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Pioneer Women's Trail Walk: Hahndorf to Beaumont House

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Come and party at the Heritage Harvest Festival
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Taking a Break on the Bullock Track From Hahndorf (All Images Supplied)


The Pioneer Women's Trail honours the early Hahndorf settlers who supplied Adelaide with fresh produce at a time when most food had to be imported into South Australia. Our state was less than three years old when the Zebra arrived in 1839 with Lutheran refugees from Europe, who wanted to build new lives free from persecution. More than 50 families found land to settle in the picturesque Onkaparinga Valley near Mount Barker.

Within weeks the women and girls started making regular trips on foot to Adelaide, carrying baskets of vegetables and dairy produce for the hungry residents. They had to leave the village at midnight to walk 35km along rough bush trails and ancient Peramangk tracks. They stopped briefly in the early hours of the morning to refresh themselves at a stream in the foothills near Beaumont House.

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The Pioneer Women's Trail Walk Start at Hahndorf


After selling their goods and buying supplies such as sewing thread, needles, sugar, tea and tobacco for the men, they walked back up the hill to Hahndorf. The women also carried two bricks each for building their church. This way of supplying Adelaide with food continued until the late 1850s.

As part of South Australia's History Festival the National Trust of South Australia have organised an opportunity for you to re-enact the Pioneer Women's Trail Walk, following it as closely as possible.

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Enjoy the Heritage Harvest Festival at Beaumont House


This annual walk retraces the women's steps over 26 km from Hahndorf to Beaumont. The walk finishes in the beautiful garden setting at Beaumont House at the Heritage Harvest Festival. Walkers (free) and other visitors ($10) can enjoy a range of freshly harvested produce from local producers, live music, Devonshire teas and other food stalls.

The walk starts at 8.30am from the Hahndorf Institute. Buses are available from Beaumont House to transport walkers from Beaumont to the Hahndorf start. You can also choose to do a shorter walk by starting at three other points (Bridgewater, 19km, starting at 9.30am; Stirling, 12km, starting at 11am and Eagle on the Hill, 6km, starting at 11.15am.)

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Fun Things to Do in Adelaide: The Pioneer Women's Walk


Buses service all starting points and there is a return bus to Hahndorf departing Beaumont House at 3pm. All walkers receive a goodie bag at the end of the walk and enjoy free admission to the Heritage Harvest Festival. Walker registration is $20 per person, or $15 for groups of five or more. Bus fare is $10 per person one way. To register for this year's walk and bus travel, click here.

For more information about the event, click here, call the National Trust on 0451 030 357 or email bookings@nationaltrustsa.org.au.

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Why? Take the challenge that pioneer women faced
When: From 8.30am
Where: Hahndorf
Cost: Varies
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