in South Australia by Jenny Brewer
Australia offers amazing diversity and breathtaking beauty in every direction.
For the nature lover you can choose from the large number of sprawling
parks surrounding the city of Adelaide to the vast Flinders Ranges that
are a bushwalkers dream. Head to the Peninsulas for some coastal views
or relax in the Barossa Valley. Whatever destination
you choose, your hire car will give you the freedom to enjoy your walking
holiday to the maximum.
is known for its green parks, and one of the closest is the Black Hill
Conservation Park which has a number of walking trails and viewpoints that
make the trip worthwhile. Bring a picnic as there are a number of great
picnic spots dotted around the park. Close to twenty kilometres south from
the city is the Cleland Conservation Park, which offers guided walks at
dusk to see the native animals at their best. There are plenty of tracks
here, one heading to Waterfall Gully which is especially majestic during
the rainy season. Eagle on the Hill is a more strenuous walk with fantastic
Morialta Conservation Park is a must, with plenty of walking tracks, three
beautiful waterfalls and spectacular views. Only ten kilometres east from
the city, it is perfect for a day trip and relaxing picnic.
largest park located forty kilometres from the city is known for its native
animals, deep gorge, river system and of course fantastic bushwalking tracks.
The Onkaparinga National park is an obvious choice for those who don't
have the time to visit the Flinders Ranges, but would still like a taste
of its remote beauty. Throughout the walks you will come across colourful
orchids, plenty of grey kangaroos and an abundant species of birdlife,
and there are plenty of great picnic spots. With the Mt Lofty ranges as
a fitting backdrop you will want to spend more than a day here.
Flinders Range National Park is one of the most popular regions for bushwalkers,
who travel here from all over the globe. The combination of mountains,
gorges, wildlife and lush vegetation is perfect for an escape walking holiday.
You will be enthralled by the birdlife, including majestic wedge-tailed
eagles, as well as the grey kangaroos which dominate this area. Wilpena
Pound is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with plenty of
bushwalking tracks and ideal for photographers. Edeowie and Brachina Gorges
also are incredible for walking, as well as the Bunyeroo and Aroona Valleys.
The Heysen Trail is the most well known walking track that runs from Cape
Jervis in the south to the centre of the Flinders Ranges. At 1500 kilometres
you need to be well travelled to complete the journey, but you can enjoy
the walk in stretches. There are plenty of campsites in the ranges to use
as a base while you enjoy the surrounding beauty.
the north of the Ranges and located west from Arkaroola, the Gammon Ranges
are ideal for the experienced bushwalker only. You can camp in the park
but you will need to stick to the track as you will come across plenty
of steep terrain and cliff faces. Its remoteness and untouched wilderness
is a drawcard for many who keep coming back for the wildlife and beauty
of this region.
the south of the ranges is the well known Mount Remarkable National Park,
which offers bushwalking for all levels of fitness. Its fantastic for any
age group with incredible scenery and wildlife to be seen along the tracks.
Head to the town of Melrose, located below Mount Remarkable, which can
be a good base while you explore the surrounding park.
the other end of the famous Heysen Trail, the Fleurieu Peninsula has plenty
of shorter walks and campsites that are ideal for a weekend getaway on
the coast. Head to Kangaroo Island for a day trip and enjoy the diverse
wildlife that is hard to match on the mainland. Cape Jervis is a popular
starting point for its first stretch (on the way to the distant Flinders
Ranges) to Newland Head. You will be treated to panoramic views of the
coast and deep blues of the ocean.
Eyre Peninsula has plenty of challenge for the more experienced bushwalker.
With trails along the coastline and cliff tops leading down to enclosed
bays, many visitors end up in the Lincoln National Park with campgrounds
available close to the pretty Port Lincoln. From the novice to the beginner,
there is a walking track for everyone in South Australia. Take your hire
car to as many as you can and enjoy the freedom of a self drive holiday
in the beauty of the outdoors.
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