Park of the Month
Para Wirra Conservation Park

Para Wirra Conservation Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for May 2019.

With its extensive grassy areas, relaxing lakeside, and beautiful bush setting, Para Wirra Conservation Park is a well-loved gathering place for family and friends.

The park was upgraded last year, with upgraded trails, a nature play area, upgraded picnic areas and a new camping area.

On-leash dogs are welcome in the park.

Below we’ve outlined the hikes and trails in the park.

13 great hikes in Para Wirra Conservation Park

Gawler View Nature Loop, Para Wirra1.

Gawler View Nature Loop

Easy walk, 1km, 30 mins

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

Explore the Nature Play Forest shared-use paths through the Gawler View picnic area and playground. Keep your eyes peeled for bush birds, scurrying lizards and maybe even an emu or kangaroo. Suitable for prams. Some limited mobility access may be possible if assisted.


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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

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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

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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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Winners of “View From My Walk” photo competition, week 4

View from my walk winners, week 3

The winners of our fourth and final week of the “view from my walk” photo competition, are:

Thanks to Scout Outdoor Centre, @capturing_senses1 has won a Stratos 26 day pack. The 26L daypack provides a fully adjustable ventilated back system and hipbelt, allowing for increased comfort in warm weather. And @meltheunit has won a $50 store voucher for Scout Outdoor Centre.

The competition is part of #walktoberSA – celebrating walking throughout October.

Bushwalks close to the city for evening hikes

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

We’ve updated our previous list to add 20 more hikes, showcasing 45 short hikes which are close to Adelaide. All are an hour or two, up to three hours.

Prefer easier walks around Adelaide along rivers, the coast and metropolitan parks?

Check out our accompanying article:
30 Evening walks to enjoy now that Daylight Saving has started

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with walktoberSA. Watch out for some more lists of best walks and hikes throughout the month.

45 Bushwalks close to the city for evening hikes

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EAST: Sugarloaf Circuit

5.8km, 3 hours

The Sugarloaf Circuit hike is a 3 hour, 5.8km circuit through the cool sanctuary of Chambers Gully and Woolshed Gully, with splendid views of the city and coast. Watch out for koalas and kangaroos.


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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’ve updated our previous list to add 10 more walks, showcasing 30 short walks around Adelaide along rivers, the coast and metropolitan parks. All are an hour or two, or up to three hours.

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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Week 4: Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October

View from my walk, photo competition week 4Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize 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. October is ideal for walking – the temperatures are mild and the evenings are getting longer.

Stratos 26 day packThe weekly prize for the fourth week, thanks to Scout Outdoor Centre, is a chance to win a Stratos 26 day pack. The 26L daypack provides a fully adjustable ventilated back system and hipbelt, allowing for increased comfort in warm weather.

This week’s prizes will be drawn Monday 29/10/18. Last week’s winners were announced earlier today.

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

Enter via Instagram or Twitter. Facebook users can post direct to our page via @WalkingSA to share their photo.

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The competition is part of #walktoberSA – celebrating walking throughout October.

Winners of “View From My Walk” photo competition, week 3

View from my walk winners, week 3

The winners of our third week of the “view from my walk” photo competition, are:

  • Facebook user Julia Patten with her photo of hiking Waterfall Gully at twilight
  • Instagram user Shelby Allen @shel_b_melissa with her photo of Day 18 of wandering through McLaren Vale. WalktoberSA has inspired Shelby to do a walk each day, be it on a beach, nearby reserve or a hike in a national park.

Thanks to Cleland Wildlife Park, the two winners this week have each won a Family Pass to Cleland Wildlife Park, valued at $61 each.

Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October – use #walktoberSA for a chance to win. We’ll announce the week 4 prizes later today.

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

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

Enter via Instagram or Twitter. Facebook users can post direct to our page via @WalkingSA to share their photo.

View terms and conditions.

The competition is part of #walktoberSA – celebrating walking throughout October.

Week 3: Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October

Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize 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. October is ideal for walking – the temperatures are mild and the evenings are getting longer.

The weekly prizes for the third week, thanks to Cleland Wildlife Park, is a chance to win one of two Family Passes, valued at $61 each. Valid for 2 adults and 2 children OR 1 adult and 3 children.

This week’s prizes will be drawn Monday 22/10/18. Last week’s winner was announced earlier today.

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

Enter via Instagram or Twitter. Facebook users can post direct to our page via @WalkingSA to share their photo.

View terms and conditions.

The competition is part of #walktoberSA – celebrating walking throughout October.

Winners of “View From My Walk” photo competition, week 2

View from my walk competition winner, week 2The winner of our second week of the “view from my walk” photo competition, is Instagram user thehikinglibrarian with a photo of her daughter and herself completing the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. What a great experience for a parent and child, to walk together for 5 days, planning and undertaking the experience together,  escaping into nature and forming memories together.

Throughout October you can enter our draw for a chance to win a 3-day experience on the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail thanks to SeaLink.

Thanks to Rays, thehikinglibrarian has won a set of two Leki Anti-shock Trail AS walking poles. With Rays you can find gear to go for a hike, a paddle, or camp, and outdoor clothing and footwear for men, women and kids. Visit their store on Main North Road, Enfield or shop online.

Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October – use #walktoberSA for a chance to win. View Week 3 prize details.

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

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

Enter via Instagram or Twitter. Facebook users can post direct to our page via @WalkingSA to share their photo.

View terms and conditions.

The competition is part of #walktoberSA – celebrating walking throughout October.

Win a 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’re bringing you a chance to take a walk on the wild side by winning a Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail experience thanks to SeaLink.

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.

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Winners of “View From My Walk” photo competition, week 1

View from my walk winners, week 1

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

Thanks to ioMerino two people have each won a $50 vouchers. ioMerino not only make amazing, natural, thermal layers to help keep you comfortable for longer when you’re out hiking, they also happen to be a local South Australian company!

Week 1 Winners:

  1. Instagram user skipper_lisa for her photo of her family adventure time into Sturt Gorge Recreation Park.
  2. Facebook user Fi Abraham with her photo of sunrise at the top of Carrick Hill and Brownhill Creek.

Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October – use #walktoberSA for a chance to win. View Week 2 prize details.

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

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

Enter via Instagram or Twitter. Facebook users can post direct to our page via @WalkingSA to share their photo.

View terms and conditions.

The competition is part of #walktoberSA – celebrating walking throughout October.

Week 2: Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October

Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize 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. October is ideal for walking – the temperatures are mild and the evenings are getting longer.

The weekly prizes for the second week, thanks to Rays, is a set of two Leki Anti-shock Trail AS walking poles. With Rays you can find gear to go for a hike, a paddle, or camp, and outdoor clothing and footwear for men, women and kids. Visit their store on Main North Road, Enfield or shop online.

This week’s prizes will be drawn Monday 15/10/18. Last week’s winners were announced earlier today.

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

Enter via Instagram or Twitter. Facebook users can post direct to our page via @WalkingSA to share their photo.

View terms and conditions.

The competition is part of #walktoberSA – celebrating walking throughout October.

Park of the Month, Belair National Park, October 2018

Belair National Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for October 2018.

Belair National Park is close to Adelaide, nestled in the foothills. There are 8 hiking trails in the park, and another 2 hiking trails that pass through the park. The trails vary from Easy Walks to Hard Hikes. A couple of the Easy Walks are suitable for people of all abilities, including for wheelchair access, for those with mobility issues and for prams. The trails are of a high standard and are well marked.

The park is accessible by public transport train service and bus services. Vehicle entry is $12 per car, or $9.50 for concession, and visitors are encouraged to book online before you go, of use the self-service computer available for payment daily between 9am and 4:30pm. There is also a range of free events throughout the month, including guided Ranger Walks and Friends of Belair guided walks.

You can walk your dog in this park providing it remains under your control on a lead.

11 Great Walk and Hikes in Belair National Park

Wood Duck Walk, Belair National Park1.

Wood Duck Walk, Belair National Park

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

1km, 30 mins, Easy Walk

This pleasant walk around Playford Lake is popular with young children, people with prams, people with limited mobility, including wheelchairs, and those who want to experience the park’s wildlife, including the ducks on the lake.

For accessibily notes and an Accessible Map of Belair National Park, refer to the Accessibility page on the National Parks SA website.

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Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October

Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize 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. October is ideal for walking – the temperatures are mild and the evenings are getting longer.

The weekly prizes for the first week, thanks to ioMerino are two $50 vouchers. ioMerino not only make amazing, natural, thermal layers to help keep you comfortable for longer when you’re out hiking, they also happen to be a local South Australian company!

This week’s prizes will be drawn Monday 8/10/18.

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

Enter via Instagram or Twitter. Facebook users can post direct to our page via @WalkingSA to share their photo.

View terms and conditions.

The competition is part of #walktoberSA – celebrating walking throughout October.