Waikerie and Surrounds Walking Trails
Waikerie Clifftop Walk and Lookout
The height of the cliffs gives a fantastic view of the typical meandering floodplain of the river valley. River floods now occur only once in 10 or 12 years, but the evidence of flood activity is still evident in a complex of terraces, hollows, wetlands, billabongs, backwaters and anabranches.
Time: 1 hour
Discover Waikerie’s history and interesting beginning as part of a South Australian Government Village settlement experiment from 1894. The walk begins at the jetty on the riverfront and takes you through the towns centre and history along the way.
Time: 2 hours
The Hart Lagoon walking trail entrance is located near the corner of Leonard Norman Drive and Ramco Road opposite the Waikerie Caravan Park. Interpretive signage and further infrastructure is being developed.
Length: 7km loop once completed
Time: 1 hour
Gluepot Reserve is owned by Australia’s oldest national conservation organisation, Birds Australia, and managed by local volunteers. Gluepot is home to 18 nationally threatened species of birds including the Blackeared Miner (Manorina melanotis) and the Mallee Fowl (Leipoa ocellata) along with 50 species of reptiles and 12 species of bats. Fourteen signposted walking and cycling trails wind through the old growth Mallee and Casuarina woodland habitat. A 50km self-drive vehicle trail directs visitors to some of the diverse sites on the Reserve. Species lists and maps with walking notes are available at the Reserve. Access to the Reserve travels through private properties from the Morgan/ Renmark Road. Visitors are encouraged to participate in research and monitoring projects that are being undertaken on the reserve.
Various lengths from 1-15kms
Time: varies from 30 minutes to ½ day
Phone: (08) 8892 8600 or visit www.gluepot.org
Morgan is a historically important junction for travellers and transport. At the peak of the riverboat trade between 1880 and 1915, crews of 50 men worked 24 hours a day on the massive red gum wharf to unload queuing paddle steamers and barges laden with goods, dispatching six trains a day to Port Adelaide. A brochure with a map is available from the visitor centre.
Time: 80 minutes
Beginning at the heritage-listed Overland Corner Hotel there are three walks that wind there way through the 300ha nature reserve, managed by the National Trust of South Australia. You can see natural and man-made changes which have taken place over millions of year. The walks provide geological, European and Indigenous historic background of the area, including an ochre quarry and canoe tree on its route. Collect the brochure of trail at the Overland Corner Hotel.
Heritage Walk, Floodplain Walk, Herons Bend Walk
Length: 2.8km each
Time: 1½ hours each or if you have half a day take the combined walk of 8.2km
Banrock Station’s four self guided walking trails allow you to experience magnificently restored wetlands with story centres, information huts and bird viewing hides. View abundant wildlife during the wet phase or explore the wetland bed during the dry phase. Learn about the river’s eco systems while enjoying nature at it’s finest.
Length: 2½km, 4km, 4½km and 8km
This walk begins at the Barmera Visitor Centre in Barwell Avenue. The brochure and map interpret the heritage of buildings, places and other historical points of interest that date from the
Time: 1½ hours
There are a variety of walking and nature trails on offer. Many pass the Loxton Historical Village and meander through the natural riverine environment rich in history and geology, many of the gum trees here are hundreds of years old. At the footbridge opposite the boat ramp a montage of common local fauna can be seen. There are many reference points en route. The brochure is available from the Loxton Visitor Information Centre
and Loxton Historical Village.
Length: 1700m, 3035m & 5300m
Time: varies up to 75 minutes
Recording the history of Loxton, this walk interprets the historical features of the town including the original businesses through interpretive plaques. The walk leads to the Loxton Historical village, which exhibits fully furbished buildings depicting the life of early
settlers in the early twentieth century.
Time: 90 minutes
Located on the food plain of Murray River National Park – Katarapko, the walk has a number of interpretive signs about the flora and fauna. Kai Kai is an easy stroll with many points of interest along the track. Entrance to this section of the park is best from the Winkie Road by turning alongside the Berri winery just outside the township of Glossop.
Length: 2km loop
Time: 45 minutes