We’ve listed 60 of the best walks around Adelaide to walk your dog, including trails in national parks, forests, river walkways, linear reserves and the coast.
We know that having a dog encourages you to walk more, and that there are numerous health benefits to dog walking.
Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with #WalktoberSA.
60 Best Dog Walks in Adelaide
Belair National Park
With eight marked trails and a bonus route, there’s plenty of walks to do with your dog in Belair National Park. The park is close to Adelaide, nestled in the foothills. 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. You can walk your dog in this park provided it remains on a lead.
Here’s some of our favourite walks in Belair National Park:
1km, 30 mins, Easy Walk
3km, 1h 25mins, Easy Walk
1km, 20 minutes, Easy Walk
3km, 1 hour, Moderate Hike
4.5km, 1hr 45mins, Moderate Hike
6.5km, 3 hours, Moderate Hike
Now that daylight savings has started, short after-work bushwalks are a good evening activity.
We’ve compiled a list of 25 short hikes which are close to Adelaide.
Throughout October share your “view from my walk” photo via social media using the hashtag #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize.
Explore more walks in the 600 walks in our Find a Place to Walk directory.
25 Short After-Work Bushwalks
The Botanical Trail, Marino Conservation Park
1.5km, 45 mins, Moderate Walk
Enjoy a wander through Marino Conservation Park on the Botanical Trail, which meanders through coastal heath to the Marino Rocks Lighthouse. There are views up the coast to Brighton and Holdfast Bay, and south to Port Stanvac, as well as views to the city skyline.
Flinders Chase National Park, on Kangaroo Island, is the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA Park of the Month for October 2019. They’re celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Flinders Chase National Park.
Experience the rugged wilderness with its iconic landmarks such as the world-famous Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Enjoy the park and its diverse wildlife on the network of walking trails. Trek the five day Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail on assisted day walks or camping out along the way.
Ravine Des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area connects the two sections of Flinders Chase National Park. Below we’ve outlined 19 hikes and trails in the two parks.
Looking for more walks on Kangaroo Island? View our article on the 30 Walks and Trails across the Parks of Kangaroo Island .
19 Great Hikes and Trails in Flinders Chase National Park
Easy walk, 400m, 10 mins return
This short walk will take you from the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre to the Walking Trail Information Shelter overlooking Black Swamp. Interpretive signs along the way will help hone your wildlife observation skills. Signs at the Black Swamp Lookout shelter give information about other hikes and walks accessed from here.
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.
Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with walktoberSA.
30 Evening walks to enjoy now that Daylight Saving has started
FOOTHILLS: Blackwood Forest Recreation Park
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.
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
Thorndon Park loop around lake
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 Circuit
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 Loop, Stirling
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 Creek (Mitcham)
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.
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:
Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with #WalktoberSA.
Here’s a short selection of great hikes
Adelaide Park Lands Trail
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.”
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:
- Wildflower and flowers walks in Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills
- Wildflower walks on the Fleurieu Peninsula
- 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.
Black Hill Conservation Park
We're at the Caravan and Camping Sale this weekend:
Thursday 25 July to Sunday 28 July, 10am to 5pm daily at Adelaide Showground, Wayville.
Discover more about walking by grabbing some some of our lists of best walks in the ten tourism regions of South Australia. Chat to us on Saturday or Sunday about the best trails, or become a supporter to help us promote walking.
The widest range of leading companies will be showcasing their camping and caravan products & services all within one convenient location. If you need to upgrade, if you want to buy your first van or trailer, or just fancy checking out some new equipment or accessories.
Visit us at stall J9b in the Jubilee Pavilion, we're sharing a stall with the Caravan and Camping Industries Association of SA. Pick up your copy of the free Let's Go Caravan & Camping Almanac from them, normally valued at $10.
Showground entry tickets are $13, or $11 for concession. Children under 15 are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park is the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA Park of the Month for July 2019.
We’ve outlined the 18 walking trails in the park, and included the nearby Rawnsley Bluff Hike and Wilpena Pound Lookout Hikes.
Discover quiet gorges with ancient Aboriginal rock engravings, wander through the Pound Gap to spot wildlife and discover the struggles early Europeans encountered with the harsh Australian conditions. Or for something more adventurous, explore the trails out to Malloga Falls, Wilkawillina Gorge or St Mary Peak/Ngarri Mudlanha.
19 Walking Trails in Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park
Hills Homestead Walk
6.6km, 2 hours return, Easy walk
Walk through the tranquil Pound Gap into Wilpena Pound. The walk begins from the trailhead at the Wilpena Visitor Centre. The start of the walk is through the Pound Gap, following Wilpena Creek through tall river red gums and pines. Choose to continue along the walking trail, which is easier, or along the dirt road which climbs above Sliding Rock – watch out for kangaroos and echidnas. The walk continues to Hills Homestead, where you can read about the original inhabitants of the cottage and their struggles with the harsh Australian conditions. There are toilets and picnic tables here
Living with Land Walk, Old Wilpena Pound Station
3.2km, 2 hour loop, Easy walk
Aboriginal people, European settlers and their descendants share the pastoral heritage of the Flinders Ranges. Undertake the self-guided walk and discover the themes of self-sufficiency, improvisation and survival in the remote and isolated pastoral settlements of the Flinders Ranges. Option to walk from a shorter 1km loop or a longer 3.2km loop.
Sacred Canyon Walk
800m, 30 mins, Easy walk
A short walk along a gum-lined creek leads to the site where ancient Aboriginal rock engravings are found in smooth sandstone walls. Walk through the gorge to view the images representing animal tracks, people and waterholes, have been pecked into the sheer rock faces with stone tools. Some images are very weathered and are best seen in the soft light of morning or afternoon.
Wilpena Solar Power Station Walk
1.2km, 30 mins, Easy walk
Discover the large Solar Power Station which supplies Wilpena with energy. A short walk to the lookout will give you a view of the set up.
8km, 4 hours, Moderate hike
Experience some of the Heysen Trail on this loop walk through open grassland country of Heysen Range whilst enjoying views. Discover some of the earliest life forms on earth in the Trezona geological formation.
Boom and Bust Hike
3km, 2 hours return, Moderate hike
Take the short loop trail near the main Visitor Centre that contains a wide array of flora with a colourful display of wildflowers present in spring months. There are plenty of interpretive signs along the way outlining the wildlife and habitat. The start of the Boom and Bust Hike follows main trail through the Pound Gap then turns off onto the Mount Ohlssen Bagge Hike before looping back to the Pound Gap.
Arkaroo Rock Hike
3.1km, 2 hours, Moderate hike
Walk to the rock shelter that has Adnyamathanha people rock paintings. Enjoy spectacular views of the Chace Range at sunset. Interpretive signage at the carpark trailhead.
Bunyeroo Gorge Hike
7.5km, 3 hours 30 mins return, Moderate hike
Wander through Bunyeroo Gorge, a wide, peaceful gum-lined gorge framed by rugged rock formations. The gorge provides great opportunities for observing the native wildlife. Bullock teams and coaches transporting copper, mail and produce used the gorge in the 19th century to access the western plains.
Bunyeroo and Wilcolo Creeks Hike
9.2km, 2 hours 30 mins return, Moderate hike
Beginning in the open cypress pine woodland of the Bunyeroo Formation and Wilcolo Creek, following a small creek through the ABC Range to the gentle rolling country vegetated with silver wattle.
Bridle Gap Hike
18.6km, 6 hours return
Experience some of the iconic 1,200km Heysen Trail by walking out to Bridle Gap, on the south-western escarpment edge of Wilpena Pound. The trail passes through the Pound Gap and past Hills Homestead, contining across the Pound floor. A variety of mallee, native pine and heath habitats provide excellent opportunities for keen naturalists to observe local birds including wrens, robins, parrots and raptors.
Aroona to Youngoona Hike
13.4km 7 hours one-way, Hard hike
Experience some of the 1,200km Heysen Trail on this hike from Aroona Campground to Youngoona Campground. This day walk tells the story of pastoral heritage with beautiful views and contrasting rock formations. You will follow the footsteps of early shepherds and discover the ruins of old pastoral runs. Pass through contrasting rock formations and plant communities while enjoying views of the ABC, Heysen and Trezona ranges.
Malloga Falls Hike
23.2km, 9 hours return, Moderate hike
Explore the more remote trail out to Malloga Falls and Edeowie Gorge by traversing the floor of the Pound and walking out to the deep Edeowie Gorge on the north western edge. The Malloga Falls are a set of adjacent twin falls, but are usually dry. The trail is 23.2km and 9 hours return and is recommended for walkers with some experience as the trail can be hard to follow in some spots.
Mount Ohlssen Bagge Hike
5.6km 4 hours return, Hard hike
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.
Red Hill Lookout Hike
8.4km, 4 hours return, Hard hike
Hike up to the top of Red Hill for views of the Aroona Valley and and south to the peaks of Wilpena Pound. The hike includes some steep fire track sections.
St Mary Peak Hike, Ngarri Mudlanha, Wilpena Pound
19km, 9 hours return, Hard hike
Challenging hike to the summit of St Mary Peak, the highest mountain in the Flinders Ranges. Rewarding panoramic views. Can be done as a two day hike.
Wangara Lookout Hike
Upper lookout: 7 km 3 hours return;
Lower lookout: 6.2km 3 hour 30 mins return
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.
Wilkawillina Gorge Hike
12.7km, 12 hours return (7 hour return option), Hard hike
Follow Ten Mile Creek through Wilkawillina Gorge to explore the habitat of the native Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby. The permanent water source is in contrast to its drier surrounds. Starting from the Mt Billy Creek Trailhead is recommended. The hike is 12.7km and 6 hours one-way. A more manageable option would be to start from Mt Billy Creek Trailhead and hike to the eastern end of Wilkawillina Gorge where the trail leaves the gorge and turns south. This would be 7.3km one-way, so would make a 14.6km and 7 hour return hike from the Mt Billy Creek Trailhead.
8km, 4 hours, Hard hike
Experience some of the 1,200km Heysen Trail on this circuit walk, which has views of Heysen Range and the distant peaks of Wilpena Pound. This is the rugged Flinders landscape that inspired the famous artist Hans Heysen in the 1920s.
Rawnsley Bluff Hike and Wilpena Pound Lookout
11.3km, 5 hours return, Hard hike
This spectacular hike in Rawnsley Park Station climbs the Wilpena Pound escarpment, providing views into the Pound from the Wilpena Pound Lookout, and views south and east to Chace Range.
Mount Remarkable National Park is the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA Park of the Month for June 2019.
The park has three focus areas:
- Mambray Creek is a wide, rocky river with seasonal pools of water. There is a picnic area and camping sites. With plenty of trails and lots of wildlife, it’s an ideal place for families.
- At Alligator Gorge explore the Narrows and Terraces on a couple of different hikes, or take a short walk to a lookout to peer inside the deep, narrow gorge.
- From Melrose you can take a short hike around the foothills, or hike up to the summit of Mt Remarkable.
15 Great Walks and Hikes in Mt Remarkable National Park
Mambray Creek is a wide, rocky river with seasonal pools of water. There is a picnic area and camping sites. With plenty of trails and lots of wildlife, it’s an ideal place for families.
The hikes, walks and trails that begin from the Mambray Creek picnic area and campsite:
Wirra Water Loop, Mambray Creek
1.6km, 30 mins return, Easy Walk
Explore the Wirra Water Loop, a child-friendly walk suitable for people of all abilites, with plenty of opportunities to see wildlife, and discover the more on the interpretive signs.
The trail is compacted gravel and suitable for prams. It may be accessible to advanced wheelchair users as it is a consistent width and flat, although the gravel may be loose in parts.
Para Wirra Conservation Park is the National Parks and Wildlife Service 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
Easy walk, 1km, 30 mins
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.
Coorong National Park is the National Parks and Wildlife Service 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
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.
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:
Section 1 of 3. Along the Coast
Robe Walking Trails & Loop Path
A 12km loop path following the coastline around Robe, taking in historical sites. Suitable for walkers, cyclists, people mobility issues and prams.
The winners of our fourth and final week of the “view from my walk” photo competition, are:
- Instagram user @capturing_senses1 with his photo of their hike from Pink Gum Campground in Onkaparinga National Park down the River Hike to the Onkaparinga River
- Instagram user @meltheunit with her photo of the view from the top of Mt Magnificent. The view from the top is always the best view!
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.