Adelaide has many amazing walking trails that can be completed in a few hours or half a day. If you're an avid hiker or just want to get out and about on your South Australian getaway, check out one of these trails that will take you right into the heart of nature.

What are the best trails to walk and hike in Adelaide?

There are a number of trails right near the city including those in Adelaide Hills, and some slightly further afield in areas such as the Fleurieu Peninsula and Barossa Valley.

In Adelaide there are the First Falls walks in Morialta Conservation Park. First Falls valley walk is one of the most popular in the city, showing those who visit the Morialta Gorge with its staggering cliffs and waterfalls that reach up 30 metres high. The walk will take you under an hour and has information about the plants and animals that reside here along the way. The First Falls plateau hike will take about one an a half hours and is a moderately difficult climb. It runs past the Giants Cave and leads you up to lookouts where you can see picturesque views of the Adelaide Plains.

The Adelaide Hills are where some of the best walking trails in South Australia are. It will take you around three hours to travel to and from Waterfall Gully and Mount Lofty, but be aware this hike has some steep sections. However, the view from the top will make the hard climb totally worth it! At the top of the highest point in the Mount Lofty Ranges you can revel in expansive views of so much of the area. Waterfall Gully is just 15 minutes from the city centre and lush forests and hills.

Barossa Valley is slightly further away, but does not skimp on amazing walking trails. Hale Bush Hike is a two hour loop at moderate difficulty. The spring season is said to be the best time to visit as the flowers bloom and rivers flow. On this hike you'll encounter a range of wildlife including Western Grey Kangaroos, birds and echidnas. 

What do I need to know about hiking in and around Adelaide?

Looking for a way to get around all of these natural hot spots? Rent a car in Adelaide and have the means to get around in comfort and with ease.

From November 1 to April 30, there is a fire ban and some trails might be closed because of the fact that the trees and shrubbery have a greater chance of catching alight. If you see something that might be a fire safety hazard call the South Australian Country Fire Services on 1300 363 361. 

Go prepared and you'll get so much more out of your walk. Wear sturdy shoes that are built for hiking and wear clothing that is light but easy to layer up should the temperature drop. Even when it's a clear day, take a lightweight windbreaker that will keep you dry and warm if the weather turns. It's also necessary to take plenty of drinking water, a rough guide is two litres of water per person per day. Wear sunscreen and take your phone – even though coverage may be limited – and if you have the space take a small first aid pack. The number for emergency services is 000 or 112 if you're using a mobile phone. 

Be sure to stick to the trail, follow the markers and be sure to tell someone outside of your hiking party where you're going and when they should expect you back.