South Australian walking experiences

Choose Big Heart Adventures for your South Australian walking and hiking experiences in South Australia. With so many trails to explore, walking in SA is one of the best ways to recharge mentally and experience our native wildlife, birdlife and flora. Many of our trails are in nearby National Parks close to Adelaide’s CBD. Others are throughout regional SA and provide diverse walking experiences. Regions from outback Flinders Ranges in the north through to the Limestone Coast in the south for instance.

Whether you are looking for a comfortable day walk or the challenge of a multi-day trek, South Australia can provide. Our easy walking urban and coastal strolls within metropolitan Adelaide are a perfect introduction for beginners. Then there is the long hiking adventures such as the 1200km Heysen Trail for experienced trekkers.

We specialise in guided walking tours and self-guiding packages. These will get you out and walking in South Australia. We also design our tours to provide you the best South Australian walking experience. We mix in trails from areas known only by locals for example. In addition, our group sizes are small which means our walks are relaxed and we look after the environment.

If you have always wanted to bushwalk but lack the confidence to go it alone, then join us. Our  leaders carry a group first-aid kit, emergency communications device, emergency documentation and equipment. Or if you are looking to challenge yourself we provide the means to reach your walking goals.

Walking Destinations

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Heysen Trail

The full Heysen trail is a long distance hiking route covering 1200km. It starts in Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula and extends north to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges. It passes through some of South Australia’s most breath-taking landscapes. We offer many opportunities to experience this trail. These vary from day walks to large sections experienced over 1 to 2 weeks.

Adelaide Region (Kaurna)

There are many wonderful National Parks, Conservation Parks, and Forest Reserves that surround Adelaide. Each destination offers varying terrain and unique experiences. The trails we choose include many that only the local residents know of, so they are quiet. Allowing time to connect with nature and spot wildlife. During the the cooler months we hike on bush trails, and in summer we head to urban and coastal areas.

Flinders Ranges(Nukunu/Ikara)

The gorgeous Flinders Ranges is one of Australia best walking destinations. In the north you have Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park and the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. These northern reaches are home to Wilpena Pound. In the south you have many Conversation Parks to explore plus the Mount Remarkable National Park. These parks showcase many rocky gorges. We choose to walk on a variety of trails in both the north and south Flinders Ranges. Some of these are less travelled but equally spectacular.

Kangaroo Island (Karta)

Kangaroo Island is described as Australia’s Galapagos Islands. This is largely due to the symphony of wildlife and stunning natural features that can be found along The Wilderness Trail. The trail starts in the Flinders Chase National Park, where there are many other walking opportunities. Famous natural landmarks such as Admiral’s Arch and Remarkable Rocks are an easy walk away.

Clare Valley (Ngadjuri)

Walk amongst world famous vine yards. Or follow bush trails through nearby Conservation Parks. Both offering amazing views of this picturesque region. Our packages showcase the best walking with opportunities to sample local produce along the way.

Yorke Peninsula (Narungga)

Some of the best coastal walking can be found in South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. Especially the Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park.  This southern region is home to rugged coastlines, quiet sandy beaches, local wildlife, culture and history. The peninsula also has the Walk The Yorke trail. This is a 500km trail that links all the coastal towns. We have been visiting this region for many years. As such we offer a variety of walking options on the Yorke Peninsula.

Limestone Coast/South East (Boandik/Gariwerd)

Coastal walks and bushland trails with sinkholes and volcanic craters. The landscape in this region is truly unique. Experience trails through bushland, coastal reserves, and forestry plantations. Victoria’s Lower Glenelg National Park and the Grampians National Park are near the South Australian border. For this reason we also group our adventures to these locations under this destination.

Barossa Valley (Ngadjuri)

The Barossa Valley is best known for its wine. However there are a number of bush trails perfect for walking that are near by. One such trail is the Heysen Trail, which passes through on its way to the Flinders Ranges. Walking this section of the Heysen Trail forms one of our packages for example. This and our other packages showcase the best walking and opportunities to sample local produce along the way.

Fleurieu Peninsula (Kaurna/Ngarrindjeri)

The rugged beauty of the Deep Creek Conservation Park highlights walking in this region. This park provides spectacular scenery of Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island and the Deep Creek Valley. Also, a section of the famous Heysen Trail passes through this region.

Riverland (Erawirung/Ngarrindjeri)

The mighty Murray River slowly winds it way through South Australia. Creating wonderful walking experiences through the Riverland district.


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