BUC Walking Group in Sturt Gorge, 27 Sep 2015The walking group is an informal all-age activity that meets on the last Sunday of each month. It is a great way for us to get to know each other better. Anyone can take responsibility for organising a walk. This gives us a variety of walks and varying degrees of difficulty. Most walks are able to be managed by every age group.

The walks usually take between one and two hours (usually, but not always) commencing at around 2:00 pm, as determined by that walk’s organiser. During the summer, our walks can make use of the evening daylight saving hours. The start point for our walks is usually within a half hour’s drive from the church.

For further information, contact Janet & Michael Hughes.

Walking Plan for 2024:

Please check the schedule below for our upcoming walks. Please watch the newsletter or the posted News items on this website for updates.
Date Organiser Place to meet
Jan 29th No January walk
Feb 25th
No February walk due to Interfaith Matters Forum at Reconciliation Park
Mar 24th Hughes 2pm – Walk around the Torrens River: Meet outside The Guardsman (map) at the Adelaide Railway Station. Janet & Michael will be traveling on the train leaving Coromandel Station at 13.21pm arriving ADL at 13.52 if you’d like to join them.
Apr 28th McLean 2pm – Happy Valley Reservoir: meet 2pm at car park next to roundabout on corner of Chandlers Hill Rd and Kenihans Rd, Happy Valley. We will do a circuit walk at the southern end of the Happy Valley Reservoir.
May 26th n/a CANCELLED to enable people to participate in the Blackwood Reconciliation Walk – Sorry Day 2024: 11:30am, Gladstone Road car park next to RSL and walk (view map of the walk) to Colebrook Reconciliation Park for official opening. (Hosted by Blackwood Reconciliation Group)
Jun 30th Cliff 2pm – Weymouth Oval & Recreation Ground (map) next to Coromandel Community Centre on Main Road, Coromandel Valley (although it can be accessed from Kristen Ct on the opposite side as well), on Sunday for a gentle walk through Coromandel Valley with coffee along the way.
Jul 30th n/a No walk
Aug 25th n/a No walk
Sep 29th Turner
Oct 27th Sutcliffe
Nov 24th
Dec 29th No December walk

Walking Plan in 2023:

Date Organiser Place to meet
Jan 29th No January walk.
Feb 26th
McLean 6p – Meet at the western side car park of Brighton Railway Station, Cedar Ave (map), for a walk along the beach to Seacliff.
Mar 26th Hughes 4p – Lakeview Walk at Craigburn Farm. Meet on Bonython Way near Woods View and Hayman Retreat (map). Then walk to the Blackwood Hill Reserve and along the Lakeview Walk which leads us to Craigburn Lake. It is as flat as one can get in the hills but nothing steep. We will keep to well worn tracks. 4.3km circuit.
Apr 30th Otworowski 2p – Through Coromandel Valley. meet in the Hawthorndene Oval Car park (map) at 14:00 hrs
The walk is approximately 6 km and mostly on well-defined tracks.
We will have a coffee stop at the Bake Bakery (map).
May 28th McArthur Combined with Blackwood Reconciliation Walk 2023. Leaving at 11:30 am from Blackwood Roundabout and walking to Colebrook Reconciliation Park. See this link for further details: BRW2023
2p – Warriparinga Wetlands Reserve. The entrance to the Reserve is off Sturt Road just before the Marion Holiday Park (map). We then walk along part of the Sturt Linear Trail north towards Oaklands Wetland and Reserve and will have coffee at the Café Finniss (map) on our return walk. The walk will be mainly on level, sealed pathways.Click this link for an interesting map of the Wetlands Reserve – https://www.marion.sa.gov.au/things-to-do/wetlands/warriparinga-wetland.
Jul 30th Ayliffe 2p – Shepherds Hill Recreation Park. Meet at the Car park of Ayliffes Road, St Mary’s (map) at 2pm and will walk along the River Red Gum Loop Track along the river until it reaches the Watiparinga Reserve. We can continue along the Viaduct Track until we reach the railway line and the old viaduct remains, depending on the condition of the track. Return via another part of the River Red Gum Loop Track which passes by the Archery Course and the Marion Riding Club.
Aug 27th McArthurs 2p – at the corner of East and South Terraces (map) in Adelaide. Plenty of parking nearby! We plan to meander through the Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi (Park 16) Wetlands, up past the colonial houses of Halifax Street to Cibo Espresso coffee shop on Hutt Street. From there we sojourn back along South Terrace to our cars.
Sep 24th McLean 2p – Hardy’s Scrub Hike: meet at Gate16 on Chapel Hill Rd, Blewitt Springs (map).
We will be doing a circuit walk through Hardy’s Scrub enjoying the wildflowers.
Oct 29th Sutcliffe 2p – Blackwood Forest Recreation Park car park on the corner of Turners Avenue and Main Road, Hawthorndene (map). The easy relaxed walk will follow the course of Minno Creek from this point to Belair National Park, criss-crossing the creek through the suburbs, delightful Spring gardens and parks along the way. The plan is to return to Joan’s Pantry around 3.30pm for a cuppa before making our way back to the car park.
Dec 3rd Turners 2p – at the entrance to the Warriparringa Wetlands (map) off Sturt Road and will have an easy walk following the Sturt Linear Trail towards Oaklands Wetlands and return.
Dec 31st No December walk

Walking in 2022:

Date Organiser Place to meet
Jan 30th No January walk.
Feb 27th
Hughes 6p – Meet at Brighton Railway Station (map) on the western side of the line for a beach walk.
Mar 27th Hughes 2p – Meet at the car park at the Warriparinga Cultural Centre (map) on Warriparinga Way, Bedford Park which is off Sturt Road (just east of the Marion Holiday Park entrance). We will consolidate cars and drive to the Oaklands Wetland Reserve (map) to begin our walk.
Apr 24th Turner 2p – Steub Trail – from Mt Lofty Summit Car Park (map) to Cleland. It is 3.5km on an easy downhill track. Meet at Mount Lofty Car Park (wait for the leaders to arrive before paying for parking as we need to place cars at Cleland before we start the walk). Hope to have coffee at Cleland after the walk
May 29th Attwell CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER AND RECONCILIATION WALK. 2p – Shepherds Hill Recreation Park. Meet at the car park off Ayliffes Road (map) and walk along the River Red Gum Walk to the viaduct and back via the Seaview Loop. Coffee afterwards at Balthazar Cafe (map: Pasadena Foodland).
Jun 26th Otworowski 2p – meet in the Hawthorndene Oval Car Park. The walk is approximately 6 km and mostly on well-defined tracks.
We will have a coffee stop at the Bake Bakery, Shop 1, 401 Main Road, Coromandel Valley South Australia 5051 (map).
Jul 31st Sutcliffe
Aug 28th
Sep 25th Cliff 2p – Back of the Blackwood Football Club Oval (map)
Oct 30th Dowling CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER. 2p – Lorikeet Loop walk at Belair National Park (map). It’s a nice, easy 3km walk on flat terrain. We will meet at 2.00pm, for a 2.10pm departure, in the carpark of the adjacent ‘old’ golf club / caravan park, near the gate that affords access to BNP.
Nov 27th Cranwell 2p – Botanic Gardens – Visit the rose garden, Bicentennial Conservatory, enjoy the many walking paths.. Meet at the State Herbarium car park on Hackney Road (map). Free parking on Sundays. For those that would like to use public transport, we will be on the 12:52p Belair train from Blackwood then tram and walk to the car park.
Dec 25th No December walk


Walking in 2021:

Date Organiser Place to meet
Jan 31st No January walk.
Feb 28th
Sutcliffs 5:30p – Meet by the Brighton Jetty for the usual walk south to Kingston Park and return to Jetty Rd Brighton for refreshments at one of the cafes – MAP.
Mar 28th McArthurs 2p – Old Noarlunga Institute Hall, 55-57 Patapinda Road, Old Noarlunga 5168 (the hall faces Patapinda Rd, the main road or old South Road through the town) – MAP.
Apr 25th Otworoskis 2p – The Twin Creek Walk. Meet at Coromandel Community Centre (MAP), Weymouth Reserve. Web link: Weymouth Reserve
May 30th Dyson
Jun 27th Turners CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER! 2p – Mount Lofty Car Park (MAP): we will transfer some cars to Cleland before starting the walk downhill from Mt Lofty to Cleland Conservation Park.  Enjoy the scenery from the lookout first then we will wend our way on the Steub Trail down through the bush to coffee with the Koalas at Cleland. Please ring or text to Jan & Milton Turner if you plan to join us on the walk.
Jul 25th Collins CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 LOCKDOWN – Jupiter Creek Gold Diggings (MAP)
Aug 29th Dyson 2p – Sundews Ridge Loop, Onkaparinga River National Park. Meet in the car park at Gate 11, Piggott Range Road, Onkaparinga Hills – MAP. See newsletter item for more info.
Sep 26th McLean 2p – Hardys Scrub Hike, Onkaparinga Recreation Park. Meet at Gate 16, Chapel Hill Road for a circuit walk near Blewitt Springs – MAP.
Oct 31st Hughes 2:30p – at the car park behind the Blackwood Football Ground on Craigburn Road (Craigburn Farm Shared Trails MTB Parking – see map). Along a footpath up to Wittunga Botanic Gardens and back along tracks to Blackwood Hill Reserve. It’s a leafy route, plenty of shade, but please wear a hat, bring water and wear sturdy shoes..
Nov 28th Cranwell 1:30p – 3:30p – walk through the East Parklands in the City. Ample parking in the Fullarton Road car park, just after the lights outside the old Queen Vic Hospital – MAP. We will gather at the southeast corner of the Grandstand.
Dec 26th No December walk

Walking in 2020:

Date Organiser Place to meet
Jan 26th No January walk.
Feb 29th
Turners Cancelled due to extreme heat. 5pm – Beach walk
Mar 29th McArthurs
Apr 26th McLeans
May 31st? Lees To join the “Walk of Reconciliation” walk organised by Blackwood Reconciliation Group and Colebrook Tjitji Tjuta.
Jun 28th Dyson Lorikeet Loop in Belair National Park: meet in the free car park of the former Belair Golf Club, adjacent to the park, at 1:50 pm. (newsletter info)
Jul 26th Collins Sturt Gorge Recreation Park: meet at 2pm in the park opposite 54 Bonython Way, Craigburn Farm (map). (newsletter info)
Aug 30th Hawkins Meet at the Hazelwood Park car park (corner of Howard Tce and Davenport Tce) for a 2:00pm set off. Enter from Greenhill Road (map). (Newsletter info)
Sep 27th Marriotts Glenthorne National Park – Ityamaiitpinna Yarta: meet at 2pm in the car park at the Ranger Station, South off Majors Road, O’Halloran Hill (map). Caffe Buongiorno (Shop 5, 93 Main South Rd., O’Halloran Hill – map) for coffee afterwards for those interested. (Newsletter info)
Oct 25th Lower Meet at Cleland Conservation Park car park (map) at 1.30pm. Walking from Cleland to Mount Lofty Summit and back. (Newsletter info)
Nov 29th Cranwells Meet at the Port Noarlunga Arts Centre car park (22 Gawler St., Port Noarlunga – map) at 2pm. (Further Newsletter info)
Dec 27th No December walk



Walking in 2019:

Date Organiser Place to meet
Jan 27th McArthur 5.00pm. Meet at the park at the corner of Esplanade and Young St., Seacliff. Please let us know if you expect to be there… Malcolm and Gloria McArthur 0400 267 906.
Feb 24th
Mar 3rd
Turners CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH TEMPERATURES. Meet at Goodwood Railway Station where we will take the 2.08pm train to Brighton Station, then walk to Glenelg to catch the tram back to Goodwood.
Mar 31st Otworowski 2:30pm. Meet at Horners Historic Bridge Car Park on Coromandel Parade, Flagstaff Hill
(see map). Walk will be along the Sturt River through the Gorge and then up over into the
Blackwood Recreation Park and back down to Horners Bridge.
Apr 28th Norris 2.00pm. Guided walk through the Waite Arboretum. Meet on the western lawn or Urrbrae House (map). Cost $5 (fundraising for Waite). RSVP to Wendy by 24th April.
May 26th Marriott There will be no church walk this month but walkers are encouraged to join the
Journey of Healing Event” which includes a walk from Blackwood Uniting Church.
Jun 30th
Jul 28th
Aug 25th Cliff 2:00pm. Karinya Reserve UBD 154 H8.The walk will be about 2 hours and will have some ascent and descent but not too tough.
Sep 29th K Collins 2:00pm Jupiter Creek Gold Diggings (map). This easy walk takes about 1½ hours with a bit of time to read the historical signage and appreciate the sundews and orchids or it could take 2 hours depending on your interest! Here’s a brochure/map PDF download.
Oct 27th Hawkins Stirling
Nov 24th McLean 2pm Oaklands Wetland and Reserve back car park, off Oaklands Rd (MAP), for a walk beside the train line to explore the new Oaklands Station and landscaping around the area.
Dec No December walk


Walking in 2018:

Date Organiser Place to meet
Feb 25th Hughes 3p Urrbrae House/Waite Gardens: Arboretum, Springfield and the Urrbrae House Gardens. Meet at the carpark at the Urrbrae House end of Walter Young Avenue, Urrbrae (map). Walter Young Avenue runs off Fullarton Road just south of the Cross and Fullarton Roads intersection into the Arboretum.
Mar 25th 2pm Justice for Refugees! Meet in Victoria Square
Apr 29th C Cliff 2p Karinya Reserve, Shepherds Hill Road (Map: UBD 154 H8 or click this link)
May 27th Hawkins Reconciliation Day Event
Jun 24th McLean 2pm O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park (Majors Rd, Gate 4, carpark on north side of road opposite Adams Rd – click this link to download a map)
Jul 29th McArthur 2p Shepherds Hill Park (meet at the car park off Ayliffe’s Road, 200 metres east of its South Road intersection – map). A meandering Creek, abandoned tunnel, city and sea views!
Aug 26th Marriott 2p Wittunga Botanical Gardens and Magpie Creek. Meet at the home of Bonnie & Bruce Marriot (map). Followed by freshly perked coffee!
Sep 23rd K Collins 2p Sturt Gorge Recreation Park. Meet in the park opposite 54 Bonython Way, Craigburn Farm (map). It won’t be too hilly… really!
Oct 28th Marlow 2p Old Mitcham Quarries Walk. Meet at the end of High St, Belair (off Caroline St – map). Note: The first 200 metres of this walk are rough and rocky; bring your walking poles!
Nov 25th Cranwell 1:45p Torrens Linear Park. Meet at the car park on Richmond St, alongside of the Hackney Hotel, Hackney (map).
Dec No December walk

Walking in 2017:

Date Organiser Place to meet
Jan 29th Tony & Jackie Otworowski 5:00pm @ Kingston Park car park next to Brighton Caravan Park (near the kiosk) for a beach walk (map)
Feb 26th Michael Hughes & Janet Taylor-Hughes 4pm, Coromandel Valley at the Watchman House car park, 360 Main Road Coromandel Valley (near the intersection of Winns and Main Roads)
Mar 26th Phil Hoffmann 2pm, River Torrens outlet, in the car park just north of the Seaview Road Bridge (33 Esplanade, Henley Beach – map)
Apr 30th Jan & Anthony Furness 2p, junction of Trevor Terrace and Allison Avenue, Blackwood (map) for an easy walk through the Sturt Gorge.
May 28th Lynona & David Hawkins Roughly 1pm at Colebrook Blackwood Reconciliation Park, Shepherd’s Hill Road, Eden Hills (map)
Jun 25th Geoff & Ann McLean 2p, Waite Conservation Reserve – enter Waite Campus Gate 2 off Waite Rd, up Hartley Grove, then use car park on right – Wine Innovation East/The Plant Accelerator (map)
Jul 30th Malcolm & Gloria McArthur 2p at the corner of Sprigg Rd and Lampert Rd, Crafers (see map). There will be two options to Mt Lofty Summit: for the “Hardy Ones” and the “Hardlies”.
Aug 27th Nancy & Peter Cranwell 2:15p, Bonython Park Kiosk (map) for a wander around the Karrawirra Parri (River Torrens) precinct, including the Bunyip Trail.
Sep 24th Phil & Christa Megaw 1:15p, Brownhill Creek (meet at the historic Manure Pits, Brown Hill Creek Road – map). This walk is part of a fundraiser for Lung Cancer. Coffee in Mitcham afterwards.
Oct 29th Phil & Jane Marlow 2p at the Boatshed Café (the old SLSC) car park at the southern entrance to the Park off Heron Way, Hallett Cove (see map).
Nov 26th Milton & Jan Turner 2p at the car park at the rear of the Blackwood Hills Oval on Craigburn Road (Craigburn Farm Shared Trails MTB Parking – see map). Sturt Gorge walk down to the Minda Dam.
Dec No December walk

Walking in 2016:

Date Organiser Place to meet
Jan 31st Geoff McLean 6:30pm @ Brighton Jetty for a beach walk
Feb 28th Michael Hughes & Janet Taylor-Hughes 5:30pm @ Watchman House for a walk along Historic Coromandel Valley.
Mar 27th No walk due to Easter
Apr 24th Malcolm & Gloria McArthur 2:00pm @ Epiphany Place, Crafers for a one-way walk to Mt Lofty Summit. Click here for more details.
May 29th Geoff & Ann McLean 2:00pm @ at the Kuitpo Forest Reserve GATE B02 – 1km past Kangarilla on Dashwood Gully Road (road to Meadows). Click here for more details and a map.
Jun 26th The McLeans and The McArthurs 2:00pm @ Joan’s Pantry, Hawthorndene. Click here for more details and a map.
Jul 31st Milton Turner 2pm @ Waverly Lodge entrance to Belair National Park on Sheoak Road. Click here for a map.
Aug 28th Rev Phil Hoffmann 2pm @ Breakout Creek Wetlands. Meet in the car park at corner of Seaview Road, Henley Beach and the Esplanade (small park immediately north of bridge over the Torrens as road dog-legs to seaside). Click here for a map.
Sep 25th Phil & Christa Megaw 2pm @ Stirling District Cemetery (click for a map) to walk the bushland section of the Valley of the Bandicoots Trail (The Aldgate Valley Nature Walk).
Oct 30th
Nov 27th
Dec No December walk

Walking in 2015:

Date Organiser Place to meet
Jan 25th
Feb 22nd Ray Bown 7pm @ Brighton Jetty for a beach walk to Seacliff and return
Mar 22nd Phil Hoffmann 2pm @ Henley Square. Beachside walk returning to take in some of Henley Beach’s historic buildings.
Apr 26th Geoff McLean 2pm @ Oaklands Wetlands and Reserve – drive in off Oaklands Rd and meet at second BBQ AREA on right next to car parking bay 6 or 7.
May 31st Malcolm & Gloria McArthur CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
2pm @ Brown Hill Creek. Meet at roadside at the southern end of the Caravan Park.
Jun 28th Phil Megaw 2pm @ Belair National Park, Gate 20 (Upper Sturt Lodge) on Upper Sturt Road.
Jul 26th David Hawkins 2pm @ Coromandel Railway Station for a walk through Magpie Gully.
Aug 30th Peter Smith 2pm @ Belair National Park, Gate 6 on Sheoak Road.
Sep 27th Jan & Milton Turner 2pm @ Sturt Gorge, Gate 1 (opposite 34 The Boulevard, Bellevue Heights)
Oct 25th Wendy Norris and Mark & Elisabeth Williams 2pm @ George Street Reserve, Marion for a bike/walker dual excursion!
Nov 29th Bonnie & Bruce Marriott 2pm @ Brighton Caravan Park (Kingston Park) for a coastal walk.
Dec No December walk

Walking in 2014:

Date Organiser Place to meet
Jan 26th Ray & Mary Bown 7pm – Brighton Jetty, a beach along to Seacliff and return
Feb 23rd
Mar 30th
Apr 27th Phil & Christa Megaw 2pm Sturt Gorge Recreation Park (meeting location to be advised, please check back)
May 25th Bonnie & Bruce Marriot 2pm at the Marriot’s home for a walk in the Sturt Gorge, Craigburn Farm area
Jun 29th David Hawkins 2pm at McElligotts Quarry Reserve Car Park at the southern end of Carrick Hill Drive to walk the Waite Hills Face
Jul 27th Malcolm & Gloria McArthur 2pm at the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander War Memorial, Torrens Parade Ground, Adelaide
Aug 31st Ray & Mary Bown 2pm at the Norwood Library, 110 The Parade – click the link for a map
Sep 28th Phil Megaw 2pm at Belair National Park’s Gate 20 (Upper Sturt Lodge) on Upper Sturt Road.
Oct 26th
Nov 30th Lyn Muller Will cover a portion of the Pioneer Women’s Trail from Bridgewater to Stirling. Meet at the Bridgewater Mill (click for a map).
Dec No December walk

Walking in 2013:

Date Organiser Place to meet
Jan 27th Ray & Mary Bown 7pm – Brighton Jetty, a beach along to Seacliff and return
Feb 24th Phil & Christa Megaw 7pm – North Esplanade & King St, Glenelg North, for a walk to West Beach and then back to Glenelg
Mar 31st
Apr 28th Gloria & Malcolm McArthur 2:25pm – Eden Hills Railway Station then to explore a magical and little known gully-creek.
May 26th Geoff & Ann McLean 2pm – Botanic Gardens Bicentennial Gate (northeast corner) for a walk along Torrens River and end in Botanic Gardens Café.
Jun 30th Ray & Mary Bown 2pm – Meet opposite the Plank Kitchen & Bar at 6 Adelphi Crescent, Glenelg for a walk around the Patawalonga Lake and surrounds.
Jul 28th
Aug 25th Ann & Geoff McLean 2pm – Meet at Flagstaff Hill Primary School car park, Blacks Road opposite Ridgway Drive, Flagstaff Hill for a walk in Sturt Gorge
Sep 29th Jan & Anthony Furness 2pm – Meet at the corner of Trevor Terrace and Alison Avenue for the Craigburn Farm Walking Trails.
Oct 27th Claudia Cliff 3pm – Meet at the upper car park of the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens for a walk through the park and beyond.
Nov 24th
Dec No December walk

Look forward to seeing you!