Launch of two walking trails: the Sanderston Trail and Barbara Hardy Walking Trail

During August 2016 two new walking trails are being officially opened.

Lavender Federation spur trail, the Sanderston Trail, at Saunders Gorge Sanctuary

Sunday 21st August 2016
Saunders Gorge Sanctuary, Three Chain Rd, Sanderston

Sanderston Trail, 280The Sanderston Trail is a five kilometre linear trail across high ridge country adjacent to the Saunders Gorge Sanctuary. The trail has been 12 years in the making. The trail is a challenging walk with some steep sections but rewarding with spectacular scenery revealing many kilometres of unbroken dry stone walls. From the western end of the Sanderston Trail there is a six kilometre link trail connecting to the Springton Loop Trail which then intersects with the Lavender Federation Trail.

Guided walks are available at 10.00am. At 12.30pm an official opening ceremony will be held at the Three Chain Road trail head sign which is nearby the Saunders Gorge Sanctuary. This is to be followed by lunch and at 2:00pm trail walks on the Sanderston Trail and into Saunders Gorge. The Saunders Gorge walks usually attract a fee of $10 for adults, $5 children or $25 for a family but at no cost on the opening day.

Barbara Hardy Walking Trail at Hiltaba Nature Reserve

Friday 26th August 2016
Hiltaba Nature Reserve, Hiltaba, Gawler Ranges

Barbara Hardy Walking Trail, 280There are currently two walking trails on the Hiltaba Nature Reserve, with a third trail, the Barbara Hardy Walking Trail opening on Friday 26th August.

There are plans for a total of five walking trails at the Hiltaba Nature Reserve to honour the four founders of Nature Foundation and also the major supporters Bob and Betty Lewis.

Murray Coorong Trail receives $380,000 in grants to proceed

Murray Coorong Trail logoConstruction will soon start on the Murray Coorong Trail (MCT) thanks to a massive financial boost from the State Government’s Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program.

The project was awarded $280,000, part of a State Budget allocation of more than $40million to sport and recreation facilities across South Australia.

The three Councils leading the project – Mid Murray, Coorong and Murray Bridge – will collectively contribute a further $101,700 during 2016-17. This will complete construction of 25 kilometres, being the Trail’s first stage in each district.

Once complete, the 450 kilometre trail will promote wellbeing, encourage tourism and business expansion, showcase our River and Coorong, and conserve and protect biodiversity. Work on this project began in 2012, with careful planning ensuring a purpose built trail is designed for walking and bike riding, with the eventual goal to link Cadell in the Riverland to Murray Bridge, and on to Salt Creek in the Coorong.

Mid Murray Council Mayor Dave Burgess said he expected the Trail to become a national icon, with the combined funding a coup not only for community health, but also for the region’s economy.

“The Murray Coorong Trail will help establish the Murray and Mallee as one of the most attractive recreational destinations in our State,” Mayor Burgess says.

“The trail will run along some of our most beautiful stretches of the River Murray and Coorong, showcasing our region to the growing population of walking and cycling enthusiasts who visit.”

Coorong District Council Mayor Neville Jaensch said this project would add strength to the raft of recreational activities already on offer across his district.

“We have been investing heavily in recreational facilities across our district which support people of all ages and abilities, and this major trail will connect them all,” Mayor Jaensch said.

“While the majority of the trail runs along the length of the Murray and Lakes, over time there is capacity to extend recreational opportunities to other communities.”

Rural City of Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis said the Trail would have an incredibly positive impact on the local community.

“This trail provides a facility for families, older residents, fitness enthusiasts and anyone else interested to get out and be active while exploring our beautiful local area,” Mayor Lewis says.

The Murray Coorong Trail Management Committee will begin detailed planning and community engagement before construction on each of the three Stage One sections begins later this year.

Murray Coorong Trail Fast Facts

  • The overall length of the trail is approximately 450 kilometres
  • Once complete, the trail will start at the top of the Mid Murray Council at Cadell, and run all the way through to Murray Bridge and beyond to the Coorong’s Salt Creek. Several loops and connections to existing trails will also be featured along the route.
  • The $381,700 funding will ensure Stage One in each Council district is fully constructed
  • Project planning has been underway since 2012
  • The collaborative MCT Management Committee includes representatives from all three Councils, community, State Government organisations, the Riverland and Murralands Regional Development Authority and local Aboriginal leaders
  • A feasibility study was completed on this project in 2014, which included stakeholder engagement across the region and an overall trail plan developed
  • All three Councils (and OPAL teams) already contributed funds to develop project, including its initial planning stages and developing a new logo (see image top left of page)
  • Each Council will undertake further engagement with their respective communities, before likely construction start in late 2016 / early 2017
  • It is expected that the full 450km Trail will be completed over a 10-20 year period, and is subject to external resourcing opportunities

Mid Murray Stage One

  • 10km route planned for eastern banks of the River, adjacent East Front Road from Kia Marina to Mannum
  • Close to River, taking careful consideration of local landholders and environment
  • Trail to cross River at Mannum Ferry to access facilities, services and tourism links
  • Consultation with local landholders already underway, and continues
  • Estimated cost for this Trail section is $165,000 – this includes upgrading some existing surfaces and construction of a new formalised path in some areas

Murray Bridge Stage One

  • 5km route planned to run between Toora and Hume Reserves, with exact details to be confirmed
  • A link from Lavender Federation Trail to Hume Reserve offers great opportunities
  • Consultation with local landholders already underway, and continues
  • Estimated cost for this Trail section is $79,200 – this includes the potential construction and upgrade of existing surfaces

Coorong Stage One

  • 10km route from Meningie (along Narrung Road), to The Coorong (via Seven Mile Loop Road)
  • Trail section to be developed adjacent to the roadway to suit both walking and cycling
  • Route to take in views of Lake Albert, and ends at one of the first view points of the Coorong
  • Estimated cost for this Trail section is $137,500 – this includes upgrading existing surfaces.

Murray Coorong Trail partners

Murray Coorong Trail partners

Walktober 2016 Initiative Funded

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Walking SA has been successful in receiving funding from the office of Recreation and Sport for its Walktober 2016 initiative. This is a significant opportunity for Walking SA’s members to promote walking in their club or organisation as well as reach out to the walking community at large to promote our vision of more people walking more often. Over the next few months we will be establishing a program for Walktober 2016 and we are actively seeking involvement from all our members to be part of it. We would like members to:-

  • Advise us of events in October that we can promote as part of Walktober 2016
  • Create events, such as “Come and Try Days” that could encourage walking and potential membership
  • Create other opportunities for promoting walking
  • Links with other organisations to promote walking events and activities

Please contact Walking SA with your contributions.

15 New Find a Place to Walk Entries

In recent months we’ve listed 15 new walks in our Find a Place to Walk directory.

Over the last twelve months or so the directory has expanded to over 180 trails around the state, so there are plenty of places to explore for walking.

15 New Trails to Explore

Ridge Trail, Mount George Conservation Park1.

Ridge Trail, Mount George Conservation Park, Stirling

2.4km, 2 hours

Hike along fire tracks & walking trails, through a secluded forest to the summit of Mt George, with magnificent views from a rocky outcrop lookout.


Forest Circuit Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek2.

Forest Circuit Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek

2.7km, 1 hour circuit

Enjoy an easy stroll through the stringybark forest near Stringybark Campsite. The walk is suitable for children, explore the forest, mushrooms and birdlife. The walk is especially enjoyable near sunset and sunrise.


Mount Brown Summit Hike3.

Mount Brown Summit Hike, near Quorn

14.9km, 4-7 hours

A circuit hike along the Heysen Trail up to the summit of Mt Brown. The trail is well marked and gradually climbs the summit, taking in Waukarie Falls and Bald Hill Viewpoint.


Spring Wildflower Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek4.

Spring Wildflower Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek

4.7km, 2.5 hour return

Enjoy a walk through the regenerating forest. Watch out for echidnas, kangaroos and birdlife. During late winter and spring you’ll see wildflowers along this trail.


Boat Harbor Hike5.

Boat Harbor Hike, Deep Creek

7.8km, 4 hours return

Enjoy a well-graded trail with breathtaking views of Kangaroo Island, The Pages Islands and Tunkalilla Beach. Watch out for dolphins at Boat Harbor Beach.


Hardys Scrub Hike6.

Hardys Scrub Hike, near Onkaparinga Gorge

5.9km, 2-3 hours

Wander through this forest on walking trails and fire tracks. The trail is well marked. We recommend this extra eastern trail as especially delightful to walk through, with some good views.


Montacute Conservation Park Hike7.

Montacute Conservation Park Hike

6.3km, 2 hours

This hike through the rugged hills of Montacute Conservation Park is challenging, but rewarding with excellent views.


Mount Ohlssen Bagge Hike8.

Mount Ohlssen Bagge Hike

5.6km, 4 hours return, 5.6km return

A steep rocky climb to the summit of Mount Ohlssen Bagge, with rewarding views both inside and outside the Pound. Look for reptiles along the way.


Wangara Lookout Hike9.

Wangara Lookout Hike, Wilpena Pound

7km, 3-3.5 hours return. 7.0km return (upper lookout), 6.2km return (lower lookout)

Walk through the Pound Gap into Wilpena Pound, and up to one of the Wangara Lookouts for panoramic views into the inside of Wilpena Pound.


Mount Remarkable Summit Hike10.

Mount Remarkable Summit Hike, Melrose

15.4km, 4 – 5 hours return (7.7km one way, 15.4km return)

Hike along the Heysen Trail up to the summit of Mt Remarkable. The trail is gently graded as it contours up to the summit. You can start the trail from the main street of Melrose, walking up to the Monument on the bitumen road past the caravan park. When walking across the scree slopes watch out for the remnants of a small plane that crashed here in 1980.


Aaron Creek Circuit Hike11.

Aaron Creek Circuit Hike, Deep Creek

6km, 3 hours

Explore the grasslands with views and kangaroos, before descending into Aaron Creek with its lush vegetation and winter waterfall. Take a picnic along to enjoy at the picnic table at Eagle Waterhole Campground.


Ingala Falls12.

Ingala Falls, near Deep Creek and Victor Harbor

0.5km, 45 mins return

Enjoy a short 250m walk with the family. The trail starts at the picnic area, following the creek upstream for 250 metres to reach the rock pool & waterfall. There are several picnic areas along the way.


Hindmarsh Falls13.

Hindmarsh Falls, Victor Harbor

0.2km, 15 mins

Enjoy a short walk to the lookout to see the waterfalls, as water cascades over numerous pools. The lower car park is adjacent to a picnic area.


Walking Trail Around Mount Barker Summit14.

Walking Trail Around Mount Barker Summit

2.4km, 1.5 hours

This 2.4km circuit hike is an alternative walk to the easy Summit Walking Trail. The trail is easy to follow, and provides views to the east and west.


Mount Barker Summit Walking Trail15.

Mount Barker Summit Walking Trail

0.5km, 1 hour

The 500 metre return trail is an easy walk, & passes a lookout area with picnic tables before reaching the summit. Begins at the far end of the summit car park.


The Mosaic Trail – Edithburgh to Sultana Point, Walk the Yorke16.

The Mosaic Trail – Edithburgh to Sultana Point, Walk the Yorke

2.9km, 1-2 hours

An walking trail with interpretive signage and 94 mosiacs. The trail begins from the main jetty in Edithburgh, following the coast around to Sultana Point. The walking trail is suitable is hard gravel, and is suitable for wheelchairs, prams, walkers and cyclists.


Adelaide 100, July 2016 Update

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

Adelaide 100, July 2016 Update, brandedWalking SA has a vision for the establishment of Adelaide100 initiated by passionate Board Member Jim McLean. Adelaide is renowned for its beautiful parks and reserves that encircle our city, enhance our suburbs, thread along our coast and feature throughout the hills. Our landscape, and nature reserves coupled with a favourable climate and fantastic food and wine make Adelaide one of the most liveable places in the world. There is no other city in the world with a signposted loop trail that traverses city, coast, bush and suburbs, incorporates shorter or longer walks, provides accommodation, food, historical and cultural information and links up and promotes other trails. The Adelaide100 will link up existing infrastructure, creating short distance links and trail loops to create a 100km network.

Walking SA has been working closely with Board member Jim Mclean in further developing his vision for the Adelaide100 walking trail. This is progressing and we have recently held meetings with Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) staff to assist us in addressing specific trail details to enable the trail to utilise the maximum number of existing well maintained trails. We have also been meeting with SA Tourism Commission who are providing invaluable advice in moving this project forward.

More recently Jim and a small group walked the whole trail including addition options to “test it out”. It is fair to say that it fulfilled our vision of being a unique and enjoyable walking trail that we believe can have great appeal to south Australians as well as interstate and international tourists. Walking SA is greatly appreciative of the financial support from The Friends of the Heysen Trail and Skyline Walkers, highly valued member clubs of Walking SA.

Advocacy for walking footpaths and trails

Walking SA volunteers regularly review what is happening with regard to a variety of plans, particularly by local and state government that could have impacts upon walking. Over recent times these have included the riding on footpaths element of the new bike laws, various local government management plans for trails, the Hackney Road/O-Bahn development, the Darlington interchange and the RAH/SAHMRI North Terrace scenario. Walking SA regularly advocates, both formally and informally, on these types of matters to look after the interest of walkers.

If you have issues of concern or comments that you would like considered in our submissions, please contact the Walking SA office. Of late we have had concerns expressed to us with regard to shared trails in the Adelaide Hills where walkers are disadvantaged. Please let us know of issues in principal or even specific instances of concern.

Inaugural Walking SA Awards

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  • Who created that walking trail?
  • Who inspired me to go walking?
  • How did that organisation come about?
  • Who promoted the joys of bushwalking?

Many volunteers and others have contributed to South Australia’s great walking trails, walking clubs, and walking promotion and opportunities for health, wellbeing, recreation and tourism. At Walking SA we believe that it’s about time they were recognised.

Walking SA is initiating annual awards to recognise sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout SA. If you know of someone who should be considered for an award in 2016 please do consider nominating them.

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, bushwalking, environmental appreciation and fun experiences.

Our vision is to have more people walking more often. We provide leadership through; promoting and supporting walking opportunities for all South Australians; promoting opportunities to improve the health and lifestyle of South Australians through walking; as well as expertise, guidance and advocacy for safe and supportive walking infrastructure.

We are launching 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

Criteria for the awards will encompass

  • Enhanced the development of walking in South Australia and/or
  • Significantly furthered the objectives of Walking SA and/or
  • Developed/supported the implementation of a significant walking project/activity and/or
  • Added value to the wider community of South Australia

The awards are a leadership initiative of Walking SA towards public recognition of individuals and organisations who have made a significant contribution to walking at all levels in South Australia.

Nominations may be made by any South Australian nominators. Referees and nominees are not required to be members of Walking SA or of a walking club. We’ll also be pleased to consider self-nominations.

Nominations close on 26th August 2016. Awards will be presented at the Awards Presentation Night on Thursday 13th October 2016.

For further information contact: –

Wendy Keech – Walking SA Chair: 0403 997 907

Greg Boundy – Walking SA Executive Officer: 0457 006 620

Resources from the Office of Recreation and Sport

Office of Recreation and Sport ResourcesThere is a wealth of information available on the Office of Recreation and Sport website that may be of value to member clubs and organisations or of broad interest to individuals. Whilst a significant proportion of resources are directed to more of the sporting codes there are many that are of benefit to us in the walking community.

In particular there a range of publications that may be of interest and benefit to clubs and organisations, including club management and governance, as well as many others.

The next round of the Active Club program will open on 13th August 2016.

For further general information visit ors.sa.gov.au.

2016 Presidents Forum ReScheduled

Unfortunately, we had to cancel the annual Presidents Forum in April as a number of key people that wished to attend were unable to do so. We apologise for the short notice of the cancellation.

The Presidents Forum follows on from the inaugural Forum in 2015, and 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.

We have now rescheduled the Presidents Forum for the evening of October 13th 2016 and it will tie in with the inaugural Walking SA Awards presentation. We will have a dynamic forum enabling all attending to share news and information and raise issues critical to the advancement of walking of all types in the South Australian community.

Walk for the Heysen, Mt Crawford Forest, Sunday 22 May 2016

Walk for the Heysen, Mt Crawford Forest, Sunday 22 May 2016The Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation‘s inaugural fund raising event is a series of three loop walk options in Mt Crawford:

  • 5 km
  • 8 km
  • 15 km

Proceeds of the Foundation’s fund raising activities are being used to support greening activities along the Heysen Trail and the restoration of fire damaged sections of the Heysen Trail.

Suitable for all ages and standards of walking fitness. Route maps will be distributed at the start of the walk and marshals will provide directions at key points.

New Find a Place to Walk Entries: Walk the Yorke + Crafers to Mt Lofty + Bendleby Ranges

We’ve listed four new walks in our Find a Place to Walk directory.

Walk the Yorke, Marion Bay to Gleesons Landing1.

Walk the Yorke, Marion Bay to Gleesons Landing

60.5km / 2-3 days

Enjoy the spectacular coastline around the rugged foot of Yorke Peninsula in this 3-day section of the 500km Walk the Yorke trail.

Other sections we have listed of the Walk the Yorke include:


Main St Crafers to Mt Lofty Summit2.

Main St Crafers to Mt Lofty Summit
Now through Cleland with no road walking

4.9km, 2 hours one-way

In February 2016 this trail network was expanded, with a new walking and cycling trail constructed through Cleland Conservation Park linking existing fire tracks. This link trail means that walkers can now walk from Crafers to Mt Lofty with no road walking – as they follow the meandering trail through Cleland Conservation Park. The trail includes 700 metres of new trail and 800 metres of resurfaced trail.


Bendleby Ranges – 4 Bushwalks3.

Bendleby Ranges – 4 bushwalks through Hidden Valley

5.4km, 2-3 hours

With an unspoilt natural environment, Bendleby Ranges offers remote campsites nestled amongst gum lined creeks, 4WD tracks and hiking and mountain bike trails. The gem of the bushwalks are through Hidden Valley.


Walk the Yorke, Hillocks Drive to Marion Bay4.

Walk the Yorke, Hillocks Drive to Marion Bay

20km, 5 hours

The walk passes along the spectacular coastline within Hillocks Drive, which is a real highlight of this end of Yorke Peninsula. Experience the rugged coastline, quiet sandy beaches and magnificent rock pools.


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Australian Walking and Cycling Conference 2016

The annual Australian Walking and Cycling Conference will occur again this year in Adelaide on July 18th and 19th 2016. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Walking and cycling across our lives”.

The conference will be held at Flinders University’s Victoria Square campus, the same venue as last year. Walking SA is supportive of this conference and keen to include a high level of walking related content. There is currently a call for papers so the conference organisers are inviting abstracts addressing the conference theme or other topics related to walking and cycling. They invite presentations both on research and practice.

The volunteer organising committee is led by Peter Lumb and a number of walking and cycling related specialists supported by a highly qualified reference group.

Last year’s conference attracted a broad spectrum of presentations and interactive sessions by a range of international, national and local speakers. They added valuable content into a wide range of walking and cycling issues. Even if you don’t wish to present you are encouraged to attend the conference. Walking SA will provide further information as the program evolves.

Cause for celebration – the crossing of two iconic South Australian trails

Trail Celebration
10am Sunday April 17th, 2016
Webb Gap, Mid North

Over the last eighteen months the Lavender Federation Trail has been extended by 106 kilometres, taking the end point from Eudunda to Clare, and making the trail a total distance of 320 kilometres. It now crosses the Heysen Trail at Webb Gap where the two trails will share the section that transverses the Tothill Ranges from west to east. It’s a fitting meeting of trails, as Terry Lavender played in a key part in initiating the Lavender Federation Trail, and in developing the Heysen Trail.

Two major member organisations of Walking SA, South Australian Recreation Trails Inc. and the Friends of the Heysen Trail, are celebrating this unique crossing on Sunday April 17th, 2016. There will be local walks from 10.00am onwards and there will be an official opening ceremony at Webb Gap at 12 noon.

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Bushwalking Assistant Leadership Course Taking Enrolments

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Course commences 22nd March 2016

A course conducted by Bushwalking Leadership SA twice during 2016. It is the required minimum qualification for leaders intending on working with DECD schools and many independent or CEO schools.

The course provides bushwalking enthusiasts with concrete knowledge to conduct successful bushwalking day trips and light weight camping expeditions the course is ideal for leaders from youth groups, bushwalking clubs, the educational sector, government agencies and commercial operators.

The practical workshops and 3 x day field experience will be supplemented by an online eLearning component.

For those interested in shorter activities, training will be conducted in May 2016 for Day Walk Leadership and Day Walk Assistant Leadership Courses to train aspiring leaders to conduct successful day walks in tracked areas.