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

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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

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 National 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