Easter a perfect time to explore our State on foot

Easter is a perfect time to grab those shoes and explore some of our State on foot.

Travelling over Easter? Find walks near where you’ll be:

Looking for somewhere to explore near home? Review our themed shortlists of walks such as:

Hiking Expo in Belair National Park a success

Hiking Expo in Belair National Park, 14 April 2019

Last Sunday we showcased hiking and walking opportunities at our annual Hiking Expo.

Between 1,500 and 2,000 people discovered new places to hike, what to wear and who to go with through the 32 exhibitors. This included walking groups and clubs, adventure tourism operators, outdoor gear retailers, trail destinations and tour operators.

We showed 400 people some of the best hiking and walking trails in Belair National Park.

Order your 2019 Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Almanac now to pick up a hard copy for FREE at this Sunday's Hiking ExpoIt’s not too late to order your 2019 Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Almanac, you will receive a download copy as well as instructions on 30 locations where you can pick up a hard copy for free. It’s full of caravan and camping hints and tips, articles, the best places to stay and play, regional events and everything you need to know to take a self drive holiday, whether a newbie or seasoned traveller.

Great video from local Kellz Escapadez which profiles the Hiking Expo event (follow Kellz Escapadez for lots of hiking tips):

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The City of Marion adopts Walking and Cycling Guidelines

Planning for pedestrians is rare in South Australia.  Aided by funding from the State government, plenty of Councils have developed a bicycle plan, but few have done the same for walking – none in recent years.

So we welcome the City of Marion updating it’s 2012 Walking and Cycling Strategy with these Guidelines 2018-2022.

The Guidelines have been prepared by the consultants, Oxigen. Their adoption has not been without controversy, with broad-ranging calls for narrower streets and wider footpaths being rejected by Councillors.

Nevertheless there is enough in the adopted Guidelines in terms of safer road crossings, more street trees and “increasing footpath width where appropriate” to provide a source of support for residents wanting to improve the walkability of Marion’s suburbs.

The Guidelines make it obvious that much could be done, especially in the newer, hillier suburbs south of Darlington.  There, pedestrians suffer from bad street layouts that make distances from home to anywhere much more lengthy than they would be on the plain.  Here are two snapshots from the Guidelines contrasting the road layouts of Edwardstown and one of the newer suburbs, such as Sheidow Park or Trott Park:

Two snapshots from the Guidelines contrasting the road layouts of Edwardstown and one of the newer suburbs, such as Sheidow Park or Trott Park. In the latter, footpaths are typically on one side of the road often less than a metre wide, and even the reserves don’t have paths.

Two snapshots from the Guidelines contrasting the road layouts of Edwardstown and one of the newer suburbs, such as Sheidow Park or Trott Park. In the latter, footpaths are typically on one side of the road often less than a metre wide, and even the reserves don’t have paths.

Street trees are rare, as this aerial of Sheidow Park indicates:

Street trees are rare, as this aerial of Sheidow Park indicates.

Street trees are rare, as this aerial of Sheidow Park indicates.

While improving connectivity will be difficult, a lot can be done to improve walking conditions at street level.  Fortunately a new source of funding to do this should become available via the State Liberal Government’s Greening Neighbourhoods Program.

We have yet to see the details, but it is understood that funding from the Open Space Levy paid by developers will soon be available to help pay for the greening of suburban streets, including street trees and infrastructure such as treenet inlets.  These would act to keep the trees healthy, discourage tree routes from snaking under footpaths to suburban lawns (wrecking the pavement in the process), while at the same time helping to make our drains better able to cope with the flooding.

Left:- Tree roots at right angle to infrastructure: unsafe footpaths & damaged kerbs. Right:- Tree roots parallel to infrastructure: safe footpaths and undamaged kerbs.

Left:- Tree roots at right angle to infrastructure: unsafe footpaths & damaged kerbs. Right:- Tree roots parallel to infrastructure: safe footpaths and undamaged kerbs.

Australian Walking and Cycling Conference, 24 – 25 October 2019 at Port Adelaide

Australian Walking and Cycling Conference logo

The Australian Walking and Cycling Conference will be held Thursday and Friday 24 – 25 October 2019 at the Port Adelaide Town Hall with the theme Active transport in a changing climate.

The conference aspires to promote creating a transport mode shift away from cars towards walking and cycling, and using active means to link with improved public transport in suburbs and rural towns. We want to shift away from CO2 reliant mobility and keep people active as temperatures rise.

As the leading Australian forum for high-quality cycling and waking research, the Conference strongly contributes to an energetic and positive network of professionals dealing with local, national and international issues.

This is the only forum to have the core aims of advancing and promoting the development of rigorous research into cycling and walking.

Winners of our Hiking Expo competition

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition at yesterday’s Hiking Expo, the winners are:

  1. Joanna Ciocco won the Osprey Sirrus 36 womens daypack thanks to Scout Outdoor Centre. Prize valued at $249.95.
  2. Rob Brown won the Osprey Statos 36 mens daypack thanks to Scout Outdoor Centre. Prize valued at $249.95.
  3. Michael Healey won the Halo Down Jacket (Women’s or Men’s) thanks to Macpac Adventure Hub Enfield. Prize valued at $279.95.
  4. Ed won the 2-for-1 Walk the Yorke two night package (voucher) thanks to Big Heart Adventures. Prize valued at $300.00.
  5. Phuong Tran, Kelly Albion, Col Hillard, Glen McKenzie, Pat Berry, Anne Fuller won one of 6 Primal Pods thanks to EDAS Foods. Eat clean wherever you area with Primal Pods. Each Primal Pod valued at $13.95, value of these prizes is $83.70.
  6. Rudy Farrugia won the $50 voucher thanks to ioMerino. Prize valued at $50.00.

Concerns about the development of private operator facilities by the Australian Walking Company on Kangaroo Island trails

Walking SA has concerns about the development of private operator facilities by the Australian Walking Company on the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail [reference source].

In summary:
We believe that appropriate and full consultation with all stakeholders is an essential part of any project that has community impact. We also highlight that any development of a wilderness area will have a detrimental impact upon the experience of those visiting the region. Any infrastructure should be of minimal impact on the local environment and the balance found between maintaining the environment and the walking activity that is being enhanced.

We’ve sent a letter highlighting our concerns to David Speirs MP, Minister for Environment and Water.

Key extracts of the letter are below, or view the full letter.

Walking SA believes that appropriate consultation with key stakeholders is an essential part of any project that has community impact. As a member of Friends of Parks we are concerned that the Friends of Parks communities on Kangaroo Island have not had their voice heard in an appropriate manner for the further development planned on the island contracted to the Australian Walking Company.

Walking SA has previously acknowledged the work done by your department in the establishment of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. In fact the trail was recognised in our Walking SA Walking Awards of 2016 and we have been a strong advocate of the trail at our events, on our website and through social media.

We also welcome the development of experiences that allow more demographics of people to enjoy walking, however if this is perceived to be exclusive we believe this should not be to the detriment of the broader community.

Walking SA is aware of the rising tension across Australia at present in regard to the perceived development of commercial operators infrastructure on public trails. Walking SA’s member clubs and the walking community in general believe in the “leave no trace” approach to the environment that we walk through. Any infrastructure should be of minimal impact on the local environment and the balance found between maintaining the environment and the walking activity that is being enhanced.

Walking SA also raises that any development of a wilderness area will have a detrimental impact upon the experience of those visiting the region.

Walking SA strongly encourages you as Minister to ensure there is a process for

  • The Friends of Parks communities on Kangaroo Island and other concerned citizens to have their views heard on this development, and
  • that the Department in consultation with the Kangaroo Island community work collaboratively to achieve an outcome with the Australian Walking Company that minimises the impact on the pristine Kangaroo Island environment.

Explore hiking trails and destinations with this Sunday’s Hiking Expo in Belair National Park

Discover more about hiking at the Hiking Expo

Explore hiking trails and destinations, who to hike with and what gear you’ll need.

  • Expo of walking tours, walking destinations, outdoor retailers, walking clubs, free entry. View the 30+ exhibitors.
  • Join a guided walk to explore the park, options range from 45mins to 3 hours, including child-friendly and Accessible options. Guided Walks will depart every 10mins. Pre-register to secure a spot or just turn up on the day, $5 per person. View or join a walk.
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  • Enter the Hiking Expo competition for a chance to win a a great prize
  • Purchase a copy of the Heysen Highlights book at the 12noon book launch. Here at Walking SA we’ve read this book, it’s a serious must-have for anyone interested in hiking the Heysen Trail or uncovering the rich history of our state’s countryside.
  • Have a go on the free rock-climbing wall thanks to Outdoors SA and Rock About. The climbing wall is designed for young and old, big and small. Climbers from 15kg up to 115kg can be harnessed up – and there’s no age limit!
  • Free vehicle entry to national park for expo visitors

This Sunday April 14
9am to 2pm
Main Oval, Belair National Park

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Discover walking destinations, who to walk with and the best gear at the Hiking Expo in Belair National Park

Hiking Expo on Sunday 14 April 2019 in Belair National ParkCome along next weekend to find out more about walking destinations, who to walk with and the best hiking clothing and equipment. The Hiking Expo is next week on Sunday 14 April 2019 in Belair National Park. Free expo entry.

With over 30 exhibitors there is plenty of walking opportunities to explore:

  • Walking Destinations, Tour Guides and Trails (jump to details)
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  • Walking clubs: Discover how making and walking with new friends is the key to walking more (jump to details)

Walking Destinations, Tour Guides and Trails

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    Order your 2019 Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Almanac now to pick up a hard copy for FREE at the ExpoOrder your 2019 Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Almanac now to pick up a hard copy for FREE at the Expo. Its free and is full of caravan and camping hints and tips, articles, the best places to stay and play, regional events and everything you need to know to take a self drive holiday, whether a newbie or seasoned traveller.

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    Walking SAWalking 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, and health. With almost 600 walking trails listed on our website there is always somewhere to discover on foot.

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Walking SA has signed the Walk 21 International Charter for Walking

Rodney Tolley (middle) with Walking SA Executive Officer, Greg Boundy, and Walking SA Chair Tuesday Udell, having signed the Walk21 International Charter for Walking

Rodney Tolley (middle) with Walking SA Executive Officer, Greg Boundy, and Walking SA Chair Tuesday Udell, having signed the Walk21 International Charter for Walking

Today we here at Walking SA have signed the Walk21 International Charter for Walking to confirm our commitment to supporting the creation of communities where people choose to walk.

We are pleased to have supported Dr Rodney Tolley’s visit to Adelaide this week. Rodney is an international expert on making communities more walkable, and has been involved in the field of active, sustainable transport for over 40 years as a researcher, international speaker and consultant. This week he presented at the Adelaide Heart Foundation’s Think Tank – Let’s Make Walking Great Again!

About the International Charter for Walking

The International Charter for Walking is a common policy reference that cities, organisations, neighbourhood groups and individuals can sign up to and encourage more everyday walking and greater walkability.

The Charter was developed during the Walk21 conference series, starting in Portland in 2003 led by Daniel Sauter from Urban Mobility Research and launched in Melbourne in 2006. It is informed by experts from more than 35 countries, identifies the needs of people on foot and provides a common framework to help authorities focus their policies, activities and relationships to create a culture where people choose to walk.

To date the Charter has been signed by more than 5,000 people including 500 Mayors. We encourage other organisations including local councils to sign it too as a common framework to creating healthy, efficient and sustainable walking communities throughout South Australia and the world.

Concept trail being developed for the Riverland

Riverland Trail Concept Plan documentThe Riverland Trail concept is a 200 kilometre walking and cycling trail, navigating some of the region’s most stunning and iconic natural Murray River landscapes.

The Trail concept is being worked on by three local councils: Renmark Paringa Council, Berri Barmera Council and District Council of Loxton Waikerie.

The proposed Riverland Trail will follow the Murray River from Waikerie to Renmark, and will connect with another 50km of existing tracks and trails scattered across the region. The Trail will provide opportunities to explore local produce, wineries, and a host of nature and water-based activities, and increase nature-based tourism in the Riverland.

Funding is being sought for the 2019/20 financial year from each of the three Councils.

The new trail is sure to complement the host of excellent walking trails already in the Riverland.

Find out more about the project at renmarkparinga.sa.gov.au/tracksandtrails

View the concept plan document.

Walking Trails along the Coorong

Coorong National Park is the National Parks 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.

Located about a 2 hour drive south-east of Adelaide, the Coorong is a wetland of international importance. It is where Australia’s largest river system, the Murray-Darling flows out to the Southern Ocean and is home to over 200 species of birds as well as many migratory birds that arrive each summer.

There’s plenty to do: hiking, bird watching, boating, kayaking, fishing, camping, four-wheel driving and European and cultural history.

Trails along the Coorong and nearby gateway town Meningie

Chinaman’s Well Historic Site Journey to Gold Walk1.

Chinaman’s Well Historic Site Journey to Gold Walk

900m, 1 hour, Easy walk

Follow the Journey to Gold Walk to the Chinaman’s Well historic site to find the stone well and associated quarries, natural waterhole and learn about the history of the gold rush.

How would you move an 1,000kg slab of sandstone 900 metres and then lift it 1.5m off the ground to place it on top of the well? Today we would use a forklift, but in 1850 this was one of the problems faced by the Chinese.


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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.

We’ve listed some of the 30 best trail experiences below. They are divided into three categories:

  1. Along the Coast
  2. Mt Gambier
  3. Between Mt Gambier and Keith (inc Penola and Naracoorte)

Section 1 of 3. Along the Coast

Robe Walking Trails & Loop Path1.

Robe Walking Trails & Loop Path

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for those with mobility issues including wheelchairs Walk suitable for dog walking Trail shared by mountain bikers

A 12km loop path following the coastline around Robe, taking in historical sites. Suitable for walkers, cyclists, people mobility issues and prams.


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Advocating for improved pedestrian conditions on North Terrace

We continue to advocate for improved pedestrian conditions on North Terrace, and sent this letter to the new Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor.

Key extracts of the letter are below, or view the full letter.

In 2019 our priority actions will focus around pedestrian safety in areas with high vehicle traffic.

As you would be aware the majority of pedestrian casualty crashes occur in the city centre and North Adelaide. We congratulate you on your commitment to support 40km/h throughout the city.

It is with this in mind that we write to you with our concerns with the conditions for pedestrians on North Terrace, particularly at the western end now that the New Royal Adelaide Hospital has opened.

As I am sure you are aware, there is a much higher level of pedestrian activity here since the hospital has opened. Also with heavier flows of traffic at the West Terrace/North Terrace intersection as a result of the hospital, we are concerned with implications for pedestrian safety, both at the intersection and further east.

Due to a lack of formal crossing points, pedestrians are put at risk when crossing 5 traffic lanes and 2 tram tracks over North Terrace to get to SAHMRI and nRAH. Then being penalised by sparodic punitive police measures.

We do not think that this is satisfactory, particularly given the extremely long “green man” wait times (over three minutes at times) that are endured by people walking across the West Tee-North Terrace lights (Needless to say, people walking into the area from the Park Lands and crossing West Terrace as well have much longer to wait).

We note that Council’s approval of the Mini sterial DPA for the hospital provided for lights at a pedestrian crossing at Gray Street. This was to cater for people walking between bus stops on Currie Street and the new medical and university precinct. This is yet to appear. While this would be valuable , pedestrians also need a less time-consum ing way to cross at West Terrace.

We understand that Council is working with the State government on a plan to upgrade the public realm along the western half of North Terrace. We commend this and hope that plans can be turned into firm action quickly.

Nevertheless, we cannot wait for the necessarily lengthy and delayed processes involved in a major transformation of North Terrace and call on Council to provide safe, convenient pedestrian crossings of North Terrace immediately, in advance of upgrades to the overall public realm.

Walktober might be ending, but there’s lots of places to walk and people to walk with

With the last day of October brings our Walktober SA celebration of walking to an end.

We’ve loved seeing the places you’ve been walking, awarding weekly prizes and showing you some of the best places to walk.

Use the the Heart Foundation Walking app to help keep track of your walking and reward you for stepping it up. Join or start a Heart Foundation Walking group today, use the promo code ‘Family’ and you will enter the draw to win a $500 Target voucher. Read more or download the app at walking.heartfoundation.org.au.

Grab one of our themed Best Walk lists for some ideas on where to walk:

With over 550 walks and trails on our website, there’s sure to be somewhere near you to go for a walk.

You’re just two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

Winner of the three-day Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail experience

Take a walk on the wild side. Win a Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail experienceTake a walk on the wild side. Win a Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail experience

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As part of WalktoberSA – a celebration or walking throughout October – we brought you a chance to take a walk on the wild side by winning a Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail experience thanks to SeaLink.

Thanks to everyone who entered, the winner of the competition, who was randomly selected, is Angela Versace of Panorama. Congratulations, it’ll be a superb trip!

Nature’s secrets are waiting to be discovered at every step of the 61 kilometre five-day trek, with the trail weaving its way through the most botanically unique area in all of South Australia before reaching the rugged, remote and spectacular coastline of the Southern Ocean.

SealinkSeaLink have a range of new packages to walk the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail by camping along the way or staying in accommodation off the trail and enjoying the luxury of a hot shower and comfortable bed each night. Walk from 2 or 3 days up to the full 5 days – view the 3 packages. The range of experiences means the beauty of the track is open for all to explore. Extend your stay after completing the trail to experience some more of the island’s unique wildlife, mouth watering food and wine and laid-back lifestyle.