Get away from the stresses of modern life this weekend and head out on a hike to one of Adelaide’s amazing nature trails. Only a stone’s throw away from the city, you’ll find a host of National Parks and Nature Reserve’s to choose from so dust off your walking boots and get stuck in.

Still not convinced? There are a host of benefits to getting out amongst the beauty of nature. Hiking is a great way to de-stress after a busy week and restore our frazzled minds. A hike boosts endorphins, the feel-good hormones that improve your mood along with the added bonus of burning some calories and toning up that bod.

In addition, the smells, sounds and fresh, clean air give us a sense of comfort and help us relax. The Japanese call this ‘Forest Bathing’ which means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the natural world through the senses.

Have you visited these epic tracks?

1. The Marion Coastal Track

This stunning Coastal Track starts at the end of the Seacliff Esplanade and consists of a selection of short walks or a 7.2km trail to Hallett Cove for those looking for a real workout. It’s an only 30-minute drive from Adelaide town centre.

You can expect to see some amazing ocean views, ancient rock formations, stunning boardwalks and wooden staircases along the way. During the winter you may even be, lucky to spot some southern right whales!

2. Belair National Park

Belair National Park is South Australia’s oldest national park and is home to the heritage listed Old Government House building. The park is just a 25-minute drive from Adelaide city centre. Set in stunning natural bushland, it’s a great place to get outside and get active. From dense woodland to lakes there are plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails to suit all levels of fitness.

Expect to see a flurry of wildlife including plenty of koalas and kangaroos along with many other native flora and fauna.

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3. Morialta Conservation Park

The area features many different types of landscapes from rugged ridges, seasonal waterfalls to gorges and flat plains. The park is linked to an extensive network of walking trails along with a large rock climbing zone for the more adventurous among us.

For the wildlife lovers, the park’s plentiful rock pools and creeks provide habitats for a host of animals including; small reptiles, frogs and birds and keep your eyes peeled for honeyeaters and thorn-bills among the woodlands.

Don’t miss the first two waterfalls, cascading over the sheer quartzite cliffs after rain. We recommend a visit in the spring or winter time to see the falls at their best, when the water flow is strongest.

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