EVENT UPDATE Trails Less Travelled

Trails Less Travelled: Hike Mt Lofty from a different direction
8am Sunday 16 October

  1. The rangers at National Parks and Wildlife Service SA have reviewed and given the all clear for all our hikes.
  2. You can grab a detailed map of the hikes of the event’s hikes
  3. How to register:
    • Visit the event page
    • Review the 9 Hike Options and choose one
    • Register (it’s free)
  4. At the top:
    • stroll among the stall holders of walking clubs, retailers and tour companies
    • there’s fresh drinking water and toilets at the top
    • grab a coffee or bite to eat at the Summit Cafe
  5. Getting back afterwards
    • Some host clubs will offer to also walk back via the same route or another route.
    • You may choose to walk your own route to return, or retrace your steps.
    • If you’re hiking with a friend you could park a second car at the top before the hike, and drive back to the start in your first car. Then when you reach the top you have a car to drive down in, back to collect the first car.
    • Adelaide Metro bus service 823 stops at Mt Lofty Summit at 10:42am, 1:42pm and 4:42pm. The bus service originates in Cleland Wildlife Park and goes to Crafers Park N Ride stop 24 (by the freeway), with connections to the city and hills.

17 Short Walks on the Heysen Trail

The Heysen Trail stretches 1,200km from Cape Jervis to the Flinders Ranges. We’ve listed some of the great short hikes you can walk along the Heysen Trail, ranging from a few hours to a full day.

The Friends of the Heysen Trail conduct a walking program to walk the entire 1,200 kilometres over six years. Other hikers walk the entire trail over a six week period, camping out along the way. In last place on the list we have included special mention of a 5 day highlight section of the trail along the South Coast.

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with #walktoberSA

We’ve listed some of the best walks on the Heysen Trail below, or view some of our 801 other walks and hikes in our Find a Place to Walk directory.

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Trails Less Travelled – hike Mt Lofty from a different direction, Sunday 16th October 2016

Trails Less Travelled: Hike Mt Lofty from a different direction. Sunday October 16 2016. Hikes from 8am.Most Adelaidians are familiar with the Waterfall Gully track to Mt Lofty Summit but did you know there are at least 9 other routes that can get you to the top? Come and join one of our hosted walks and discover some of the lesser known trails exploring Cleland National Park and the trails beyond.

There are walk options to suit everybody. If you’re after a serious climb along forest trails to get your heart pumping, a gentle ramble to take in the scenery or something in between then we have a walk for you. Check out the options and choose from various lengths, terrain and starting points. All walks will start at 8am and will be led by one of our member clubs so you don’t even need to read a map! Registration is free.

Once you’re at the top, you can refresh yourself at the Summit Cafe and stroll among the stall holders in the summit courtyard.

So whether it’s a new route or an old favourite, register for one of the Trails Less Travelled and we’ll see you at the summit!

Adelaide100, September Update

We've launched a project website for the Adelaide100 trail at adelaide100.com.au

Adelaide 100, September 2016 UpdateWalking SA continues to work on developing the Adelaide100 initiated by Board member Jim Mclean.

Having conducted a wide range of initial consultation, a small group walking the trail to learn first hand and as we continue to refine the concept we are now into a business planning mode to determine how we can garner further support to make this project happen. As we have used the principle of using existing well maintained trails for the Adelaide100 we believe that the additional cost of creating the trail will be relatively modest, and in particular when compared to what it would be if we were creating it from scratch.

We are grateful for the ongoing support we are receiving across the Board for this project through our member clubs and organisations, local government, state government and a wide range of community groups that we are engaging with. In particular we acknowledge the financial contribution made by the Friends of the Heysen Trail and Skyline Walkers which will greatly assist us getting work done on the ground.

Focus on a walking club: Skyline Walkers

Skyline Walkers logoAbout the hiking club: Skyline Walkers is a walking club that meets at different locations on Saturday mornings at 9am. Each walk, led by club members, has two levels and takes approximately 2 to 3 hours. Walks are within 30 kilometres of Adelaide. The walk schedule, with the meeting point, is circulated to all members. The members enjoy additional social outings including a mid year dinner and a end of year AGM and luncheon0

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25 + 110 New Find a Place to Walk Entries

In recent months we’ve listed 26 new walks in our Find a Place to Walk directory.

Last week we also listed 110 new historical walks, a great way to explore some of the rich history in our suburbs and country towns.

Over the last eighteen months the directory has expanded to over 300 walks and trails around the state, so there are plenty of places to explore for walking.

New Walks to Explore

Walk Into History at Port Elliot1.

Historical Walks

Last week we also listed 110 new historical walks, a great way to explore some of the rich history in our suburbs and country towns.

To explore the historical walks, visit the Find a Place to Walk directory and select the Historical Walks checkbox.

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Office of Recreation and Sport – Funding opportunity for clubs

The Active Club Program helps active recreation and sports clubs with program and equipment (up to $5,000 and facility upgrade requests up to $25,000 on a $1 for $1 basis.)

It has two funding rounds per year: facility requests and program and equipment (Round 41) and program and equipment requests only (Round 42).

Guidelines for Round 42 can be found at:

Applications close 10th October 2016.

Australian Adventure Activity Standards, September 2016 Update

Bushwalking Australia has been advised of the establishment of a national project to develop a set of Australian Adventure Activity Standards (AAAS) to replace the existing state-based Adventure Activity Standards (AAS).

Bill Gehling from Walking SA is Bushwalking Australia’s representative on this matter and has been advocating the Bushwalking Australia policy summarised as:

Bushwalking Australia’s policy is that the proposed National Bushwalking AAAS must specifically exclude applicability to non-commercial users such as volunteer-run recreational groups including bushwalking clubs and groups of private individuals undertaking recreational adventure activities.

For further details please refer to bushwalkingaustralia.org/overview/policies

Bushwalking Australia hold their annual conference in November and Walking SA will be attending representing the South Australian bushwalking community. If you have matters you would like us to raise please contact the office.

“Alert SA” website and smartphone app

Alert SA appWith warmer weather on the way, hikers and residents will find the Alert SA smartphone app and website a good resource to access timely, relevant and personalised event and warning information.

The website and smartphone app is provided by the Government of SA, and collects and display data from agencies including: Country Fire Service (CFS); Metropolitan Fire Service; State Emergency Service; SA Police; SA Health; Department for Education and Child Development (DECD); Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA); Department of Transport Planning and Infrastructure (DPTI); Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR); Bureau of Meteorology (The Bureau); Environment Protection Authority; SA Power Networks; SA Water; Department for Community and Social Inclusion – State Recovery.

The information obtained from these sources provides event summaries and warnings to keep you up to date and help you make informed decisions about your safety. Alert SA aims to provide you with the most comprehensive view of event and warning information in South Australia. Further data sources may be added as they become available over time.

How to access Alert SA:

Walking the Heysen Trail

Walking SA Executive Officer Greg Boundy finishes the Heysen Trail

Walking SA Executive Officer Greg Boundy finishes the Heysen Trail

Our Executive Officer Greg Boundy recently completed the 1,200 kilometre Heysen Trail.

Greg has given us a quick summary of the experience:

“Together with my wife Valerie we commenced walking the Heysen Trail in an organised ground with the Friends of the Heysen Trail “End-to-End 6 Group”. As a somewhat reluctant walker and not being particularly fit the walking of the trail has been quite transformational in me now being a very motivated walker, and much fitter, as well as a range of other significant benefits. These include enjoying the environment on the trails, some truly exceptional parts of South Australia, establishing a delightful new group of friends as well as appreciating my love of photography.

What it has also made us appreciated is those that have lead and supported the Heysen Trail through the initial vision, establishing and now maintaining the trail as well as the leaders that have dedicated their time as well. All if these are volunteers. Walking the Heysen Trail also provides a significant boost to the regional economy with the provision of accommodation, meals, transport etc. We would strongly recommend undertaking the whole trail and enjoying the multiple benefits that will arise.”

Walking Awards & Forum, 13th October 2016

Walking Awards & Forum
13th October 2016, 7pm

The evening will be part of #walktoberSA

Drinks and nibbles from 7.45 – 8.00pm

Goodwood Community Centre
32-34 Rosa Street, Goodwood SA 5034

Award Presentation

7:00 – 7:45pm
All welcome, including members & member clubs

We are publicly recognising the many volunteers and others who have contributed to South Australia’s great walking trails, walking clubs, and walking promotion and opportunities for health, wellbeing, recreation and tourism.

During the award ceremony we are present awards in five categories:

  • Longstanding Contribution /Distinguished Service Award – Individual
  • Special Recognition Award – Individual
  • Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation
  • Local Government Award – Individual
  • Local Government Award – Organisation


8:00 – 8:30pm
All welcome>, including members & member clubs

A brief annual general meeting.

A detailed agenda will be made available prior to the evening.

  1. Welcome and apologies
  2. Any other business to be placed on the agenda
  3. Confirm the minutes of the preceding AGM
  4. Annual Report and Officer’s Reports
  5. Appointment of auditors
  6. 2016/17 Board
  7. Other business
  8. Meeting close

View Nomination form.

President’s Forum

8:30 – 9:30pm
All welcome, including members & member clubs

The Forum is an opportunity for our member walking club representatives to engage in an ongoing discussion with the Board regarding the future plans of Walking SA.

The forum will cover:

  1. Walking SA – Our future
    This will be an interactive update on the development of Walking SA, future plans and directions including the development of an updated Strategic Plan for 2017.
  2. Adelaide100
    This is our major project and an update will be provided on progress.
  3. Advocacy
    Walking SA is keen to establish a stronger voice for the all the walking interests by collaborating with all member clubs and organisations as well as the wider walking community.
  4. Members Forum
    An opportunity to share issues and activities of your clubs and organisations with the Board and all attendees.