Improve your Hiking Skills session

Saturday 7 May 2022
Anstey Hill Recreation Park

Choose from two sessions:
9am to 12noon, or
1pm to 4pm

Join an experienced leader from Walking SA for a guided bushwalk & skills session in the easily accessed Anstey Hill Recreation Park.

This 3-hour session will include a 2 hour hike in the park plus some time to relax in the bush and have a chat about:

  • How to plan and be well prepared for a hike
  • How to stay comfortable while walking
  • Equipment should you take with you
  • Navigation and map resources
  • What to do in an emergency
  • Rules and guidelines about walking in parks
  • The principles of Leave No Trace
  • Walking SA
  • Bushwalking Leadership South Australia

This event is proudly supported by National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia as part of the May – Parks of Northern Mount Lofty Ranges.

Instructions for Hiking Expo Guided Walk Participants

Hiking Expo, 3 April 2022For Sunday’s Guided Walks at the Hiking Expo we’re excited to show you some of the best bits of Belair National Park!

Please arrive 30 minutes before the start of your guided walk, and check-in at the walk registration desk inside the large shed. If you’ve pre-purchased a ticket let them know, otherwise you can purchase your ticket. If you’ve pre-purchased a ticket you can bring friends or family along with you to register on the day.

The walks are being hosted by volunteers from our member hiking clubs and sponsors.

You can refill your water bottle at the SA Water Quench Bench, or grab some food:

Share photos on social media using the hashtag #hikingexpo

 

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of your experience please read the following guidelines:

  1. Please observe social distancing practices, maintain personal hygiene (apply hand sanitiser and protect others if you cough/sneeze, and do not share drink bottles, eating utensils, other personal items and equipment.
  2. You are responsible for your own fitness and preparedness for the walk:
    • This includes wearing suitable footwear with adequate tread (this could be walking shoes, running shoes or hiking boots).
    • If you have any questions about your fitness or the requirements of the walk, please ask us prior to commencing the walk. People with medication needs and / or special requirements should discuss their needs with us.
    • You are responsible for carrying your own food (snacks), water (suggest 1-2L), some basic first aid equipment (suggest for blisters), and any required medication.
  3. The Guided Walks are a group experience. There will be walk leader at the start of the group, and another at the back of the group. The group may spread out, but will regularly re-group, typically at junctions or the top of hills.
    • You should check with the walk leader before walking on ahead, and if you need to leave the group (for toileting, to withdraw from the walk, taking photos, or any other reason) please advise either the walk leader at the start of back of the group.
    • You should ensure that walkers behind you are kept within eyesight.
    • Please don’t bring pets along, as they may not be welcomed by others in the group. On walks marked ‘Dog Friendly’ you are welcome to walk your dog provided they remain under your control and on a lead no more than 2 metres in length, that you bring disposable bags to clean up your dog’s faeces and be mindful of other guided walk participants and trail users.
      Our friends at National Parks and Wildlife Service SA will have free disposable bags available at their stall.
    • Please don’t smoke or leave any litter.

The event is presented by Walking SA in conjunction with:

Walking SA is the not-for-profit peak body that leads, promotes and supports all forms of walking in South Australia. Our vision is to see more people walking more often. You can support Walking SA’s efforts by becoming a Supporter from as little as $22.

Discover hiking trails, who to hike with & the best hiking gear at this Sunday’s Hiking Expo

Hiking Expo, 3 April 2022, logoAt this Sunday’s Hiking Expo discover hiking trails, who to hike with & the best hiking gear. Free entry, 9am to 1pm at Main Oval, Belair National Park.

Explore the national park on one of the the guided hikes. With options ranging from 45mins to 3 hours, child friendly, dog friendly and Accessible walks there is something for everyone.

Try out orienteering with two courses available, one for children under 5, and larger ones extending into the national park for teams, families or singles. Use the smartphone app to navigate your way between points. Courses are 10mins to 1hour.

Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna elder Major Moogy Sumner will lead a welcome to country at 10am, followed at 11am by a yarning circle around a fire pit.

Exhibitors include:

  • Walking SA

    Walking SA is the not-for-profit peak body that promotes and supports all forms of walking in South Australia. Our vision is to see more people walking more often.

    With over 750 trails on our website, find a place to walk, hike or bushwalk across South Australia. From a 1 hour walk near your home with your dog, to a half day hike in a national park, or a longer trail further afield, you’re only ever two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

    Find out more at walkingsa.org.au

  • National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia

    Walk, cycle, holiday, hike, camp, 4WD, swim and more in inspiring natural places with National Parks SA.

    From seemingly endless red sand dunes to rugged mountain scenery, sandy beaches, diverse bushland and cherished picnic and camping grounds, South Australia boasts an extensive and comprehensive parks system.

    Parks encompass more than 20 percent of the state and offer a wide range of experiences. Whether you want to take it easy on a local walking trail, cuddle a koala, fish magnificent beaches, dive with sharks or sleep under the stars, there’s an adventure for everyone.

    Find out more at parks.sa.gov.au

  • Forestry SA

    ForestrySA proudly manages hundreds of kilometres of walking trails with forest reserves including the Heysen Trail and many multi-use loops and circuits. Visitors enjoy walking, hiking and trail running through picturesque pine forests and adjacent beautiful conservation areas. Many of our trails are supported by overnight stopovers in forest huts and campgrounds.

    Find out more at forestrysa.com.au

  • Friends of the Heysen Trail

    The 1200km hiking trail, the Heysen Trail, covers some of South Australia’s most diverse and breathtaking landscapes, traversing coastal cliffs, beaches, native bushland, rugged gorges, pine forests and vineyards, as well as rich farmland and historic towns. Walk from Cape Jervis in the south to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges, or hike from top to bottom.

    The Trail passes through some of the most scenic parts of the state including national parks, state forests and internationally acclaimed tourist destinations, including the Barossa Valley and the stunning Wilpena Pound, star of the Flinders Ranges.

    The not-for-profit organisation the Friends of the Heysen Trail maintains the Heysen Trail in partnership with the Department for Environment and Water (DEW).

    A regular walking program occurs year-wide, with different grades of walks catering for beginners to experienced walkers.

    Find out more at heysentrail.asn.au

  • Retire Active SA Bushwalkers

    Retire Active SA Bushwalkers (Previously ARPA Bushwalkers) is an activity subgroup of Retire Active SA. Each month the Bushwalkers organise over 20 day walks in and around Adelaide, ranging from gentle 2-3 hour strolls to challenging 5-6 hour hikes. They run a number of camps each year within Australia and also overseas, and organise small groups walking the complete Heysen Trail.

    Find out more at retireactivesabushwalkers.org.au

  • Adelaide Bushwalkers

    Adelaide Bushwalkers specialise in multi-day wilderness hiking with full packs and camping gear along with other complementary activities such as day walking, kayaking, cycling and social activities for the benefit of their members. Come chat to us at our stall about how you could join us in discovering new places with new experiences.

    Find out more at adelaidebushwalkers.org

  • Trail Running SA

    Trail Running SA is a not-for-profit trail running club with low-cost membership, which depends completely on volunteers. Our purpose is to organise off-road running activities which enable runners of all levels and abilities to enjoy running in natural surroundings and in pleasant company. As well as organising regular free social runs and information sharing sessions, we organise a range of trail running events kicking off with the Five Peaks SA Trail Running Festival on Sunday 10 April. You can find out more about that event and all the others we have planned for 2022 at trailrunningsa.com.

    Find out more at trailrunningsa.com

  • Exurbia the Adventure Supply Company

    THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER.
    ONLY BAD GEAR CHOICES!

    WE ARE:
    A bright clump of puffered hikers on the Heysen Trail.
    Gloved hands clutching flat whites on the Saturday morning sidelines.

    The smell of bacon frying in a campsite in the Flinders.
    Climbers scaling sheer rockfaces and walkers tackling Mount Lofty.

    Dog owners at Grange with a tireless border collie.
    Linear Park all day, every day.

    WE ARE:
    People like you who love being out of the house,
    out of the burbs,
    out of your comfort zones,
    out of puff and well,
    just out.

    BUT BEFORE YOU GO OUT, COME IN AND SEE US.
    WE ARE EXURBIA,
    THE ADVENTURE SUPPLY CO.
    COME IN. GET OUT.

    Find out more at exurbia.com.au

  • Macpac

    Macpac is New Zealand’s leading technical outdoor brand. We’ve been equipping adventure-lovers with durable outdoor gear and apparel for nearly 50 years. With 46 stores across Australia (and 3 stores in SA), we’re deeply connected to the bushwalking and hiking community. Whether you’re a seasoned bushwalker or a first-time explorer, chat to our passionate and experienced store teams for advice on pack fitting, finding the perfect pair of hiking boots, recommended trips and more.

    Find out more at macpac.com.au

  • Reservoirs South Australia

    Home to unique flora and fauna, our reservoir reserves are open for adventure and offer access to special parts of South Australia. Immerse yourself in beautiful natural landscapes while enjoying a walk, hike, run or cycle on a series of trails with stunning water views.

    Find out more at reservoirs.sa.gov.au

  • Snowys Outdoors

    We live and breathe camping, hiking, 4WD and travel… and we want to help you enjoy it too.

    According to our customers, we’re Australia’s leading camping, hiking & travel store. We’re staffed by experts so come to chat to us as we will be only too happy to help.
    Our local store is in Keswick, you can’t miss us – just look for a big orange building! Not close by? That’s okay, we have a huge range of products online and offer fast, FREE delivery to most of Australia, and Australia’s lowest prices… every day.

    Find out more at snowys.com.au

  • Paddy Pallin

    From its early days Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment has concentrated on supplying bushwalkers, trekkers and travellers with the highest quality and most advanced products from some of the world’s leading manufacturers. Staffed by passionate and knowledgeable outdoors people who are able to speak from experience to ensure you get the right equipment and clothing for your next adventure.

    Find out more at paddypallin.com.au

  • ioMerino

    ‘io’ stands for ‘Into’ the ‘Outdoors’. Because ioMerino is the perfect, natural clothing to wear outdoors. Whether that be on trail, on mountain, on the water… anywhere outdoors.

    Find out more at iomerino.com

  • Recycle your quality outdoor gear

    Promote sustainability by selling or donating outdoor gear to the Recycle Your Quality Outdoor Gear Stall. It could be shoes or a backpack that you bought but didn’t turn out to be for you, but is still quite new, or it could be a used piece of gear that still has some life.

    • View the stall brochure.

    • Drop off items before the Expo to Hallett Cove or Kensington, or at the stall on the day. View the information form to include with items.

    Find out more at walkingsa.org.au/news/recycle-quality-outdoor-gear-hiking-expo-2022

  • SA Greens

    As the third political force in Australia, we believe in maintaining parks and wildlife for all to enjoy. We tirelessly campaign for the preservation of our natural environment, for action on climate change, and for sustainability in all facets of business. National, conservation and marine parks should be cared for, for the benefit and well-being of all.

    Find out more at greens.org.au/sa

  • Adelaide 100

    The Adelaide100 is a 100km circuit walk that traverses the city and the suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia.

    Trail work is currently underway to open the trail in 2022. The trail can be started from any point along the circuit, and spans from the beautiful coastline, through the CBD and suburbs, and into
    the Adelaide Hills.

    Find out more at adelaide100.com.au

  • SA Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

    SA Recreation Trails Incorporated is a community-based, non-profit organisation dedicated to the establishment of countryside trails (mainly walking) across South Australia’s rich and unique landscape, to increase the well-being of all South Australians and visitors and, at the same time, improve the preservation of the state’s heritage and natural environment. SARTI is a volunteer organisation and the planner/designer/builder and maintainer of the 325km Lavender Federation Trail from Murray Bridge to Clare (1997 – 2018).

    SARTI has also built in excess of 120km of spur and loop trails throughout the council districts of Rural City of Murray Bridge, Mid Murray, Barossa, Goyder and Clare and Gilbert Valley. SARTI has also assisted Councils with their trail building projects in planning, design and physical on the ground construction.
    SARTI has received funding from; Walking Clubs in South Australia, the above mentioned Councils, SA Government grants through the Department of Recreation & Sport and Tourism SA and Federal Government grants.

    Find out more at lavenderfederationtrail.org.au

  • Carto Graphics

    Carto Graphics; your home of topographic maps, walking maps, trail maps and outdoor books, local, national and international.

    Find out more at cartographics.com.au

  • Custom Mapping Services

    With a history of producing high quality detailed authoritative mapping, Custom Mapping Services specialise in topographic trail mapping. We have produced maps of the 100km Great Ocean Walk, the 325km Lavender Federation Trail, the 33km Riesling Trail, the 250km Great South West Walk and many more. Providing printed, pdf and digital formats including Avenza Maps, we can help keep your walker safe and on track.

    Find out more at custommappingservices.com.au

  • Big Heart Adventures

    Big Heart Adventures offer themed, culturally authentic, guided and self-guided walking adventures. Designed for beginners, intermediate and experienced trekkers. They offer sustainable culturally aware hiking tours, inspiring walking experiences and events for wellness, fitness, and confidence. Their award winning Wise Women Walking program empowers women to walk for wellbeing by offering bushwalks, overnight hikes and multiday walking events.

    Find out more at bigheartadventures.com.au

  • SA Rogaining Association

    Plan. Seek. Find.
    Three words encapsulate the fun and excitement of exploring new districts with a map and compass in hand at a rogaine with the SA Rogaining Association. We provide the location – you make your own adventure with a teammate or two, finding checkpoints hidden around a district. We have 5 events a year, from a 3-hour event in a metropolitan setting, through to the Championship 24-hour bush event.

    Find out more at sarogaining.com.au

  • Skyline Walkers Inc

    The Skyline Walkers are a sociable group that walks on Saturday mornings with a 9am start (winter walks). They welcome any new members. Approximately 25-45 members (30-60% of our membership) attend each walk with various club members leading the walk each week.

    There are two walking groups, ‘A3’ and ‘A2’. The ‘A3’ walks are approximately 10km over three hours and walked at a good pace on often hilly terrain. The ‘A2’ walks are approximately 7km over two hours, with some hills. Walks cover areas such as Para Wirra to the north of Adelaide, Kuitpo Forest to the south of Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills.

    Find out more at skylinewalkersinc.com

  • Orienteering SA

    Orienteering is a sport where competitors visit a number of points marked on the ground, controls, in the shortest possible time aided by a map and compass, and using the MapRunF smartphone app.

    Try it out in a small group or alone. Orienteering is a sport for all ages – with competitors from about 5 years of age up into the 90s. It can be enjoyed as a recreational activity or a competitive sport.

    At the Hiking Expo try out some orienteering on the day with come and try orienteering courses. There is a free string-orienteering course suitable for children, and for adults choose a courses from easy and short, to hard and long, find out more.

    Find out more at sa.orienteering.asn.au

  • Willunga Basin Trail Inc

    The Willunga Basin Trail opens on the 3rd April 2022, the day of the Hiking Expo. For the last 3 years volunteer members of Willunga Basin Trail Inc have been working to establish this 130km trail. Visit the stall to the meet the people, learn more or buy a map for $2.

    The route travels through the agricultural land, the hills, and the coast which make up the Willunga Basin, visiting McLaren Vale, Kangarilla, Willunga and the coastal suburbs between Sellicks and Moana as well as the Onkaparinga River National Park, Aldinga Conservation Park and Kuitpo Forest.

    The Willunga Basin trail is divided into 11 sections which can be done as half day walks or it can we walked in 5/6 days using camp sites and other accommodation. Detailed maps and info at www.willungabasintrail.org.au.

    The infrastructure for the trail has been funded by the South Australian Government through the Office of Recreation, Sport, and Racing and through the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board. The City of Onkaparinga is the major partner.
    Willunga Basin Trail walking group has been instrumental in finding and testing the route of the trail. The group walks every Friday morning in the southern area.

    Find out more at willungabasintrail.org.au

  • Native Orchid Society of South Australia

    The Native Orchid Society of South Australia is a group of enthusiastic orchid lovers who promote the conservation of Australian native orchids through cultivation, education and the preservation of naturally occurring orchids and natural habitat.

    One of the exciting citizen science projects we support is the national Wild Orchid Watch (WOW) project that helps the public collect orchid data which directs research and conservation efforts. At the same time WOW assists you with identification of your orchid photos.

    WOW is part of an international citizen science project called iNaturalist.

    Find out more at nossa.org.au

  • Pioneer Women’s Trail (National Trust Hahndorf Branch)

    Experience the amazing trips undertaken by Hahndorf’s Prussian Lutheran women and girls, sometimes twice weekly. They walked, carrying their produce, from Hahndorf through the Adelaide Hills to market in Adelaide in the early years of European settlement. The walk honours their sturdiness, hard work and stamina, for they were instrumental in saving the young colony from starvation.

    The Pioneer Women’s Trail was rediscovered by members of the Hahndorf and Burnside Branches of the National Trust, and Walking SA in 1980.

    Join the 2021 Pioneer Women’s Trail Walk on Sunday 15 May 2022, choose from 12km, 19km and 26km options. The annual Pioneer Women’s Trail Walk retraces the steps of the women and girls from Hahndorf to Beaumont House. Our walk of 26km ends there, but they would have continued for another 9km into central Adelaide. Since the event started in 2009 many hundreds of women, men and children have followed in their footsteps.

    Find out more at nationaltrust.org.au/event/2022-pioneer-womens-walk

  • Friends of Belair National Park

    The Friends of Belair National Park have been caring for Belair for more than 35 years. Come and talk to us about Bush Care and other activities.

    Find out more at friendsofbelairpark.org.au

  • St Agnes Bushwalkers

    If you want to enjoy some beautiful countryside while increasing your fitness, then join the St Agnes Bushwalkers Our different walks cater for varying fitness levels, whilst our competent and experienced leaders will show you parts of the Adelaide hills, plains and beaches that you never knew existed.

    Find out more at stagnesbushwalkers.org.au

  • Australian Friends of the Camino

    The Australian Friends of the Camino are based in Adelaide and is part of an international network which promotes the many medieval pilgrimage routes (the Camino) traversing Europe to the tomb of St James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, in the north west of Spain. They provide Camino passports to their members, among the many Australians who walk the Camino for religious, spiritual, cultural, historical, health or recreational reasons. Visit their stand to meet experienced Camino walkers.

    Find out more at afotc.org

  • Oova Juice

    Oova juice is a wholesome natural grape juice traditionally produced in southern Brazil that, besides being delicious, can help to improve your performance when consumed before or after physical activities.
    Grape juice offers a revolution to the sports industry with its antioxidant properties. Oova juice is naturally made with 100% Vitis Labrusca grapes and nothing else added.

    Rich in resveratrol, just like wine, but without alcohol, Oova juice helps fight the production of toxins and free radicals, it is also a natural anti-depressant, has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial properties and many other health benefits

    For lovers of physical activities, indoor or outdoor, grape juice is recommended before or after training. During exercise, there is an improvement in blood flow, facilitating the exchange of nutrients in the cells. As result: an increase in performance and acceleration of the recovery process.

    Intagram: @oovajuice

    Find out more at oovajuice.com.au

Recycle your Quality Outdoor Gear at the Hiking Expo

Promote sustainability by selling or donating outdoor gear to the Recycle Your Quality Outdoor Gear Stall at the April 3 Hiking Expo. It could be shoes or a backpack that you bought but didn’t turn out to be for you, but is still quite new, or it could be a used piece of gear that still has some life.

  • View the stall brochure.
  • Drop off items before the Expo to Hallett Cove or Kensington, or at the stall on the day. View the information form to include with items.

Billion Steps Challenge

Join South Australia’s 2021 Billion Steps Challenge and help us reach our goal of 1,000,000,000 steps!

Wellbeing SA, in partnership with 10,000 Steps, is excited to bring South Australians together to reach one billion steps. We know that every step counts and the more we move, the more health and wellbeing benefits we reap. Last year we achieved one billion steps in 65 days. Can we reach our goal quicker this year?

The challenge starts on 1 October 2021 and ends when we reach our goal of one billion steps. All South Australians who sign up to the 10,000 Steps program and log steps, or other forms of physical activity will have their steps automatically added to South Australia’s total.

How to get involved?
It’s simple, easy and free!

  • Sign up or login to be a 10,000 Steps member – make sure the state in your profile is South Australia
  • Track and log your steps and minutes of physical activity
  • Spread the word with your family, friends and workmates!

Improve your Hiking Skills session

Sunday 22 August 2021
Hale Conservation Park

Choose from two sessions:
9am to 12noon, or
1pm to 4pm

Join an experienced leader from Walking SA for a guided walk & bushwalking skills session in the rugged and rocky Hale Conservation Park.

This 3-hour session will include a 2 hour hike in the park plus some time to have a chat and learn about:

  • How to plan and be well prepared for a hike
  • How to stay comfortable while walking
  • Equipment should you take with you
  • Navigation and map resources
  • What to do in an emergency
  • Rules and guidelines about walking in parks
  • The principles of Leave No Trace
  • Walking SA
  • Bushwalking Leadership South Australia

Fitness requirements: A moderate to good level of fitness is required to complete this hike. The proposed route is on grade 3 to 4 trails and includes some uneven surfaces with moderate to steep ascents and descents. This trail, while only 4kms, requires the ability to walk uphill and climb boulders on a sometimes rough but safe path.

Toilets: No toilets at meeting point. The nearest toilets are in Williamstown or Forestry SA Mt Crawford.

Driving: allow plenty of time to get to the start point, as it is a scenic but slow journey. The carpark is small and tight but is signposted, and on google maps.

Age: This event is suitable for children over 12 years of age accompanied by their adult and who are willing and able to complete a 3 hour trail hike.

What to bring:

  • Completed Medical Info and Acknowledgement of Risk form
  • Hiking boots / enclosed footwear
  • Sun protection – hat plus sunscreen
  • Wet weather protection (if rain forecast) – check the forecast
  • Warm clothing for after the walk (jumper/jacket)
  • Drinking water (minimum 1 litre per person)
  • Snacks
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Personal medication
  • Hand sanitiser

Please note that the event may be cancelled in the event of a total fire ban or extreme weather, at the discretion of Walking SA.

This event is proudly supported by National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia as part of the Parks of the Barossa – (Para Wirra, Warren, Hale, Kaiserstuhl, Sandy Creek and South Para Reservoir) – Park of the Month program.

Showcasing a Walking Club: Gawler Bushwalkers

Gawler Bushwalkers on a hike

The Gawler Bushwalkers club has been going for over 20 years with many long-standing members and well qualified walk leaders. Members come from a wide range of backgrounds and ages and enjoy bushwalking and as well as walking for fitness and friendship. Many take a keen interest in native plants, trees and orchids, and walk locations often reflect this. The walk program is compiled at the AGM each year in February, and then walks are held every second Sunday from April to October. Members meet a carpark in Gawler for an 8am departure, often with car-pooling, to the walk start point. Most walks are held in the northern areas out from Gawler generally in the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley or Kapunda area and have included the Lavender Federation and Heysen Trail and the new Clare Valley Wine & Wilderness Trail. Most Sunday walks are 5 to 6 hours in duration with stops for morning tea and lunch, after which some members will have a coffee and cake as a reward.

The walks cover a distance of 16 to 20km. Occasionally there is a shorter walk where available, and new, or less-experienced walkers’ needs are always accommodated, as the group aims to offer a welcoming, safe walking experience.

The club also runs a summer walk program on a Thursday afternoon/evening around the Gawler area from November to March, weather permitting.

There is a group of members currently walking the Walk the York trail which they should complete in 2022. A group is also holding a camp in Victor Harbor in October this year.

The club presently has 70 members with 20 to 25 who walk regularly.

The first walk with the walk is free and if people decide to continue, the membership fee is $20 per year. There is no charge for each walk.

You can find out more at:

You can find a walking club at walkingsa.org.au/walk/list-of-walking-clubs-south-australia.

Discover hiking trails, who to hike with & the good hiking gear at this Sunday’s Hiking Expo

At this Sunday’s Hiking Expo discover hiking trails, who to hike with & the good hiking gear at the Expo of walking tours, walking destinations, outdoor retailers and walking clubs. Free entry, 9am to 2pm at Main Oval, Belair National Park.

Explore the national park on one of the the guided hikes. With options ranging from 45mins to 3 hours, child friendly, dog friendly and Accessible walks there is something for everyone.

Exhibitors include:

  • Walking SA

    Walking SA is the not-for-profit peak body that promotes and supports all forms of walking in South Australia. Our vision is to see more people walking more often.

    With over 750 trails on our website, find a place to walk, hike or bushwalk across South Australia. From a 1 hour walk near your home with your dog, to a half day hike in a national park, or a longer trail further afield, you’re only ever two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

    Find out more at walkingsa.org.au

  • Adelaide 100

    The Adelaide100 is a 100km circuit walk that traverses the city and the suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. Trail work is currently underway to open the trail in 2022. The trail can be started from any point along the circuit,
    and spans from the beautiful coastline, through the CBD and suburbs, and into
    the Adelaide Hills.

    Find out more at adelaide100.com.au

  • Adelaide Bushwalkers

    Adelaide Bushwalkers specialise in multi-day wilderness hiking with full packs and camping gear along with other complementary activities such as day walking, kayaking, cycling and social activities for the benefit of their members.

    Find out more at adelaidebushwalkers.org

  • ARPA Bushwalkers

    ARPA bushwalkers is an activity subgroup of ARPA active over 50’s Association (SA) Inc. Each month the Bushwalkers organise over 20 day walks in and around Adelaide, ranging from gentle 2-3 hour strolls to challenging 5-6 hour hikes. They run a number of camps each year within Australia and also overseas, and organise small groups walking the complete Heysen Trail.

    Find out more at arpabushwalkers.org.au

  • Australian Native Food Company

    Gourmet Artisan products infused with native superfoods. At Australian Native Food Co we are committed to creating Unique, Flavorsome and Nutritious foods using the finest of Australia’s Native Ingredients, thus bringing products from farm to plate.

    Australian Native Food co is your one stop for native Australian based products. Our company prides itself on sourcing local ingredients from local sustainable sources.

    Our products range from native jams, dukkha, vegan chocolates, loose leaf tea and herbs, to body & aroma products including candles with native Australian goodness.

    We combine this with current food trends and we aim to serve up a range of products that have Superfood health benefits at the same time as tasting absolutely delicious.

    We gather all our produce from all over Australia depending on seasons and availability. All production is done locally in South Australia. We endeavour to source from communities and also support local farmers in the industry.

    Most recently we have expanded our range to aromas, teas and body products. Australian Native Food Co. is proud to be a part of the Australian Food and Lifestyle Landscape and endeavour to keep developing delicious products and forging the path with Australian native ingredients.

    Creating brighter futures, supporting community and changing peoples lives… one step at time.

    Find out more at australiannativefoodco.com.au

  • Big Heart Adventures

    Big Heart Adventures is a family owned walking company specialising in wellness walks and tours. We connect people with themselves, the natural environment, and the walking community. A strong emphasis is placed on personal development and positive mental health outcomes through nature immersion. Our wellness walks and tours cater for all abilities (beginner level to advanced trekkers), so there are plenty of options available and no pressure. We have a women’s only walking program (Wise Women Walking) plus walks for men and women.

    Find out more at bigheartadventures.com.au

  • Breathe Fitness

    Fitness for your Body and Mind. Imagine leaving a training session, not only proud of yourself but with a smile on your face! That is what Breathe Fitness is.

    While every session is varied, there will always be a focus on functional fitness; exercises that will enhance your day to day life and build your strength so that you can explore more of the wonderful walks in SA.

    Find out more at facebook.com/SheenaBreatheFitness

  • Bushwalking Leadership SA

    Bushwalking Leadership South Australia (BLSA) have trained walk leaders in South Australia since 1973. The Leadership certificates have been developed over time by highly experienced people. As a result they are a requirement of the South Australian Education Department for leaders and teachers when conducting day and multi day bushwalking expeditions with students. The course is also also matched to the training package for walking and is compliant with the South Australian and Australian Adventure Activity Standards.

    Our courses range from becoming day walk leaders, leading multi day walks and advanced bushwalking in remote areas.

    Find out more at bushwalkingleadership.org.au

  • Caravan and Camping Industries Association of SA

    There is no better time to discover travelling in your own backyard. Caravan and Camping SA promotes everything caravan and camping within South Australia. Providing tips and tricks, the best places to stay and explore, for new travellers, experienced travellers and everyone in between.

    Find out more at caravanandcampingsa.com.au

  • Carto Graphics

    Carto Graphics, your specialist map store providing an extensive range of local and interstate walking and adventure maps and books.

    Find out more at cartographics.com.au

  • ForestrySA

    Find yourself in the Forest. As South Australia’s home grown plantation and community forest manager since 1875, ForestrySA manages sustainable, multi-use forests for economic, social, and environmental outcomes. Camp, run, walk, hike, ride, dive… we have magical places where you can choose your own adventure.

    Find out more at forestrysa.com.au

  • Friends of Belair National Park

    The Friends of Belair National Park have been caring for Belair for more than 35 years. Come and talk to us about Bush Care and other activities.

    Find out more at friendsofbelairpark.org.au

  • Friends of the Heysen Trail

    The 1200km hiking trail, the Heysen Trail, covers some of South Australia’s most diverse and breathtaking landscapes, traversing coastal cliffs, beaches, native bushland, rugged gorges, pine forests and vineyards, as well as rich farmland and historic towns. Walk from Cape Jervis in the south to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges, or hike from top to bottom.

    The Trail passes through some of the most scenic parts of the state including national parks, state forests and internationally acclaimed tourist destinations, including the Barossa Valley and the stunning Wilpena Pound, star of the Flinders Ranges.

    The not-for-profit organisation the Friends of the Heysen Trail maintains the Heysen Trail in partnership with the Department for Environment and Water (DEW).

    A regular walking program occurs year-wide, with different grades of walks catering for beginners to experienced walkers.

    Find out more at heysentrail.asn.au

  • Heart Foundation Walking

    Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest free walking community. Since 1995, over 145,000 participants have logged 6 million walks – a social, fun, free and easy way to be active.

    Find out more at walking.heartfoundation.org.au

  • The Hydropath Society Wine Hikes

    There is a special magic to enjoying a bottle of wine in the great outdoors, enplein air, as the French might say. Follow a meandering trail to a brilliant vista and delight in a brisk walk across the ridgeline. The confluence of beautiful natural environments and an incredible selection of eclectic wines coupled with delectable provisions and stellar views sums up the Wine Hike Experience.

    Spend a rollicking afternoon with winemaker and educator, om Robinson as he guides you across gentle landscapes of pure vinous pleasure!

    Find out more at hydropathwines.com/wine-hikes

  • ioMerino

    ‘io’ stands for ‘Into’ the ‘Outdoors’. Because ioMerino is the perfect, natural clothing to wear outdoors. Whether that be on trail, on mountain, on the water… anywhere outdoors.

    Find out more at iomerino.com

  • Native Orchid Society of South Australia

    The Native Orchid Society of South Australia is a group of enthusiastic orchid lovers who promote the conservation of Australian native orchids through cultivation, education and the preservation of naturally occurring orchids and natural habitat.

    One of the exciting projects we support is the national Wild Orchid Watch (WOW) project that helps the public collect orchid data which directs conservation efforts. At the same WOW assists you with identification of your orchid photos.

    Find out more at nossa.org.au

  • National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia

    Walk, cycle, holiday, hike, camp, 4WD, swim and more in inspiring natural places with National Parks SA.

    From seemingly endless red sand dunes to rugged mountain scenery, sandy beaches, diverse bushland and cherished picnic and camping grounds, South Australia boasts an extensive and comprehensive parks system.

    Parks encompass more than 20 percent of the state and offer a wide range of experiences. Whether you want to take it easy on a local walking trail, cuddle a koala, fish magnificent beaches, dive with sharks or sleep under the stars, there’s an adventure for everyone.

    Find out more at parks.sa.gov.au

  • Orange Mud Australia

    Trail. Road. Wherever.

    At Orange Mud it’s very simple, make the most efficient, well crafted gear. Our design team has spent years competing in adventure racing, mountain bike racing, trail running, marathons, Ironman’s and some awfully fun outdoor adventures. Whatever your next outdoor adventure is, we have you covered.

    Find out more at orangemud.com.au

  • Orienteering SA

    Orienteering is a sport where competitors visit a number of points marked on the ground, controls, in the shortest possible time aided by a map and compass, and using the MapRunF smartphone app.

    Try it out in a small group or alone. Orienteering is a sport for all ages – with competitors from about 5 years of age up into the 90s. It can be enjoyed as a recreational activity or a competitive sport.

    Try out some orienteering on the day with come and try orienteering courses. There is a free string-orienteering course suitable for children, and for adults choose a courses from easy and short, to hard and long, find out more

    Find out more at sa.orienteering.asn.au

  • Outdoors SA

    Outdoors SA is the peak representative and advocacy for outdoor adventure and recreational activities in South Australia. Encompassing outdoor education, tourism, recreation, associations, clubs, businesses and suppliers.

    Our focus is to help bring together the outdoor industry as a whole to ensure that it continues to grow and receives the support it needs to go from strength to strength.

    Find out more at outdoorssa.org.au

  • Paddy Pallin

    From its early days Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment has concentrated on supplying bushwalkers, trekkers and travellers with the highest quality and most advanced products from some of the world’s leading manufacturers. Staffed by passionate and knowledgeable outdoors people who are able to speak from experience to ensure you get the right equipment and clothing for your next adventure.

    Find out more at paddypallin.com.au

  • Pioneer Women’s Trail (Hahndorf National Trust)

    Our annual walk on the Pioneer Women’s Trail honours the early European settlers from Hahndorf who supplied Adelaide with fresh produce at a time when most foodstuffs had to be imported into South Australia.

    Join the 2021 Pioneer Women’s Trail Walk on Sunday 16 May 2021, choose from 12km, 19km and 26km options.

    Find out more at nationaltrust.org.au/event/2021-pioneer-womens-walk

  • Recycle your Quality Outdoor Gear

    Promote sustainability by selling or donating outdoor gear to the Recycle Your Quality Outdoor Gear Stall. It could be shoes or a backpack that you bought but didn’t turn out to be for you, but is still quite new, or it could be a used piece of gear that still has some life.

    View the stall brochure.

    Drop off items before the Expo to Hallett Cove, or at the stall on the day. View the information form to include with items.

    Find out more at walkingsa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Recycle-Stall-Flyer-2021.pdf

  • Reservoirs South Australia

    Home to unique flora and fauna, our reservoir reserves are open for adventure and offer access to special parts of South Australia. Immerse yourself in beautiful natural landscapes while enjoying a walk, hike, run or cycle on a series of trails with stunning water views.

    Find out more at reservoirs.sa.gov.au

  • South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI) – Lavender Federation Trail

    Volunteers in SARTI build and maintain walking trails. Our main trail is the Lavender Federation Trail. Discover the rare and unique beauty of this 325km walking trail from Murray Bridge in the South to Clare in the North. For Cyclists there is a special Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C). Enjoy one of the many loop or spur trails running off the Lavender Federation Trail, each with their own story to tell and beauty to discover.

    Find out more at lavenderfederationtrail.org.au

  • Scout Outdoor Centre

    Scout Outdoor Centre caters for all your travel, hiking and adventure needs. A great range of brands, advice and service is on offer. Visit your leading specialist in adventure travel at 192 Rundle Street or shop with them online.

    Find out more at soc.com.au

  • Southern Ocean Walk

    The Southern Ocean Walk is a fully guided 4 day – 3 night immersive experience that showcases some of the most spectacular sections of the iconic Heysen Trail between
    Cape Jervis and Victor Harbor. New for 2021 is our 1 day – 1 night tour, A Taste of the Southern Ocean Walk, which is a wonderful introduction to this magnificent landscape.

    Our walks include guides, daily trail transfers, accommodation, all meals, and use of equipment.

    Find out more at southernoceanwalk.com.au

  • Snowys Outdoors

    Over at Snowys, we live and breathe camping, hiking, 4WDing, caravan and travel…and we want to help everyone else enjoy it too. We’re Aussie owned and operated since we started in 1995, but we’re not just another camping store – we’re passionate about giving our customers an awesome retail experience from start to finish. Whether you’re a beginner or lifelong adventurer, we’ve got a huge range of products from the best brands at the lowest prices to help you get out there and explore.

    Find out more at snowys.com.au

  • St. Agnes Bushwalkers

    If you want to enjoy some beautiful countryside while increasing your fitness, then join the St Agnes Bushwalkers Our different walks cater for varying fitness levels, whilst our competent and experienced leaders will show you parts of the Adelaide hills, plains and beaches that you never knew existed.

    Find out more at communitywebs.org/StAgnesBushWalkers

Improve your Hiking Skills session

Saturday April 24 2021
Onkaparinga River National Park

Choose from two sessions timeslots: 9am or 1:30pm

Join an experienced leader from Walking SA for a guided walk & bushwalking skills session in the spectacular Onkaparinga River National Park.

This 3-hour session will include a 2 hour hike in the park plus some time to have a chat and learn about:

  • How to plan and be well prepared for a hike
  • How to stay comfortable while walking
  • Equipment should you take with you
  • Navigation and map resources
  • What to do in an emergency
  • Rules and guidelines about walking in parks
  • The principles of Leave No Trace
  • Walking SA
  • Bushwalking Leadership South Australia

Fitness requirements:

A moderate to good level of fitness is required to complete this hike. The proposed route is on grade 3 to 4 trails and includes some uneven surfaces with moderate to steep ascents and descents.

This event is suitable for children over 12 years of age accompanied by their adult and who are willing and able to complete a 3 hour trail hike.

What to bring:

  • Completed Medical Info and Acknowledgement of Risk form
  • Hiking boots / enclosed footwear
  • Sun protection – hat plus sunscreen
  • Wet weather protection (if rain forecast) – check the forecast
  • Warm clothing for after the walk (jumper/jacket)
  • Drinking water (minimum 1 litre per person)
  • Snacks
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Personal medication
  • Hand sanitiser

Please note that the event may be cancelled in the event of a total fire ban or extreme weather, at the discretion of Walking SA.

This event is proudly supported by National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia as part of the Parks of the Fleurieu Peninsula – Park of the Month program.

Recycle your Quality Outdoor Gear at the Hiking Expo

Promote sustainability by selling or donating outdoor gear to the Recycle Your Quality Outdoor Gear Stall at the April 11 Hiking Expo. It could be shoes or a backpack that you bought but didn’t turn out to be for you, but is still quite new, or it could be a used piece of gear that still has some life.

  • View the stall brochure.
  • Drop off items before the Expo to Hallett Cove, or at the stall on the day. View the information form to include with items.

Belair Hiking Expo 11 April – join a guided walk

Hiking Expo in Belair National Park Sunday 11 April 2021

Discover hiking trails, who to hike with & the good hiking gear at the Hiking Expo on Sunday 11 April in Belair National Park.

  • Expo of walking destinations, walking tours, outdoor retailers, walking clubs. Free entry. 9am to 2pm.
  • Guided hikes ranging from 45mins to 3 hours, including child-friendly, dog friendly and Accessible options, departing every 10 mins.
  • Secure your place on a specific guided walk by registering online, or just arrive on the day and choose from the available guided walks.
  • NEW this year: Bushwalking equipment and experience demonstration stage

Event brought to you by

Presented by: Walking SA
Principal Event Partner: National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia
Supporting Partners: Friends of the Heysen TrailHeart Foundation Walking and ARPA Bushwalkers

Join a Guided Walk

Walking in Belair National ParkCheck out the walks on offer at the Hiking Expo and secure your spot now. The guided hikes range from 45mins to 3 hours, with child-friendly, pram friendly, dog friendly and Accessible options.

Explore the park and discover the trails, wildlife and meandering creeks and waterfalls. Take in the Grey Box Woodland once common throughout the Mount Lofty Ranges, the Kaurna “Taking of the Shield” tree, the dark Echo Tunnel or the park’s heritage sites.

View the walks and grab your ticket at walkingsa.org.au/expo

Recycle your Quality Outdoor Gear

Recycle Your Quality Outdoor Gear - backpacks, outerwear. jackets, thermals, boots, camping gearPromote sustainability by selling or donating outdoor gear to the Recycle Your Quality Outdoor Gear Stall. It could be shoes or a backpack that you bought but didn’t turn out to be for you, but is still quite new, or it could be a used piece of gear that still has some life.

  • View the stall brochure.
  • Drop off items before the Expo to Hallett Cove, or at the stall on the day. View the information formto include with items.

Showcasing a Walking Club: WEA Ramblers

The WEA Ramblers is the oldest walking club in South Australia. In 2020 they celebrated the 95th anniversary of the club’s first walk at Hallett Cove in August 1925.

For most of those years Ramblers has conducted day walks of between 12 to 18 km fortnightly on Sundays throughout the year. This year, half day walks are also being included in the program. These will be from 6 to 9km, once a month on a Tuesday.

Day walks are held in Conservation Parks and reserves up to 70km from Adelaide. Summer walks and half day walks are closer to the City.

On the June and October long weekends, trips are made to more distant locations in South Australia with accommodation, from Friday to Monday, organized in holiday houses or hostels. Day walks are conducted on the Saturday and Sunday, and a half day walk on the Monday morning, before the trip home.

The membership fee is $20 per year. A charge of $5 per walk applies for Sunday walks, but there is no charge for Tuesday walks. After three walks, new walkers become eligible to join as members. Currently the club has 25 members.

You can find out more, including the walk program and guidelines for walkers on their website at sites.google.com/view/wea-ramblers-sa. Photos and maps of recent walks are displayed on the Photo Gallery page.

You can find a walking club at walkingsa.org.au/walk/list-of-walking-clubs-south-australia.

Showcasing a Walking Club: Skyline Walkers

Skyline Walkers walking in Kangaroo IslandSkyline Walkers are a friendly group of 68 walkers who meet on Saturday mornings. They offer a all-year round program of walks.

Their Saturday walks are located as far north as Para Wirra and as far south as Onkaparinga and Kuitpo Forest. Weekend trips in recent years have included Mannum, Marion Bay, Clare, Penola and Normanville. Trips further afield have included Victoria’s Great Ocean Walk and the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. Pre-Covid, they ventured overseas to Ireland (2019), Orkney Scotland, Italy, Canada and Japan.

Their summer morning walks (January to March) are for two hours located on the Adelaide Plains or seaside locations, with fairly flat terrain. They are, however, at a fairly brisk pace. If the forecast temperature is 32C or higher the walk is cancelled.

Winter walks are located in the Adelaide Hills and hence include some hills. There is a choice of a two hour walk (approx six or seven km) or a three-hour walk (approx 10 km). They also offer longer and harder walks on Sundays several times a year, an annual walking trip interstate or overseas, and a weekend away within SA. Sunday long walks are generally around five to six hours duration and are at locations such as the Lavender Federation Trail. In March 2021, fingers crossed with Covid-19, they’re walking in Tasmania. On long weekends they usually do a two-hour walk on the Monday followed by a pub lunch, and all other walks conclude with tea/coffee and refreshments (subject to Covid restrictions of course!).

Members fees are $70 per year which covers walking for a whole year with no other fees required. People wishing to try out the club and their walks can have two walks free of charge before joining.

You can find out more, including the walk calendar and details, and guidelines for walkers on their website at skylinewalkersinc.com.

You can find a walking club at walkingsa.org.au/walk/list-of-walking-clubs-south-australia.

Help South Australia reach its goal of one billion steps!

Wellbeing SA is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of all South Australians and next month we are excited to launch our first Billion Steps Challenge. This Challenge is about bringing people together and inspiring people to find more ways to move throughout their day.

When does the Challenge start?

Thursday 1 October 2020, at the start of Walktober.

How will the Billion Steps Challenge work?

We will be encouraging all South Australians to sign up to the Billion Steps Challenge via the Open Your World website and all steps (or other forms of physical activity) logged from October 1 will be automatically added to South Australia’s total.

We would love for the Walking SA community to register online and log their steps for South Australia.

Spread the word

Challenge your friends, family and workmates and let us know your progress by tagging #SABillionSteps #10000Steps #OpenYourWorld.

Adelaide100 Trail Launch, 7km showcase walk

We've launched a project website for the Adelaide100 trail at adelaide100.com.au

Join us to celebrate the launch of the first section of the Adelaide100® trail.

The Adelaide100® is a loop walking trail of over 100km that takes in the coast, waterways and hills of the capital city of South Australia.

The 7km showcase walk starts from Pinky Flat, following the linear trail along the beautiful River Torrens / Karrawirra Parri. Walking upstream past Adelaide Oval before crossing the river at Hackney Bridge and returning past the zoo and Elder Park. Passing the Festival Centre and Convention Centre, the walk continues under Montefiore Road, crossing the river over the weir before returning to Pinky Flat.

Sunday 11 October 2020
10:00am
Pinky Flat, Adelaide

Registration is free. Participant numbers are limited due to COVID-19 event planning guidelines. Please register to assist us in managing our COVID-Safe event plan.

Post a photo on social media with #adelaide100 for a chance to win a $200 Scout Outdoor Centre voucher.