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.

Sir John Cleland Memorial walks in Belair National Park

Each year the Friends of Belair National Park commemorate Sir John Cleland’s historic yearly inspection of the Park with two free memorial walks.

  1. Nature Ramble
    2 hour, family-friendly nature ramble, starting at 10am
    eventbrite.com.au/e/73760843669
  2. Boundary Hike
    5 hours, starting at 9am
    eventbrite.com.au/e/73760077377

These events are free but numbers are capped so please be sure to book your ticket via the Eventbrite links above.

Prior to the formation of the Department for Environment and Water in the 1970s the National Park at Belair was run by a group of Commissioners. Professor Sir John Cleland was Deputy Chairman for five years from 1931 and was Chairman from 1936-1956. During this period of office, Cleland undertook the self-imposed task of inspecting Belair National Park on foot, during the period between Christmas and New Year’s Day. It was his purpose to assess the management of the park, in relation to weeds, firebreaks, fencing and anything else that came to his attention, so that he could advise park staff more specifically as to how they could best discharge their duties. While regular inspections with the other Commissioners generally occurred within Belair, John Clelend at this time set out to walk around its boundaries.

Walking Awards 2019 Presentation Ceremony & AGM

The annual Walking SA Walking Awards are to recognise sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout SA. Many volunteers and others have contributed to South Australia’s great walking trails, walking clubs, and walking promotion and opportunities for health, wellbeing, recreation and tourism.

Please join us to present and celebrate our outstanding community members at The Jade in Flinders St Adelaide.

Public welcome.

Venue: The Jade, 142-160 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA 5000 (View Map)
Date: Wednesday 23 October 2019
Time: AGM 6.30pm – 7pm, 7pm networking and refreshments, 7:45pm Awards

Our guest speaker will be Ben Trewren. Ben was awarded the 2018 Terry Lavender Churchill Fellowship to explore opportunities for trail destinations to attract and grow world class ‘shared-use’ interests. Having recently returned from his exploratory trip overseas, he is moving on to writing his investigation report. Ben will present a report about what he discovered about how trail destinations attract and grow world class ‘shared-use’ interests.

If you know of someone who should be considered for an award there’s still time to nominate. Get your nomination in by Friday 27 September 2019.

Bar will be open for purchase of drinks, light refreshments provided.

For some guidance for catering purposes please RSVP Wednesday 16 October 2019 to Greg Boundy
office@walkingsa.org.au

 

The Walking SA Annual General Meeting will be held before the Awards presentation, from 6:30pm to 7:00pm.

View the AGM Agenda and Proposed Agenda Changes.

If you wish to nominate for the Board you are strongly encouraged to do so. Please refer to the Nomination Form ( Microsoft Word, or PDF.)

There is free on-street carparking after 6pm and nearby multi-story parking areas. The Jade is 6-10 mins walk from the closest tram stop.

Discover more walking at the Caravan and Camping Sale this weekend

Caravan and Camping Sale Show, Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm daily at Wayville Showgrounds

We're at the Caravan and Camping Sale this weekend:
Thursday 25 July to Sunday 28 July, 10am to 5pm daily at Adelaide Showground, Wayville.

Discover more about walking by grabbing some some of our lists of best walks in the ten tourism regions of South Australia. Chat to us on Saturday or Sunday about the best trails, or become a supporter to help us promote walking.

The widest range of leading companies will be showcasing their camping and caravan products & services all within one convenient location. If you need to upgrade, if you want to buy your first van or trailer, or just fancy checking out some new equipment or accessories.

Visit us at stall J9b in the Jubilee Pavilion, we're sharing a stall with the Caravan and Camping Industries Association of SA. Pick up your copy of the free Let's Go Caravan & Camping Almanac from them, normally valued at $10.

Showground entry tickets are $13, or $11 for concession. Children under 15 are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Hiking Expo in Belair National Park a success

Hiking Expo in Belair National Park, 14 April 2019

Last Sunday we showcased hiking and walking opportunities at our annual Hiking Expo.

Between 1,500 and 2,000 people discovered new places to hike, what to wear and who to go with through the 32 exhibitors. This included walking groups and clubs, adventure tourism operators, outdoor gear retailers, trail destinations and tour operators.

We showed 400 people some of the best hiking and walking trails in Belair National Park.

Order your 2019 Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Almanac now to pick up a hard copy for FREE at this Sunday's Hiking ExpoIt’s not too late to order your 2019 Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Almanac, you will receive a download copy as well as instructions on 30 locations where you can pick up a hard copy for free. It’s full of caravan and camping hints and tips, articles, the best places to stay and play, regional events and everything you need to know to take a self drive holiday, whether a newbie or seasoned traveller.

Great video from local Kellz Escapadez which profiles the Hiking Expo event (follow Kellz Escapadez for lots of hiking tips):

Special thanks to:

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Australian Walking and Cycling Conference, 24 – 25 October 2019 at Port Adelaide

Australian Walking and Cycling Conference logo

The Australian Walking and Cycling Conference will be held Thursday and Friday 24 – 25 October 2019 at the Port Adelaide Town Hall with the theme Active transport in a changing climate.

The conference aspires to promote creating a transport mode shift away from cars towards walking and cycling, and using active means to link with improved public transport in suburbs and rural towns. We want to shift away from CO2 reliant mobility and keep people active as temperatures rise.

As the leading Australian forum for high-quality cycling and waking research, the Conference strongly contributes to an energetic and positive network of professionals dealing with local, national and international issues.

This is the only forum to have the core aims of advancing and promoting the development of rigorous research into cycling and walking.

Winners of our Hiking Expo competition

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition at yesterday’s Hiking Expo, the winners are:

  1. Joanna Ciocco won the Osprey Sirrus 36 womens daypack thanks to Scout Outdoor Centre. Prize valued at $249.95.
  2. Rob Brown won the Osprey Statos 36 mens daypack thanks to Scout Outdoor Centre. Prize valued at $249.95.
  3. Michael Healey won the Halo Down Jacket (Women’s or Men’s) thanks to Macpac Adventure Hub Enfield. Prize valued at $279.95.
  4. Ed won the 2-for-1 Walk the Yorke two night package (voucher) thanks to Big Heart Adventures. Prize valued at $300.00.
  5. Phuong Tran, Kelly Albion, Col Hillard, Glen McKenzie, Pat Berry, Anne Fuller won one of 6 Primal Pods thanks to EDAS Foods. Eat clean wherever you area with Primal Pods. Each Primal Pod valued at $13.95, value of these prizes is $83.70.
  6. Rudy Farrugia won the $50 voucher thanks to ioMerino. Prize valued at $50.00.

Explore hiking trails and destinations with this Sunday’s Hiking Expo in Belair National Park

Discover more about hiking at the Hiking Expo

Explore hiking trails and destinations, who to hike with and what gear you’ll need.

  • Expo of walking tours, walking destinations, outdoor retailers, walking clubs, free entry. View the 30+ exhibitors.
  • Join a guided walk to explore the park, options range from 45mins to 3 hours, including child-friendly and Accessible options. Guided Walks will depart every 10mins. Pre-register to secure a spot or just turn up on the day, $5 per person. View or join a walk.
  • Order your 2019 Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Almanac now to pick up a hard copy for FREE at this Sunday's Hiking ExpoOrder your 2019 Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Almanac now to pick up a hard copy for FREE at the Expo – the Almanac is free and full great info.
  • Enter the Hiking Expo competition for a chance to win a a great prize
  • Purchase a copy of the Heysen Highlights book at the 12noon book launch. Here at Walking SA we’ve read this book, it’s a serious must-have for anyone interested in hiking the Heysen Trail or uncovering the rich history of our state’s countryside.
  • Have a go on the free rock-climbing wall thanks to Outdoors SA and Rock About. The climbing wall is designed for young and old, big and small. Climbers from 15kg up to 115kg can be harnessed up – and there’s no age limit!
  • Free vehicle entry to national park for expo visitors

This Sunday April 14
9am to 2pm
Main Oval, Belair National Park

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Discover walking destinations, who to walk with and the best gear at the Hiking Expo in Belair National Park

Hiking Expo on Sunday 14 April 2019 in Belair National ParkCome along next weekend to find out more about walking destinations, who to walk with and the best hiking clothing and equipment. The Hiking Expo is next week on Sunday 14 April 2019 in Belair National Park. Free expo entry.

With over 30 exhibitors there is plenty of walking opportunities to explore:

  • Walking Destinations, Tour Guides and Trails (jump to details)
  • Get the right gear with these retailers (jump to details)
  • Walking clubs: Discover how making and walking with new friends is the key to walking more (jump to details)

Walking Destinations, Tour Guides and Trails

  • Let’s Go Caravan & Camping SA Event Sponsor

    Let's Go Caravan & Camping SACaravan and Camping SA showcase quality and affordable caravan & camping holiday experiences throughout SA.

    Order your 2019 Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Almanac now to pick up a hard copy for FREE at the ExpoOrder your 2019 Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Almanac now to pick up a hard copy for FREE at the Expo. Its free and is full of caravan and camping hints and tips, articles, the best places to stay and play, regional events and everything you need to know to take a self drive holiday, whether a newbie or seasoned traveller.

  • Walking SA Event Presenter

    Walking SAWalking SA is the not-for-profit peak body that leads, promotes and supports all forms of walking in South Australia, including walking for recreation, transport, and health. With almost 600 walking trails listed on our website there is always somewhere to discover on foot.

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Walktober 2018 Initiative Funded

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Walking SA has been successful in receiving funding from the Office for Recreation and Sport for its Walktober 2018 initiative. This builds on the promotion and events we conducted throughout October 2017, including the key Trails Less Travelled event. We’ve got some great ideas to expand upon 2017’s initiatives to further meet our vision: to see more people walking more often.

We’re seeking to expand this year’s Walktober promotions by exploring potential opportunities with like-minded partners. We’d love to chat to organisations, walking groups and businesses to explore opportunities to collaborate in the fields of walking for health, leisure and transport, inclusive walking, and engaging with a diverse range of people from the community.

This is a significant opportunity for Walking SA’s members to promote walking in their club or organisation as well as reach out to the community at large to promote the vision of more people walking more often. Some ideas we’d like to explore:-

  • Collaborate to promote walking events in October
  • Events such as “Come and Try Days” and Guided Walks that could encourage walking and potential membership
  • Walking events and initiatives that promote inclusive walking, or engage with a diverse range of people from the community
  • Other opportunities for promoting walking

Please contact Walking SA to discuss opportunities as to how we might collaborate to promote walking in Walktober 2018.

Celebrating the completion of the Lavender Federation Trail

Congratulations to South Australian Recreation Trails (SARTI) on the opening of the final section of Lavender Federation Trail on May 5 at Clare, attended by a broad cross section of the walking and local community.

Some 21 years ago, back in 1997, a group of walkers realized the potential of a long distance walking trail on the eastern side of the Mt Lofty Ranges in South Australia. The attraction of a such a trail in this location was that it is in the “rain shadow” of the Mt Lofty Ranges thereby offering dry weather walking for much of the year.

The Lavender Federation Trail, now 325km long, beings on the Murray River in Murray Bridge and traverses diverse countryside on the eastern flanks of the Mt Lofty Ranges to Clare, connecting with almost 100km of link & loop trails to nearby towns, and attractions through the Barossa & Mid North of the State.

The unique feature of this trail? It has been designed, built and maintained entirely by volunteers, the eldest being 86. We understand it is the longest trail network in the country built entirely by volunteers.

Success of the Hiking Expo

The successful Hiking Expo event was on April 15th in Belair National Park. The day consisted of guided walks and 35 exhibitors promoting walking opportunities including trails, outdoor gear, walking clubs and walking groups and tours.

We had indications of upwards of 2,500 attending on the day but unfortunately with poor weather that weekend this was reduced to about 500.

The event was possible through the financial seed funding and many volunteers from our key event partners the Friends of the Heysen Trail, ARPA Bushwalkers and Heart Foundation Walking. Thanks to the financial generosity of member clubs and other revenue generation on the day we were able to break even financially.

Save next year’s date:
Sunday 14 April 2019, 9am to 1:30pm

Many exploring walking opportunities at Sunday’s 2018 Hiking Expo

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At yesterday’s Hiking Expo plenty of people joined one of the 22 guided walks through Belair National Park, and discovered new walking destinations, walking groups and walking gear with the 35 exhibitors. With the passing showers it was pretty wet, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the many expo visitors, stall holders and event volunteers.

Over coming months watch out for news of other walking events, including:

  • our Walktober promotion during October, promoting walking for leisure, health and transport, and
  • save the date for our 2019 Hiking Expo on Sunday 14th April 2019!
  • and with over 500 walking trails on our website there are always places to go walking, for all styles of walking, seasons and abilities. Find a place to walk.

The event was possible through the many volunteers from our event partners: including the Friends of the Heysen Trail, ARPA Bushwalkers and Heart Foundation Walking. Thanks to the 35 exhibitors for spreading the word about the benefits and opportunities of walking.

Support our work so we can bring more walking events and promote walking by joining as an Individual Member from as little as $22 per year.


Only 2 more sleeps to Sunday’s Hiking Expo in Belair National Park

Only 2 more sleeps to Sunday’s Hiking Expo in Belair National Park.

With 35 exhibitors there’s plenty to find out about walking destinations, who to go with and the best clothing and equipment.

We’ve packed goodie bags for the first 500 expo visitors, jammed full with offers and discounts from the exhibitors and info on other SA walking trails.

It’s not too late to register for one of the 25 guided walks – simply book online now for $5 to secure your chosen walk, or turn up on the day and choose from the available walks and make a gold coin donation. There’s a walk for everybody – walks suitable for children and families (check out Panda Child Carrier’s offer to try out their baby child carrying packs), Accessible walks, and walks ranging from 30mins to 3 hours.

Missed our post on getting to the Expo? Catch a train and enjoy a 20min walk, or drive – free vehicle entry for expo visitors, however car parking is limited. The Expo is at Gums Oval, near the main park entrance. View the location map and directions.

Food at the expo includes:

  • Grab a sausage off the bbq, staffed by volunteers from the Friends of the Heysen Trail
  • A delicious range of sandwiches, baked goods and cakes will be provided by the Friends of Belair National Park
  • Grab a piece of free fruit for your walk
  • Coffee will be available from Xpresso Mobile Café
  • Refill your water bottles or have a drink of free water at the SA Water Quench Bench