With the lowest rainfall of all the states, South Australia’s dry landscape is the major feature. Reduced vegetation makes off-track walking fairly easy and there is considerable scope for exploratory walks in the desert ranges.
South East: The Mt Gambier region has many small reserves which provide a variety of one-day walks.
Kangaroo Island: The large island southwest of Adelaide. The main reserve is the Flinders Chase National Park. Walks range from one-day walks of several hours to a five-day trackless traverse of the west coast.
Deep Creek: To the south of Adelaide, this conservation reserve provides good coastal walking. A marked track visits the surf beaches. Walks range from one to several days in length.
Mount Lofty Ranges: This range behind Adelaide is also known as the Adelaide Hills. There are several small parks providing good day walks. Morialta, Cleland, Black Hill, Warren and Mt Crawford are popular walking venues. Overnight walks are also possible by using parts of the Heysen Trail.
Mt Remarkable: A small, but significant park north of Adelaide near Port Augusta. There are many day walks or you can visit all features on a two-day bushwalk.
Wilpena Pound: An arid area with interesting mountains and good views. Well known and has some good track walks of one to two days. The Pound also has good off-track walking.
Gammon Ranges: A wilderness park in the northern Flinders Ranges. Walks range from a day trip to Bunyip Chasm to one-week traverses of the gorge systems. There are no marked tracks in the park. Good walking is also available on private land in the nearby Arkaroola area, for which permission is required.
Heysen Trail: A 1000 km marked track running north from Cape Jervis into the Flinders Ranges. Special access has been granted where the track crosses private land. This provides many walking venues for one-day and overnight walks in areas where there are few reserves.