Sir John Cleland Memorial walks in Belair National Park

Each year the Friends of Belair National Park commemorate Sir John Cleland’s historic yearly inspection of the Park with two free memorial walks.

  1. Nature Ramble
    2 hour, family-friendly nature ramble, starting at 10am
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  2. Boundary Hike
    5 hours, starting at 9am
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These events are free but numbers are capped so please be sure to book your ticket via the Eventbrite links above.

Prior to the formation of the Department for Environment and Water in the 1970s the National Park at Belair was run by a group of Commissioners. Professor Sir John Cleland was Deputy Chairman for five years from 1931 and was Chairman from 1936-1956. During this period of office, Cleland undertook the self-imposed task of inspecting Belair National Park on foot, during the period between Christmas and New Year’s Day. It was his purpose to assess the management of the park, in relation to weeds, firebreaks, fencing and anything else that came to his attention, so that he could advise park staff more specifically as to how they could best discharge their duties. While regular inspections with the other Commissioners generally occurred within Belair, John Clelend at this time set out to walk around its boundaries.

Week 2 Winners of “View from my walk” Competition

The winners for our second week of our “view from my walk” competition are:

  1. Instagram user @mumofsuperheroes with a photo with the kids exploring creeks walking in the Barossa Goldfields. The Barossa Goldfields is part of Para Wirra Conservation Park, there are three marked walking trails in this section of the Park:

  2. Instagram user @ingridklees with a photo of their walk exploring the Currency Creek Waterfall Hike, taking in some of the flowing creek, the tall railway viaduct, an old wooden road bridge, the old copper mine tunnel entrance. A Water Dragon and a White Egret in the creek were spotted along the way. The Currency Creek Waterfall Hike is 1.5km 45mins return, with options for a 300m return walk and 1km return walk

Thanks to Scout Outdoor Centre they have each won a $50 voucher.

Throughout October share your “view from my walk” photo using the hashtag #walktoberSA to enter our competition for a chance to win a weekly prize. Thanks to Scout Outdoor Centre there are two $50 vouchers up for grabs each week throughout October.

Take a walk in a nearby park, along the beach, along a river, in a national park or on your walk to work – anywhere in South Australia. With over 600 ideas of places to walk around SA there’s always somewhere nearby to explore on foot.

View what others have shared.

View the Competition Terms & Conditions.

Good luck and enjoy a walk! You’re just two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

This October there are two competitions:

  • Competition #2: SCHOOL KIDS: Take a photo of something you love or find interesting as you walk to or from school. Use the hashtags #walktoberSA and #way2go to enter our competition for a chance to win a weekly prize during Weeks 1, 2 or 3 of Term 4
  • Competition #1: ANYONE: Share your “view from my walk” photo for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October

The competition is part of Walktober – celebrating walking throughout October.

Media Release: This Walktober encourage kids to walk, skip, hop, scoot or ride to school

MEDIA RELEASE

If more kids walked to school each day, then they would be more likely to reach recommended physical activity guidelines, be less likely to be overweight and perform better at school.

About 80 per cent of five to 17-year-olds do not meet recommended physical activity guidelines.

The number of kids using active transport choices to get to school has dramatically declined since the 1970s.  These days, almost a quarter of five to-12-year-olds have never walked, cycled, or scooted to school.1 But three-quarters of kids surveyed would like to.2

This October, Walking SA, Department of Transport, Planning and Infrastructure’s Way2Go program and the Heart Foundation are promoting the message that we should be encouraging our kids to walk, ride or scoot safely to school. Not only is it more fun for the kids, it means less cars on our roads, and at drop-off points around schools.

“Parents can be great role models for their children by getting out and walking together more often,” said Walking SA Chair, Jeremy Carter.

Way2Go is a statewide South Australian program promoting safe, active and green travel for primary school children and their families.

“We encourage parents to visit our families website to plan safe and active travel to and from school,” Margaret Howard, Manager Living Neighbourhoods and Travel Behaviour said.

“Have a few practice runs over the school holidays and choose a safe route to school.”

Imelda Lynch, Heart Foundation CEO, has been leading the push for more walkable environments in South Australia.

“The Heart Foundation would like to see the development of a statewide walking strategy, that prioritises children’s active travel to school,” Ms Lynch said.

This “Walktober”, Walking SA is asking all South Australians to celebrate Spring by going for a walk and taking a picture with the tag #WalktoberSA. Walking SA is encouraging kids to walk to school by asking them to take a picture along the way. Just use the tags #WalktoberSA and #Way2Go with a short description about the view and it will be eligible to win vouchers from the Scout Outdoor Centre. Parents/Carers can load the images onto Instagram or Twitter or the Walking SA Facebook page.

To help plan your walk to school during #WalktoberSA, visit Way2Go families website www.dpti.sa.gov.au/Way2Go/families/home

For more information about Walking SA, visit www.walkingsa.org.au

For more information and T&C about the “View from my walk” competition visit walkingsa.org.au/walktober

Media enquiries: Jeremy Carter, Chair of Walking SA – 0412 846 576

 

Walking SA is the 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.

 

Walking can transform lives: psychologist Kylie Agnew on the benefits of walking for mental health

Walking transforms lives. Psychologist Kylie Agnew talks about her work with Operation Flinders using adventure activities for therapeutic populations. She saw people experience positive transformation through walking.

“Some of the changes I’ve seen in people have been huge, with the young people I’ve worked with, both on Operation Flinders and in other programs, seeing them change from the start to the finish of the eight days out in the wilderness. It’s been really inspirational. I was lucky enough to travel the world to see how some of these programs run in all different remote parts of the world. There’s a lot of people using walking to help people all around the world.”

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with #walktoberSA

Transcript:

The World Health Organization recommends that we all walk everyday. I think we should be doing as much walking as possible, obviously within our busy lives, but making time to walk everyday is going to be important, but also building walking into our lives so that we all can benefit from walking, whether it’s physical and emotional or psychological benefit.

There’s a lot of different research that’s been done on why walking is good for mental health. Some of it’s been based obviously on the physical side, having general health, meaning that you’re going to be healthier mentally, but there’s also a lot of research to show that serotonin and different hormones are released when we walk and when we exercise, and then I guess we’ve also got that relationship building which is obviously another protective factor for mental health, building friendships, building relationships by spending time together.

For me personally, I just love being in the outdoors. It’s been a passion of mine since I grew up on a farm, and also going to university and studying adventure activities then moving into using adventure activities for therapeutic populations.

Some of the changes I’ve seen in people have been huge, with the young people I’ve worked with, both on Operation Flinders and in other programs, seeing them change from the start to the finish of the eight days out in the wilderness. It’s been really inspirational. I was lucky enough to travel the world to see how some of these programs run in all different remote parts of the world. There’s a lot of people using walking to help people all around the world.

Want to improve your mental health? Go for a walk.

Want to improve your mental health? Go for a walk. People who exercise have 43% fewer days of poor mental health.

Want to improve your mental health?
Go for a walk.

People who exercise have 43% fewer days of poor mental health.

It’s a common piece of advice: that exercise is pretty good for your mental health. A huge study published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry has found that literally just walking can improve your mental health.

Individuals who exercised had 43% fewer days of poor mental health in the past month than individuals who did not exercise. All exercise types were associated with a lower mental health burden (between 11.8% and 22%).

The study of 1.2m people appeared in the Lancet Journal on August 8th 2018.

Competition #2: School kids – take a photo walking to school to win

School kids: Take a photo of something you love or find interesting as you walk to or from school. Use the hashtags #walktoberSA and #way2go to enter our competition for a chance to win a weekly prize. Thanks to Scout Outdoor Centre there are two $50 vouchers up for grabs for each school week.

The competition will run for the first 3 weeks of Term 4.

More walking = more fun = less cars = safer children.

Looking for some tips to help you plan your family’s active travel to and from school?
Visit the Way2Go website at dpti.sa.gov.au/Way2Go or Google “Way2Go families”.

View what others have shared.

The competition commences on Monday 14 October and closes on Thursday 31 October. Competition prizes will be announced weekly on Monday 21 October, Monday 28 October and Thursday 31 October. View the full Competition Terms & Conditions.

Good luck and enjoy a walk to or from school! You’re just two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

This October there are two competitions:

  • Competition #1: ANYONE: Share your “view from my walk” photo for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October
  • Competition #2: SCHOOL KIDS: Take a photo of something you love or find interesting as you walk to or from school. Use the hashtags #walktoberSA and #way2go to enter our competition for a chance to win a weekly prize during Weeks 1, 2 or 3 of Term 4

The competition is part of Walktober – celebrating walking throughout October.

Week 1 Winners of “View from my walk” Competition

The winners for our first week of our “view from my walk” competition are:

Thanks to Scout Outdoor Centre they have each won a $50 voucher.

Throughout October share your “view from my walk” photo using the hashtag #walktoberSA to enter our competition for a chance to win a weekly prize. Thanks to Scout Outdoor Centre there are two $50 vouchers up for grabs each week throughout October.

Take a walk in a nearby park, along the beach, along a river, in a national park or on your walk to work – anywhere in South Australia. With over 600 ideas of places to walk around SA there’s always somewhere nearby to explore on foot.

View what others have shared.

View the Competition Terms & Conditions.

Good luck and enjoy a walk! You’re just two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

This October there are two competitions:

  • Competition #2: SCHOOL KIDS: Take a photo of something you love or find interesting as you walk to or from school. Use the hashtags #walktoberSA and #way2go to enter our competition for a chance to win a weekly prize during Weeks 1, 2 or 3 of Term 4
  • Competition #1: ANYONE: Share your “view from my walk” photo for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October

The competition is part of Walktober – celebrating walking throughout October.

30 Evening walks to enjoy now that Daylight Saving has started

With daylight savings short after-work walks are a great way to get out and experience the sunshine.

We’re showcasing 30 short walks around Adelaide along rivers, the coast and metropolitan parks. All are an hour or two, or up to three hours, so are ideal for after-work.

Looking for some more adventurous hikes in nature?

Check out our accompanying article:
45 Bushwalks close to the city for evening hikes

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with walktoberSA.

30 Evening walks to enjoy now that Daylight Saving has started

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FOOTHILLS: Blackwood Forest Recreation Park

Walk suitable for dog walking

A small park in the hills is popular for walking the dog off-leash. A great place to take the kids to explore the pine forest, the creek and Sturt River, you can walk a 1.4km loop here.

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50 Great SA Short Walks and Hikes for Kids

There are loads of great short walks and hikes around South Australia for kids, with opportunities to explore rock formations, big trees, caves, creeks, waterfalls and see wildlife. And with many taking in playgrounds, why not pack a picnic and enjoy a great family day out.

We’ve listed some of the best ones below.

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with #WalktoberSA.

50 Great Walks and Hikes for Kids

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Thorndon Park loop around lake

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for those with mobility issues including wheelchairs

1.5km, 1 hour

There are numerous walking trails at Thorndon Park that loop around the lake. Walking trails take you throughout this photographic location and past unique attractions like the water tower, natural wetlands, and a giant chess board. It easy to make a couple of different loops of the park and lake.

Access from Thorndon Park Reserve at Paradise.


Wynn Vale Dam Circuit2.

Wynn Vale Dam Circuit

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

2.8km, 45 mins

Wynn Vale Dam offers visitors and locals a serene outdoor experience. You can enjoy a picnic with a water view, a stroll along the boardwalk, and some quiet time to take in the tranquillity.

There is more to explore if you head (anti-clockwise) past the resident horses to the children’s playground featuring slides, sea-saw and swings. Toilet facilities are situated along the southern edge of the dam.

You can walk around the lake itself (950m), or walk from Grenfell Road on the Wynn Vale Dam Circuit (2.8km return). The marked trail is a shared-use path, and has markers every 200m, and begins near the Jubilee Lake, near the footbridge on Wynn Vale to Valley View Walking Path which crosses Grenfell Road.

Access from Park Lake Drive.


Woorabinda Bushland Reserve Loop3.

Woorabinda Bushland Reserve Loop, Stirling

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for dog walking

5.4km, 2-3 hours

A cool, quiet forest oasis, filled with a cacophony of birds or frogs. Woorabinda Lake is a highlight, with a path circling the lake passing reed beds, picnic benches, boardwalks and a bird hide.

The walk around the lake is suitable for prams.

Access from Stirling, off the South Eastern Freeway.


Wirraparinga Trail Loop, Brownhill Creek4.

Wirraparinga Trail Loop, Brownhill Creek (Mitcham)

Walk suitable for dog walking

5.4km, 2 hours

The Wirraparinga Trail Loop meanders along the Brownhill Creek valley, through Brownhill Creek Recreation Park. A narrow creek flows through the steep-sided valley, with majestic river red gums, some more than 300 years old.

Walk along the trail past the bridge, and explore the creek.

Access from Brownhill Creek Road, just up from Mitcham.

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Easy, Regular Walking at one of Parkrun’s 35 South Australian locations

With 35 locations around South Australia each Saturday morning, Parkrun welcomes walkers as well as runners.

Parkruns are free, socially-focussed 5km community events. Everyone in the community is invited to get involved – as walkers, runners and volunteers.

It’s a great community, you’ll meet new people, and enjoy the coffee afterwards at a local cafe or meeting place.

Physical activity is good for everyone and can have particular benefits for Australians aged 65 and over – for example, more energy and less fatigue, reducing the risk of falls, helping maintain physical strength and balance, improving cognitive function, preventing loneliness and helping people stay independent for longer.

The events are truly intergenerational and can be enjoyed together in the great outdoors by people of all ages.

Parkrun registration is free at parkrun.com.au/register. Just print your unique Parkrun barcode, which is then valid at any Parkrun anywhere in the world every Saturday morning. Events begin at 8am and are held every week of the year.

Find a location near you, with 35 around South Australia there is sure to be one near you (“>view by map, or list below):

Read more about how the Heart Foundation Walking and Parkrun are working together during Active Ageing Week to promote the opportunities for people to undertake regular walking.

50 Pram and Wheelchair Accessible Walks and Hikes

Adelaide and South Australia has many walking trails and hiking paths that are accessible to prams, strollers and people with mobility issues, including wheelchairs. We’ve outlined some of the best ones below.

The walks can also be great for children to ride their bikes along with their parents walking beside them.

We’ve broken the list down into 3 sections:

  1. Adelaide Metro Area (29 walks)
  2. Bush Walks (13 hikes)
  3. Regional South Australia (8 walks)

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with #WalktoberSA.

Here’s a short selection of great hikes

Section 1 of 3. Adelaide Metro Area

Adelaide Park Lands Trail (loop ring route)1.

Adelaide Park Lands Trail

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for those with mobility issues including wheelchairs Walk suitable for dog walking

Series of connected walking and cycling trails through the parklands which loop around the city. Bisected by the River Torrens, offering the option to do either the southern or northern loops and loop back via the river.

  • Full circuit (around south Adelaide and North Adelaide): 18.1km
  • southern Adelaide circuit, using Torrens River to link up: 16km
  • North Adelaide circuit, using Torrens River to link up: 9km

The trail is an initiative of Adelaide City Council, who describe the trail as: “The trail is suitable for basic riders, family groups and mobility aid users.”


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Best walks to see wildflowers and flowers in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula (updated)

Updated from 2018 article.

Explore some walking trails for see some of this Spring’s native wildflowers or other flowers.

We’ve listed some walking trails near Adelaide in the Adelaide Hills, and in parks and reserves on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

In this article:

  1. Wildflower and flowers walks in Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills
  2. Wildflower walks on the Fleurieu Peninsula
  3. Links to other articles to find wildflowers

Wildflowers… or weeds?

What do we mean by the term “wildflowers”? It is often understood to mean native Australian flowers growing freely in the wild. However… unfortunately some of the flowers we see growing alongside trails in our national parks and reserves are introduced species of flowers, which means they are weeds.

It could be subjective how much enjoyment someone derives from walking through nature and seeing these flowers – be they native wildflowers or introduced flowers (weeds).

Regardless – a quick public service announcement – don’t pick the flowers – either native wildflowers or weeds. The native wildflowers should be left as-is, so they keep growing in the wild. And some weeds shouldn’t be picked and transported, because it tends to encourage them to spread.

Generally in the walks we’ve listed below, we’ve tried to show native wildflowers, but we acknowledge that some of the photos will invariably be of introduced species – weeds. And a couple of the walking trails below include flowers we very much know are not native to Australia, but we’ve included the trail destinations as they’re great places to walk and see flowers and nature.

1. Wildflower and flowers walks in Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills

Black Hill Conservation Park

In Black Hill Conservation Park explore the wildflowers on the Black Hill Summit Hike (4.2km return Hard Hike) or the Ambers Gully Hike and Sugarloaves Trail (4.4km circuit, Moderate Hike).

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Competition #1: Share your “view from my walk” to win

Share your “view from my walk” photo using the hashtag #walktoberSA to enter our competition for a chance to win a weekly prize. Thanks to Scout Outdoor Centre there are two $50 vouchers up for grabs each week throughout October.

Take a walk in a nearby park, along the beach, along a river, in a national park or on your walk to work – anywhere in South Australia. With over 600 ideas of places to walk around SA there’s always somewhere nearby to explore on foot.

View what others have shared.

View the Competition Terms & Conditions.

Good luck and enjoy a walk! You’re just two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

This October there are two competitions:

  • Competition #2: SCHOOL KIDS: Take a photo of something you love or find interesting as you walk to or from school. Use the hashtags #walktoberSA and #way2go to enter our competition for a chance to win a weekly prize during Weeks 1, 2 or 3 of Term 4
  • Competition #1: ANYONE: Share your “view from my walk” photo for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October

The competition is part of Walktober – celebrating walking throughout October.

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with WalktoberSA

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking and promoting it’s benefits for everyone with WalktoberSA.

October is ideal for walking – the temperatures are mild and the evenings are getting longer.

Discover, explore, share:

  1. Competition #1: Share your “view from my walk” photo via social media using the hashtag #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize.
  2. Competition #2: School kids, take a photo of something you love or find interesting as you walk to or from school using the hashtags #walktoberSA and #way2go for a chance to win a weekly prize.
  3. Explore trails – they’re are some great places to hike in South Australia and we’re sharing some of our favourites.
  4. Join a walking event: with a walking club or a local council or health body.

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

Find out more at walkingsa.org.au/walktober

Park of the Month, Murray River National Park, September 2019

Murray River National Park is the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA Park of the Month for September 2019.

We’ve outlined the three walking trails in the park. Nearby there’s more of the Riverland and Murray River to experience on foot, and we’ve included some of the best ones below.

The Murray River National Park provides great opportunities for a variety of recreational activities such as walking, canoeing, bird watching and bush camping in a near natural environment. The park is divided into three separate areas: Katarapko (Winkie), Lyrup Flats (Lyrup) and Bulyong Island (Renmark). As these areas are separated by towns, visitors will need to ensure they familiarise themselves with maps of the region.

Walking Trails in the Murray River National Park

Ngak Indau Wetland Trail1.

Ngak Indau Wetland Trail

3.0km, 1.5 hours

This walk begins at the car park just off Lock 4 road and winds its way through the Ngak Indau wetland, out to the river and back again. Check out the wetland birdlife like spoonbills, an array of duck species, herons and whistling kites.


Kai Kai Nature Trail2.

Kai Kai Nature Trail

1.3km, 40 mins

Walk along the Katarapko Creek bank and see the range of life found on the flood plain and how the plants and animals live together through seasonal water changes. Unfortunately, as at January 2018, many of the interpretive signs have faded or are missing. However the trail is still well marked, having recently had new directional signs installed.


Cragg’s Hut Walk3.

Cragg’s Hut Walk

1.3km, 40 mins

Wander along this 2km circuit trail to explore how the first Europeans lived and worked the land here. See the historic remains of the homes of the Craigies and the Blands and visit the grave of Margaret Craigie. From the lookout gaze out over the land that once sustained these families.


Other Great Walking Trails in the Riverland

Nearby there’s more of the Riverland and Murray River to experience on foot, and we’ve included some of the best ones below.

Wilabalangaloo Trail4.

Wilabalangaloo Trail

1.7km, 45 mins

Explore rich Mallee animal and plant habitat and the river frontage of Wilabalangaloo Reserve. 3 trail options, Mallee Circuit (red, 1.7km circuit), River Link (blue, 820m one-way), Lookout Spur (marked in green, 680m return).


Banrock Station Wetland Walking Trails5.

Banrock Station Wetland Walking Trails

2.5km, 1 to 3 hours

Self-guided walking trails, designed to suit all fitness levels, wind their way around the beautifully restored wetlands, mallee and flood plains.


Hart Lagoon Wetland Walk6.

Hart Lagoon Wetland Walk

6.6km, 1-2 hours

Hart Lagoon is situated close to the Waikerie township and riverfront. The walking track starts adjacent to the Waikerie Caravan Park and is a loop of 5km. It follows the edge of the lagoon to Ricciuto Road and returns between the river and the lagoon.


Paringa Paddocks Trail7.

Paringa Paddocks Trail

7.8km, 2 hours

Paringa Paddocks has been used by locals for many years and has various tracks throughout. In May 2017 Renmark Paringa Council upgraded the trail network. The Trail consists of 2 main loops (marked in yellow) and 4 alternative routes (marked in blue). The trails are suitable for walking and mountain bikes.


Border Cliffs Customs House Walking Trail8.

Border Cliffs Customs House Walking Trail

4.1km, 1.5 hours

Meander through the wetlands and creeks beside the Murray River. The wetland flora and fauna are highlights of this trail, especially the majestic River Red Gums and abundant birdlife.


Loxton Nature Trail9.

Loxton Nature Trail

3.1km, 1 hour one-way

Wander along the riverfront westwards to Heaven (steep climb to lookout). The walking and nature trails meander through the natural riverine environment rich in history and geology, many of the gum trees are hundreds of years old.