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Here you will find information on the various walking trails in Adelaide Hills. Choose your area of interest below:
BANKSA NATURE TRAIL
The BankSA Nature Trail, in the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, is a popular self guiding walk which winds through a 7ha area of natural scrub where you can discover native plants and animals in a managed but natural setting. The plants and animals on the trail vary with the season making it an interesting place to revisit at different times of the year. The bird life is remarkable.
The trail is an official alternative route for the Heysen Trail and is 850 m long and drops about 100 m, very steeply in some places. Good walking shoes are essential and care should be taken at all times, particularly in wet weather.
Ten points of interest are marked along the trail by numbered posts and a complementary brochure is available at the start to help you find them and explain the ecology of the area. The trail can be started at either end and takes about one hour to walk.
The major over storey of the trail is Messmate stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua), the main tree of the Piccadilly Valley. At the turn of the century the whole valley was clear-felled with the exception of a few individual trees. The timber was harvested for use in the copper mines at Kanmantoo and as firewood in the factories of Adelaide.
Since then some parts of the valley have regenerated and, with the exception of competition from weeds and interruption by fire, a second generation forest has grown. As you walk the BankSA Nature Trail you will discover the secrets of the understorey of this Eucalypt forest.
There are also Free 90min guided walks in the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden that leave from the lower car park off Lampert Road.
10.30 am every Thursday in Spring (September, October and November)
10.30 am every Thursday in Autumn (March, April and May)
MACCLESFIELD HISTORIC WALK
This easy Adelaide Hills walk travels through the historic town of Macclesfield, passing by 38 sites of historical significance, including the Post Office, cemetery and dairy factory, taking approximately 40 minutes. Further info from District Council of Mount Barker - Phone (08) 8391 1633.
PIONEER WOMEN'S TRAIL
This medium Adelaide Hills trail follows the traditional path travelled by early European settlers who walked to Adelaide from Hahndorf to sell fresh produce. The 22 km trail follows country roads, laneways and bush tracks. The trail starts at Silver Road, Verdun and ends at Brock Reserve, Beaumont passing through Cleland Conservation Park. Further info from Walking SA - Phone (08) 8361 2491.
LAVENDER FEDERATION TRAIL MURRAY BRIDGE
This medium 105 km Murraylands Federation Trail traverses the south-eastern flanks of the Mt Lofty Ranges, starting in Murray Bridge and winding through diverse countryside to the township of Springton. At a secluded place known as Diggers Rest, near Harrogate, a short spur track of 1km connects to the trail at a point 2km below Mt Beevor (55km from Murray Bridge). The trail meanders past historic railyards, river wetlands, rugged gorges, forests, vast farming lands and the Monarto Zoological Park. Detailed maps of the trail are available from local tourist information centres and outdoor shops. Further info from Murray Bridge Visitor Information Centre, 3 South Tce, Murray Bridge - Phone (08) 8539 1142.
HAHNDORF STATE HERITAGE AREA WALK
An easy walk down the main street of historic Hahndorf - the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia. It is one of the few Australian towns with a significant number of buildings which reflect a distinctive German character. Walkers should contact the Department for Environment & Heritage to obtain a copy of the interpretive brochure which identifies the direction of the trail - Phone (08) 8204 1910.
Goolwa to Victor Harbour. This easy to moderate 29.5km trail (approx. 10 hours) can be broken up into shorter sections to suit individual abilities. On Sundays and during school holidays the bikeway can be combined with the Cockle Train. Fantastic views of the coast with many locations to stop and explore along the way including cafes, parks and historic towns of Middleton and Pt Elliot. Maps available free from Goolwa Tourist Information Centre - Phone (08) 8555 3488 or Victor Harbour Visitor Information Centre - Phone (08) 8551 0777.
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