Want a trail that's challenging, stimulating and a bit out of the ordinary? Then why not take one of South Australia's 'adventure trails'. Whether it's mountain biking through the remote Outback, diving amongst shipwrecks or hiking along a bush-track far from civilization, we're sure to have something to get your adrenalin pumping.
If it's cycling you're after, the Mawson Trail offers some pretty challenging sections. It's designed for mountain bike or sturdy touring bike use and is not suitable for road bikes. At times cycling will be difficult, with very steep uphill sections and challenging loops in some locations. The ten-kilometre 'Wilcolo Track', from Wilpena Pound to Bunyeroo Station, is particularly rewarding, offering great scenery and some technical riding to those who take the challenge.
Closer to Adelaide, the Fox Creek Mountain Bike Trails in Mount Crawford Forest offer challenging riding for those who haven't got the time to travel to the Flinders. There are two, three-kilometre downhill tracks plus an eight-kilometre cross-country track.
Bushwalking on the Heysen Trail is an another option for adventure-seekers. Visit the Heysen Trail website for details on longer and more remote sections of the trail, including overnight camping locations.
Divers should check out the Adelaide Underwater Heritage Trail which includes four shipwrecks off the Gulf of St Vincent, ranging from Port Willunga in the south to the Yorke Peninusa. On the Limestone Coast, both Piccaninnie Ponds and Ewan Ponds offer great diving for experienced divers - permits are required.
On the River Murray, adventure-seekers can take a canoe tour through the small creeks and waterways of the river, negotiating fallen trees and other obstacles as you go.
Finally, if you're planning on taking an adventure trail be sure to visit the 'Safety' section of this website. Preparation and experience are essential ingredients for these trails.
Blinman Pools Walk
Coorong NP - Nakun Kungun Trek
Deep Creek CP - Deep Creek Cove Hike (from Tapanappa Lookout)
Flinders Ranges NP - Mt Ohlssen Bagge Hike
Flinders Ranges NP - St Mary Peak Trek
Mawson Trail - Wirrabara Forest to Blinman
Mt Remarkable NP - Hidden Gorge Hike
Mt Remarkable NP - Mount Cavern Trek
Ngarkat CP - Scorpion Springs Trek
Pichi Richi Camel Farm Trails
The Dutchmans Stern CP - The Dutchmans Stern Hike
Vulkathunha - Gammon Ranges NP - Italowie Hike
Wirrabara Forest Bluff Climb