Spring has sprung, and with it, our good intentions have stepped up a notch, including our ambitions to get out more and take in the beauty of our city and our state. Plus, with the weather warming up, the beautiful spring flowers blooming across the state, and the sunshine filling our heads with ideas, it’s time to find the best Spring walking trails around SA. 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!
To start with, here’s some Bush for Life sites by Trees For Life, which are great locations to find some gorgeous native wildflowers. They may not be as flashy as some of the weedy flowers, but they are uniquely Australian and equally beautiful. 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. www.treesforlife.org.au
While not part of Trees for Life, here’s 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 South Australia, and sculptures along the way. This time of year its 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 this time of year, and there’s no better way to spend the afternoon than siting in the sun among the spring flowers. With much of the area protected by conservation and national parks, Kangaroo Island still contains untouched areas of pure South Australian nature.
Coffin Bay National Park
Oysters aren’t the only thing that Coffin Bay has to offer. Coffin Bay National Park is perfect for trails, bird watching and fishing. The bays coastline and remote coastal scenery allows you roam, take in the views and escape the every day with privacy in 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
The 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 the gorgeous locals. Morialta Conservation Park is family friendly, where you can design your own adventure, discovering Aboriginal fire pits, secret tunnels and rock climbing. The area is gorgeous all year round, yet this is the perfect time of year for vibrant wildflowers and orchids.
A hidden gem with the locals, the Mt Osmond spring flowers are a lovely view. With trails looping through Mt Osmond Reserve and Burnside, there is never ending beautiful sights, absolutely perfect to take time 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 the best time to go for a morning walk and picnic.
Belair National Park
The beautiful Aussie bushland is just twenty-five minutes away from the city. The woodlands contain multiple different 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!