Park of the Month, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, July 2019

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 Walk1.

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 Station2.

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 Walk3.

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 Walk4.

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.


Trezona Hike5.

Trezona Hike

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 Hike6.

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 Hike7.

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 Hike8.

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 Hike9.

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 Hike10.

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 Hike11.

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 Hike12.

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 Hike13.

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 Hike14.

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 Pound15.

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 Hike16.

Wangara Lookout Hike

Upper lookout: 7 km 3 hours return;
Lower lookout: 6.2km 3 hour 30 mins return
Hard hike

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 Hike17.

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.


Yuluna Hike18.

Yuluna Hike

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 Lookout19.

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.


Park of the Month, Mount Remarkable National Park, June 2019

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:

  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 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, 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 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 Walk1.

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

Robe Walking Trails & Loop Path1.

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

Sugarloaf Circuit1.

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

Blackwood Forest Recreation Park1.

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

Walking the Kangaroo Island Wilderness TrailWalking the Kangaroo Island Wilderness TrailWalking the Kangaroo Island Wilderness TrailEnjoying the Kangaroo Island Wilderness RetreatKangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

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.