What better way to explore the diverse native flora and fauna of South Australia than by lacing up your boots and heading out on a hike? Journey through rugged coastlines on clifftops, trek through red dirt and bushland, and take in the views of the state’s stunning scenery!
The Mount Barker Summit Walking Trail is a perfect place to begin, with this family-friendly favourite an easy 250 metres long and located in the rolling Adelaide Hills. Complete with picnic areas and a kid’s cubby, this peaceful bush stroll is sprawled across significant cultural, historical and geological land. Mount Barker Summit is home to conservation areas protecting threatened native animals and plants, and is considered one of the most important sites to Adelaide’s Peramangk and Ngarrindjeri peoples. Appreciate the lush greenery atop the summit, and listen to the wind blow through the gum leaves.
For those who are already keen hikers and want to see more of South Australia’s impressive and vast landscape, there’s plenty of intermediate trails to satisfy your growing hobby! For an immersive bush experience, navigate the famous Flinders Ranges with the Arkaba Walk. Over three days, let an expert guide you through 60,000 acres of spectacular jagged peaks, abundant bushland, and wide, outback plains. The Arkaba walking safari will see you visit 1000-year-old red gums and learn more about the area’s rich Indigenous history.
If you’re a veteran hiker, or just someone up for a challenge, then Australia’s longest walking trail, the Heysen Trail, is the place to be! Stretching a whopping 1200 kilometres across some of South Australia’s most jaw-dropping scenery, the Heysen Trail is certainly not for the faint of heart. Choose short daytrips of varying difficulties to experience pockets of South Australia’s rural beauty, or opt for a testing 60 days on the full trek from the Fleurieu Peninsula to the Flinders Ranges.
To read more about South Australia’s best hikes, check out the Autumn 2022 edition of Caravanning Australia!
Image: The Cliffs (C) South Australian Tourism Commission.