October 2018 is #walktoberSA

During the month of October we're celebrating walking with #walktoberSA.

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

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

Share your “view from my walk” photo via social media using the hashtag: #walktoberSA

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

Latest WalktoberSA News

Walktober might be ending, but there’s lots of places to walk and people to walk with

With the last day of October brings our Walktober SA celebration of walking to an end. We've loved seeing the places you've been walking and...

Winner of the three-day Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail experience

Thanks to everyone who entered our competition for a chance to win a Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail experience thanks to Sealink, the winner of the...

Winners of “View From My Walk” photo competition, week 4

The winners of our fourth and final week of the “view from my walk” photo competition, are: Instagram user @capturing_senses1 with his photo of their...

To walk, or to run?

To walk, or to run? Turns out it doesn't matter, as long as your activity is aerobic - in that it raises your heart rate...

Looking for a way to build walking into your weekly schedule?

Are you looking for a way to build walking into your weekly schedule? Don't be put off by the name Parkrun, walkers are always welcome...

Walking can transform your life, hear Bill’s story using walking to recover from a stroke

Walking can transform your life. Bill talks about how after suffering a stroke he felt pretty low, and to overcome how frustrated he felt he...

Bushwalks close to the city for evening hikes

With daylight savings short after-work hikes are a great way to get out and experience nature and the sunshine. We’ve updated our previous list to...

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...

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

The 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....

Week 4: 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...

Winners of “View From My Walk” photo competition, 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...

Keeping active can help you stay physically fit and mentally healthy

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...

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

Amelia writes of her family’s tradition of walking the Heysen Trail as a child - she was very much relunctant to do this, prefering to...

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...

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...

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

The winner of our second week of the “view from my walk” photo competition, is Instagram user thehikinglibrarian with a photo of her daughter and...

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

Living a healthy lifestyle through joining a Heart Foundation Walking group and good nutrition: one man's story of life with diabetes and rehabilitation.

2018 Walking Awards recognising contributions to walking in South Australia

In its third year, last night's annual awards at The Jade in Flinders St recognised sustained and outstanding contribution to walking at all levels throughout...

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.

Win a Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail experience

As part of WalktoberSA – a celebration of walking throughout October – we’re bringing you a chance to win a 3 day experience on the...

Winners of “View From My Walk” photo competition, 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...

Week 2: 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...

Bob’s story of walking from 160kg to one million steps

Bob Ueckert walked from 160kg to one million steps, finding a new lease on life through walking. Any walking is better than none at all,...

Walking faster may lead to a longer, healthier life

Walking faster may lead to a longer, healthier life. To improve your health you’ve got to huff and puff and step up the pace until...

Feeling stressed out? Go for a walk.

Feeling stressed out? Go for a walk. The positive effects of a single exposure to nature make us feel happier for up to 7 hours....

Best walks to see wildflowers and flowers in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

Explore some walking trails for see some of this Spring's native wildflowers or other flowers. We've listed some walking trails near Adelaide in the Adelaide...

Walking can transform your life, Bernie’s story of walking to a healthier life

Walking can improve your physical health and social connections. Bernie Victory talks about how getting involved in a charity walk led to losing weight, feeling...

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...

Event: Trails Less Travelled

Sunday 14 October 2018
Trails Less Travelled
Hike Mt Lofty from a different direction
All guided hikes begin at 10:30am Sunday 14 October 2018

Join one of our 15 walks. Guided hikes begin at 10:30am, and arrive at Mt Lofty summit 3-4 hours later at a walking expo in the summit forecourt.

Hiking Expo at Mt Lofty Summit
from 10:30am to 3:30pm Sunday 14 October 2018

Walking expo in the summit forecourt. Entry is free.

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.

Throughout October we're short listing some of the best walks. View the lists below, or view all walks (571).

Park of the Month, Shepherds Hill Recreation Park, May 2017

Shepherds Hill Recreation Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for May 2017. There are three great hikes in the park, and another good one that extends outside of the park into the adjacent Watiparinga Reserve walking to the old railway tunnel and viaduct.

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 Walks for Kids under 7 (updated)

There's plenty of short hikes that are great for kids under 7, with opportunities to explore nature and see wildlife.

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).

Park of the Month, Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park, September 2018

Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for September 2018. View 16 great hikes and trails in the park.

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.

Bushwalks close to the city for evening hikes

With daylight savings short after-work hikes are a great way to get out and experience nature and the sunshine. We’ve updated our previous list to add 20 more hikes, showcasing 45 short hikes which are close to Adelaide. All are an hour or two, up to three hours.

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.

Best walks to see wildflowers and flowers in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

Explore some walking trails for see some of this Spring's native wildflowers or other flowers. We've listed some walking trails near Adelaide in the Adelaide Hills, and in parks and reserves on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

12 Great Walks for Kids

There are some great trails and areas for children to explore on foot. We've shortlisted 12, suitable for children of different ages.

7 Great Hikes for Warm Days

Warmer days don't necessarily mean there are no opportunities for walking. Why not try one of these seven shorter hikes, and start off early in the morning.

Park of the Month, Belair National Park, October 2018

Belair National Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for October 2018. The park is close to Adelaide, nestled in the foothills. There are 8 hiking trails in the park, and another 2 hiking trails that pass through the park. The trails vary from Easy Walks to Hard Hikes. A couple of the Easy Walks are suitable for people of all abilities, including for wheelchair access, for those with mobility issues and for prams. The trails are of a high standard and are well marked.

Park of the Month
Flinders Chase National Park
October 2017

Flinders Chase National Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for October 2017. Experience the rugged wilderness with its iconic landmarks such as the world-famous Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Enjoy the park and its diverse wildlife on the network of walking trails. Trek the five day Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail on assisted day walks or camping out along the way. We've outlined 19 hikes and trails in the two parks

Best Overnight 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.

Park of the Month, 29 Walks and Trails across the Parks of Kangaroo Island, July 2018

The many parks of Kangaroo Island are the National Parks SA Park of the Month for July 2018. Kangaroo Island offers a variety of hikes and trails to explore the landscape and abundant wildlife. Across Kangaroo Island there are 7 national parks and conservation areas that have 29 walking trails: Flinders Chase National Park and […]

Park of the Month
Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park – Winaityinaityi Pangkara

Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park - Winaityinaityi Pangkara - is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for November 2017. The Adelaide Shorebirds Festival is celebrating this Park of the Month throughout November. You can also see some of the birds on some of the walking trails in the park, we've outlined 5 walks and trails to see some of the shorebirds and experience the unique coastal habitats.

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.

Park of the Month
Para Wirra Conservation Park

The park has recently been upgraded, with upgraded trails, a nature play area, upgraded picnic areas and a new camping area. Explore 13 hikes in the park, from wheelchair accessible trails to half day hikes.

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.

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 Walks for Kids 7-12yo (updated)

There are loads of great hikes around South Australia for kids aged 7 to 12, with opportunities to explore rock formations, big trees, caves, creeks, waterfalls and see wildlife. We've listed some of the best ones.

Park of the Month
Deep Creek Conservation Park

Deep Creek Conservation Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for March 2018. The park is has an extensive network of trails for hiking, camping in five campgrounds and views of the spectacular scenery of Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island and the rugged Deep Creek valley. We’ve outlined some of the best hikes […]

Nine new walking trails in Anstey Hill Recreation Park, Park of the Month

Anstey Hill Recreation Park is National Parks SA’s Park of the Month for March. The park has recently been upgraded as part of a $10.4m plan to upgrade and develop more walking and cycling trails, public toilets, barbecue and picnic areas, and playgrounds in national parks close to the Adelaide metropolitan area. There are now […]

Celebrate May’s History Festival with a Historical Walk

The History Festival is being celebrated throughout May. It promotes South Australia's wonderful places, stories and collections through a range of hundreds of history-related activities. Walking on a self-guided or guided tour of one of our historic towns or neighbourhoods is a great way to experience these places and stories. We've compiled a list of the best historical walks, just grab a brochure, map, or app to get started on your walk.

Park of the Month, Mount Remarkable National Park, June 2018

Mount Remarkable National Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for June 2017. The park has three focus areas from where you can start some great hikes and trails: Mambray Creek, Alligator Gorge and Melrose.

Best Hikes to See Wildlife in SA

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

Park of the Month, Sturt Gorge Recreation Park, August 2018

Escape the hustle and bustle of the nearby city and suburbs by venturing into Sturt Gorge. There are 19 marked trails in the park and Craigburn Farm Shared Trails network, with another half dozen in the adjacent Mitcham Trail Network (Zone 4, Blackwood Hill Reserve). Most of these trails are linear or return trails, but we've outlined two of the trails and four walking loop routes.

Park of the Month
Innes National Park

Innes National Park - is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for December 2017. We've outlined 8 walks and trails to experience the park. The park is a great destination for camping, fishing and short walks to coastal lookouts.

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.

20 Best Walks with Dogs 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 the best walks in Adelaide to walk your dog.

8 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.

Bushwalks Close to the City for Evening Walks

Now that daylight savings has started, short after-work bushwalks are a good evening activity. We've compiled a list of short hikes which are close to Adelaide.

Find an Event

Throughout October there are plenty of walking events that are easy to join, including ones 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.

  • Diabetes Australia Walk to Work Day, 2018
    Diabetes Australia Walk to Work Day, 2018
    Fri 5 Oct 2018

    People who walk before or during work are generally [...]

  • Operation Flinders Challenge
    Operation Flinders Challenge
    Sat 6 Oct 2018

    Designed as an endurance event, the Operation Flinders [...]

  • Curnows Hut to Raeville to Locks Ruin (End-to-End 10)
    Curnows Hut to Raeville to Locks Ruin (End-to-End 10)
    Sat 6 Oct 2018

    A walk by Friends of the Heysen Trail

  • Lavender Trail  Spring Gully CP to Clare (Trail Walker)
    Lavender Trail Spring Gully CP to Clare (Trail Walker)
    Sat 6 Oct 2018

    A walk by Friends of the Heysen Trail

  • Jenkins Scrub (Trail Starter)
    Jenkins Scrub (Trail Starter)
    Sun 7 Oct 2018

    A walk by Friends of the Heysen Trail

  • Kuitpo (Trail Walker)
    Kuitpo (Trail Walker)
    Sun 7 Oct 2018

    A walk by Friends of the Heysen Trail

  • Sir John Cleland Memorial Walks and Devonshire Tea – hosted by the Friends of Belair National Park
    Sir John Cleland Memorial Walks and Devonshire Tea – hosted by the Friends of Belair National Park
    8:30am Sun 7 Oct 2018 to 2:00pm

    Join the Friends of Belair National Park for one of the [...]

  • Free Guided Walks by the Friends of Belair National Park
    Free Guided Walks by the Friends of Belair National Park
    2:00pm Tue 9 Oct 2018 to 4:00pm

    The Friends of Belair National Park holds free guided [...]

  • Mental Health Wellness Walk – Port Adelaide
    Mental Health Wellness Walk – Port Adelaide
    Wed 10 Oct 2018

    Join the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia on [...]

  • Morialta Cons. Park (Trail Walker)
    Morialta Cons. Park (Trail Walker)
    Wed 10 Oct 2018

    A walk by Friends of the Heysen Trail

  • Walking Awards Presentation & AGM
    Walking Awards Presentation & AGM
    7:00pm Thu 11 Oct 2018

    The annual Walking SA Walking Awards are to recognise [...]

  • End to End Maintenance 2018 – 6 (End-to-End Maintenance)
    End to End Maintenance 2018 – 6 (End-to-End Maintenance)
    Fri 12 Oct 2018

    A walk by Friends of the Heysen Trail

  • Warren Gorge to Eyre Depot; Woolshed Flat to Quorn (End-to-End 9)
    Warren Gorge to Eyre Depot; Woolshed Flat to Quorn (End-to-End 9)
    Sat 13 Oct 2018

    A walk by Friends of the Heysen Trail

  • Adelaide Zombie Walk, Adelaide 2018
    Adelaide Zombie Walk, Adelaide 2018
    7:00pm Sat 13 Oct 2018 to 9:00pm

    The Adelaide Zombie Walk is fun, all ages, family [...]

  • Event – WalkingSA Mt Lofty (Trail Starter)
    Event – WalkingSA Mt Lofty (Trail Starter)
    Sun 14 Oct 2018

    A walk by Friends of the Heysen Trail

  • Inman Valley to Myponga (End-to-End 13)
    Inman Valley to Myponga (End-to-End 13)
    Sun 14 Oct 2018

    A walk by Friends of the Heysen Trail

  • Mt Lofty via Eagle on the Hill (Trail Walker)
    Mt Lofty via Eagle on the Hill (Trail Walker)
    Sun 14 Oct 2018

    A walk by Friends of the Heysen Trail

  • Trails Less Travelled – Hike Mt Lofty from a different direction
    Trails Less Travelled – Hike Mt Lofty from a different direction
    10:30am Sun 14 Oct 2018

    Guided hikes start at 10:30am Hiking Expo at summit [...]

  • Free Guided Walks by the Friends of Belair National Park
    Free Guided Walks by the Friends of Belair National Park
    2:00pm Sun 14 Oct 2018 to 4:00pm

    The Friends of Belair National Park holds free guided [...]

  • Locks Ruin to Bowman Park to Mt Zion (End-to-End 10)
    Locks Ruin to Bowman Park to Mt Zion (End-to-End 10)
    Sat 20 Oct 2018

    A walk by Friends of the Heysen Trail

  • Cudlee Creek Forest Sunset Dinner Walk
    Cudlee Creek Forest Sunset Dinner Walk
    Sat 20 Oct 2018

    This walk is an end of season social walk although that [...]

  • Montacute Heights to Cudlee Creek (End-to-End 12)
    Montacute Heights to Cudlee Creek (End-to-End 12)
    Sun 21 Oct 2018

    A walk by Friends of the Heysen Trail

  • Carrick Hill Meander (Trail Starter)
    Carrick Hill Meander (Trail Starter)
    Sun 21 Oct 2018

    A walk by Friends of the Heysen Trail

  • Horsnell Gully (Trail Walker)
    Horsnell Gully (Trail Walker)
    Sun 21 Oct 2018

    A walk by Friends of the Heysen Trail

  • A Hike in Para Wirra Conservation Park hosted by WEA Ramblers
    A Hike in Para Wirra Conservation Park hosted by WEA Ramblers
    9:30am Sun 21 Oct 2018 to 2:30pm

    Join the WEA Ramblers on this 15km hike through Para [...]

  • JDRF One Walk – Port Lincoln
    JDRF One Walk – Port Lincoln
    10:30am Sun 21 Oct 2018

    Each year, JDRF One Walks around the globe bring [...]

  • Walk In Her Shoes Challenge
    Walk In Her Shoes Challenge
    Mon 22 Oct 2018

    CARE's Walk In Her Shoes Challenge is an annual event [...]

  • Webb Gap to Burra Rd to Worlds End (End-to-End 11)
    Webb Gap to Burra Rd to Worlds End (End-to-End 11)
    Sat 27 Oct 2018

    A walk by Friends of the Heysen Trail

  • Kangaroo Island (5 days)
    Kangaroo Island (5 days)
    Sat 27 Oct 2018

    This walk is about repeating the little known though [...]

  • Step UP for Down syndrome
    Step UP for Down syndrome
    Sun 28 Oct 2018

    Step UP! celebrates the 13,000+ people in Australia [...]

  • Trailblazer by the Sea
    Trailblazer by the Sea
    Sun 28 Oct 2018

    A coastal walk or run (8km, 14km, 29km or 50km) from [...]

  • Walk for Prems
    Walk for Prems
    Sun 28 Oct 2018

    Each year thousands of babies are born premature or [...]

  • Mt Barker Summit (Trail Starter)
    Mt Barker Summit (Trail Starter)
    Sun 28 Oct 2018

    A walk by Friends of the Heysen Trail

  • Sturt Gorge and Craigburn Farm (Trail Walker)
    Sturt Gorge and Craigburn Farm (Trail Walker)
    Sun 28 Oct 2018

    A walk by Friends of the Heysen Trail

  • JDRF One Walk – Adelaide
    JDRF One Walk – Adelaide
    10:30am Sun 28 Oct 2018

    Each year, JDRF One Walks around the globe bring [...]

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