Getting to Sunday’s Hiking Expo

Car parking is limited for Sunday’s Hiking Expo at the Gums Oval in Belair National Park, so we encourage car pooling or public transport use.

The expo is accessible by Adelaide Metro public transport, refer to walking directions below the map.

By Train

Adelaide Metro Belair train, get off at the terminus (Belair Railway Station).

Trains arrive at 8.57am, 9.57am, 10.57am, and 11.57am.

Trains depart from Belair Railway Station at 10:13am, 11:13am, 12:13pm, 1:13pm and 2:13pm.

Walk directions from train station (15mins walk, 1.5km) – follow the Expo trail markers:

  1. Begin by following the Yurrebilla Trail signs (yellow)
  2. The Microcarpa Hike (green signs) joins shortly afterwards, and is along the same route
  3. After passing Playford Lake you pass a tennis court and cross the creek on a bridge – you’re almost there!
  4. When you see the Lorikeet Loop Walk (red signs), turn right and walk a short distance before turning left onto the Gums Oval and the Expo site

By Bus

Adelaide Metro 196 bus service from the city via Unley Road to Blackwood Interchange. Buses stops at Stop 29 Hollywood Way, Glenalta (first service arrives 9:39am, next service arrives 11:39am).

A little more complicated is 195 from Blackwood Interchange (with connections from Adelaide via train or other bus services) stopping at Stop 28 Laffers Rd, Glenalta (first service arrives 10:15am, next service arrives 11:40am).

We suggest you use Google Maps to plan your bus connections by entering the address ‘Gums Oval, Queens Jubilee Dr, Belair SA 5052’

Walk directions from the main entrance (8min walk, 500m) – follow the Expo trail markers:

  1. Enter the park via the main entrance gate off Upper Sturt Road
  2. Begin by following the Lorikeet Loop Walk (red signs) to the LEFT (follow it clockwise)
  3. Watch out for the Gums Oval on your right, just behind a stone public toilet building

Only 9 days to go until our Hiking Expo in Belair National Park

Only 9 days to go until our Hiking Expo on Sunday 15 April 2018 in Belair National Park. Free entry.

Come along to find out more about walking destinations, who to go with and the best clothing and equipment.

With over 30 exhibitors there plenty of walking 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

  • National Parks South Australia

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

  • Heart Foundation Walking

    Heart Foundation Walking is a fun, social and easy way to get active. Join Australia’s largest network of free community-based walking groups, with walks from 30 minutes to several hours. Groups for all sorts of people, paces and places: over-50s, parents and prams, workplaces, cultural groups and more.

  • Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail with Sealink

    The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is a new world class walking experience giving visitors access to some of the most rugged, remote and spectacular coastline in Australia. And it is on your doorstep!… Talk to SeaLink Kangaroo Island about the wide range of package options available for both individual and group walkers.

  • Big Heart Adventures

    Big Heart Adventures aims to change the world through travel one walk at a time. From charity treks for men and women to their exclusive Wise Women Walking program, Big Heart Adventures offers short walks, day walks, microadventures and weekenders both here in South Australia and multi-day adventures overseas getting first time walkers trek ready and giving back to some of our favoured charities in Adelaide and in the destination countries visited.

  • The Good Trek Co

    The Good Trek Co provides good times for nature-loving folk through our eco-weekenders, day hikes and trail adventures. They tread lightly, embrace community and are trail obsessed! Join the #trekforgood movement.

  • Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation

    The Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation aims to raise funds to support and undertake environmental initiatives associated with the Heysen Trail and other significant walking trails in South Australia. The major fundraising event is the “Walk for the Heysen” to be held at Bridgewater Oval on 29 April 2018. Tax deductable donations help us to preserve the environmental integrity of walking trails.

  • Murray River Walk

    Murray River Walk – discover the magic of the Murray River on a 4 day 3 night guided walking experience along the Murray while your houseboat accommodation cruises to your daily walking destination. Amazing scenery and wetland wildlife – superb 3 course dinners paired with local wines. One of the Great Walks of Australia. Winner of the 2017 SA Tourism Award for Ecotourism.

  • Inspiration Outdoors

    With Inspiration Outdoors return from your next holiday feeling your absolute best! Fully supported, guided and self guided hiking/biking holidays on Australia’s most beautiful trails.

  • Jodi Lee Foundation

    The Jodi Lee Foundation raises awareness to educate all Australians about bowel cancer prevention and the steps you can take to lead a healthier life. Bowel cancer is Australia’s second most common cause of cancer related death, but up to 90% of cases can be successfully treated or even prevented if detected early. On May 18 and 19 challenge yourself with the JLF Trek SA 2018 to walk 76km along the Heysen Trail in the iconic Barossa Valley to raise awareness for bowel cancer. Get fit, have fun with friends, meet new people and raise essential funds. Be part of something big and make a difference.

  • Friends of The Heysen Trail

    The Friends of The Heysen Trail is one of the largest bushwalking groups in SA. Find out about hiking the entire 1,200km Heysen Trail by joining the End-to-End walk programme. Other walks are conducted near Adelaide on other trails and parks, catering for beginners to experienced walkers, as half day walks and full day hikes. The Friends support maintenance and development of the iconic Heysen Trail.

  • SA Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

    SA Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI) is a volunteer organisation which builds walking trails in SA. Its major trail is the 325km Lavender Federation Walking Trail from Murray Bridge to Clare. The trail links many small rural towns and has loop and spur trails along its length. SARTI also advises councils and other trail developers on trail design based on its 21 years of experience.

  • Peregrine Travel Centre Adelaide

    Peregrine Travel Centre Adelaide can help you take your passion for hiking and being active and combine it with exploring the world! Whether it’s scaling one of the seven summits of the world or strolling through the lavender fields of Provence, we have you covered. Come and see us at 142 Gawler Place for all of your travel needs!

  • Pioneer Women’s Trail

    The Pioneer Women’s Trail. Follow in the footsteps of pioneer women and men who walked from Hahndorf to Adelaide in the early years of the colony selling produce. Commencing at Silver Road, Verdun, the trail winds through Bridgewater then traverses beautiful Mt George Conservation Park. It continues through Stirling, Crafers and Cleland Conservation Park before joining the Old Bullock Track and descending to Beaumont. Join the Pioneer Womens Trail Walk on Sunday 20 May.

  • Willunga Basin Trail Inc

    Willunga Basin Trail Inc are bringing to fruition the vision to establish a 120km circuit trail between McLaren Vale, Kangarilla, Willunga, Sellicks and Moana. It traverses, the Onkaparinga River National Park, Southern Mt Lofty Ranges, forest, rural land, coastal scrub, cliffs and beach. They welcome walkers to join them on Fridays, alternate Wednesdays and Sundays monthly. They walk on the proposed trail, nearby and in neighbouring regions on 12 to 15km walks with some shorter walks 5-6km walks.

  • Bushwalking Leadership South Australia

    Bushwalking Leadership South Australia is the peak body for bushwalking training in South Australia. They have been providing nationally recognised training in South Australia for teachers and outdoor leaders since 1973. Their 2018 courses to bushwalk leaders are filling fast – the first Bushwalking Leadership Certificate Program for 2018 kicks off in the April school holidays.

  • Friends of Belair National Park

    The Friends of Belair National Park are part of a SA wide ‘Friends’ network that assist with environmental management in our national parks. In Belair the Friends work to preserve the natural environment in which users can see and experience nature. They lead guided walks in the park twice monthly from April to December to explore the flora, fauna and walking trails in the park.

  • Friends of Sturt Gorge

    The Friends of Sturt Gorge look after the Sturt Gorge Recreation Park in conjunction with the Department for Environment and Water. They have a busy calendar of events, including weed control and trail maintenance working bees, training, and guided walks. They aim to restore the pre-European habitat in the Sturt Gorge and invite people to join them to meet new friends and contribute to bushcare activities. No experience is required – just a love of the bush!

  • Australian Friends of the Camino

    Australian Friends of the Camino, based in Adelaide, is part of an international voluntary 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. We provide Camino passports to the many Australians who walk the Camino for religious, spiritual, cultural, historical, health or recreational reasons. Visit their stand to meet experienced Camino walkers.

  • Koala Rescue Team of Fauna Rescue SA

    Koala Rescue Team of Fauna Rescue SA. The Fauna Rescue is the is the largest wildlife group in SA. The Koala Rescue Team rescue and rehabilitate koalas in Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges. Find out how you can help when walking, by knowing how to identify a koala in trouble and what to do.

Get the right gear with these retailers

  • 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.

  • ioMerino

    IO Merino not only make amazing, natural, thermal layers to help keep you comfortable for longer when you’re out hiking, they also happen to be a local South Australian company!

  • Rays

    Rays. Camp, paddle, hike, explore. Drop into Rays on Main North Road, Enfield, or shop online for a wide range of paddle, hiking and camping equipment, outdoor clothing and footwear.

  • 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.

  • Carto Graphics

    Carto Graphics stock a wide range of travel, topographic & 4WD maps, GPS units, wall maps and travel guide books. Shop online or visit their store on Unley Road, Unley.

  • Redtail Outdoors

    Redtail Outdoors quality hiking gear at affordable prices. Designed and stocked by a seasoned hiker.

  • Snowys Outdoors

    Snowys Outdoors where they live and breathe camping, hiking, and travel. Located just out of Adelaide CBD on Richmond Rd, Keswick, and with a huge range online.

  • EDAS Food

    Discover Primal Pods from EDAS Food – it is simply the freshest Australian meat (160g approx), fruit & vegies (300g approx) + herbs and spices condensed into a delicious 80g meal. Designed to be ultraconvenient, Primal Pods are #fastfoodreinvented. They can be stored for months at room temperature then simply open and eat clean wherever you are. No refrigeration required, making them perfect for hikers, with 2/3rds of your recommended daily vegetable requirements & 50g protein (approx) in an open and eat paleo meal.

  • Panda Child Carrier

    Panda Child Carrier is the hiking backpack carrier which starts adventure for every young family. Keep positive spirit by being active in natural environment. The carrier is suitable for a child from 7 months of age to 4 years. Try out a hiking backpack carrier on one of the guided walks on the day! Limited numbers.

  • Groovy Gaitors

    Groovy Gaitors specialise in groovy coloured lycra gaiters – choose from 26 groovy choices. Their gaiters are awesome for keeping muck from your shoes making them the ultimate accessory for your fitness walk or hiking adventure. Life’s too short to be boring, it’s time to get groovy!

Walking clubs: Discover how making and walking with new friends is they key to walking more

  • ARPA Bushwalkers

    ARPA Bushwalkers is one of the largest bushwalking clubs in SA, each month conducting over twenty day walks in and around Adelaide. The walks range from gentle 2 to 3 hour strolls to challenging 5 to 6 hour hikes. A sub-group of the ARPA Active Over 50s Association.

  • Friends of The Heysen Trail

    The Friends of The Heysen Trail is one of the largest bushwalking groups in SA. Find out about hiking the entire 1,200km Heysen Trail by joining the End-to-End walk programme. Other walks are conducted near Adelaide on other trails and parks, catering for beginners to experienced walkers, as half day walks and full day hikes. The Friends support maintenance and development of the iconic Heysen Trail.

  • Adelaide Bushwalkers

    ABW (Adelaide Bushwalkers) specialise in multi-day hiking with full packs and camping gear. They mainly explore regions around South Australia and sometimes follow adventure interstate or overseas. Once members become experienced, they’re able to become Walk Leaders and add new activities to the yearly program.

  • St Agnes Bushwalkers

    St Agnes Bushwalkers are friendly people who enjoy a variety graded walks throughout the beautiful Adelaide hills and plains. They also enjoy camps, generally using cabins in caravan parks; as well as social activities, such as theatre visits and slide evenings.

  • WEA Ramblers

    The Ramblers, established 1925, is a special interest group of WEA Adult Education. Full day bushwalks from 12 to 18km are held fortnightly on Sundays with 12 to 20 walkers, ranging in age from 35 to 75. Long weekend camps in June and October. Check out the Photo Gallery page on their website to see maps and photos of recent hikes.

  • South Australian Road Runners Club

    South Australian Road Runners Club invites everyone, beginners, social runners and walkers, competitive and talented runners, on road or trail, to live an active lifestyle.

Hiking Expo at Belair, Sunday 15th April 2018

Hiking Expo, Opening of the Bushwalking Season, 15 April 2018

An expo to celebrate the start of the South Australian bushwalking season. With the arrival of cooler autumn weather, hiking is an ideal outdoor activity. South Australia’s bushwalking clubs and Walking SA are coming together to celebrate the occasion with a unique day in Belair National Park.

  • At the Gums Oval in Belair National Park. The Expo will be open from 9am to 1:30pm.
  • Expo of walking clubs, walking tour companies and outdoor retailers, free entry.
  • Guided and self-guided hikes ranging from 45mins to 3 hours, including child-friendly and Accessible options. Guided Walks will depart every 10 minutes from 9:30am to 1pm.
  • You can secure a place on a specific guided walk by registering online from Monday 19th March, or just arrive on the day and choose a guided walk to join.

Celebration of the completion of the Lavender Federation Trail, May 5 2018

Saturday 5th May 2018
Lennon Street Park, Clare

South Australian Recreational Trails Inc (SARTI) is an organisation member of Walking SA. The Lavender Federation Trail is a project of SARTI.

SARTI and Friends of the Riesling Trail invite you to attend the celebration of the completion of the Lavender Federation Trail which commenced in 1997 and will be finished in 2018. The latest section, from Marnoora to Clare will be opened as part of the day. There will be displays and information from the walking community, outdoor stores and promoters of healthy lifestyles.

  • 9am onwards: guided walks available on sections of the trail.
  • 12noon: Lunches available for purchase.
  • 12:30pm: Official Opening

All are welcome. Map 6 covering the Manoora to Clare section of the trail will be launched at this event.

Walk for the Heysen 2018

Sunday 29 April 2018
Bridgewater Oval

There will be a number of guided walks available, and lunch included.

The Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation is an organisation member of Walking SA (Friends of the Heysen Trail are a highly valued club member).

The Foundation conducts an annual fundraising walk to support the activities of the foundation, focussed at supporting the development of the Heysen Trail.

Walktober 2017 a success

Walktober 2017 built upon the success of Walktober 2016 and worked across many activities:

  • The themed “best walk” lists encouraged people to explore more walking opportunities, proving once again to be popular and engaging. The lists are an effective way to reach people through the State, regardless of where they live. The lists of Accessible walks, prams walks and kid-friendly walks were popular.
  • The “view from my walk” social media promotion was a success, building upon previous years and Walking SA’s rising profile to receive more entries. It saw significantly increased engagement compared to previous year. Over 600 public entries were made on social media. There was a broad range of walking experiences, including walking for transport (suburban) and walking for leisure and health (hiking, evening walks, park walks).
  • Overall the major event “Trails Less Travelled” was a success, connecting people with walking resources and promoting the many walking opportunities that are alternatives to the popular Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty walking trail. The event encouraged more people to walk more often. The event helped to position Walking SA as a knowledge leader and conduit to discover walking destinations in SA.
  • The Walking SA 2017 Walking Awards promoted and recognized the role and contribution of walking in our community. The program was more successful than last year which raised the profile and awareness of walking. This places the program in a good position for further reach in future years.
  • The events calendar and supported events connected people with more and new walking opportunities.

Email subscriptions grew by 34% (700 subscribers), and individual financial membership grew by 18 people, which are both generally consistent with marketing funnels

Find out more about the promotion at walkingsa.org.au/walktober

Walking events for the end of October – WalktoberSA

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October is WalktoberSA – we’re celebrating walking throughout South Australia.

There are plenty of walking events to join in, here are some great events to get out this weekend to enjoy walking:

  • Sun 29/10: Walk in the Vines

    Healthy Active Lifestyles Onkaparinga (HALO) invites you to a morning of FREE fun and physical activity by participating in walk in the vines. Enjoy the beautiful Coast to Vines Rail Trail in McLaren Vale wine region and celebrate Walktober.

    – 4km or 6km (allow 1 to 2 hours depending on distance)
    – Level of difficulty: Easy

    View event details

  • Sun 29/10: Trailblazer by the Sea

    A coastal walk or run (5km, 8km, 28km or 50km) from Semaphore to Hallett Cove. All abilities and ages welcome. Teams or individuals.

    View event details

  • Sun 29/10: Onkaparinga River National Park by Friends of the Heysen Trail

    Explore the Nature Trail and new ridge walk Punchbowl Link Trail out to the Lookout, hosted by the Friends of the Heysen Trail. Walk fee $8, u18 $1.

    View event details

  • Sun 29/10: Belair National Park by Friends of the Heysen Trail

    A pleasant loop walk through and around the Park, up and down a few hills, on and off track and mostly away from the more popular trails in the Park. Hosted by the Friends of the Heysen Trail. Walk fee $8, u18 $1.

    View event details

  • Throughout October: Heart Foundation Walking Groups

    With many groups throughout SA, at different times and locations, this is a fun, social and easy way to get active. Join Australia’s largest network of free community-based walking groups, with walks from 30 minutes to several hours. Groups for all sorts of people, paces and places: over-50s, parents and prams, workplaces, cultural groups and more. Beginners welcome. Find walking groups close to you by entering your postcode into the Find a Walk search.

    View event details

  • Last minute opportunity!
    Oct 31 to Nov 6: Conquer KI Wilderness Trek

    Arthritis SA has one last minute vacancy on its amazing 7 day kangaroo island Wilderness trek. The walk is fully catered with tent sleeping on 4 nights and hotel accommodation. No fund raising required. Normally $2,500 all inclusive – available for $1,500.

    Contact Julie Black, CEO, Arthritis SA: julie.black@arthritissa.org.au

    The remote and spectacular new Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail will be traversed by a small band of people to draw attention to arthritis and raise money for research into treatments.

    View event details

Share your “view from my walk” for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October

Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October.

Take a walk in a nearby park, along the beach, along a river, in a national park or on your walk to work – anywhere in #SouthAustralia. October is ideal for walking – the temperatures are mild and the evenings are getting longer.

The weekly prizes for the fourth week, thanks to Rays, is a chance to win a $250 voucher. With Rays you can find gear to go for a hike, a paddle, or camp, and outdoor clothing and footwear for men, women and kids.

This week’s prizes will be drawn Monday 30/10/17.

Last week’s winners were announced just now on Facebook and Instagram, and the winning photos are displayed below.

Good luck and enjoy a walk! You’re just two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

Enter via Instagram or Twitter. Facebook users can post direct to our page to share their photo.

View T&C.

The competition is part of Walktober SA – celebrating walking throughout October.

Week 3’s Winners

The winners for the third week of October, thanks to National Parks and Wildlife Service SA, have one of 6 National Parks Passes or one of two 2 Family Passes for Cleland Wildlife Park. Walk, cycle, holiday, hike, camp, 4WD, swim and more in inspiring natural places. 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.

Share your “view from my walk” for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October

Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October.

Take a walk in a nearby park, along the beach, along a river, in a national park or on your walk to work – anywhere in South Australia. October is ideal for walking – the temperatures are mild and the evenings are getting longer.

The weekly prizes for the third week, thanks to National Parks and Wildlife Service SA, is a chance to win one of 6 National Parks Passes or 2 Family Passes for Cleland Wildlife Park. Walk, cycle, holiday, hike, camp, 4WD, swim and more in inspiring natural places. 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.

This week’s prizes will be drawn Sunday 23/10/17.

Last week’s winners were announced yesterday on Facebook and Instagram.

Good luck and enjoy a walk! You’re just two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

Enter via Instagram or Twitter. Facebook users can post direct to the Walking SA Facebook page to share their photo.

View T&C.

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

Share your “view from my walk” for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October

Share your “view from my walk” for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout OctoberShare your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October.

Take a walk in a nearby park, along the beach, along a river, in a national park or on your walk to work – anywhere in South Australia. October is ideal for walking – the temperatures are mild and the evenings are getting longer.

The weekly prizes for the first week, thanks to ioMerino are two $50 vouchers. ioMerino not only make natural, lightweight, breathable, all-weather layers that will keep you comfortable for longer, they also happen to be a local South Australian company!

This week’s prizes will be drawn Sunday 15/10/17.

Last week’s winners were announced yesterday on Facebook and Instagram.

Good luck and enjoy a walk! You’re just two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

Enter via Instagram or Twitter. Facebook users can post direct to the Walking SA Facebook page to share their photo.

View T&C.

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

Walking events in the second week of October – WalktoberSA

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October is WalktoberSA – we’re celebrating walking throughout South Australia.

There are plenty of walking events to join in, here are some great events for the first week of October:

  • Fri 6/10: Diabetes Australia Walk to Work Day

    People who walk before or during work are generally healthier, more productive and less likely to be sick or absent. It’s in the best interests of all individuals and organisations to build walking into their daily routine and support the Walk to Work program.

    View event details

  • Sat 7/10: Operation Flinders Challenge

    A choice of 15, 31, 57 or 85km distances to tackle in teams of two, three or four. Individuals can walk the 15km & 31km distances. It’s your chance to have fun, get fit and support a great cause. All funds raised from this event will solely support the Operation Flinders Foundation, helping transform the lives of young people “at risk”.
    Registrations close soon.

    View event details

  • Launch of the Mark Bonnin Walking TrailSat 7/10: Launch of the Mark Bonnin Walking Trail at Hiltaba Nature Reserve

    Nature Foundation SA is celebrating the opening of their fourth walking trail in Hiltaba Nature Reserve. The trail is dedicated to Dr Mark Bonnin AM, one of the founders of Nature Foundation SA. Enjoy guided walks of the Mark Bonnin Trail, followed by lunch on the Trail.

    View event details

  • Mount Lofty Ranges Trail, logo squareSun 8/10: Rising from the Ashes, Official Opening of the Kersbrook Trails Network

    These four trails around the Kersbrook forest were ready to be opened in April 2015, but were damaged in the Sampson Flat bushfire. All has been repaired and the trail network will be officially opened with guided walks to experience the new trails. Meet at the central Kersbook Hall to join a walk.

    View event details

  • Heart Foundation WalkingThroughout October: Heart Foundation Walking Groups

    With many groups throughout SA, at different times and locations, this is a fun, social and easy way to get active. Join Australia’s largest network of free community-based walking groups, with walks from 30 minutes to several hours. Groups for all sorts of people, paces and places: over-50s, parents and prams, workplaces, cultural groups and more. Beginners welcome. Find walking groups close to you by entering your postcode into the Find a Walk search.

  • Sun 8/10: Hike the final 15km of the Heysen Trail with us for Beyond Blue!

    Camp Pack Co-founders, Kirstie and Shane, are hiking the 1200km Heysen Trail in South Australia for Beyond Blue and The MS Society of SA and NT and you can get involved. Join The Friends of the Heysen in Cape Jervis on Sunday 8th October, and jump on the bus to Cobblers Hill to hike the final 15km into Cape Jervis (and to your car) with us!

    View event details

  • Until October 15: North Terrace Tree Trail – ages 3 to 12 years

    The North Terrace Tree Trail is a celebration of street trees in our city and the many benefits they provide! The self-guided trail showcases 20 amazing trees in the heart of our city along North Terrace between Kintore Avenue and Frome Road. Pick up or print out the North Terrace Tree Trail Wayfinding Map and Activity Sheet and follow the trail to meet the trees and learn about how trees cool our city, provide shade, habitat, clean air and much much more!

    View details

  • Spring Bush Walk in Monarto ZooThurs 12/10: Spring Bush Walk in Monarto Zoo

    Monarto Zoo has 10km of walking tracks meandering through some magnificent areas of remnant native vegetation, often overlooked by many zoo visitors. This special opportunity to experience a Spring bushwalk will be hosted by former Zoos SA President Heather Caddick who continues to be a passionate supporter of the zoo and has been a volunteer for many years.

    View event details

  •  Trails Less Travelled: Hike Mt Lofty from a different directionSun 15/10: Trails Less Travelled: Hike Mt Lofty from a different direction

    Join one of 10 guided hikes exploring different trails up to Mt Lofty summit. Registration is free. Self-guided walks also available – maps provided in the days prior. Hiking Expo at Mt Lofty summit forecourt from 10:30am to 3:30pm, free entry.

    View event details

View more events at walkingsa.org.au/walktober

Know of other walk events in October not listed? Contact us to have the walk event listed.

Share your “view from my walk” for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October

Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October.

Take a walk in a nearby park, along the beach, along a river, in a national park or on your walk to work – anywhere in South Australia. October is ideal for walking – the temperatures are mild and the evenings are getting longer.

The weekly prizes for the first week, thanks to Scout Outdoor Centre are:

  • Stay hydrated with this in your pack! Camelbak 2L Crux Reservoir RRP$69.95
  • Black Diamond head torch RRP$79.95

This week’s prizes will be drawn Sunday 8/10/17.

Good luck and enjoy a walk! You’re just two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

Enter via Instagram or Twitter. Facebook users can post direct to the Walking SA Facebook page to share their photo.

View T&C.

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

Walking events in the first week of October – WalktoberSA

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October is WalktoberSA – we’re celebrating walking throughout South Australia.

There are plenty of walking events to join in, here are some great events for the first week of October:

  • Free Guided Walk of Waite ArbotetumSun 1/10: Free guided walk of Waite Arbotetum

    Exploring the north-west corner of the Waite Arboretum, home to many species endemic to the foothills and Grey Box woodland. Hear from the guides and the volunteers who look after this beautiful sector of the Arboretum.

    View event details

  • Cleland Memorial WalkSun 1/10: Cleland Memorial Walk at Belair National Park, 1.5 hour free guided walk

    Join the Rangers and Friends of Belair for the annual Cleland Memorial Walk. The walk traverses a good portion of the park and commemorates the annual walk Professor John Cleland, past Commissioner, used to take to inspect park boundaries.

    View event details

  • Heart Foundation WalkingThroughout October: Heart Foundation Walking Groups

    With many groups throughout SA, at different times and locations, this is a fun, social and easy way to get active. Join Australia’s largest network of free community-based walking groups, with walks from 30 minutes to several hours. Groups for all sorts of people, paces and places: over-50s, parents and prams, workplaces, cultural groups and more. Beginners welcome. Find walking groups close to you by entering your postcode into the Find a Walk search.

  • Spring Bush Walk in Monarto ZooTues 3/10: Spring Bush Walk in Monarto Zoo

    Monarto Zoo has 10km of walking tracks meandering through some magnificent areas of remnant native vegetation, often overlooked by many zoo visitors. This special opportunity to experience a Spring bushwalk will be hosted by former Zoos SA President Heather Caddick who continues to be a passionate supporter of the zoo and has been a volunteer for many years.

    View event details

  • Fri 6/10: Diabetes Australia Walk to Work Day

    People who walk before or during work are generally healthier, more productive and less likely to be sick or absent. It’s in the best interests of all individuals and organisations to build walking into their daily routine and support the Walk to Work program.

    View event details

  • Sat 7/10: Operation Flinders Challenge

    A choice of 15, 31, 57 or 85km distances to tackle in teams of two, three or four. Individuals can walk the 15km & 31km distances. It’s your chance to have fun, get fit and support a great cause. All funds raised from this event will solely support the Operation Flinders Foundation, helping transform the lives of young people “at risk”.
    Registrations close soon.

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  • Launch of the Mark Bonnin Walking TrailSat 7/10: Launch of the Mark Bonnin Walking Trail at Hiltaba Nature Reserve

    Nature Foundation SA is celebrating the opening of their fourth walking trail in Hiltaba Nature Reserve. The trail is dedicated to Dr Mark Bonnin AM, one of the founders of Nature Foundation SA. Enjoy guided walks of the Mark Bonnin Trail, followed by lunch on the Trail.

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  • Mount Lofty Ranges Trail, logo squareSun 8/10: Rising from the Ashes, Official Opening of the Kersbrook Trails Network

    These four trails around the Kersbrook forest were ready to be opened in April 2015, but were damaged in the Sampson Flat bushfire. All has been repaired and the trail network will be officially opened with guided walks to experience the new trails. Meet at the central Kersbook Hall to join a walk.

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  • Sun 8/10: Hike the final 15km of the Heysen Trail with us for Beyond Blue!

    Camp Pack Co-founders, Kirstie and Shane, are hiking the 1200km Heysen Trail in South Australia for Beyond Blue and The MS Society of SA and NT and you can get involved. Join The Friends of the Heysen in Cape Jervis on Sunday 8th October, and jump on the bus to Cobblers Hill to hike the final 15km into Cape Jervis (and to your car) with us!

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  • Friends of the Heysen Trail logoSun 8/10: Wittunga Gardens Walk (Blackwood) by Friends of the Heysen Trail

    Enjoy a 3 hour walk from Shepherds Hill Recreation Park into Wittunga Gardens, hosted by the Friends of the Heysen Trail. Walk fee $8, u18 $1.

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View more events at walkingsa.org.au/walktober

Know of other walk events in October not listed? Contact us to have the walk event listed.

This October we’re celebrating walking with #walktoberSA

This October we’re celebrating walking with #walktoberSA.

Walking SA has been successful in receiving funding from the Office of Recreation and Sport for the Walktober 2017 initiative. We’ve building on the 2016 initiatives to further meet our vision to see more people walking more often.

October is ideal for walking – the temperatures are mild and the evenings are getting longer.

A key event will be Trails Less Travelled on Sunday 15 October – guided and self-guided hiking up Mt Lofty from 10 different directions, showcasing walking clubs and walking trails.

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.

Launch of the Terry Lavender Churchill Fellowship Appeal

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has undertaken to recognize and perpetuate the work of some of our outstanding Fellows. As such the Churchill Fellows Association of South Australia would like to build on the work of Terry Lavender by raising funds to create a one-off fellowship titled The Terry Lavender Churchill Fellowship — To investigate ways to develop, improve, manage and promote outdoor recreational trails and pursuits to be awarded in 2018.

About Terry Lavender OA

Terry Lavender OA

Terry Lavender OA

In 1991, Terry Lavender OA was awarded the Churchill Fellowship to study the development of recreation trails and their impact on tourism in England, USA and Europe.

Terry’s fellowship built on the very significant foundation that he had already established within the trail walking fraternity. He was assigned the task of delineating and marking the routes and trails throughout the Mount Lofty and Flinders Ranges and was instrumental in establishing the Friends of the Heysen Trail and Other Walking Trails. Terry and his volunteers marked the Heysen Trail completing that task in 1992 six years after the formation of the Friends.

Terry was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 1994 Australia Day Awards. The Lavender Federation Trail that runs through the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Barossa districts was named in his honour.

Terry died on 9th January 2004 leaving this remarkable and valuable legacy. This legacy continues to inspire South Australians and enable them to access and enjoy our beautiful natural bush.

Terry Lavender Fellowship Launch
Sunday 20 August, 11 am
Uraidla Hotel, Greenhill Road, Uraidla

This event will launch a public appeal for donations towards this Fellowship named in honour of Terry Lavender to explore the value of outdoor recreational trails and pursuits.

South Australian walkers, trekkers, bike and horse trail enthusiasts and Churchill Fellows are invited to come along to hear presentations on the history of the Heysen and Lavender Federation Trails, Outback Flinders program and current developments with trekking tourism.

After the presentations join us for lunch and fellowship.

Cost is $48 set menu includes exquisite shared entree platters and a choice of 4 main courses including a vegetarian option. RSVP by 6 August 2017.

Bookings through trybooking.com/297905.

For more information contact annie.wcf@gmail.com.