Love the outdoors? Make trail walking part of your getaway. Try the Heysen Trail, Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail or go hiking in the Flinders Ranges.
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, Kangaroo Island
The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail passes some of the most rugged, remote and spectacular coastlines in Australia. This section of south-west Kangaroo Island in Flinders Chase National Park is renowned for its rare and diverse wildlife, pristine bushland and sweeping coastal views.
There are five stages to the 66-kilometre trail with campgrounds at the end of the first four stages. The trail passes through the Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area and Kelly Hill Conservation Park; the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Visit Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
for more information and bookings. Check out this list of 10 things you might see on the trail
Where to find it:
The starting point is at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre
, Kangaroo Island - a 35 minute flight from Adelaide and 1 hour drive from Kingscote Airport.
The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail passes through Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island.
Walk The Yorke, Yorke Peninsula
The Walk the Yorke Leisure Trail is made up of more than 500 kilometres of continuous shared walking and cycling trails from Port Wakefield to Moonta Bay on the Yorke Peninsula.
With coastal trails and town walks, choose from short walks or a day walk, or a multi-day walk. The hero walks of Walk The Yorke are those recommended by the designers and developers of the trail and have some of the best scenery and walking experiences.
Where to find it: Starting point is Port Wakefield, about 2 hours drive from Adelaide.
Walk the Yorke covers 500 kilometres of continuous walking and cycling leisure trails around the Yorke Peninsula.
Heysen Trail, Fleurieu Peninsula to Flinders Ranges
The 1,200 kilometre Heysen Trail is the longest trail walk in Australia, extending from Cape Jervis on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges. Best explored in winter, join the trail at any point. Enjoy a series of half-day walks or complete the entire trail as a 60-day hiking adventure. Inexperienced hikers should stick to the sections of the trail closer to Adelaide and the south coast.
Join a guided tour with Walks with Nature, which takes you past rugged coastlines, through native forests, rich farmland, vineyards and historic towns on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Aside from the Heysen Trail, the guides at Walks with Nature also offer tours into Deep Creek Conservation Park.
Where to find it: Starting point is Cape Jervis, about 1 hour, 40 minutes drive from Adelaide.
Explore they Heysen Trail from South Australia's south coast to the Flinders Ranges.
Arkaba Walk, Flinders Ranges
The Arkaba Walk is redefining the classic Aussie 'bush walk', adding luxury touches to a four-day private hike in the Flinders Ranges. The 45-kilometre guided tour passes through an ever-changing landscape, including Wilpena Pound and 40,000 acres of Arkaba's private wildlife conservancy. The walk is an opportunity to share with just a privileged few one of Australia's most spectacular outback landscapes.
Join the tour from Adelaide and you'll also be able to experience the beautiful Clare Valley wine region and quaint outback towns.
Where to find it: Arkaba is in the Flinders Ranges, about 4 and a half hours drive from Adelaide.
Join a private, guided tour of the Arkaba Walk, Flinders Ranges.
Murray River Walk, Riverland
The Murray River Walk is a four day, three night guided walking tour which allow you to explore the great outdoors and the unique creek, floodplain and wetland environments of the Murray River, in the Riverland region.
You'll see a sunrise from the famous Headings Cliffs, walk through century-old river red gum trees and enjoy a well-earned sleep on a luxury houseboat that travels each day to the walking destination. The 40-kilometre walking tour ends with cruising and lunching at the Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery on the banks of the Murray River.
Where to find it: The starting point is Renmark, in the Riverland, about 3 hours drive from Adelaide.
Join a Murray River Walk tour along the Murray River, in the Riverland.
But wait...there's more to see and do, on bike or foot
The 250-kilometre Kidman Trail takes walkers, cyclists and horse riders along farm routes, dirt roads and forest tracks from the Fleurieu Peninsula to the Clare Valley.
A short drive from Adelaide, the Yurrebilla Trail is a cultural and environmental discovery walk through the Adelaide Hills, linking Belair National Park and Black Hill Conservation Park.
There are numerous hikes around the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park
- about 5 and a half hours drive from Adelaide.
The Brachina Gorge Geological Trail is a 20-kilometre self-guided trail that passes through 130 million years of the earth's history. Trail signage provides an insight into past climates, the formation of the ranges and the evolution of early life forms.
Revisit the 1860s and walk the Jupiter Creek Gold Diggings Trail at Echunga. You’ll see the relics of the region’s gold rush days. Take the Yurridla Trail in Cleland National Park for an Indigenous perspective on the Adelaide Hills’ Dreamtime stories.
Burra’s Heritage Passport Trail is the only way to see what was once Australia’s biggest copper mine in Burra. Buy a key from the Burra Visitor Centre, located about 2 hours drive from Adelaide. It gives you access to eight historic sites, including the Monster Mine, Redruth Gaol, Unicorn Brewery Cellars and the Dugouts.
See the list below for even more trails to explore around South Australia - including underwater trails. Visit Trails SA for an extensive list of all trails in South Australia.
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