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Strathalbyn is a fantastic spot for a walk. Enjoy a lovely meal at one of our many cafes and restaurants and stretch your legs afterwards with a stroll along the River Angas walking trail. The 5 kilometre trail has a number of interesting “scar trees” that were used for canoes and shields cut from the living bark by the Aboriginal nations that wandered and met in the Strathalbyn district prior to European colonisation.

The trail is an easy walk – mostly level and suitable for all ages, with signs along the way to highlight significant spots. The trail starts at the Children’s Bridge in the Soldiers Memorial Gardens. The Childrens Bridge was financed by William Richardson of Woodchester as a memorial to his wife. Although childless, they were concerned that children had to cross the river by a ford and stepping stones to reach the school.

The current bridge is an exact replica, replacing the original in 1978 when mortar started crumbling.

Choose to walk either upstream or downstream. A downstream stroll takes you past the old weir that is the location of the famous Rotary Duck Race that is held on the second Sunday in November.  Follow the river edge through Rotary Park, past the BBQs and under the Railway Bridge. The walk will lead you to Fairfield Drive, the site of the old Cobb & Co Coach House.

Upstream takes you past the Rotunda and War Memorial and past the old Swimming Pool used from 1885 to as late as 1968. Follow the river alongside waterholes and along the river valley until you reach ‘The Lodge’ – the home of Sir Lancelot and Lady Stirling until 1950.

You can pick up a map from the Strathalbyn Visitor Information Centre (former railway station) on South Terrace or download the map here. The River Angas Walkway is also promoted by Walking SA.

Another interesting trail is a short ten minute drive south of Strathalbyn. The Nurragi Walking Trail is a 12.4km track along a former rail corridor, which contains more than 300 native plant species including over 50 that are rare or endangered.

Refer to the Strathalbyn & District Map for more activities in the big outdoors (including the aforementioned walking trails).