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40 Great South Australian Short Walks

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Published December 11th 2016
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Short of time and tired of pounding the local pavement in order to realise your daily walk goal? Perhaps looking for inspiration from waterfalls or creeks or rivers or secret waterholes? Or do vineyards, tall forests and coastal bushes tempt ?

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Waterfall Gully - Steve Hudson


South Australia is blessed with an amazing network of great walking trails from the City to the Outback. With landscapes ranging from rolling hills, to dramatic coastline and rugged outback ranges, many of the trails have interesting stories to tell about the country, wildlife and history along the way.

40 Great South Australian Short Walks, Top Adelaide Walks, Best Adelaide Walks, Best Walks, Top Walks, Great Walks, Short Walks, Walks to do in Adelaide, Things to do in Adelaide
Yorke Peninsula - Steve Hudson


In a job that would leave many of us with envy, Trails SA has explored most parts of South Australia to document this network of trails, and has compiled a list of the 40 Great South Australian Short Walks that vary in difficulty and length from a 45-minute gentle ramble to a five hour physical challenge.

40 Great South Australian Short Walks, Top Adelaide Walks, Best Adelaide Walks, Best Walks, Top Walks, Great Walks, Short Walks, Walks to do in Adelaide, Things to do in Adelaide
Kangaroo Island - Steve Hudson


Extensive and easily visible signage has been placed at each of the walk sites providing visitors with relevant information regarding distance, time, terrain and also a map of the walk. In addition, the list has now been published into a small pocket-sized booklet with some additional photos and a short description of each walk. Separated into ten different regions of SA, the walks are :

Adelaide
1. First Falls Valley Walk (1.6km)
2. First Falls Plateau Hike (2.5km)
3. Botanic Garden Ramble (2km)
4. Hallett Cove Glacier Hike (3km)
5. Torrens Linear Park Walk (10km)

40 Great South Australian Short Walks, Top Adelaide Walks, Best Adelaide Walks, Best Walks, Top Walks, Great Walks, Short Walks, Walks to do in Adelaide, Things to do in Adelaide
First Falls - Steve Hudson


Adelaide Hills
6. Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Hike (7km)
7. Waterfall Hike (6.5km)
8. Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens (1.7km)

40 Great South Australian Short Walks, Top Adelaide Walks, Best Adelaide Walks, Best Walks, Top Walks, Great Walks, Short Walks, Walks to do in Adelaide, Things to do in Adelaide
Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens - Steve Hudson


Barossa
9. Devils Nose Hike (2.2km)
10. Victoria Hill Hike (1.4km)
11. Hale Hike (4km)

Clare Valley
12. Bundaleer Forest Conservator's Trail (4.6km)
13. Riesling Trail (22km)

40 Great South Australian Short Walks, Top Adelaide Walks, Best Adelaide Walks, Best Walks, Top Walks, Great Walks, Short Walks, Walks to do in Adelaide, Things to do in Adelaide
Riesling Trail - Steve Hudson


Eyre Peninsula
14. Stamford Hill Hike (1.0km)
15. Coffin Bay Oyster Walk (24km)

40 Great South Australian Short Walks, Top Adelaide Walks, Best Adelaide Walks, Best Walks, Top Walks, Great Walks, Short Walks, Walks to do in Adelaide, Things to do in Adelaide
Stamford Hill - Steve Hudson


Fleurieu Peninsula
16. Kaiki Walk (1.5km)
17. Black Swamp Walk (3km)
18. Godfrey's Landing Walk (3km)
19. Talisker Silver Lead Mine Hike (3km)
20. Sundews Ridge Hike (4km)
21. Deep Creek Cove Hike (6km)

40 Great South Australian Short Walks, Top Adelaide Walks, Best Adelaide Walks, Best Walks, Top Walks, Great Walks, Short Walks, Walks to do in Adelaide, Things to do in Adelaide
Kaiki Walk - Steve Hudson


Flinders Ranges and Outback
22. Wirrabara Forest Old Nursery Walk (3km)
23. Alligator Gorge Walk (2km)
24. Yuluna Hike (8km)
25. Mount Ohlssen Bagge Hike (6km)
26. Mount Remarkable Hike (12km)
27. The Dutchmans Stern Hike (10km)
28. Blinman Pools (12km)

40 Great South Australian Short Walks, Top Adelaide Walks, Best Adelaide Walks, Best Walks, Top Walks, Great Walks, Short Walks, Walks to do in Adelaide, Things to do in Adelaide
Dutchman's Stern - Steve Hudson


Kangaroo Island
29. Snake Lagoon Hike (3km)
30. Weirs Cove Hike (3km)

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Weirs Cove Hike - Steve Hudson


Limestone Coast
31. Journey to Gold Walk (2km)
32. Piccaninnie Ponds Outlet Walk (2km)
33. Café Buffon Walk (3km)
34. Dry Creek Trail (5km)
35. Coola Outstation Historical Walk (9km)

Riverland
36. Border Cliffs Customs House Wetland Walk (4km)
37. Whistler Walk (6km)
38. Banrock Station Wetland Boardwalk Trail (8km)

Yorke Peninsula
39. Thomson-Pfitzner Plaster Hike (7km)
40. Stenhouse Bay Lookout Hike (2km)

40 Great South Australian Short Walks, Top Adelaide Walks, Best Adelaide Walks, Best Walks, Top Walks, Great Walks, Short Walks, Walks to do in Adelaide, Things to do in Adelaide
Stenhouse Bay - Steve Hudson


The majority of the walks are loops with walkers enjoying different views the full way around. And for different perspectives on each of these walks, they can be walked in different seasons and at most times of the day thus giving you a chance to also get a glimpse of that perfect sunrise or sunset. All walks are family friendly, and kids are encouraged to also get out and be active.

40 Great South Australian Short Walks, Top Adelaide Walks, Best Adelaide Walks, Best Walks, Top Walks, Great Walks, Short Walks, Walks to do in Adelaide, Things to do in Adelaide
Sunset - Steve Hudson


The 40 Great South Australian Short Walks booklet is available online or can be picked up from selected fitness stores or walking clubs throughout Adelaide.
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Your Comment
I love my daily walk along the linear park but always with my dog. I could not walk without her. So, which of the 40 walks permit a dog to be taken on a leash?
by ccree (score: 0|5) 365 days ago
Excellent article, Steve, I think you have it totally covered! Love your photos!
by Elaine (score: 3|4448) 367 days ago
Thanks Steve - I had no idea there were so many stunning walks in SA!
by Lucy (score: 3|1145) 366 days ago
Merry Christmas Steve..it is people like your good self that S.A Tourism need...thanks for the articles during the year...you have done it again as Mr.Magoo would say!
by noelp (score: 3|1166) 364 days ago
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