The Best Runs, Walks & Rides in Your Local Council | South Australia


SA Councils Hiking, Cycling & Walking Trails, Parks & Gardens 

South Australia has fantastic walking, hiking and cycling trails, parks and gardens plus sporting and community facilities that are maintained by our local councils. These facilities provide space for friends, families and community groups to keep healthy and spend quality time together. 

Our social activities, gatherings and celebrations of special events often occur around barbeques in parks or gardens, or other open spaces like beaches, riverbanks and coastal areas. SA Councils establish parks, gardens and playgrounds and provide other infrastructure to support their use such as public toilets, seating, tables and drinking fountains.

Councils invest heavily in sporting facilities such as recreation centres, ovals, courts and swimming pools, and associated lighting, grandstands, clubrooms and changerooms that enable participation by all community members. 

South Australian councils also maintain thousands of roads, footpaths, bike paths and cycling trails. 

Our retail and hospitality hubs, main streets, city squares and other open spaces plus tourism infrastructure like bridges, jetties and visitor information centres are also supported by the work of our SA councils. 

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Below you can find some of our favourite parks & reserves and walking & cycling trails around Adelaide as well as some amazing ones in our regional areas.

Great Parks and Reserves in SA

Heywood Park | City of Unley | Play & Go review

Wilfred Taylor Reserve | City of Onkaparinga | Play & Go review

Roy Marten Reserve | City of Port Adelaide Enfield | Play & Go review

Wigley Reserve | City of Holdfast Bay | Play & Go review

Felixstow Reserve | City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters | Play & Go review

Woodlane Reserve on the River | Rural City of Murray Bridge | Click here for more info

Woodlane Woodlane Reserve is a beautiful place to visit, perched right on the Murray River’s edge in Mypolonga. It features a new playground with a face-to-face swing, inclusive diablo and huge climbing frame. This developed riverfront reserve also features lawned areas, picnic shelters, a boat ramp and public toilets.

Homburg Park | Murray Bridge Council | Click here for more info

Located in a residential area and features a small velodrome, associated clubroom, playground and toilets. The modular playground features a flying fox, slippery dip and swings. 

Hiking, Walking & Cycling Trails in SA

Lynton Reserve Trails | Mitcham City Council | Click here for more info

Four trail zones across the district provide a range of walking and mountain bike riding challenges and areas to explore. There is a variety of terrain, which includes some steeper gullies, quarries areas and stunning views of the ocean and surrounding hills.

Lynton bike trail

Cobbler Creek Bike Trails | City of Salisbury | Play & Go review of Cobbler Creek Recreation Reserve & Peddler’s Paddock Bike Trails

Tumby Bay Mangrove Boardwalk and Nature Trail | District Council of Tumby Bay | Visit the Walking SA website for more info

A 400m boardwalk with interpretative signage to learn about the important mangrove environment. Suitable for walking dogs. Easy, flat terrain.

Walk the Yorke | Yorke Peninsula Council | Click here for more info

More than 500km of continuous walking and cycling trail from Port Wakefield to Moonta Bay, perfect for exploring the Yorke Peninsula’s coastline. 

walk the yorke peninsula

Kaurna Wetlands trail | City of Salisbury | Click here for more info

A 48-hectare bushland haven of winding paths and boardwalks, not far from Springbank Plaza Shopping Centre in Burton.

Arid Recovery Reserve Tour | Roxby Council | Click here for more info

The viewing deck looks over the desert surrounding Roxby Downs and Olympic Dam and you can also see the Olympic Dam mine site. Tours are conducted between April and October. 

Roxby Downs Arid Recovery Tour

Find Walking SA’s 50 great walks and hikes for kids and families in South Australia here.

SA councils for the runs, walks and rides

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