With the weather starting cool down in Autumn, it is the perfect time to get outdoors and explore some of the wonderful walking trails we have here in South Australia.
If you haven’t already seen the lovely mural (drawn by our talented Physiotherapist Steph) in the studio upstairs, our staff have chosen some of our favourite hikes to share with everyone!
Cape Torrens West
Located in KI (you can probably guess which staff member chose this one!) Cape Torrens lies 12.5 km east of Cape Borda and is a 200m high bedrock headland with near vertical cliffs. This trail can be accessed off Jump Road (which runs off Playford Highway) and will take you approximately in 1.5 hours each way! Walk through the wilderness until you reach that end which will reveal stunning coastlines that run along high cliffs.
Hallet Cove To Marino Boardwalk
The boardwalk runs along the rocky coastline between Marino and Hallett Cove, giving you the option to begin the walk at either end. This trail follows the cliff edge and is approximately 10km return consisting of boardwalk, lots of steps and pathways making it suitable for walking, jogging or running!
Wilpena Pound (Saint Mary Peak)
This is one for all of the keen hikers out there! Located in the Flinders Rangers, Saint Mary Peak is a 19km Circuit with a return time of approximately 9 hours. This is challenging circuit with steep terrains taking you to the summit of the Flinders Ranges highest mountain – St Mary Peak, standing at 1171m tall. A good option here is to turn it into a two day hike by camping at Cooinda Camp inside Wilpena Pound. The shorter option to Tanderra Saddle also affords spectacular views!
Mount Remarkable (Summit Loop- Northern & Southern Trail )
Also located in the Flingers Rangers, this is a moderately graded 13.8km hike which will take approximately 5 hours return. You can start the trail from the main street of Melrose and when walking across the scree slopes look out for the remains of a small plane that crashed here in 1980. There is also a second option trail called the Mt Remarkable Southern Summit Trail which starts 1km from the Monument Trailhead. The new trail allows people to walk to the summit as a loop, heading up one trail and returning via the other.
Be sure to check out and add your favourite hike to the wall during your next session!
– Written by Karen Hang