Trails Less Travelled – hike Mt Lofty from a different direction, Sunday 16th October 2016

Trails Less Travelled: Hike Mt Lofty from a different direction. Sunday October 16 2016. Hikes from 8am.Most Adelaidians are familiar with the Waterfall Gully track to Mt Lofty Summit but did you know there are at least 9 other routes that can get you to the top? Come and join one of our hosted walks and discover some of the lesser known trails exploring Cleland Conservation Park and the trails beyond.

There are walk options to suit everybody. If you’re after a serious climb along forest trails to get your heart pumping, a gentle ramble to take in the scenery or something in between then we have a walk for you. Check out the options and choose from various lengths, terrain and starting points. All walks will start at 8am and will be led by one of our member clubs so you don’t even need to read a map! Registration is free.

Once you’re at the top, you can refresh yourself at the Summit Cafe and stroll among the stall holders in the summit courtyard.

So whether it’s a new route or an old favourite, register for one of the Trails Less Travelled and we’ll see you at the summit!

Launch of two walking trails: the Sanderston Trail and Barbara Hardy Walking Trail

During August 2016 two new walking trails are being officially opened.

Lavender Federation spur trail, the Sanderston Trail, at Saunders Gorge Sanctuary

Sunday 21st August 2016
Saunders Gorge Sanctuary, Three Chain Rd, Sanderston

Sanderston Trail, 280The Sanderston Trail is a five kilometre linear trail across high ridge country adjacent to the Saunders Gorge Sanctuary. The trail has been 12 years in the making. The trail is a challenging walk with some steep sections but rewarding with spectacular scenery revealing many kilometres of unbroken dry stone walls. From the western end of the Sanderston Trail there is a six kilometre link trail connecting to the Springton Loop Trail which then intersects with the Lavender Federation Trail.

Guided walks are available at 10.00am. At 12.30pm an official opening ceremony will be held at the Three Chain Road trail head sign which is nearby the Saunders Gorge Sanctuary. This is to be followed by lunch and at 2:00pm trail walks on the Sanderston Trail and into Saunders Gorge. The Saunders Gorge walks usually attract a fee of $10 for adults, $5 children or $25 for a family but at no cost on the opening day.

Barbara Hardy Walking Trail at Hiltaba Nature Reserve

Friday 26th August 2016
Hiltaba Nature Reserve, Hiltaba, Gawler Ranges

Barbara Hardy Walking Trail, 280There are currently two walking trails on the Hiltaba Nature Reserve, with a third trail, the Barbara Hardy Walking Trail opening on Friday 26th August.

There are plans for a total of five walking trails at the Hiltaba Nature Reserve to honour the four founders of Nature Foundation and also the major supporters Bob and Betty Lewis.

Murray Coorong Trail receives $380,000 in grants to proceed

Murray Coorong Trail logoConstruction will soon start on the Murray Coorong Trail (MCT) thanks to a massive financial boost from the State Government’s Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program.

The project was awarded $280,000, part of a State Budget allocation of more than $40million to sport and recreation facilities across South Australia.

The three Councils leading the project – Mid Murray, Coorong and Murray Bridge – will collectively contribute a further $101,700 during 2016-17. This will complete construction of 25 kilometres, being the Trail’s first stage in each district.

Once complete, the 450 kilometre trail will promote wellbeing, encourage tourism and business expansion, showcase our River and Coorong, and conserve and protect biodiversity. Work on this project began in 2012, with careful planning ensuring a purpose built trail is designed for walking and bike riding, with the eventual goal to link Cadell in the Riverland to Murray Bridge, and on to Salt Creek in the Coorong.

Mid Murray Council Mayor Dave Burgess said he expected the Trail to become a national icon, with the combined funding a coup not only for community health, but also for the region’s economy.

“The Murray Coorong Trail will help establish the Murray and Mallee as one of the most attractive recreational destinations in our State,” Mayor Burgess says.

“The trail will run along some of our most beautiful stretches of the River Murray and Coorong, showcasing our region to the growing population of walking and cycling enthusiasts who visit.”

Coorong District Council Mayor Neville Jaensch said this project would add strength to the raft of recreational activities already on offer across his district.

“We have been investing heavily in recreational facilities across our district which support people of all ages and abilities, and this major trail will connect them all,” Mayor Jaensch said.

“While the majority of the trail runs along the length of the Murray and Lakes, over time there is capacity to extend recreational opportunities to other communities.”

Rural City of Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis said the Trail would have an incredibly positive impact on the local community.

“This trail provides a facility for families, older residents, fitness enthusiasts and anyone else interested to get out and be active while exploring our beautiful local area,” Mayor Lewis says.

The Murray Coorong Trail Management Committee will begin detailed planning and community engagement before construction on each of the three Stage One sections begins later this year.

Murray Coorong Trail Fast Facts

  • The overall length of the trail is approximately 450 kilometres
  • Once complete, the trail will start at the top of the Mid Murray Council at Cadell, and run all the way through to Murray Bridge and beyond to the Coorong’s Salt Creek. Several loops and connections to existing trails will also be featured along the route.
  • The $381,700 funding will ensure Stage One in each Council district is fully constructed
  • Project planning has been underway since 2012
  • The collaborative MCT Management Committee includes representatives from all three Councils, community, State Government organisations, the Riverland and Murralands Regional Development Authority and local Aboriginal leaders
  • A feasibility study was completed on this project in 2014, which included stakeholder engagement across the region and an overall trail plan developed
  • All three Councils (and OPAL teams) already contributed funds to develop project, including its initial planning stages and developing a new logo (see image top left of page)
  • Each Council will undertake further engagement with their respective communities, before likely construction start in late 2016 / early 2017
  • It is expected that the full 450km Trail will be completed over a 10-20 year period, and is subject to external resourcing opportunities

Mid Murray Stage One

  • 10km route planned for eastern banks of the River, adjacent East Front Road from Kia Marina to Mannum
  • Close to River, taking careful consideration of local landholders and environment
  • Trail to cross River at Mannum Ferry to access facilities, services and tourism links
  • Consultation with local landholders already underway, and continues
  • Estimated cost for this Trail section is $165,000 – this includes upgrading some existing surfaces and construction of a new formalised path in some areas

Murray Bridge Stage One

  • 5km route planned to run between Toora and Hume Reserves, with exact details to be confirmed
  • A link from Lavender Federation Trail to Hume Reserve offers great opportunities
  • Consultation with local landholders already underway, and continues
  • Estimated cost for this Trail section is $79,200 – this includes the potential construction and upgrade of existing surfaces

Coorong Stage One

  • 10km route from Meningie (along Narrung Road), to The Coorong (via Seven Mile Loop Road)
  • Trail section to be developed adjacent to the roadway to suit both walking and cycling
  • Route to take in views of Lake Albert, and ends at one of the first view points of the Coorong
  • Estimated cost for this Trail section is $137,500 – this includes upgrading existing surfaces.

Murray Coorong Trail partners

Murray Coorong Trail partners

Cause for celebration – the crossing of two iconic South Australian trails

Trail Celebration
10am Sunday April 17th, 2016
Webb Gap, Mid North

Over the last eighteen months the Lavender Federation Trail has been extended by 106 kilometres, taking the end point from Eudunda to Clare, and making the trail a total distance of 320 kilometres. It now crosses the Heysen Trail at Webb Gap where the two trails will share the section that transverses the Tothill Ranges from west to east. It’s a fitting meeting of trails, as Terry Lavender played in a key part in initiating the Lavender Federation Trail, and in developing the Heysen Trail.

Two major member organisations of Walking SA, South Australian Recreation Trails Inc. and the Friends of the Heysen Trail, are celebrating this unique crossing on Sunday April 17th, 2016. There will be local walks from 10.00am onwards and there will be an official opening ceremony at Webb Gap at 12 noon.

Bushwalking Assistant Leadership Course Taking Enrolments - 580px x 350px

This Sunday: Official Opening of the 500km Walk the Yorke Trail

Walk the Yorke official openingThe Yorke Peninsula Council is launching the Walk the Yorke leisure trail this Sunday 13th December at the Port Vincent Golf Course from 10am-2pm.

Walk the Yorke is a 500km trail constructed by Yorke Peninsula Council, linking existing coastal walking trails to create a walking experience around the entire coast of beautiful Yorke Peninsula. It is a ‘shared use’ trail identified with trail markers.

View the trail map and website.

Summer Closure of high-risk Finders Ranges National Park walking trails

In the interests of public safety the following walking trails in Finders Ranges National Park will be closed from 1 December 2015 to 29 February 2016:

  • St Mary Peak inside trail
  • St Mary Peak outside trail
  • Cooinda Campsite
  • Malloga Falls Hike
  • Mount Ohlssen-Bagge Hike

The decision to close some trails this summer was made by the national park rangers after several serious incidents in previous years involving walkers who were ill-prepared, had insufficient water and low fitness levels to undertake these challenging hikes during the high temperatures. The closures will reduce the risk to walkers and potentially to emergency services personnel who undertake search and rescues over summer when temperatures are at their hottest.

All other 15 walking trails in the Finders Ranges National Park will remain open, however summer temperatures and conditions can often make bushwalking dangerous and walkers should be prepared when bushwalking.


Bushwalk eMag Focuses on South Australian Walks eMag October edition cover - Best South Australian has released their latest eMag – this month features on South Australia’s Best Walks, as voted by locals. We took up the opportunity to write the introduction for the featured walks.

The edition also features other SA focus articles:

Other articles include:

Lavender Federation Trail successful in grant to extend to Clare

Lavender Federation Trail successful in grant to extend to Clare

posted via Friends of the Heysen Trail

The Lavender Federation Trail has received grant funding to extend the trail from its trailhead at Eudunda on to Clare.

Constructed over the next 18 months, the 106km extension will bring the trail to a total 320km length. The extension also includes an 8km Point Pass Loop Trail and a 7km Robertstown Spur Trail.

The Lavender Federation Trail will also intersect with the Riesling Trail and Rattler Trails.

Special Celebration

The trail extension will intersect the Heysen Trail at Webb Gab. A special event is planned for April 2016 to celebrate the crossing of the two long-distance trails.

And More Loop Trails Announced

The Lavender Federation Trail have also announced other new trail developments:

  • 8km proposed loop trail through Monarto
  • funding granted for 9km Saunders Gorge Spur Trail

Spring is near: Explore new places to hike

Spring is near, Explore new places to hike

Spring feels like it’s in the wind. Days are getting longer. Is it time to explore to some new places to hike?

There are 80 trails and hikes in our Find a Place to Walk directory. We’ve recently added 50 new entries.

Here’s a short selection of great hikes

Sturt Gorge Loop

Sturt Gorge Loop

3 hours, 7 km loop

A walk along the River Trail in Sturt Gorge Recreation Park. See a Kaurna camp oven in a small cave in a cliff. The trail climbs out of the Gorge giving views over the Adelaide Plains.

Easily done with public transport.

Hidden Gorge, Mambray Creek

Hidden Gorge Hike, Mambray Creek

7 hours return, 18km circuit bushwalk

Camping options for tents, cars and caravans at the trailhead at Mambray Creek. Extend the walk over several days by carrying your tent and camping at Hidden Gorge Campsite.

Loop Walk around Mount Lofty on the Heysen Trail

Loop Walk around Mount Lofty on the Heysen Trail

3-4 hours, 7.5 km loop

Experience a Heysen Trail highlight: summit of Mt Lofty, quaint cottages and Piccadilly Valley, Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens & forests of Cleland Conservation Park.

Easily done with public transport.

Victor Harbor Heritage Trail, from the Bluff

Victor Harbor Heritage Trail, from the Bluff

3.4km, 2 hours return

This trail goes from the Bluff, past Petrel Cove to Kings Beach, connecting with the Heysen Trail. A dog and child friendly walk. Watch out for dolphins and whales off shore. Extend the hike by walking on further on the Heysen Trail to Waitpinga Cliffs, or by starting the trail in central Victor Harbor.

Free Seminar: Why Take a Hike on a Long Distance Trail? Integrating Tourism and Recreation Through Research

Free Seminar, Why Take a Hike on a Long Distance Trail

Professor Taylor Stein
University of Florida

Free seminar
This Friday 21st August 2015
2:30pm – 3:30pm
At University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Campus, P2-06

Professor Taylor Stein, University of FloridaFind out about the United State’s National Scenic Trail System and the challenges of managing these trails for tourists while providing opportunities for locals. Taylor will talk specifically about the Florida National Scenic Trail, which is a similar concept to our Heysen Trail. The talk will focus on market segmentation – who’s hiking and what they want.

Professor Taylor Stein is visiting UniSA as part of his sabbatical from the University of Florida. His trip has been funded in part by UniSA’s Visiting Distinguished Researcher Grant.

University of South Australia School of Natural and Built Environments

Survey on the Best Walks of SA

Survey on the Best walks of SA

The Bushwalk Australia eMagazine October’s edition will focus on South Australia. They are seeking input on the best walks in South Australia.

Submit the survey below and enter your 6 favourite walks:

  • 3 x favourite day walks
  • 3 x favourite overnight walks

For each walk:

  • name the walk/trail
  • short description of why you think it is good
  • a link to webpage somewhere with more info

If you are a day-walker only, or overnight-walker only, you could skip entering info on the other category.

Browse through our 80 entries in the Find a Place to Walk directory for some inspiration.

Chambers Gully Track Closure Due to RockSlide

Chambers Gully Rockslide, Burnside Track trail closure, 13 August 2015

Due to a rock slip on the Chambers Gully Track on 5th August 2015, the single-track walking track has been temporarily closed whilst the City of Burnside clears the debris. Walkers should avoid the track.

The story was reported by The Advertiser, which named the track as the Chambers Gully Track. This is the official name of the track, although some walkers refer to this track section as the Burnside Track, or the Goat Track. The track affected is the single-track walking trail which begins at the gate entrance to Cleland Conservation Park (not to be confused with the gate entry immediately off Waterfall Gully Road). Refer to the map for more detail.

This closure temporarily affects the following walks:

Map of Chambers Gully Rockslide, Burnside Track trail closure, 13 August 2015

New Version of Nature Maps Released

New Version of Nature Maps Released

Version 3.0 of Nature Maps has been released. For hikers, this version is much improved, and now includes:

  • more detailed contours with elevation labels,
  • more labels, and
  • a better ability to print the map at a set scale (like 1:25,000).

Access trail info via the Layer: Heritage and Tourism > Walking Trails

Great Australian bushwalking tracks celebrated in new stamp issue

Great Australian bushwalking tracks celebrated in new stamp issue

Spectacular bushwalking destinations are being showcased on a new Australia Post stamp issue.

The four popular walking tracks for hikers featured include:

  • Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory
  • Cape to Cape Track, Western Australia
  • Overland Track, Tasmania
  • National Pass, New South Wales

Bushwalking Australia had input ensuring that the designs were appropriate and geographically correct.

Stamp images provided courtesy of © Australian Postal Corporation 2015

Message of Thanks re Accessible Walking Trails at Robe

Message of Thanks re Accessible Walking Trails at Robe

We recently received feedback from a trail user who was thrilled about the accessibility of the new walking trails at Robe.

The District Council of Robe in partnership with Department Planning Transport and Infrastructure People and Places funding are developing a walking and cycling trail around the township of Robe that will allow people to access and view the spectacular coast line and scenery that surrounds the town while engaging in exercise. When completed, the 12km Loop Trail will allow people to use sections of the trail to access the town centre, the towns many beaches or just to enjoy the scenery of Robe while undertaking a healthy activity.

The existing path was informal, degraded and close to the cliff. The trail is being rebuilt as crushed limestone, suitable for wheels, and as an environmentally sustainable path further from the cliff edge. The new shared-use path is designed for walkers, cyclists, people with mobility issues and prams.

I have been visiting Robe for the last 20 years. My only means of getting around is using an electric wheelchair. Consequently, I am absolutely thrilled that the District Council of Robe has taken action in upgrading walking trails; in particularly those on the Cape Dombey Peninsula. This allows me to see the coastline as I have never seen it before. Please pass on my sincere heartfelt thanks to all those involved. – Ms Derris Vernon.

Walking SA takes this opportunity to congratulate the District Council of Robe for their work in developing a strategy and constructing accessible trails for all, including people who use wheelchairs, and families with children in pushers and prams, thus helping more people to enjoy being active.

Five kilometres of trails are now open; between the Obelisk and the lighthouse; and between the Obelisk and Long Beach.

Listen to an interview with District Council of Robe Council CEO Roger Sweetman (4min 45s).