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Bushwalking

South Australia's national parks feature a huge range of trails that let you experience a diversity of landscapes.

Where can I go for a bushwalk?

A vast majority of national parks have trails suited for all fitness levels. To find out which national parks have specific bushwalking trails use our find a park tool and refine your search to ‘Bushwalking’.

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Where can I download trail maps?

Downloadable pdf maps are available for many of our parks. Go to the park page of the park you are visiting and click on the maps tab to download the pdf’s.

If you have a smartphone or tablet you can download the free Avenza PDF Map app and have interactive national park maps on hand when you need them.

Walk classifications

Walk

Accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels. These are well-defined trails, generally less than 3km in length, with even surfaces.

Moderate hike 

Suitable for bushwalkers with an average level of fitness. These trails can be any length and may include moderate inclines and irregular surfaces.

Hard hike 

Requires some hiking experience and a reasonable level of fitness, as some sections of the trail can be quite steep and uneven.

Trek 

Generally physically demanding, therefore you should be an experienced bushwalker with good navigational skills. Treks often require several days to complete and pass through remote areas where the trail is unmarked.

The Heysen Trail

The Heysen Trail is one of the world's great walking trails and the longest dedicated walking trail in Australia.

The 1,200 km trail starts at Cape Jervis and winds along the beaches and sea cliffs of the south coast before passing over rolling hills and rural landscapes of the Fleurieu Peninsula and Mt Lofty Ranges. Beyond Mt Bryan, the trail crosses over to the rugged peaks and valleys of the Flinders Ranges as it heads to Parachilna Gorge where it ends.

Most national park run camping and accommodation along the Heysen Trail needs to be pre-booked online. 

For more information, maps, camping and accommodation visit The Heysen Trail website.

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

The 61 km Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail offers a unique nature-based experience, giving visitors access to one of the most rugged, remote and spectacular coastlines in Australia.

This section of south-west Kangaroo Island is renowned for its rare and diverse wildlife, pristine bushland and sweeping coastal views.

Not only will the trail leave you with everlasting memories, it also provides the opportunity to access established attractions including Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Hanson Bay and Kelly Hill Caves.

For more information, maps, camping and accommodation visit the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail website.

School or large groups

If you are planning a trip for a school group or other large group, please ensure you let the individual park know of your intentions. If you intend to visit remote sections of the park or undertake any risky or strenuous activities, please ensure you let a responsible person know of your intentions, and when you anticipate returning.