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.

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

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 Twiggy Bush-pea wildflower seen on the one of the Wildflower Wander in Anstey Hill Recreation Park.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 and Wildlife Service 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 and Wildlife Service 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 and Wildlife Service 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 and Wildlife Service 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 and Wildlife Service 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 and Wildlife Service 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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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 and Wildlife Service 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 and Wildlife Service 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.

Updated 28/9/18: Winners

Thanks to everyone who has been entering our Spring photo competition of wildflowers you’ve seen when out walking on a trail, we’ve seen some great photos and places to walk.

We’ve given away four Multi Park Passes thanks to National Parks and Wildlife Service SA:

  1. Week 1: Instagram user scubacoops won 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.
  2. Week 2: Instagram user Illy Graetz won with her photo of flowers seen on the one of the Beaumont Circuit hikes, part of the Burnside Walks network.
  3. Week 3: Instagram user muddy_pies won with her photo of the Twiggy Bush-pea wildflower seen on the Wildflower Wander in Anstey Hill Recreation Park.
  4. Week 4: Facebook user Jazmine Schwark won with her photo of Donkey Orchids on the Echidna Hike (3.5km, 2 hours, Moderate hike) in Onkaparinga River National Park. There’s 16 trails in the park, including the Punchbowl Lookout Walk, Hardys Scrub Hike (4km, 2-3 hours, Moderate hike) and the Nature Hike (3.5km, 3 hours, Moderate hike).

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

30 Walks and Trails across the Parks of Kangaroo Island

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 30 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, near Penneshaw (1 hike)
  6. Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail, Penneshaw
  7. Western River Wilderness Protection Area (1 hike)
  8. Beyeria Conservation Park (1 hike)

We’ve outlined the 30 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
Deep Creek Conservation Park

Deep Creek Conservation Park is the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA Park of the Month for April 2019.

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 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, 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, 10.9km, 7 hours return 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
Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park – Winaityinaityi Pangkara

Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park – Winaityinaityi Pangkara – is the National Parks and Wildlife Service 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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Accessible Trail to be built in Hallett Cove Conservation Park

The walking trail to Black Cliff in Hallett Cove Conservation Park is being upgraded to enable access for prams and assisted wheelchairs.

The entire length of the 550m trail, starting at the Park’s southern entrance and ending at Black Cliff/Black Point, is being paved to create a smooth, non-slip surface.

The trail connects with the existing boardwalk, providing a 925m trail to the lookout near Waterfall Creek, or a 1.8km return walk.

Other improvements include removal of the entry chicane and a reduction in the steepness of the path at the park entrance, allowing easier access for prams and wheelchairs.

The path has also been widened to allow visitors to stop and read park interpretive signs without blocking others.

Works will commence in August 2017 and during construction detours will be in place.

You can view 37 other Accessible Trails in SA in our Find a Place to Walk directory.

Under ‘More Filters’ select Rating: Wheelchair Accessible (37 trails), or Attributes: Stroller Friendly (61 trails).

The current trail was featured in a recent PushAdventures.com.au blog post, so the trail upgrade will be welcomed by all.

The $140,000 improvements at Hallett Cove are part of the State Government’s commitment of $10.4 million to upgrade metropolitan national parks and reserves for the growing number of local residents who use outdoor recreational spaces and to make our parks and reserves more accessible and inclusive.

Celebrate May’s History Festival with a Historical Walk

The History Festival is being celebrated throughout May. It promotes South Australia’s wonderful places, stories and collections through a range of hundreds of history-related activities.

Walking on a self-guided or guided tour of one of our historic towns or neighbourhoods is a great way to experience these places and stories. We’ve compiled a list of the best historical walks, just grab a brochure, map, or app to get started on your walk.

We’ve listed some of the best historical walks below, or view 130 historical walks in our Find a Place to Walk directory (tick the ‘Historical Walks’ checkbox.)

A Shortlist of Historical Walks

Living In Port walking tour app1.

Living In Port walking tour app

A self-guided historical walk which is app-based, prepared by South Australian Maritime Museum.

The app cover 24 sites in central Port Adelaide, and is available for Apple iPhones and iPads.

The promised Android app doesn’t appear to have ever been produced, but for non-Apple users an alternative walk is the Walk the Port brochure, which covers 42 points of interest including many of the same sites.

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Park of the Month, Shepherds Hill Recreation Park, May 2017

Shepherds Hill Recreation Park is the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA Park of the Month for May 2017.

There are three great hikes in the park, and another good one that extends outside of the park into the adjacent Watiparinga Reserve walking to the old railway tunnel and viaduct.

Hikes in Shepherds Hill Recreation Park

River Red Gum Loop, Shepherds Hill Recreation Park1.

River Red Gum Loop

2.3km, 1 hour

Explore the river red gums and wildlife along Viaduct Creek on this loop walk. A wide well-made trail which is great for families with small children, as the trail is suitable for prams and beginner-level cyclists.

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Success of the 2017 Hiking Expo

What an event! Hiking Expo 23 April 2017 at Belair National ParkWhat an event! At yesterday’s Hiking Expo between 1,500 and 2,000 people attended and over 550 people enjoyed the free guided walks around Belair National Park.

Our vision is to see more people walking more often, and yesterday we connected those people with new walking opportunities. We hope you found it as rewarding as we found in hosting the event!

But Wait, There’s More to Come!

Last week we received the great news that we have received funding from the Office of Recreation and Sport to conduct Walktober – a month long celebration of walking this October.

There will be a series of walking and hiking events (such as 2016’s Trails Less Travelled) and walking promotion throughout the month. Whether you walk for leisure, health or transport there will be something for you!

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, subscribe to email news about events, or watch our website for updates in coming months.

To see more events like this

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Maps from the Guided Walks

At yesterday’s Hiking Expo over 550 people enjoyed the free guided walks around Belair National Park.

We know some people missed out on a walk or their preferred walk. We’ve updated our event webpage with the walk maps, so you can undertake the walk yourself.

Please do note that most of these guided walks are walking routes, not walking trails, which means you will need to undertake the navigation yourself. Also some walk leaders may have modified the route during the walk to adapt to yesterday’s conditions.

If you prefer to follow marked trails, read about that below.

Explore other hikes and walks

If you prefer to follow marked trails, check out the 8 walks around Belair National Park that are listed in our Find a Place to Walk directory.

There are 400 walks in our Find a Place to Walk directory, so you find hikes that suit what you like.

A big thanks to our volunteer walk leaders!

A big thanks to our volunteer walk leaders, lgAll our wonderful walk leaders were volunteers from walking clubs and event partners. A big thanks to them all who guided everyone on the walks around the park. We’ve had so much great feedback about the walks!

Find more details about walking clubs.

New Trails SA website launched by Recreation SA

New Trails SA website launched by Recreation SAWalking SA has been working closely with the recently appointed Recreation SA Trails Officer in support of trail development in South Australia. The officer’s role included the finalisation and release of the upgraded Trails SA website. This website covers a variety of trails for walking, cycling, horse riding, scuba diving and canoeing.