasing a Walking Club: Skyline Walkers

Skyline Walkers walking in Kangaroo IslandSkyline Walkers are a friendly group of 68 walkers who meet on Saturday mornings. They offer a all-year round program of walks.

Their Saturday walks are located as far north as Para Wirra and as far south as Onkaparinga and Kuitpo Forest. Weekend trips in recent years have included Mannum, Marion Bay, Clare, Penola and Normanville. Trips further afield have included Victoria’s Great Ocean Walk and the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. Pre-Covid, they ventured overseas to Ireland (2019), Orkney Scotland, Italy, Canada and Japan.

Their summer morning walks (January to March) are for two hours located on the Adelaide Plains or seaside locations, with fairly flat terrain. They are, however, at a fairly brisk pace. If the forecast temperature is 32C or higher the walk is cancelled.

Winter walks are located in the Adelaide Hills and hence include some hills. There is a choice of a two hour walk (approx six or seven km) or a three-hour walk (approx 10 km). They also offer longer and harder walks on Sundays several times a year, an annual walking trip interstate or overseas, and a weekend away within SA. Sunday long walks are generally around five to six hours duration and are at locations such as the Lavender Federation Trail. In March 2021, fingers crossed with Covid-19, they’re walking in Tasmania. On long weekends they usually do a two-hour walk on the Monday followed by a pub lunch, and all other walks conclude with tea/coffee and refreshments (subject to Covid restrictions of course!).

Members fees are $70 per year which covers walking for a whole year with no other fees required. People wishing to try out the club and their walks can have two walks free of charge before joining.

You can find out more, including the walk calendar and details, and guidelines for walkers on their website at skylinewalkersinc.com.

You can find a walking club at walkingsa.org.au/walk/list-of-walking-clubs-south-australia.

Walking SA Club Presidents’ Summit, Friday November 13, 2020

Walking SA Club Presidents' Summit, Friday November 13, 2020A get together of the key people from walking clubs and organizations of South Australia was held to develop a more cohesive and relevant strategy going forward. We had nine clubs in attendance, representing over 2,600 members from around the state, however mostly Adelaide based.

The feedback seems to indicate a clear mandate to take the lead on issues and to be bolder and more coherent with our strategic vision.

There was an acknowledgement that most clubs were not seeing the benefits of stay-at-home tourists bar the bigger groups and all agreed we needed to find a way to get walkers to try out clubs. Volunteer leaders/maintenance teams were also identified as a finite resource.

The Leadership Training program has to date proven to be very popular with clubs, we still have some spots left for clubs who did not take up the offer first time around, so get in touch with the office.

Our guest speaker from National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia, who was to speak on getting clubs involved in park of the month promotions had a covid scare and could not attend. The proposal was presented to group, but without a calendar of parks, no actions could be made.

The importance of walking trail development and maintaining walking trails was iterated and it was great to see so many passionate people keen to keep these assets both in place and also being established.

Generally, all agreed this was a useful get together, if not lacking some strong vision on getting more people bushwalking.

Thankyou to all who took part. We hope to build from this and link up the thinking, resources and knowledge of the greater South Australia walking community to benefit all.

The next Summit will be in six months time. We are planning a First Nations training workshop in February 2021 – details to follow when finalised.

Heart Foundation and Wellbeing SA to develop a Walking Strategy

Parent and children walking to schoolWalking SA has strongly supported the collective call for a state-wide Walking Strategy which supports both walking for transport and walking for recreation.

We are pleased to see that Wellbeing SA is funding the development of a Walking Strategy and that Heart Foundation will be leading the project in 2021.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity that Walking SA will contribute to as a key stakeholder.

Heart Foundation have advertised for the project manager position.

2019/20 Annual Report and AGM

Walking SA held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 22nd October at the Adelaide Town Hall, with a healthy attendance of over 70 people from member clubs, organisations and supporters. We greatly appreciate the attendance and engagement with those there on the night.

Our guest speaker was Sophie Thomson from ABC TV’s Gardening Australia. Sophie spoke about her love affair with the environment and gardening, and how we can use time outdoors in the environment, walking or gardening, to ground us in our mental health.

2019/20 Annual Report

The 2019/20 Annual Report was distributed at the AGM and Tuesday Udell, Chair of Walking SA, spoke to the report identifying a range of highlights from the past year.