Love the outdoors? Make trail-walking part of your holiday. Try the Heysen Trail, Walk the Yorke or go hiking in the Flinders Ranges or a national park.
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From the coast to the Flinders Ranges, along the Murray River or through rugged wilderness on Kangaroo Island, South Australia is the place to get moving if you love to be active on your holidays.
From one of the world's greatest walking trails to a new wilderness trail on Kangaroo Island, you and your feet are set for an amazing adventure.
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail - Kangaroo Island
The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is a new experience offering multi-day walks through the Flinders Chase National Park - which is home to the iconic Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.
The 66-kilometre trail gives visitors access to one of the most rugged, remote and spectacular coastlines in Australia and this section of south-west Kangaroo Island is renowned for its rare and diverse wildlife, pristine bushland and sweeping coastal views.
There are five stages to the trail, from seven kilometres to 19 kilometres in length, with campground at the end of the first four stages. The trail passes through the Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area and Kelly Hill Conservation Park. For more information and bookings visit Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail.
Before you go, check out this list of 10 things you might see on the trail, which opened to the public on Oct 1, 2016.
Walk the Yorke covers 500 kilometres of continuous walking and cycling leisure trails around the Yorke Peninsula.
Walk The Yorke - Yorke Peninsula
With more than 500 kilometres of continuous shared walking and cycling leisure trail, you can explore Yorke Peninsula's coastline from Port Wakefield to Moonta Bay. 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.
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. Join the trail at any point along its journey and enjoy a section as 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.
If you don't want to go it alone, 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.
The Arkaba Walk adds luxury experiences on to the classic Aussie 'bush walk'.
The 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 and a private wilderness sanctuary, where you'll be immersed in the story of the land. Join the tour from Adelaide and you'll also be able to experience the beautiful Clare Valley wine region and quaint outback towns.
Murray River Walk - Riverland
The Murray River Walk is a four day, three night guided walking tour which allow you to explore 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.
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.
Twelve kilometres from Adelaide, the Yurrebilla Trail is a cultural and environmental discovery walk. The trail links Belair National Park to Black Hill Conservation Park.
There are numerous hikes around the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. 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 heritage trail at Echunga. You’ll see the relics of the region’s gold rush days. Take the Yurridla Aboriginal 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. Buy the Burra Heritage Passport Key from the Burra Visitor Centre. It gives you access to eight historic sites, including the Monster Mine, Redruth Gaol, Unicorn Brewery Cellars and the Dugouts.
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