For many, the day after the Easter Long Weekend marks the end of an epic chocolate binge. It’s not uncommon to wake up surrounded by empty chocolate wrappers, a bit of a sore tummy, and that heavy feeling of guilt for the large amount of Easter eggs you’ve consumed. Although Easter is the one time of the year when it’s entirely acceptable, in fact encouraged to eat your own weight in chocolatey goodness, overindulgence over this holiday weekend can leave you struggling to get the top button done up on your jeans, amarite? Luckily for us, our great city has spoilt Adelaidians for choice with so many great walking trails and routes to get us back to our sexy best in no time. So wipe off that chocolate moustache, and let’s get to it!
Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty
Ahhh Lofty. The holy grail of Adelaide hikes. Not for the faint hearted, defeating Lofty takes an iron will, gutsy determination, and buns of steel. For those who unfortunately don’t have buns of steel yet, don’t worry. After a few treks up this mother, you soon will. For now, fake it til you make it. P.S. Expect to be overtaken and lapped by oldies #loftygoals.
Start: Waterfall Gully Car Park, access off Waterfall Gully Road.
Time: Take it at your own pace. You got this.
Marino to Hallet Cove Stair Walk
This walk ticks all the boxes: fresh sea breezes, stunning (insta worthy) views, and stairs to get that booty working. While conquering Marino to Hallet Cove and back can seem like a bit of a day trip, this walk is great for a bit of interval work, and a long chat with a pal. Tip: To make it a little harder, jog up the sets of stairs, and catch your breath on the stretches of flat ground in between.
Start: Marino Rocks Car Park, right at the end of Jervois Terrace, Marino.
Time: To compete the whole journey up and back, allow 3 hours.
Kensington Road Lookout
The Kensington Road Lookout walk is deceiving. It starts out all flat and a bit boring, before BAM, you feel like you’re walking on a 90 degree angle! This is a super walk to really get the heart rate up, however be prepared for your mind to want to tell your feet to stop halfway up the hill. Don’t stop though, the view at the top is totally worth the pain.
Start: At the bottom of Kensington Road, or wherever you like on Kensington Road depending on how much time you have.
Time: Between 1 and 2 hours.
River Torrens Linear Trail
Featuring the best of what the state has to offer from the north through to the south, The River Torrens Linear Trail follows, you guessed it, the River Torrens from Henley Beach all the way up to Athelstone near the Mount Lofty Ranges. This route passes directly through the city centre, giving you an amazing view of Adelaide Oval, The Festival Centre, Adelaide Zoo and Montefiore Hill.
Start: Click here to check out all the different entry points for the River Torrens Linear Trail.
Time: Depending on where you decide to finish, it can be short and shiny. Or it might just take you all day.
This glorious place is fast becoming the park of the people. You’ll find arm and legs stations dotted all around the park, which provides a great workout combining cardio and strength training. If you prefer more of an old school workout vibe, check out the Sweat Track behind the racecourse for a full body ghetto set up. Think logs and planks of wood. Who says you need an exxy gym membership to get a hot bod?
Start: Victoria Park is located between Fullarton Road, Greenhill Road, East Terrace and Wakefield Road.
Time: Between 30 minutes to an hour.