October 2023 is our month to Step into Spring

Throughout October we're celebrating walking with Step into Spring.

October is ideal for walking – the temperatures are mild and the evenings are getting longer. There is no shortage of events and opportunities to be active and enjoy the outdoors.

Find a place to walk. We've short listed some of the best walks.

Join a walking event: with a walking club or a local council or health body.

Explore Trails

Find a place to walk, hike or bushwalk, whether it be a 1 hour walk near home with your dog, a half day hike in a park, or a longer trail in one of South Australia’s national parks.

Check out the short lists of some of the best walks, or view all the walks (802) to find one that suits you.

Best spots to camp or caravan and explore local trails

Spend a couple of days or a weekend camping or staying in your caravan at one of these key campsites and explore nearby trails on foot. No need to hop in your vehicle, most of these hikes can be done from the doorstep of your tent or caravan.

Best Hikes to See Wildlife in South Australia

Going for a hike is a great way to see wildlife in their native environment. We've outlined some of the best hikes in South Australia to see different wildlife.

60 Best Dog Walks in Adelaide

We know that having a dog encourages you to walk more, and that there are numerous health benefits to dog walking. We've short listed 60 of the best walks around Adelaide to walk your dog, including trails in national parks, forests, river walkways, linear reserves and the coast.

50 Great SA Short Walks and Hikes for Kids

There are loads of great short walks and hikes around South Australia for kids, with opportunities to explore rock formations, big trees, caves, creeks, waterfalls and see wildlife. And with many taking in playgrounds, why not pack a picnic and enjoy a great family day out. We've listed some of the best ones

50 Pram and Wheelchair Accessible Walks and Hikes

Adelaide and South Australia has many walking trails and hiking paths that are accessible to prams, strollers and people with mobility issues, including wheelchairs. We've outlined some of the best ones. As most of the walks are suitable for prams and wheelchairs, they can also be great for children to ride their bikes along with their walking parents. We've broken the list down into 3 sections: Adelaide Metro Area (29 walks), Bush Walks (13 hikes), and Regional South Australia (8 walks).

Walks and trails in Kuitpo Forest and Kyeema Conservation Park

Explore 4 shared-use trails in Kuitpo Forest and 2 walking trails in the adjacent Kyeema Conservation Park. Kuitpo Forest is 60% plantation pine forest, with the rest native scrub. In the adjacent Kyeema Conservation Park there is dense natural scrub.

Best summit hikes in South Australia

Hiking up to the summit of a mountain can be a rewarding experience. On the walk up you might wonder why you undertook such an adventure, but often reaching the summit is exhilarating. We've outlined 14 of the best summit hikes in SA.

Best Multi-day Hikes in South Australia

South Australia has many great hikes to undertake multi-day hikes on and camp out along the way, we've listed some great 2-3 day treks and 5 day treks below. Spend your days hiking and watch the sunset, sleeping in a tent and waking up to a chorus of birdlife on some of these spectacular hikes.

Best Lookouts on Hikes in SA

We’ve shortlisted some of the best hikes to take in views from lookouts. Hikes are a great way to grab some nature time, and lookouts are a great opportunity to pause and take life in.

Best Waterfall Hikes in South Australia

South Australia is a dry place, but there are still plenty of waterfalls. We've listed some of the best ones to access on hikes.

17 Short Walks on the Heysen Trail

The Heysen Trail stretches 1,200km from Cape Jervis to the Flinders Ranges. We've listed some of the great short hikes you can walk along the Heysen Trail, ranging from a few hours to a full day.

10 Great Bushwalks Accessible by Public Transport

Although so many bushwalks are best accessed by car, there are plenty of great hikes accessible by Adelaide Metro bus and train. Here's a list of 10 hikes.

9 Ways to Hike Up Mt Lofty

The well-known and popular Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty summit hike is good, but there are 7 other ways to hike up to the summit of Mt Lofty, outlined below. Some are gentler, some just as steep. Expect to see less people but more koalas and kangaroos.

2023 South Australian Billion Steps Challenge

Join the 2023 South Australian Billion Steps Challenge!

Every step counts and the more you move, the better you feel. Tracking steps is a great motivation to keep moving everyday which is why we are inviting South Australians to sign up for the fourth annual Billion Steps Challenge starting on 1 October.

Sign up for free and log your steps throughout October to help South Australia reach one billion steps by the end of the month. Can we beat last year’s effort and do it in less than 30 days?


The fundraising race where you set the pace

MyMarathon is your opportunity to help raise funds for lifesaving heart disease research, while challenging yourself to walk or run 42.2 km (or more) over hours, days or weeks during October.

You can do it on your own, or as part of a team with friends or colleagues.

Whatever the pace, we’ll be there to encourage you every step of the way – while you do your personal best for the people you care about.

MyMarathon is hosted by the Heart Foundation.

Find an Event

Throughout October there are plenty of walking events that are easy to join, including walks hosted by our walking club members, health bodies, local councils and walk-for-a-cause events.

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

Share the Message

Share the Message / Media Kit

Download and share some of the 7 social media tiles for promoting walking throughout Step into Spring. Anyone is welcome to use these images to promote walking.