Adelaide's Secret Walks

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Adelaide is surrounded by an incredible natural landscape. From rugged coastal cliffs to serene flowing rivers and tumbling gorges, there are walks in Adelaide to suit every explorer, no matter your fitness level. We've picked out some of the locals' favourites.

Newman's Nursery Walk

If you're a bit of a history buff, Anstey’s Hill will be your cup of tea. Newman’s Nursey loop can be done as a short 2km stroll or the full 7.5km trail. Walk the full loop to see to see ruins of the old nursery, scenery and you might catch a glimpse wildlife along the way.

Explore the Bluff 

The Bluff, also known as Rosetta Head or Kongkengguwarr, is one of Victor Harbor’s favourite attractions offering a fabulous view of this picturesque coastal region.

While only a short 850 metres, this Bluff Summit Walk is more like a climb, so it isn't the easiest one on the list. It does, however, grant you an incredible 360 degree view of Victor Harbour. The summit is a local favourite for Instagram snaps, so be sure to take your photography skills and camera along with you.

An Adelaide Coastal Walk 

Starting from the car park on Nashwauk Crescent, this one-way walk takes you to Port Noarlunga via a singular coastal track. Catch some of the best views over the Gulf of St Vincent, while walking this 4km section of the Coast Park Trail. The walk takes you along the beach where you can stop in for a quick dip, or pack a picnic and settle in at one of the reserves where kids can have fun in the playground.

River Hike, Onkaparinga Gorge

Follow this loop to Sundews lookout, where spectacular views of the Onkaparinga Gorgeand and waterholes await. The walk is around 5km and will take around two hours. The Gorge is located about 30 km's out of Adelaide city so is a great day trip option.

Insider Tip: Extend the Gorge loop with the Sundews River Hike, where you'll descend into the river gorge on a 4.5km return loop. 

Pioneer Women's Trail 

This is a long one. At 22km, (6-7 hours) this is one for the committed walker. Country roads, laneways and bush tracks take you through a delightful section of the Adelaide Hills with historic homes, deciduous trees and native bushland.

This trail honours the early European settlers from Hahndorf who supplied Adelaide with fresh produce at a time when most foodstuffs had to be imported into South Australia. The wildlife and native flora along this trail is a treat as you make your way through.


Rest your tired feet after a big day of walking in space and style at Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury. The 4.5 star apartment hotel is housed in one of the oldest and most historically significant buildings in South Australia and its restoration is recognised by UNESCO.

Expect a seamless combination of historic charm with modern comforts and facilities, such as fully-equipped kitchens and free WiFi.

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