Get your sneakers on and booty in gear, because this weekend, were going walking.
Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty
One of Adelaides most famous walks. The trail begins at Waterfall Gully and works its way up to the peak of Mount Lofty. Youll find loads of people hitting up the trail and some regulars that run up and down twice before you even make it to the top. You will need a fair amount of fitness, and brace yourself for the last quarter where the incline picks up, or it might just be the fatigued legs. Its not an easy one, but its worth it for the view at the top with a panorama over the city and surrounding suburbs.
Morialta Conservation Park is home to numerous walking trails, most notably the main three falls walks, and a section of the Heyson Trail. Each trail takes you to one or more of the waterfalls that are in the park. The Morialta Plateau Hike is an easy going 2.5km walk which goes to the top of the first falls. The Second Falls Gorge Hike is a step up at 5.3km and takes you to both the first falls and second, falls. Or go the whole hog and do the Three Falls Grand Hike and see them all, this one is a 7.3km round trip and has beautiful views of all three falls and over the valley. There are loads of lookouts along the way, and its not uncommon to see some furry friends up in the trees eating or having a snooze.
Follow the River Torrens and walk along the winding paths surrounded by parklands and trees. The Linear Park trail runs 35kms from Athelstone in the northeast suburbs, to Adelaide, where you can stop off for a quick bite to eat, and on to West Beach. Most commonly people walk sections of the path, and youll see locals walking their dogs or out for a stroll with the kids. Its a relatively easy walk that doesnt require a high fitness level unless you want to walk the whole way!
Marion Coastal Walking Trail
Also known as the Hallett Cove Boardwalk is a 5.1km walk or 10.2km round trip. The walk takes you along an undulating boardwalk (yes, there are stairs) between Marino and Hallett Cove. There are beautiful views of the coast, and the walk is especially good on a warm day with sunny skies and ocean views. Feast your eyes on rocky cliff faces, reef platforms, and sandy beaches, perfect for an Instagram shot in your active wear.
Adelaide Parklands Trail
Parks surround Adelaide, and they conveniently also have a walking trail circling the city in them. The flat circuit loops around both the CBD and North Adelaide total a length of 18km, and there are options of doing either loop, portions, or the whole lot. The parklands are full of greenery, and on the east side have an exercise park, if you want to add a bit extra to your workout. There are lots of places to stop off, whether its by the duck pond to enjoy the views, or a caf along the way to refuel.