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Spring has sprung, and with it, our good intentions have stepped up a notch, including our ambitions to take in the beauty of our city and state. Plus, with the weather warming up, beautiful spring flowers blooming and sunshine filling our heads with ideas, it’s time to find the best Spring walking trails around SA.
To start with, here’s some Bush for Life sites by Trees For Life, which are great locations to find some gorgeous native wildflowers. Native wildflowers provide pollen and nectar for our native birds, bees and butterflies, so it’s important to not collect them. Please appreciate their beauty, take photos and leave them in place for others to enjoy.
The Bush For Life sites are cared for by volunteers, in partnership with local councils. The sites listed are open to the public and offer a great opportunity to take a walk and do some wildflower spotting.
At the Coppins Bush in Littlehampton, you can find Bulbine lily (Bulbine bulbosa)
At Blackwood Hill Reserve in Craigburn Farm, you can find Creamy Candles (Stackhousia monogyna)
At Hindmarsh Falls in Victor Harbor, you can find Billy Buttons (Craspedia variabilis)
At Heathfield Stone Reserve in Heathfield, you can find Common Heath (Epacris impressa)
At the Hallett Cove Headland in Hallett Cove you can find Blue grass lily (Caesia calliantha)
At Heatherbank reserve in Burnside, you can find scented Sundew (Drosera whittakeri)
At Magnolia Reserve in Tanunda, you can find Chocolate Lily (Arthropodium strictum)
To learn more about wildflowers and other native plants book into a Bushcare workshop, a Plant ID workshop, or volunteer with a Bush Action Team. You can also buy native plants for your garden from The Trees For Life nursery.
Contact Trees For Life to find out more at www.treesforlife.org.au.
While not part of Trees for Life, here are some other beautiful areas for a Spring walk.
Holdfast Bay Walking Trail
The Holdfast Bay walking trails take you across the picturesque coast line, showing off beautiful views of SA and sculptures along the way. It’s peppered with flowers, making it evident that spring is truly here and putting on a show.
Just across the water, KI is full of native wildflowers and wildlife, some of which aren’t found anywhere else. Kangaroo Island is nice and colourful and there’s no better way to spend the afternoon than siting in the sun among spring flowers. With much of the area protected by conservation and national parks, KI still contains untouched areas of pure nature.
Coffin Bay National Park
Oysters aren’t the only thing that Coffin Bay has to offer. It’s also perfect for trails, bird watching and fishing. The bays coastline and remote coastal scenery allow you to roam, take in views and escape the every day with its secluded camping areas. This area is beautiful all year round and spring is no different, after the drive you’re sure to be rewarded.
Morialta Conservation Park
Morialta Conservation Park is full of vibrant scenery, seasonal waterfalls, and fresh wildflowers. Take in the view of the Adelaide plains and Morialta Gorge, while getting touch with gorgeous locals. It’s family friendly – design your own adventure, discover Aboriginal fire pits, secret tunnels and rock climbing. The area is gorgeous all year round.
A hidden gem with locals, Mt Osmond spring flowers are a lovely view. With trails looping through Mt Osmond Reserve and Burnside, there are beautiful sights, absolutely perfect to smell the flowers at sunset.
Anstey Hill Recreation Park
Anstey Hill Recreation Park has an abundant of wildflowers, bird life, western grey kangaroos and koalas. To go on a great spring adventure just choose from one of its many walking trails, with this time of year promised to be best for a morning walk or picnic.
Belair National Park
Just twenty-five minutes from town, these woodlands contain multiple walking and biking trails adaptable to any fitness level. It has the oldest plant nursery in South Australia, and remains one of the most undisturbed areas in the Adelaide Hills, full of native wild flowers and plants.
With the sun making a come back this spring, Adelaide’s showing off with some serious flower power!
We’re also always looking for great photos to include in this guide (particularly of our native flora) so feel free to tag #glamadelaide in any Instagram or Facebook posts you’ve shared publicly!