Spring 2018 Competition, winner week 3 – best walking trails to see wildflowers

Instagram user muddy_pies has won this week's wildflower walk photo competition with her photo of the <a href=Twiggy Bush-pea wildflower seen on the one of the Wildflower Wander in Anstey Hill Recreation Park.” width=”1024″ height=”1024″ class=”alignright size-large wp-image-41683″ />Instagram user muddy_pies has won this week’s wildflower walk photo competition with her photo of the Twiggy Bush-pea wildflower seen on the Wildflower Wander in Anstey Hill Recreation Park.

The Wildflower Wander is a 1.3km one-way trail, walk up hill and return by the same route or return on some of the Pink Gum Loop. There are 11 trail options and loops in the park.

Enter our Spring photo competition of wildflowers you’ve seen when out walking on a trail for a chance to win a Multi Park Pass thanks to National Parks SA.

To enter your photos:

  1. Take a photo 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.

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

Spring 2018 Competition, winner week 2 – best walking trails to see wildflowers

Instagram user Illy has won this week's wildflower walk photo competition with her photo of wildflowers seen on the one of the Beaumont Circuit hikes, part of the Burnside Walks network.Instagram user Illy Graetz has won this week’s wildflower walk photo competition with her photo of wildflowers seen on the one of the Beaumont Circuit hikes, part of the Burnside Walks network.

There are 10 walking trail options in the Burnside Walks network. The trails are around the foothills near Burnside, Mt Osmond Reserve, and in the adjoining Chambers Gully. There are walk options from 1 hour up to 3-4 hours.

Enter our Spring photo competition of wildflowers you’ve seen when out walking on a trail for a chance to win a Multi Park Pass thanks to National Parks SA.

To enter your photos:

  1. Take a photo 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.

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

Spring 2018 Competition, winner week 1 – best walking trails to see wildflowers

Instragram user scubacoops has won this week's wildflower walk photo competition with her photo of wildflowers seen in Kuitpo Forest.Instagram user scubacoops has won this week’s wildflower walk photo competition 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.

Enter our Spring photo competition of wildflowers you’ve seen when out walking on a trail for a chance to win a Multi Park Pass thanks to National Parks SA.

To enter your photos:

  1. Take a photo 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.

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

Walks and trails in Kuitpo Forest and Kyeema Conservation Park

Explore 4 shared-use trails in Kuitpo Forest and 2 walking trails in the adjacent Kyeema Conservation Park. The Heysen Trail pass through both parks.

Kuitpo Forest is 60% plantation pine forest, with the rest native scrub. In the adjacent Kyeema Conservation Park there is dense natural scrub.

6 Walking Trails in Kuitpo Forest and Kyeema Conservation Park

Chookarloo Walk, Kuitpo Forest1.

Chookarloo Walk, Kuitpo Forest

1.1km, 30mins

Walk suitable for dog walking Trail shared by mountain bikers

Experience the pine forest and native scrub around Chookarloo Campground on this short walk. The walk starts from the Chookarloo Campground at one of the footbridges, entering the dark forest shady forest. The circuit is great for kids, offering lots of fallen trees and other nature place experiences.


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Park of the Month, Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park, September 2018

Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for September 2018.

In the National Park diverse hiking trails take you to cliff tops with magnificent views, or down to permanent rock pools teeming with life. Experience rugged ridge tops and the narrow river valley of the spectacular Onkaparinga Gorge.

In the Recreation Park, the river spills onto the plains, creating wetland ponds and flood plains. The area conserves important fish breeding habitat and hundreds of native plant and animal species, many of which are rare.

You can walk your dog in the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park, between South Road and Commercial Road. You must keep your dog on a lead and under your control at all times. Pets are not permitted in other areas of the park.

16 Great Hikes and Trails in Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park

Punchbowl Lookout Walk1.

Punchbowl Lookout Walk

2km, 1 hour return, Moderate Walk

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for those with mobility issues including wheelchairs Trail shared by mountain bikers

A new trail opened in Spring 2017. The one kilometre Accessible trail visits a new lookout above The Punchbowl, where you can see spectacular views into the Onkaparinga Gorge. The trail is a consistent one metre wide and made of compacted gravel, and with gentle contoured gradients, so as such is suitable for those with mobility access issues, including wheelchairs and prams. There is some seating mid-way along the trail.


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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.

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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Park of the Month, 29 Walks and Trails across the Parks of Kangaroo Island, July 2018

The many parks of Kangaroo Island are the National Parks SA Park of the Month for July 2018.

Kangaroo Island offers a variety of hikes and trails to explore the landscape and abundant wildlife.

Across Kangaroo Island there are 7 national parks and conservation areas that have 29 walking trails:

  1. Flinders Chase National Park and Ravine Des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area (18 hikes)
  2. Kelly Hill Conservation Park (2 hikes)
  3. Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park and Wilderness Protection Area (5 hikes)
  4. Cape Willoughby Conservation Park (1 hike)
  5. Baudin Conservation Park (1 hike)
  6. Western River Wilderness Protection Area (1 hike)
  7. Beyeria Conservation Park (1 hike)

We’ve outlined the 29 hikes below.

1. Flinders Chase National Park and Ravine Des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area (18 hikes)

Discovery Walk1.

Discovery Walk

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.

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Park of the Month, Mount Remarkable National Park, June 2018

Mount Remarkable National Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for June 2018.

The park has three focus areas:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

1. Trails from Mambray Creek

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 Creek1.

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.

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Park of the Month
Para Wirra Conservation Park

Para Wirra Conservation Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for May 2018.

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 has recently been upgraded, with upgraded trails, a nature play area, upgraded picnic areas and a new camping area.

During May on the Devils Nose Hike check out a new ceramic art installation called ‘Clay Impermanence’ by Ang Walford Ceramics.

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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Park of the Month
Deep Creek Conservation Park

Deep Creek Conservation Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for March 2018.

The park is has an extensive network of trails for hiking, camping in five campgrounds and views of the spectacular scenery of Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island and the rugged Deep Creek valley.

We’ve outlined some of the best hikes below.

11 great hikes in Deep Creek Conservation Park

Forest Circuit Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek1.

Forest Circuit Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek

Easy walk, 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.


Spring Wildflower Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek2.

Spring Wildflower Walk, Stringybark Campsite, Deep Creek

Easy walk, 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.


Deep Creek Waterfall Hike from Tent Rock Road (Trig Campsite)3.

Deep Creek Waterfall Hike from Tent Rock Road (Trig Campsite)

Moderate hike, 4km, 2-3 hours return

Enjoy a hike down to the Waterfall. Although the waterfall generally only flows in winter and after rains, the waterhole is permanent. The trail is well graded with steps towards the end.


Deep Creek Cove Hike from Trig Picnic Area4.

Deep Creek Cove Hike from Trig Picnic Area

Moderate hike, 6km, 2.5-4 hours return

Hike to a secluded cove where Deep Creek meets the ocean. Enjoy ocean views as you descend. The end of the hike into the cove can be steep.


Aaron Creek Circuit Hike5.

Aaron Creek Circuit Hike

Moderate hike, 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.


Deep Creek Cove Hike from Tapanappa Lookout6.

Deep Creek Cove Hike from Tapanappa Lookout

Hard hike, 3.2km, 2.5 hours return

Hike to a secluded cove where Deep Creek meets the ocean. Enjoy views of the ocean as you descend.


Blowhole Beach – Cobbler Hill – Marrano Creek Hike7.

Blowhole Beach – Cobbler Hill – Marrano Creek Hike

Hard hike, 6.7km, 3.5 hours

Taking in the scrub, sandy beaches and open coastal hills of Deep Creek Conservation Park. Walk through scrub and wildlife, visit the sandy Blowhole Beach, and return via open grassy hills.


Deep Creek Waterfall Hike from Tapanappa Lookout8.

Deep Creek Waterfall Hike from Tapanappa Lookout

Hard hike, 6.6km, 3.5 hours return

Hike down into the valley to see Deep Creek Waterfall through gullies with moist forest. The trail is well graded.


Boat Harbor Circuit Hike9.

Boat Harbor Circuit Hike

Hard hike, 9.4km, 4 -5 hours circuit

A longer circuit hike down to Boat Harbor. A well-graded trail with breathtaking views of Kangaroo Island, The Pages Islands and Tunkalilla Beach, returning via fire tracks.


Aaron Creek Hike10.

Aaron Creek Hike

Hard hike, 10km, 4-6 hours

Take a detour when walking the Aaron Creek Circuit Hike, following Aaron Creek out to the coast. Reaching the rocky cove from the trail is difficult and involves rock scrambling.


Deep Creek Circuit Hike11.

Deep Creek Circuit Hike

Hard hike, 12km, 4-7 hour hike

Circuit hike taking in a waterfall with permanent pool, coastal views, rocky beach with creek outlet, well maintained trails with a diversity of ecosystems. Yacka hillsides, grassy hilltops, humid forest, tall stands of eucaplypts.


Park of the Month
Innes National Park

Innes National Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for December 2017.

Below we’ve outlined 8 walks and trails to experience the park. The park is a great destination for camping, fishing, surfing and short walks to coastal lookouts. There is an abundance of birds and animals to see while you catch some of the best coastal views in South Australia. All of the park is accessible by 2WD, so it’s perfect for day visits and a paradise for beach lovers.

8 Walks and Hikes in Innes National Park

Cape Spencer Lighthouse Walk1.

Cape Spencer Lighthouse Walk

600m, 1 hour return, Easy Walk

This short walk provides spectacular views from Cape Spencer, including of the Althorpe Islands.

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Park of the Month
Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park – Winaityinaityi Pangkara

Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park – Winaityinaityi Pangkara – is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for November 2017.

Adelaide Shorebirds Festival is celebrating this Park of the Month throughout November.

There’s lots of activities like kayaking, snorkelling and river cruises, and you can also see some of the birds on some of the walking trails in the park.

Below we’ve outlined 5 walks and trails to see some of the shorebirds and experience the unique coastal habitats.

Walking Trails to see Shorebirds

Third Creek Trail, Samphire Coast Shorebird Trails, Thompson Beach1.

Third Creek Trail, Samphire Coast Shorebird Trails, Thompson Beach

3.4km, 1 hour

The Third Creek Trail is one of the Samphire Coast Shorebird Trails at Thompson Beach. Follow the trail to learn about the lives of shorebirds and the samphire smorgasboard. Look for up to 40 species of shorebirds and waterbirds.

The trail has recently been upgraded with new signage and new compacted gravel. The upgraded section is a 900m loop from the trailhead, and the remaining trail is easily walked to Third Creek.

The Third Creek Trail starts from the southern end of the Esplanade. Brochures and maps are often available at the Third Creek Trail trailhead, or you can download the brochure.

There is a free Ranger Guided Walk along this trail on Thursday 16 November.

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Best summit hikes in South Australia

Hiking up to the summit of a mountain can be a rewarding experience. On the walk up you might wonder why you undertook such an adventure, but often reaching the summit is exhilarating.

We’ve outlined some of the best summit hikes in SA below.

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with #WalktoberSA. View other lists of Best Walks.

14 of the Best Mountain Hikes in SA

Ridge Trail, Mount George Conservation Park1.

Ridge Trail, Mount George Conservation Park

2.4km, 2 hours

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

Where: Located just off the freeway near Bridgewater, the hike makes an ideal evening adventure.

When to Hike: The park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

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Best Walks for Kids under 7 (updated)

[This article was originally published in 2016 and has been updated in October 2017]

There’s plenty of short hikes that are great for kids under 7, with opportunities to explore nature and see wildlife.

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with #WalktoberSA.

This article complements the Best Walks for Kids 7-12yo article we recently published.

16 Great Hikes and Walks for Kids Under 7

Punchbowl Lookout Walk1.

Punchbowl Lookout Walk

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

2km, 1 hour return

A new trail opened in September 2017. The one kilometre trail visits a new lookout above The Punchbowl, where you can see spectacular views into the Onkaparinga Gorge. The trail is a consistent one metre wide and made of compacted gravel, and with gentle contoured gradients, so as such is suitable for those with mobility access issues, including wheelchairs and prams. There is some seating mid-way along the trail.

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