Pioneer Womens Trail Walk

Sunday 19 May 2019

The Pioneer Women’s Trail honours the early German women settlers in Hahndorf. The colony of South Australia was barely two years old in 1838, when the first ships arrived with Lutheran refugees from Prussia who were eager to build new lives free from religious persecution.

As soon as the first produce was ready the women of the village started what became a regular 35km trek on foot into Adelaide, carrying their wares. They left Hahndorf in the middle of the night, and arrived in the early morning at the stream in the foothills close to where Beaumont House now stands. There, the women refreshed themselves and rested briefly before continuing the walk to Adelaide.

Take up the challenge: Walk in the footsteps of German pioneer women and men, from Hahndorf to Beaumont House or shorter distances from Bridgewater, Stirling or Eagle on the Hill. Runners are also very welcome.

Commencing at The Hahndorf Institute, the route follows the main road out of Hahndorf, crossing the Onkaparinga River before joining the official trail at Verdun. The trail winds through Bridgewater, following Cox Creek part of the way. After traversing beautiful Mt George Conservation Park the trail detours through Stirling, with its many coffee shops. It continues through Crafers and Cleland Conservation Park, before joining the Old Bullock Track, finally emerging to stunning city views and the descent to Beaumont House in Burnside. Your family and friends can join you there and enjoy refreshments, music and tours of Beaumont House.