Easy Walks & Bushwalks around Adelaide with Kids

Easy Outdoor Walks & Bushwalks around Adelaide with Kids

We are spoilt for choice in SA with lots of bushwalking options, scenic coastal trails, easy city pathways and more.  Walking in general outdoors is a great way to spend time as a family.  Not only is it a great way to reduce stress, little ones love to explore new places and it’s a great way to reconnect with your older kids. 

There are so many fantastic places to explore in Adelaide and around South Australia. Some walks are suitable for prams and toddlers as they are shorter in length, which is great for little legs. For families with older kids, there are plenty of more challenging places to explore. Take a look at our extensive list below of places we love to visit with our families.

 

Littlehampton Tunnels | Short Walk with Three Tunnels to Explore!

Explore the Littlehampton Tunnels in the Adelaide Hills. A short drive up the freeway to Littlehampton, just outside of Mount Barker, brings you to a fantastic group of tunnels that you can walk as a family. There's plenty to explore here and lots of photo opportunities. Review by Claire Davill To reach the tunnels we recommend parking at the end ...

Junior Keeper Experience l Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary l Review

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary's Junior Keeper Experience Does your child love animals and being outdoors? Maybe they want to be a zookeeper, vet, or wildlife warrior when they grow up? Well, we have found the perfect activity for you in the Adelaide Hills. Review by Jo Parkinson Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary’s Junior Keeper Program is a 4-hour, fun filled and educational experience ...

Blue Lake/Warwar | Mount Gambier

The central attraction in Mount Gambier is the unique Blue Lake, and it's worth checking out if you are visiting Mount Gambier or the Limestone Coast. And yes, it really is blue! The colour of the lake is something you really have to see with your own eyes. Photos just don't do it justice! The best time of year to ...

Flat to Vale Trail l McLaren Vale to McLaren Flat l Review

Flat to Vale Trail, City of Onkaparinga, Review By Jo Parkinson It’s time to dust off the walking shoes! The City of Onkaparinga’s fantastic new Flat to Vale Trail from McLaren Vale to McLaren Flat is scenic, peaceful and a great way to get active. The Trail The 3.6km path is an extension of the existing Coast to Vines Rail ...

Bunyip Trail at John E. Brown Park | North Adelaide | Review

Bunyip Trail at John E. Brown Park, North Adelaide - Review Have you taken your kids on the interactive Bunyip Trail? If you’re looking to entertain them during the school holidays – or if you just love nature or books – it could be just the ticket. by Carla Caruso You probably know about the manicured parts of Bonython Park ...
Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve

Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve | Review

Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve offers lots of recreational family fun. After 120 years, they’ve finally opened the gates to Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve, and it’s one to put on your must visit list in SA. Review by Brooke Hendry Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve is located only 35 minutes from the Adelaide CBD in the Southern suburb of Happy Valley. As ...
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Deep Creek Waterfall | Bushwalking with Kids | Fleurieu Peninsula

Bushwalking with kids to Deep Creek Waterfall. by Katrina Gogel Deep Creek Conservation Park, on the coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, is a fantastic place to spend a weekend exploring. One of the main attractions in the park is Deep Creek Waterfall, which can be reached by hiking a small section of the Heysen trail. The hike is a great ...
Mt Lofty Botanic Garden

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden | Adelaide Hills | Review

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden Mt Lofty Botanic Garden is a beautiful botanical adventure in the Adelaide Hills only 20 minutes from the city. It is the perfect spot for a relaxing family picnic or walk at any time of year. Put on your walking shoes, pack your camera, pack some snacks or a picnic and get ready to explore this ...

A Trip to See the New Loch-Eel Monster in Lochiel, South Australia | Review

A Trip to See 'Lochie' the new Loch-Eel Monster at Lochiel | Review The tiny town of Lochiel – 125km north of Adelaide – has a new Loch Ness monster, dubbed “Lochie”. And it lives on our state’s most popular pink lake, Lake Bumbunga. by Carla Caruso Meet “Lochie” – the cousin of the old Loch-Eel loch ness monster at ...

Amy Gillett Bikeway | Bike Riding from Oakbank to Mt Torrens | Adelaide Hills

A country bike ride along the Amy Gillett Bikeway The Amy Gillett bikeway is a specially built bike trail which runs from Oakbank, through Woodside and Charleston to Mount Torrens in the Adelaide Hills. The bikeway was built to honour the memory of Amy Gillett, a member of the Australian women's cycling team who was tragically killed whilst training in ...

Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Hike | Cleland Conservation Park Walking Trail

Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Hike Adelaide’s favourite hike through Cleland Conservation Park, from serene Waterfall Gully all the way up to the summit at Mount Lofty. It is a challenge to complete, but there are many reasons why the hike from Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit is so popular. From families with babies in carriers to elite ...
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Carrick Hill Story Book Trail | Free Activity | Review

Carrick Hill Story Book Trail Carrick Hill is an elegant English manor-style house built in 1939 surrounded by beautiful sprawling gardens. The Carrick Hill Story Book Trail takes you on a fun journey for about half a kilometre through the beautiful grounds and gardens of Carrick Hill Estate with plenty to explore and discover. You can pick up the Carrick ...

Bushwalking with Kids at Mount George Conservation Park | Adelaide Hills

Bushwalking with Kids at Mount George Conservation Park Mount George Conservation Park is nestled in between Bridgewater and Piccadilly in the Adelaide Hills, only 10 minutes up the South Eastern freeway. Mount George walking trails can be accessed from Mount George Picnic Grounds where there is plenty of car parking space and some picnic tables if you are looking for ...

Hiking & Biking at Mitcham’s Randell Park Reserve | Review

Hiking and biking at Mitcham’s Randell Park Reserve – Review Sea views and quarry cliff faces are just a few of the things you'll encounter at this reserve along the Mitcham Trail Network. by Carla Caruso There is nothing better than discovering new places to explore near home – and Randell Park Reserve is one I recently added to my ...

Exploring the Tennyson Dunes Discovery Trail | Review

Tennyson Dunes Discovery Trail at Tennyson – Review You’ll feel further away than the western suburbs when meandering through these ancient dunes ... taking you direct to the beach! by Carla Caruso I’ve been wanting to check out Tennyson Beach for a while. So, when I was at a loose end one weekend, I found time to tick it off ...

Mount Bold Reservoir Reserve | Review

Walking along the dam wall at Mount Bold Reservoir - Review After a moody spot to revel in while the weather cools? This amazing feat of engineering is one of Adelaide's best-kept secrets. by Carla Caruso There’s a spooky scene in Stan’s Hobart-shot thriller, The Gloaming, at a colossal concrete dam. Of the jaw-dropping scenery, co-director Greg McLean told the ...

Sturt Gorge Dam at Sturt Gorge Recreation Park | Flagstaff Hill | Review

Hiking at Sturt Gorge Dam and Sturt Gorge Recreation Park | Review After a low-key weekend activity? Try a walk to one of Adelaide’s biggest man-made structures. by Carla Caruso Often, we travel far and wide to experience awe-inspiring sights, not realising there are many hidden gems right near home. Enter the Sturt Gorge Dam. When I read about the ...
Brownhill Creek Recreation Park

Brownhill Creek Recreation Park | Mitcham | Review

Brownhill Creek Recreation Park at Mitcham | Review Looking to escape somewhere quiet? Try a nature hike at Mitcham’s Brownhill Creek Recreation Park. by Carla Caruso Last weekend, my family and I headed to Brownhill Creek Recreation Park for a leisurely hour-long wander. We parked just past the Brownhill Creek Tourist Park and road bridge and stuck to the walking ...

Exploring Marino | Marino Conservation Park & Bandon Terrace Reserve | Review

Day-tripping in Marino, South Australia - including Marino Conservation Park and the new-look Bandon Terrace Reserve by Carla Caruso The suburb of Marino has it all for a day’s adventure, from a lighthouse hike to a rocky beach and a new seaside-themed playground. For some reason, the suburb of Marino has always called to me like a sea siren. It ...

Bushwalking with Kids | Telowie Gorge Conservation Park | Review

Exploring Telowie Gorge – yet another hidden gem in the Southern Flinders Ranges! by Katrina Gogel After years of saying ‘we must call in there’ we finally took the turn off from the highway near Port Pirie and ventured into beautiful Telowie Gorge Conservation Park for a family bushwalk. Telowie Gorge is home to dramatic scenery and a rich variety ...
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Bushwalking with Kids | Lobethal Bushland Park | Review

Grab your kids, lace up your hiking boots and head for the Hills to explore the wooded wonderland that is Lobethal Bushland Park. by Katrina Gogel Located on the outskirts of Lobethal, Bushland Park is brimming with history and beauty. Before being acquired by the Adelaide Hills Council in 1986 the two reservoirs located here supplied the township of Lobethal ...

Bushwalking with Kids at Alligator Gorge | Mount Remarkable National Park

Mount Remarkable National Park - take the kids hiking at Alligator Gorge in the Southern Flinders Ranges by Katrina Gogel Alligator Gorge in Mount Remarkable National Park is one of South Australia’s most scenic hikes. With dramatic gorges, bright ochre walls and watercourses lined with river red gums, it truly is a remarkable place. There are plenty of walking options ...

One Tree Hill Hike & McElligott’s Quarry Reserve | Mitcham | Review

"One Tree Hill" hike from McElligott’s Quarry Reserve in Mitcham It's hard to believe that this nature hike, offering jaw-dropping Insta-worthy views, is only minutes from the city of Adelaide. Review by Carla Caruso I’m a keen jogger … well, I was keener before I had my twin boys. Now the juggle of child-minding and work means pulling on the ...

Bushwalking with Kids | Mount Barker Summit Reserve | Review

Bushwalking with Kids - Mount Barker Summit Reserve by Katrina Gogel Explore rocky outcrops, take in panoramic country views and find a cubby house (or two!) along one of the family friendly walking trails at the Mount Barker Summit Reserve. The “Mount” has long been our family’s go-to place for a bushwalk in the Adelaide Hills. With two easy walking ...

Newman’s Nursery Ruins Walk | Anstey Hill Recreation Park – Vista | Review

Newman’s Nursery Ruins Walk Some mums on Mother’s Day like pancakes in bed or the latest celebrity fragrance. I alternatively used the day as an excuse to drag my family of four on a hike. But as I knew would happen, they enjoyed the experience just as much as I did! I stumbled across information about the Newman’s Nursery Ruins ...

Adelaide Himeji Garden | South Terrace | Review

Adelaide Himeji Garden on South Terrace The Adelaide Himeji Garden is a little hidden oasis on the South side of the city. The Garden represents an important example of contemporary Japanese garden design and is meticulously maintained and beautifully presented. Established in 1985 in celebration of Adelaide's sister city partnership with the ancient city of Himeji in Japan, the Garden ...
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Easy Bushwalk for Kids | Eurilla Track Mt Lofty | Review

An easy bushwalk for kids - Eurilla Track to Mt Lofty Summit Has your family ever had those days when everyone is feeling a little frustrated at being cooped up, the telly has been on too long and you're all a little fidgety? We find a bush walk makes everyone feel happier and calmer in our household. We decided to ...

Wittunga Botanic Garden | Blackwood | Review

Plan a trip to beautiful Wittunga Botanic Garden in Blackwood Located in the pretty Adelaide foothills suburb of Blackwood, Wittunga Botanic Garden is an historic 13-hectare property featuring a vast array of plants and trees, wildlife, open play areas, a lake, seating options and walking trails. As soon you enter Wittunga Botanic Garden, you’ll instantly hear the delightful sounds of ...

Laratinga Wetlands Bike Ride | Keith Stephenson Playground Mt Barker | Review

Laratinga Wetlands Bike Ride and Keith Stephenson Playground, Mount Barker | Review There's no doubt Mt Barker is booming, however a visit to the Laratinga Wetlands and a ride along the bike paths winding through Mt Barker reveal this town still has a quiet side. Heading down the South-Eastern Freeway, we took the new Bald Hills exit onto Bald Hills ...

Woorabinda Reserve | Stirling | Review

Woorabinda Lake and Reserve | Review If you're heading to the hills and looking for somewhere to take the kids that's close to Stirling, try a leisurely visit to Woorabinda Lake. It is tucked into the side streets of Stirling, next to the Railway line. You can walk down Ethel Street to access the Lake and Reserve or drive for ...

Bridgewater Reserve Playground & Heysen Trail | Review

An afternoon at the Bridgewater Reserve Playground and an adventure along the Heysen Trail If you are looking for a free, enjoyable activity which gets the kids outdoors exploring for a couple of hours in the Adelaide Hills, then stop at the Bridgewater Mill. The Bridgewater Playground The playground has just undergone a transformation which was completed in late 2016 ...

Bushwalking & Koala Spotting | Morialta Conservation Park | Review

Morialta Conservation Park Review Morialta Conservation Park provides a family friendly bushwalking experience just 20 minutes from Adelaide. One of our family's favourite natural attractions, Morialta is the perfect spot to set out with the kids to explore amongst the trees and creek beds. From the Morialta Road entrance the walk is only about 800 metres to the Morialta Falls ...

Room to Roam Free | Victoria Park Loop | Review

Victoria Park Loop The Victoria Park Loop is a great place for families to take their bikes for a ride away from the dangers of the road or to simply walk the dog in open space away from the traffic. We are so fortunate in Adelaide to have acres and acres of safe, open green space on the edge of ...

Waite Arboretum | Rustic Nature Play | Review

Waite Arboretum, Urrbrae Review by Catherine Leo The Waite Arboretum is part of the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus in Urrbrae. It’s a wonderful spot to have a rambling walk with your youngsters of all ages and is open free to the public every day of the year except those of extreme fire danger. Spread over 30 hectares, it contains ...

River Torrens Linear Park Bike Ride | A Leisurely Trail

River Torrens Linear Park Bike Ride If you are looking for somewhere safe to go bike riding as a family, or just want somewhere quiet and relaxing to push the pram away from the traffic, then make your way to a section of the Linear Park Trail and hit the pavement. From north-east of the city in Paradise all the ...

The Bluff Summit Walk & Lookout | Victor Harbor | Review

The Bluff Summit Walk & Lookout Victor Harbor The Bluff, also known as Rosetta Head or Kongkengguwarr, is one of Victor Harbor's favourite tourist attractions offering a fabulous 360 degree view of this picturesque coastal region. From the top of the rocks you can take in the rugged coastline to the west, gaze for miles out to sea and look ...
Adelaide Botanic Garden

Adelaide Botanic Garden | Learn, Play & Explore | Review

Adelaide Botanic Garden Nothing beats the simplicity of getting back to nature. Just on the fringe of the city you can discover a peaceful section of Adelaide hidden away from the busy streets. Stunning feature gardens, manicured lawns and the oldest avenue of Moreton Bay fig trees in Australia are just some of the delights of the Adelaide Botanic Garden ...

Big Rocks, Beach, Cliff Walk, Trees to Climb, Whales, Glorious Views, all from Horseshoe Bay | Port Elliot

Port Elliot on the Fleurieu Peninsula Big rocks, beach, cliff walk, trees to climb, whales, glorious views, all from Horseshoe Bay Port Elliot is a quiet township about 80km south of Adelaide, at Horseshoe Bay on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula. It's a popular holiday destination but is also close enough for a day trip. I hope the photos below give ...

Melrose | Thinking of camping but not too sure?

Melrose is the oldest town in the Southern Flinders Ranges, approximately 270km or just over 3 hours drive north of Adelaide, at the foot of Mt Remarkable.  Our inaugural camping trip to this beautiful SA destination, was to be honest, fraught with a little anxiety. Actually, make that quite a bit of anxiety. We had never done a car trip with ...

Hallett Cove Conservation Park & the Boatshed Cafe | Review

Hallett Cove Conservation Park & the Boatshed Cafe Explore the challenging walking trails and take in the breathtaking coastal views from the Hallett Cove Conservation Park. It can sometimes be the simplicity of getting back to nature to help you slow down and put life back into perspective, such is the feeling of standing on top of a cliff and ...

Exploring Waterfall Gully & Breakfast at Utopia Restaurant

Exploring Waterfall Gully & Breakfast at Utopia Restaurant Just ten minutes east of the city, along a winding road through the Adelaide foothills, you'll find yourself surrounded by the stunning natural landscape of Waterfall Gully. Located in Cleland Conservation Park, Waterfall Gully is home to the impressive First Falls, an 18 metre waterfall that flows all year round. Equally stunning ...

Mount Lofty Summit | Lookout, Restaurant, Cafe & Visitor Centre

Mount Lofty Summit Lookout, Restaurant, Cafe & Visitor Centre There are so many places that I love to visit around Adelaide, but Mount Lofty Summit would have to be one of the most special. Only 15km from the city and you're well into the Adelaide Hills, just a short drive up the South Eastern Freeway. Part of Cleland Conservation Park, ...

Mt Lofty Botanic Garden | A Magical Wonderland

Mt Lofty Botanic Garden Mt Lofty Botanic Garden is a beautiful botanical adventure in the Adelaide Hills (less than half an hour drive from the city)..... Put on your walking shoes, pack your camera, pack some snacks or a picnic and get ready to explore this amazing wonderland. You can take a leisurely stroll or go on a more vigorous ...
Morialta Falls

Morialta Conservation Park – First Falls | Review

Morialta Conservation Park - First Falls If you are after an easy, family friendly hike, the walk to the First Falls in the Morialta Conservation Park is perfect. Morialta is about 10km drive North East of the city and this trail is 1.6km and about 45 minutes return. Although with young kids who like to climb on rocks and explore ...

Granite Island Recreation & Nature Park | Victor Harbor | Review

Granite Island, Victor Harbor The Granite Island Recreation & Nature Park can be seen from Victor Harbor and is best known for being home to the magical Little Penguins. The island is a must visit destination if spending time at one of South Australia's most popular coastal towns, Victor Harbor. It's an ideal spot for taking the kids out for ...

 

 

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