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Hiking Expo 2018 - Opening of Bushwalking Season

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Get Out and Walk
Along with the cooler weather, comes the opportunity to get out and about in South Australia's marvellous environment and the opening of the Bushwalking Season.

To celebrate the opening of the season, Walking SA is holding a Hiking Expo on Sunday 15 April 2018 at Gums Oval, Belair National Park, Queens Jubilee Drive, Belair. Commencing at 9 am there are guided walks which are graded from easy through to hard and include child-friendly and accessible options.

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Walks will depart every 10 minutes from 9.30 am to 1 pm. A range of walk options are offered lasting from 45 minutes to 3 hours. The adventurous might undertake the Waterfalls Hike or those less adventurous the Wood Duck Walk. With 23 walks on offer, there is something to suit everyone. Join in a guided walk for a gold coin donation or secure a place on your chosen walk by booking online for $5 per person.

Two extended guided hikes (rated hard) are offered. Both walks are one way and the cost is $8 per person or $1 under 18.

Cemetery, Barr St Mitchum to Gums Oval

This walk is 5.5 kms and 2 hours in duration. Start time is 8 am from the Cemetery, Barr Avenue, Mitcham.

Colebrook Reconciliation Park to Gums Oval

This walk is 6.3 kms, 2 hours and is one way. Start time is 10 am from the Colebrook Reconciliation Park, Shepherds Hill Road, Eden Hills.

It is recommended that those wishing to participate in a walk, wear suitable footwear, carry snacks and water (1-2 litres per person), bring along basic first aid equipment (band-aids for blisters etc), hat and sunblock and any required medication. If there is a chance of rain please also bring a rain jacket or umbrella. Facilities will be available to refill water bottles.

For those who are interested but don't want to go for a walk, there will be over 30 exhibitors providing information about walking tours, trails and destinations along with outdoor retailers and walking clubs.

Refreshments such as bbq sausages, sandwiches, baked goods, cakes, fruit and coffee will be available.

Old Government House will be open on the day courtesy of the Friends of Old Government House. Several of the walks include the House and entry is by gold coin donation, with guided tours of the house and servants quarters available, and self-guided tours of the garden.

Entry to the expo is free. Although pets are allowed in the park, WalkingSA asks that you please do not bring your pets.

Limited car parking is available in multiple car parks around the expo site however public transport is encouraged.

Take the train to arrive at the Belair Railway Station. The Expo is a 15 minute walk from the station, follow the Expo trail markers. Further instructions can be found at the website.

By bus, take the 196 service from the city or 195 from Blackwood Interchange. Adelaide Metro's Plan My Journey will assist. Please input the address 'Gums Oval, Queens Jubilee Dr, Belair' to find the right service for you. Further instructions can be found at the website.

Come on out and explore South Australia's spectacular great outdoors.
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Why? Don't spend winter locked indoors, get out and walk!
When: Sunday 15 April 2018
Phone: 0457 006 620
Where: Gums Oval, Belair National Park, Queens Jubilee Drive, Belair
Cost: Free entry, various prices for walks
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