It does not matter how you look at South Australia (SA), whether it’s from your car window or from the top of a sand dune, it has an impressive patchwork of walking trails and contrasting landscapes. Many of their dusty coastal roads lead to some of Australia’s finest sandy beaches whilst not too far out of Adelaide’s city centre you can experience some of Australia’s most genuine Outback. Take in some of the country’s most stunning views of the Flinders Ranges, the stunning Wilpena Pound and Mount Lofty.
If you are intrepid and fit the description of an ecco friendly 21st Century rambler i.e do not infuriate landowners whilst trampling over their plants and flowerbeds then please consider the ‘Heysen Trail’. SA’s not just about gourmet food and superb Barossa wine you know and besides, after a day or two of aches, pains and mountain boots you’ll certainly have earned nothing but the very finest SA has to offer in that department!
The Heysen Trail is Australia’s longest walking trail starting at Cape Jervis, covering 1200km in length and offers you some breathtaking Instagram photo opportunities! It’s attractive to those looking for half day or full day walks from the Adelaide Hills as the trail has various access points. Although it’s unlikely any ‘Brit’ would spend their entire holiday doing it, serious ramblers could spend a month or two hiking along its entire length!
This trail is like a box of ‘Quality Streets’, as it offers something for everyone as you appreciate the rural landscapes, rolling hills and many beaches along the way. If you have the nerve, you should definitely stand on the craggy cliff grandstands and enjoy the stunning views of Waitpinga Creek and Kangaroo Island. If you have the time you should also try and include a visit to Hahndorf which is an old German settlement some would argue is the jewel of the Adelaide Hills and one of South Australia’s most popular towns.
The best time to walk the Heysen Trail is from May to June and September to November, although there can be fine days during July and August. South Australia’s climate usually has hot, dry summers and cool, moist winters.
So ramblers and I don’t mean those people who talk incessantly about all kinds of nonsense, pack your woolly socks and get googling. If you’re into traversing coastal areas, native bushland, rugged gorges, pine forests and vineyards, combine your holiday to Australia with the usual sightseeing with one of the worlds best walking trails right here in SA. Take your first step by contacting our friends at Bridge & Wickers in London.