Spring 2018 Competition: best walking trails to see wildflowers

Spring is here – where are the best walking trails to see wildflowers this Spring? We’ve seen a few out – but we want your help! Enter your photos in our weekly competition for a chance to win a Multi Park Pass thanks to National Parks SA. In early October as part of #walktoberSA – celebrating walking throughout October – we’ll publish a list of the best walks to see the wildflowers.

To enter your photos:

  1. Can be on any walking trail anywhere in South Australia
  2. Include the name of the trail and park or reserve in your post
  3. Share your photo on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtags: #wildflowers #walktoberSA
  4. Photo must be taken in August or September 2018

Please note due to Facebook privacy settings Facebook posts need to be shared to our Facebook page facebook.com/walkingSA. People without social media can send their entries to photo.competition@walkingsa.org.au.

We’re not looking for the best photographer but instead great places to go for short, medium or long walks to see wildflowers.

A prize of a 1 x Multi Park Pass thanks to National Parks SA will be awarded each Friday: Fri 7th Sept 2018, Fri 14th Sept 2018, Fri 21st Sept 2018, Fri 28th Sept 2018. Winners will be notified by private messaging and public comment on the applicable social media network. A Multi Park Pass is valued at $90 and provides 12 months of unlimited vehicle entry to 11 national parks.

Updated 28/9/18: Winners

Thanks to everyone who has been entering our Spring photo competition of wildflowers you’ve seen when out walking on a trail, we’ve seen some great photos and places to walk.

We’ve given away four Multi Park Passes thanks to National Parks SA:

  1. Week 1: Instagram user scubacoops won with her photo of wildflowers seen in Kuitpo Forest. There are 4 shared-use trails in Kuitpo Forest and 2 walking trails in the adjacent Kyeema Conservation Park. The Heysen Trail pass through both parks. The Forest and Park are a mix of plantation pine forest and native scrub. View the walks and trails.
  2. Week 2: Instagram user Illy Graetz won with her photo of flowers seen on the one of the Beaumont Circuit hikes, part of the Burnside Walks network.
  3. Week 3: Instagram user muddy_pies won with her photo of the Twiggy Bush-pea wildflower seen on the Wildflower Wander in Anstey Hill Recreation Park.
  4. Week 4: Facebook user Jazmine Schwark won with her photo of Donkey Orchids on the Echidna Hike (3.5km, 2 hours, Moderate hike) in Onkaparinga River National Park. There’s 16 trails in the park, including the Punchbowl Lookout Walk, Hardys Scrub Hike (4km, 2-3 hours, Moderate hike) and the Nature Hike (3.5km, 3 hours, Moderate hike).

This competition is part of #walktoberSA, celebrating walking next month during October.

Park of the Month, Sturt Gorge Recreation Park, August 2018

Sturt Gorge Recreation Park and the Craigburn Farm Shared Trails network are the National Parks SA Park of the Month for August 2018.

The gorge offers a variety of walking experiences. Escape the hustle and bustle of the nearby city and suburbs by venturing into Sturt Gorge, following the river or some of the higher trails. There are 19 marked trails in the park and Craigburn Farm Shared Trails network, with another half dozen in the adjacent Mitcham Trail Network (Zone 4, Blackwood Hill Reserve).

Most of these trails are linear or return trails, we’ve outlined two of the trails and four walking loop routes:

Walking Trails and Loops in Sturt Gorge Recreation Park and Craigburn Farms Shared Trails network

Lake View Trail (Craigburn Farm)1.

Lake View Trail (Craigburn Farm)

1.2km, 30 mins, moderate hike

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking Trail shared by mountain bikers

Enjoy a stroll around the lake in the Craigburn Farms Shared Trails network in Sturt Gorge Recreation Park. Start from the trailhead on Bonython Way, Craigburn Farm, and follow the Lakeside Trail (marked with blue markers), walking downhill towards the lake, then following the loop around the lake.

Whilst we have displayed the pram-friendly icon, please note that it is a uphill on the return leg back to the trailhead.

It’s possible to get to the trailhead by public transport, by Adelaide Metro bus from Grand Boulevard, Craigburn Farm, which is a 1km walk east of the trailhead, or by Adelaide Metro train from Coromandel Railway Station, which is a 1.8km along pathways and some of trails in the Mitcham Trail Network.


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Streets for People strategy to upgrade Hart St, Semaphore

Work began yesterday on converting Hart Street, a four lane arterial road, into a much more pedestrian friendly street, using the Streets for People approach. Hart Street links Semaphore and Port Adelaide. It will be converted from two lanes in each direction to one lane, with additional landscaping and a separated bike lane.

The project will create a walkable environment, with better access to community facilities for everyone. With an enhanced look and feel of Hart Street, a healthy, friendly neighbourhood will be created. The removal of surplus traffic lanes will create an appropriate, balanced road environment for everyone.

As well as having fewer lanes to cross, pedestrians will benefit from a speed limit reduction from 60 to 50km/h, kerb extensions and median refuges.

Read more at infrastructure.sa.gov.au. View a detailed diagram.

Walking Awards 2018 Presentation Ceremony & AGM

The Walking Awards 2018 by Walking SA on Thursday 11 October at The Jade, 142-160 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA 5000The annual Walking SA Walking Awards are to recognise sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout SA. 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.

Please join us to present and celebrate our outstanding community members at The Jade in Flinders St Adelaide.

Public welcome.

Venue: The Jade, 142-160 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA 5000 (View Map)
Date: Thursday 11 October 2018
Time: AGM 6.30pm – 7pm, 7pm networking and refreshments, 7:45pm Awards

Our guest speaker will be Alison Buck, Manager Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, Department for Environment and Water
The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail opened in late 2016. The five-day walking trail weaves its way through one of South Australia’s most botanically unique areas before reaching the rugged, remote and spectacular coastline of the Southern Ocean. The vision of the trail is to build on the Island’s reputation as an international tourist destination by offering a nature based tourism experience. By linking in with commercial tour operators the options available range from basic backpacker tours to gourmet food and wine and basic to luxury off-trail accommodation, as well as being open to independent walkers.

If you know of someone who should be considered for an award there’s still time to nominate. Get your nomination in by 14 September 2018.

Bar will be open for purchase of drinks, light refreshments provided.

For catering purposes please RSVP Thursday 4 October 2018 to Greg Boundy
office@walkingsa.org.au

 

The Walking SA Annual General Meeting will be held before the Awards presentation, from 6:30pm to 7:00pm.

The AGM Agenda is as follows:

  • Welcome & Apologies
  • Any other business to add to the agenda
  • Confirm the minutes of the preceding AGM
  • Annual Report and Officer’s Reports
  • Appointment of Auditors
  • 2018/19 Board
  • Other Business
  • Meeting Close

If you wish to nominate for the Board you are strongly encouraged to do so. Please refer to the Nomination Form ( Microsoft Word, or PDF.)

There is free on-street carparking after 6pm and nearby multi-story parking areas. The Jade is 6-10 mins walk from the closest tram stop.

This event is part of Walktober – promoting walking throughout October.