The ARPA Bushwalking Group runs over twenty graded local walks every month. All walkers carry lunch, drinks, snacks, necessary clothing, first aid kits and an Emergency Medical Information Booklet (EMIB).
- A walks are vigorous hikes on any terrain, possibly very rough and steep. Duration of walks – 5 to 6 hours, including lunch and other breaks. Distance – 17 to 25 Km
- B walks are slightly slower and a little less challenging with moderately steep hills. Duration of walks – 4 to 5 hours, including lunch and other breaks. Distance – 12 to 17 Km.
- C walks are at a moderate pace on moderate gradients.. Duration of walks – 3 to 4 hours, including lunch and other breaks. Distance – 7 to 12 Km .
- D walks are easier walking which may have slight gradients. Walkers use public transport to and from the walk. Duration of walks – 2 to 3 hours, including lunch and other breaks. Distance – 5 to 7 Km.
- Early Morning Walks – During the hotter months a number of B and C grade walks are planned in addition to the regular program. These walks are no more than 3 hours and start earlier, usually 7:00am. The walks are held regardless of the forecast temperature (see our hot weather policy below) and will be adapted to weather conditions. The walk will be cancelled if there is a fire ban in the area of the proposed walk.
The walk calendar contains information about upcoming walks. All walks start promptly at the published start time, please arrive 15 minutes early. Where public transport is used the published time is the departure time of the bus, train or tram.
Visitors are always welcome. You can come on two or three walks as a visitor to find out what a friendly bunch we are and try the different grades. Please start with a C or D walk and contact a walk coordinator. If you would like to keep walking with us, becoming a member is easy: see our membership page.
Please help to stop the spread of the fungal disease, Phytophthora, which can be spread by bushwalkers. Phytophthera can kill native and introduced plants. Always disinfect your boots after walking in bushland or National Parks.
Check the forecast on the 7 pm ABC radio or television news on the night prior to the walk. Walks are cancelled if:
- a fire ban is declared for the walk area, or
- the temperature forecast for Adelaide is at or above the cut-off temperature. This is normally 32° C, but leaders can publish a lower cut-off temperature. Please check the walk list.
- in cases of extreme / severe weather warnings (storms / rain / flooding / park closures)
If unsure contact the walk leader
NOTE Walk leaders do not attend the walk start point in these conditions