By Clair Morton
Last updated on: August 29, 2018 at 1:32 pm
From leisurely strolls past tumbling waterfalls to steep hikes through bushland, there are hundreds of places to connect with South Australia’s natural beauty. These walks are sure to take your breath away, and not always because of their difficulty.
Hallett Cove Boardwalk
Length: 5km each way
Also known as the Marion Coastal Walking Trail, the well-trodden clifftop walk from Marino to Hallett Cove should be on everyone’s walking bucket list.
There are lots of steps along the way, but if you start at Marino you can reward yourself with refreshments at Boatshed Café at the end. It’s a great place to recharge your batteries, and should provide enough fuel for the return journey if you plan to do a round trip.
At Hallett Cove, it’s also worth a quick detour from the trail to the Sugarloaf, a colourful sand and clay formation that dates back about 280 million years.
Blue Lake Circuit, Mt Gambier
Length: 3.6km circuit
Flat terrain and picturesque lookouts make this walk around the edge of Mt Gambier’s Blue Lake perfect for people of all ages, and dogs too. The trail’s even lit at night-time, so don’t let the lack of sun stop you. For something a little more difficult, try the 1.3km hike from the carpark to Mt Schank’s crater rim.