The best hikes in South Australia

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The best hikes in South Australia

Check out South Australia's top hiking locations according to Walking SA

Caution: before any hike, always check relevant park management websites for updated information on track conditions, closures or dangers.
Some of the below hikes may have been affected by bush fires and may be closed for hikers. Please help those affected by fires by donating to The Red Cross, who work to provide aid during an emergency, conflict, disaster or crisis.

Despite being the flattest state in the country, there is still a stunning array of hikes in South Australia to choose from. From the rolling Flinders Ranges to its pristine white sandy beaches, South Australia offers hikers some incredible variety. In fact, South Australia today consists of 21,123,000 hectares of parkland, including 19 national parks, which covers 21.5 per cent of the state’s land surface. That’s a lot of parklands to explore, and with hikes tailored for those just wanting to escape the city for a few hours through to those looking to spend days or months in the wilderness, South Australia offers something for everyone. Here are just some of the many SA hikes you shouldn't miss.

Waterfall Gully Hike

Features: eucalypt forest
Rating: moderate, owing to some steep sections along the 475m climb
Length/Time: 7.8km return, 3 hours
When to go: all year
Child-friendly: yes
More information: head to Walking SA for more information. Note that on busy weekends, parking at Waterfall Gully can be limited

Marion Bay to Gleesons Landing

Features: clifftops and beaches, with the trail passing some of SA’s best surf spots
Rating: challenging
Length/Time: 60.5km one way, 3 days
When to go: all year
Child-friendly: children with decent fitness will manage on this trail
More information: to find out more about this section hike, visit Walking SA

Mambray Creek to Alligator Gorge

Features: river red gum, native pine forests, red stone walls
Rating: moderate
Length/Time: 13km one way, 5 hours
When to go: all year
Child-friendly: yes
More information: visit Walking SA for more information

Heysen Trail South Coast Section

Features: coastal landscapes, remote headlands, cliff lines and beaches
Rating: challenging
Length/Time: 73km one way, 4-5 days
When to go: accessible year-round
Child-friendly: no
More information: to find out more about the Heysen Trail and the different sections you can attempt, head to the trail’s website. For more information on this specific section, head to Walking SA

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