Evening walks to enjoy now that Daylight Saving has started

With daylight savings short after-work walks are a great way to get out and experience the sunshine.

We’ve updated our previous list to add 10 more walks, showcasing 30 short walks around Adelaide along rivers, the coast and metropolitan parks. All are an hour or two, or up to three hours.

Looking for some more adventurous hikes in nature?

Check out our accompanying article:
45 Bushwalks close to the city for evening hikes

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with walktoberSA.

30 Evening walks to enjoy now that Daylight Saving has started

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FOOTHILLS: Blackwood Forest Recreation Park

Walk suitable for dog walking

A small park in the hills is popular for walking the dog off-leash. A great place to take the kids to explore the pine forest, the creek and Sturt River, you can walk a 1.4km loop here.

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Way2Go Walktober – a chance to practice new habits and walk to school

way2goThe Government of South Australia’s Active School Travel program Way2Go is joining in Walktober SA by supporting more families and children to walk to school.

Way2Go Walktober, from October 15 to 31, is a chance to practice new habits. Walk to school with your children – just once a week will make a difference:

  • try once a week and build up
  • take turns with other families to walk with kids and make it fun
  • mix it up by riding a bike or scooter (You all can ride on the footpath)

Too far to walk the whole way? Park the car nearby and walk part of the way to school.

Read more tips, including about planning ahead and how to support your child at dpti.sa.gov.au/Way2Go/way2go_walktober

We know that using active travel to get to school is good for children’s physical health, as well as their growing brains, bones, muscles and imaginations!

Here at Walking SA we’re keen to see more children walking and cycling safely to school. View our Position Statement.

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with WalktoberSA.

Week 4: Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October

View from my walk, photo competition week 4Share 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.

Stratos 26 day packThe weekly prize for the fourth week, thanks to Scout Outdoor Centre, is a chance to win a Stratos 26 day pack. The 26L daypack provides a fully adjustable ventilated back system and hipbelt, allowing for increased comfort in warm weather.

This week’s prizes will be drawn Monday 29/10/18. Last week’s winners were announced earlier today.

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 via @WalkingSA to share their photo.

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

Winners of “View From My Walk” photo competition, week 3

View from my walk winners, week 3

The winners of our third week of the “view from my walk” photo competition, are:

  • Facebook user Julia Patten with her photo of hiking Waterfall Gully at twilight
  • Instagram user Shelby Allen @shel_b_melissa with her photo of Day 18 of wandering through McLaren Vale. WalktoberSA has inspired Shelby to do a walk each day, be it on a beach, nearby reserve or a hike in a national park.

Thanks to Cleland Wildlife Park, the two winners this week have each won a Family Pass to Cleland Wildlife Park, valued at $61 each.

Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October – use #walktoberSA for a chance to win. We’ll announce the week 4 prizes later today.

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.

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 via @WalkingSA to share their photo.

View terms and conditions.

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

Keeping active can help you stay physically fit and mentally healthy

Shared via Beyond Blue:

Regular physical activity is a good way to help prevent or manage mild anxiety and depression. Keeping active can help you stay physically fit and mentally healthy.

Research shows that keeping active can:

  • help lift mood through improved fitness and the release of natural chemicals in the brain
  • help improve sleeping patterns
  • increase energy levels
  • help block negative thoughts and/or distract people from daily worries
  • help people feel less alone if they exercise with others.

Physical activity increases your wellbeing. The current recommendation is at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most, and preferably all, days of the week. However, people with anxiety or depression may find it difficult to get started or get motivated, or continue to exercise on a long-term basis.

View Beyond Blue’s:

  • tips to get started,
  • examples of activities,
  • or download their Activity Plan template.

beyondblue.org.au/get-support/staying-well/keeping-active

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Hiking with children: how walking as a child led to being an active adult

Story via the Friends of the Heysen Trail.

Amelia writes of her family’s tradition of walking the Heysen Trail as a child – she was very much reluctant to do this, preferring to read books and make craft – and how by the time she was in high school she had well and truly caught the activity bug and to this day is still an active walker.

Last year she started walking the Heysen Trail as a family again, but this time with her own children. The great thing about the Heysen Trail is you don’t need to try and tackle it all at once, and can do short walks closer to Adelaide.

She asked her eight-year-old son his thoughts on the walks they’d done so far:

‘One of my favourite sections was the boggy bits. The others squelched into the mud probably because you’re bigger. But me, I got through easier and was dancing around waiting at the end of the bog.’

‘I liked the green and the tweeting of the birds. I liked going over the fields in the sunshine. I loved looking at the old mines with their deep, dark holes. I liked the feeling of the grass rustling against my leg because it was so long. I loved going through the valleys and hearing the echoes of our voices, cooo-eeee.’

Read the full article on the Friends of the Heysen Trail website.

Walking can transform lives: psychologist Kylie Agnew on the benefits of walking for mental health

Walking transforms lives. Psychologist Kylie Agnew talks about her work with Operation Flinders using adventure activities for therapeutic populations. She saw people experience positive transformation through walking.

“Some of the changes I’ve seen in people have been huge, with the young people I’ve worked with, both on Operation Flinders and in other programs, seeing them change from the start to the finish of the eight days out in the wilderness. It’s been really inspirational. I was lucky enough to travel the world to see how some of these programs run in all different remote parts of the world. There’s a lot of people using walking to help people all around the world.”

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Transcript:

The World Health Organization recommends that we all walk everyday. I think we should be doing as much walking as possible, obviously within our busy lives, but making time to walk everyday is going to be important, but also building walking into our lives so that we all can benefit from walking, whether it’s physical and emotional or psychological benefit.

There’s a lot of different research that’s been done on why walking is good for mental health. Some of it’s been based obviously on the physical side, having general health, meaning that you’re going to be healthier mentally, but there’s also a lot of research to show that serotonin and different hormones are released when we walk and when we exercise, and then I guess we’ve also got that relationship building which is obviously another protective factor for mental health, building friendships, building relationships by spending time together.

For me personally, I just love being in the outdoors. It’s been a passion of mine since I grew up on a farm, and also going to university and studying adventure activities then moving into using adventure activities for therapeutic populations.

Some of the changes I’ve seen in people have been huge, with the young people I’ve worked with, both on Operation Flinders and in other programs, seeing them change from the start to the finish of the eight days out in the wilderness. It’s been really inspirational. I was lucky enough to travel the world to see how some of these programs run in all different remote parts of the world. There’s a lot of people using walking to help people all around the world.

Week 3: Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA 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 Cleland Wildlife Park, is a chance to win one of two Family Passes, valued at $61 each. Valid for 2 adults and 2 children OR 1 adult and 3 children.

This week’s prizes will be drawn Monday 22/10/18. Last week’s winner was announced earlier today.

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 via @WalkingSA to share their photo.

View terms and conditions.

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

Winners of “View From My Walk” photo competition, week 2

View from my walk competition winner, week 2The winner of our second week of the “view from my walk” photo competition, is Instagram user thehikinglibrarian with a photo of her daughter and herself completing the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. What a great experience for a parent and child, to walk together for 5 days, planning and undertaking the experience together,  escaping into nature and forming memories together.

Throughout October you can enter our draw for a chance to win a 3-day experience on the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail thanks to SeaLink.

Thanks to Rays, thehikinglibrarian has won a set of two Leki Anti-shock Trail AS walking poles. 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. Visit their store on Main North Road, Enfield or shop online.

Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October – use #walktoberSA for a chance to win. View Week 3 prize details.

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.

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 via @WalkingSA to share their photo.

View terms and conditions.

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

Living a healthy lifestyle through joining a walking group and good nutrition: one man’s story of life with diabetes and rehabilitation

Glenn with his local Heart Foundation Walking group

Glenn with his local Heart Foundation Walking group

A great story of transformation through walking from Heart Foundation Walking:

Glenn McLennan was diagnosed with Diabetes in 2010 and by 2011 had his first operation on a foot. Unfortunately, complications set in in 2016 and by January 2017 both lower limbs were amputated.

12 months ago he joined his local Heart Foundation Walking group.

Walk Organiser Alison Gentles said, “He liked what he saw – a happy, friendly group and the flat surface because we walk at the shopping centre,” said Alison.

Glenn enjoys the social side of the group with the coffee catch up after the walk. With the support of the walking group, specialists and his local community; Glenn has a positive outlook and is committed to living a healthy lifestyle through walking and good nutrition. Glenn hopes his story will send a positive message to the younger generation about the importance of regular exercise and healthy eating.

Join a Heart Foundation Walking group to take positive steps to help reduce stress, have a healthier body, build stronger relationships, and most of all, be happy. With 128 groups across South Australia there’s sure to be one close to you.

Throughout October we’re celebrating walking with #walktoberSA

Article via Heart Foundation.

2018 Walking Awards recognising contributions to walking in South Australia

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.

In its third year, last night’s annual Walking Awards at the Jade in Flinders St recognised sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout South Australia.

Awards were presented to 12 organisations and individuals, celebrating their contribution to walking in South Australia.

If you know of someone who should be considered for 2019’s awards please do consider nominating them, we’re accepting nominations throughout the year.

2018 Annual Walking Award Winners

2018 Award Winner: District Council of Cleve

District Council of Cleve

2018 Local Government Award – Organisation

The Council developed the 5km trail to a standard to be accessible to people with mobility issues. Many have made use of the trail, as well as local gym members, a local walking group, and the local parkrun – all assisting in the promotion of participating in structured and unstructured …

2018 Award Winner: South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

2018 Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation

On Saturday 5 May 2018, the final section of the 350km Lavender Federation Trail was opened at Clare. It had taken 21 years since the concept was imagined for the dedicated volunteers of South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI) to bring the trail from a vision to reality. …

2018 Award Winner: National Trust of South Australia – Hahndorf Branch

National Trust of South Australia – Hahndorf Branch

2018 Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation

The trail honours the German pioneer women who regularly walked along the old Peramangk trails with their produce to sell in Adelaide. The Hahndorf Branch has been instrumental in establishing, maintaining and promoting the trail, having first walked the route in 1980 and opening the trail in …

2018 Award Winner: National Heart Foundation Walking

National Heart Foundation Walking

2018 Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation

The Heart Foundation established the program to encourage thousands of Australians to get moving for better health. The program gives participants 20 weeks to walk towards the magic target of a million steps or complete 100 group walks. Built upon the strong foundation of their network of free …

2018 Award Winner: Department for Environment and Water

Department for Environment and Water

2018 Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation

The Government of South Australia’s Department for Environment and Water established the Park of the Month program as a means of promoting our national parks in South Australia. Run in conjunction with Nature Play SA, this has been an exciting program focusing on individual parks with an …

2018 Award Winner: Peter Beer, Adelaide Bushwalkers

Peter Beer, Adelaide Bushwalkers

2018 Long Standing Contribution/Distinctive Service Award – Individual

Peter Beer has been a member of Adelaide Bushwalkers (ABW) since 1959 as a prolific walk leader, facilitating training for new members, Walks Secretary and President. He has published two books, “Flinders Ranges Walks”, and more recently “Adelaide’s Best Bush, Coast & City Walks”. Peter …

2018 Award Winner: Ted Chessman

Ted Chessman

2018 Special Recognition Award – Individual

As a trained and experienced walk leader Ted has for almost 30 years been involved in establishing walking groups. For 29 years Ted led 2 walks a week with the Keep Fit SA campaign (1989-1998) and later the Keep Walking group. He led walks of varying grades of difficulty, which enabled people …

2018 Award Winner: Andrew Govan, Bushwalking Leadership SA

Andrew Govan, Bushwalking Leadership SA

2018 Long Standing Contribution/Distinctive Service Award – Individual

Andrew has been involved in bushwalking since the early 1990s and has been a tireless contributor. He has been instrumental in continuing to ensure Bushwalking Leadership SA remains relevant and fit for purpose to the South Australian community. He is an active member of their Board and is …

2018 Award Winner: George Adams, South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

George Adams, South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

2018 Long Standing Contribution/Distinctive Service Award – Individual

For the past 19 years George has been involved bringing the vision of the Lavender Federation Trail to fruition. George has taken every opportunity to complete the trail by assisting in planning of the trail route, working bees, and marking the trail. As the trail grew in length, he undertook …

2018 Award Winner: Barry Stacey, South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

Barry Stacey, South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI)

2018 Long Standing Contribution/Distinctive Service Award – Individual

Barry served for almost 14 years as Secretary on the Board of the South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI), which has brought the vision of the 350km Lavender Federation Trail to fruition. As planning and construction of the trail spread further north, in his role as Secretary he has been …

2018 Award Winner: Cynthia Pyle, St. Agnes Bushwalking and Natural History Club

Cynthia Pyle, St. Agnes Bushwalking and Natural History Club

2018 Long Standing Contribution/Distinctive Service Award – Individual

Cynthia has served as Club Secretary since 2004, including collating the walking program, organising the Club’s publicity and being the first point of contact for enquires from potential members and current members. She leads many interesting walks where she shares her comprehensive general …

2018 Award Winner: John Wilson, Friends of the Heysen Trail

John Wilson, Friends of the Heysen Trail

2018 Long Standing Contribution/Distinctive Service Award – Individual

John joined the Friends of the Heysen Trail in 1990, volunteering in trail maintenance, collaborating on an interim Heysen Trail Maintenance Manual and in developing the first Management Plan for the Heysen Trail. Serving on the organisation’s Council since 1995, as editor of the organisation’s …

2017/18 Annual Report and Report and AGM

Walking SA 2017-18 Annual ReportWalking SA held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 11th October at the Jade in Flinders Street, with a healthy attendance of member clubs, organisations and individuals. We greatly appreciate the attendance and engagement with those there on the night.

The AGM preceded the presentation of the Walking Awards and was a relatively straight forward meeting.

Guest Speakers and Presentations

Alison Buck, Trail Manager from National Parks SA for the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail speaks at Walking SA AGM

The AGM was followed by a presentation from Alison Buck, Trail Manager from National Parks SA for the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. She spoke about the vision and planning of the trail, and how it was designed for busy city people to escape into nature.

The AGM was followed by a presentation from Alison Buck, Trail Manager from National Parks SA for the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. She spoke about the vision and planning of the trail, and how it was designed for busy city people to escape into nature. Research shows that with the trail people stay an extra three nights on Kangaroo Island, boosting the local economy, including park ranger jobs and local tourism service providers. She outlined how the trail route and camping facility sites was determined, including ensuring the trail followed a route people naturally want to walk, to avoid people stepping off the trail. She updated us on the progress of the project seeing The Australian Walking Company (AWC) develop luxury tent-style eco-sensitive accommodation along the trail, which will offer a higher-end trail walking opportunity, similar to what the AWC does on the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk and Bay of Fires Lodge Walk.

Ben Trewren, recipient of Terry Lavender Scholarship from the Churchill Fellowship, updating us on his projectBen Trewren spoke on recently being awarded the Terry Lavender Scholarship from the Churchill Fellowship, updating us on how his project to investigate trails overseas is proceeding. View Ben’s presentation.

Board Member Appointments

We’re delighted to appoint two new members to our Board. The range of skills and expertise complement the existing Board, and help towards the vision of representing and advocating all forms of walking including for health, transport and leisure.

  • Anna Haygreen, Board member on the Walking SA BoardAnna Haygreen
    We welcome Anna to the Board. With a background in environmental work and significant experience in working for two Melbourne local councils as a Sustainable Transport Officer, her appointment will strengthen our perspective on walking for transport. Her experience in developing walking projects, with community engagement and project management complement her passion for promoting all forms of walking. Recently returning to Adelaide, she is an avid bushwalker.
  • Rod Quintrell, Board member of Walking SA BoardRod Quintrell
    We welcome Rod to the Board. As a board member of South Australia’s leading bushwalking training body, Bushwalking Leadership SA, and a member of Outdoors SA, Rod’s experience and qualifications in the fields of mental health and outdoor recreation/tourism broadens our perspective. Employed within a large South Australian outdoor education provider in business development and corporate training his skills and contacts will see the continued growth of Walking SA and our promotion of bushwalking.

We thank the work of our retiring Board Members:

  • Wendy Keech, retiring from 5 years of service on the Walking SA BoardWendy Keech
    After five years of service, including the last four years as Chair or Co-Chair we bid Wendy farewell from the Board. Her contributions have seen Walking SA’s profile and reach increase, bringing our vision of seeing more people walking more often to life.
  • Michelle Wilson retiring after 5 years of service on the Walking SA BoardMichelle Wilson
    After five years of service, we bid Michelle farewell from the Board. Her contributions and enthusiasm for walking for health have seen Walking SA’s profile and reach increase, furthering our vision of seeing more people walking more often.

Annual Report

The 2017/18 Annual Report was distributed at the AGM and Wendy, Co-Chair of Walking SA, spoke to the report identifying a range of highlights as well as challenges, facing Walking SA and the walking community. View the 2017/18 Annual Report.

Highlights include:

  • Highlights of the past year
  • read about the year’s achievements in the Co-Chair’s Report
  • reports from our Walking for Recreation Committee and Walking for Transport Committee
  • Events: Walktober and April’s Hiking Expo
  • an overview of our membership
  • report from our new Executive Officer
  • Treasurers Report

Want to improve your mental health? Go for a walk.

Want to improve your mental health? Go for a walk. People who exercise have 43% fewer days of poor mental health.

Want to improve your mental health?
Go for a walk.

People who exercise have 43% fewer days of poor mental health.

It’s a common piece of advice: that exercise is pretty good for your mental health. A huge study published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry has found that literally just walking can improve your mental health.

Individuals who exercised had 43% fewer days of poor mental health in the past month than individuals who did not exercise. All exercise types were associated with a lower mental health burden (between 11.8% and 22%).

The study of 1.2m people appeared in the Lancet Journal on August 8th 2018.

Win a Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail experience

Take a walk on the wild side. Win a Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail experienceTake a walk on the wild side. Win a Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail experience

Walking the Kangaroo Island Wilderness TrailWalking the Kangaroo Island Wilderness TrailWalking the Kangaroo Island Wilderness TrailEnjoying the Kangaroo Island Wilderness RetreatKangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

As part of WalktoberSA – a celebration or walking throughout October – we’re bringing you a chance to take a walk on the wild side by winning a Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail experience thanks to SeaLink.

Nature’s secrets are waiting to be discovered at every step of the 61 kilometre five-day trek, with the trail weaving its way through the most botanically unique area in all of South Australia before reaching the rugged, remote and spectacular coastline of the Southern Ocean.

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Winners of “View From My Walk” photo competition, week 1

View from my walk winners, week 1

The winners of our first week of the “view from my walk” photo competition are:

Thanks to ioMerino two people have each won a $50 vouchers. ioMerino 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!

Week 1 Winners:

  1. Instagram user skipper_lisa for her photo of her family adventure time into Sturt Gorge Recreation Park.
  2. Facebook user Fi Abraham with her photo of sunrise at the top of Carrick Hill and Brownhill Creek.

Share your “view from my walk” photo using #walktoberSA for a chance to win a weekly prize throughout October – use #walktoberSA for a chance to win. View Week 2 prize details.

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.

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 via @WalkingSA to share their photo.

View terms and conditions.

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