Local walks -There is something for everyone!
There is nothing quite like getting out in nature and going for a walk. Not only is it good for the soul, it’s also important for your health! Walking has many benefits such as improving your mood, helping you lose weight and slashing your risk of chronic disease.
Whether you like getting out on a beautiful sunny day or heading down the beach whilst it’s stormy to watch the waves crash, there are plenty of walks in the area for you to choose from.
Hallett Cove Boardwalk
This clifftop walk between Marino and Hallett Cove is 5.1km one way and takes about 90 minutes. As the trail follows the cliffs edge it descends numerous gullies, so there are plenty of steps along the way. This walk is definitely not for beginners.
O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park
Consisting of mainly grassy hills and gullies with some trees, this 6km circuit takes around 90 minutes to complete. Dogs are also welcome in the park. There aren’t any signed trails or tracks, but the park can be entered through numerous gates along the way.
Onkaparinga National Park
There are so many walks to choose from in the Onkaparinga National Park. There are walks for the experienced bush walkers, abseiling or rock climbing for the adventure seekers or easier walks for a nice day out with the family. If adventure if what you’re seeking, check out the Onkaparinga Gorge. Or if you would prefer easy-going with the family, the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park is probably more for you.
Belair National Park
This beautiful National Park also offers many walk options. If you are wanting to head out for a nice easy leisurely stroll, then the Valley Loop Hike would be a good pick. This walk is 3km and takes approximately 1 hour. Or if you are looking for something a bit more challenging then the Adventure Loop trail is good for walkers and trail runners. Exploring far reaches of the park, this trail is 12.6km long and takes around 6.5 hours.
Coast to Vines Trail
Coming in at 35km one way, this trail stretches all the way from the train station at Marino Rocks to Willunga. Following an old rail way corridor, this walk has raised embankments and is bitumised in most places. If you are wanting something shorter, the trail between McLaren Vale and Willunga is 14km return. This part of the trail is known as The Shiraz Trail and is a much flatter more scenic walk, with views of vineyards and wineries. This part of the walk is so flat, it can be considered wheelchair friendly.
So whether you just like going for a casual stroll or you are an experienced hiker, there are plenty of beautiful local walks to choose from. So get out there!