The top five walking spots in Adelaide

With mid-semester break upon us, it’s the perfect time to have a change of scenery and go for a walk in one of the many picturesque places that Adelaide has to offer. (Image source: Eva Blandis).

By Eva Blandis | @BlandisEva

Despite being a small city, Adelaide has a lot to offer. With beaches and hills close by, there are a plethora of places you can go walking or hiking. As an avid walker, I love finding new and exciting places to go; a change of scenery and a beautiful view can do wonders for your state of mind. By sharing some of my favourite walking spots, I hope that more Adelaideans will take advantage of the amazing places in our city.

Morialta Conservation Park

Morialta Falls at the end of the Valley Walk (Image source: Walking SA).

I sometimes find it hard to choose somewhere new to go walking in winter, so Morialta Conservation Park is always my go-to. It’s about a five-minute drive from UniSA’s Magill Campus and is easy to get to. While there’s lots of parking, it can be challenging to find a space on a sunny day (so give yourself some extra time to find one). No matter what route you take, you always get a glimpse of the fantastic Morialta Falls. With trails ranging from easy to hard, you have many choices, and the spectacular falls are well and truly worth the hike.  

Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Summit

Waterfall Gully is similar to Morialta Conservation Park, as you also get to see an incredible waterfall. Although Waterfall Gully only has two trails, it is still worth visiting, especially in winter when the waterfall is flowing. A short hike takes you to the Second Falls, but if you want some exercise, you have the option to hike up to Mt Lofty Summit. While it’s a challenging trek, there is no better feeling than reaching the top. This is something  I haven’t done for a long time, but I am looking forward to doing it soon so I can enjoy the breathtaking view at the top.

West Beach to Henley Beach

A stroll from West Beach to Henley is one of the most serene walks in Adelaide, and unlike the other spots on this list, you can take your dog along with you! My little Moodle Dottie is very adventurous and loves walking along the sea; so during summer, I’ll often make the short drive to West Beach. If you go around lunchtime, you can take a break once you reach Henley Beach and grab something to eat at one of the many cafés along the coast. And if the walk up to Henley Beach isn’t satisfying enough, you can always continue on to Grange where you’ll find a charming old-fashioned jetty and the acclaimed Grange Hotel.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Adelaide Botanic Gardens during winter (Image Source: Eva Blandis).

The Adelaide Botanic Gardens aren’t the place to go if you want a hike, but they’re perfect if you’re looking to take a breather from work or study. The gardens are beautiful throughout the year, but I find walking through them most enjoyable in autumn and winter when the leaves are red and yellow. With plenty of cafes situated within, you always have the option to grab a coffee or a bite-to-eat during your walk; and you can also learn about Australian flora and fauna by taking one of their free guided tours (although you’ll have to wait until COVID-19 restrictions are eased).

Mt Osmond Reserve  

View of Adelaide from Mt Osmond (Image source: Grace Heaslip).

Mt Osmond is another walking spot with many different trails depending on what type of hike you’re after. It is quite similar to some of the other hikes I have mentioned, and the view of Adelaide always makes the journey worthwhile. Although I haven’t walked all of the trails yet, the Beaumont Circuit is currently my personal favourite. It is challenging yet rewarding and always leaves me with a sense of accomplishment.

Whether you’re dealing with stress or boredom, walking is a great way to relax. Instead of strolling around your neighbourhood, it is a great idea to try new trails and places. If you’re like me, the thought of an arduous hike can be a drag; but if you go to any of these beautiful places, I promise that you’ll be distracted from all the exercise you’re doing!

Happy walking!

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