Experience the amazing journeys taken by our early German pioneer women as they carried their produce on foot from Hahndorf to Adelaide through the Adelaide Hills.
Each year hundreds of walkers make the trek following the trail made by German pioneer women as they carried their fresh produce from Hahndorf to market in Adelaide 180 year ago.
The Pioneer Women’s Trail was rediscovered by members of the Hahndorf and Burnside Branches of the National Trust, and Walking SA in 1980. The annual Pioneer Women’s Trail Walk retraces their steps over 26km from Hahndorf to Beaumont.This year marks 180 years since the establishment of Hahndorf, and it is the 10th year of this event.
As the walkers descend from Hahndorf join us for a special harvest celebration with live music, food, wine and produce in the beautiful autumn splendour of the Beaumont House gardens. Lend a hand picking olives in the 150 year old olive grove for the famous Davenport Olive Oil. Admission to the Heritage Harvest Festival can be purchased at the gate.
The Pioneer Women’s Trail is approximately 26km long and mainly follows country roads, lane ways and bush tracks through a delightful section of the Adelaide Hills with historic homes, deciduous trees and native bushland. Commencing at Verdun, the trail winds through Bridgewater, following Cox Creek part of the way. After traversing beautiful Mt George Conservation Park the trail detours through Stirling, with its many coffee shops. It continues through Crafers and Cleland Conservation Park, before joining the Old Bullock Track, finally emerging to stunning city views and the descent to Beaumont House in Burnside.
The full walk starts at 8.30am from the Hahndorf Institute. You can also choose to do a shorter walk by starting at three other points Bridgewater (19km, starting at 9.30am), Stirling (12km, starting at 11am) and Eagle on the Hill (6km, starting at 11.15am).
Buses serve all starting points and there is a return bus to Hahndorf departing Beaumont House at 3.30pm. All walkers receive free admission to the Heritage Harvest Festival.
Walker registration is $20 per person, or $15 for groups of 5 or more. Buses are $10 per person one way.
Important event information:
- Pioneer Women’s Trail Walk FAQ
- Pioneer Women’s Trail Walk Safety Information
- Pioneer Women’s Trail Map
- Pioneer Women’s Trail History
- Terms and Conditions
Event Bus Schedule:
Buses will depart from Beaumont House at the following times:
For Hahndorf Start, 7.30am
For Bridgewater Start, 8.30am
For Stirling & Eagle on the Hill Start, 10.00am
Return bus to all start locations, 3.30pm
Please ensure you arrive with ample time to complete your participant registration.
Event Start Times and Locations:
The full walk event starts from the Hahndorf Institute and ends at Beaumont House (631 Glynburn Road, Beaumont); however, you can choose to join the event at any of the starting points located at Bridgewater, Stirling and Eagle on the Hill:
Hahndorf start, 8.30 am (26 km walk): from Hahndorf Institute, 59 Main Street Hahndorf
Bridgewater start, 9.30 am (19 km walk): from Bridgewater Lions Park, Corner of Mount Barker and Bridgewater Road
Stirling start, 11.00 am (12 km walk): from Stirling Steamroller Park, corner of Mount Barker Road and Avenue Road
Eagle on the Hill start, 11.15 am (6 km walk): from the start of The Old Bullock Track