Experience the amazing trips undertaken by Hahndorf’s Prussian Lutheran women and girls, sometimes twice weekly.
They walked, carrying their produce, from Hahndorf through the Adelaide Hills to market in Adelaide in the early years of European settlement. The walk honours their sturdiness, hard work and stamina, for they were instrumental in saving the young colony from starvation.
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 the steps of the women and girls from Hahndorf to Beaumont House. Our walk of 26km ends there, but they would have continued for another 9km into central Adelaide. Since the event started in 2009 many hundreds of women, men and children have followed in their footsteps.
The 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 the Hahndorf Academy, the trail winds through Bridgewater, following Cox Creek for part of the way. After traversing beautiful Mount George Conservation Park the trail detours through Stirling, with its many coffee shops. It continues through Crafers and Cleland National Park, before joining the Old Bullock Track, finally emerging to stunning city views and the descent to Beaumont House in Burnside.
The National Trust of South Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land who walked for millennia these tracks on which we walk today. It pays respect to Peramangk and Kaurna Elders past, present and emerging and their continuing cultural and heritage beliefs
Sunday 15 May
The full walk starts from 7.30 am from The Academy; 68 Main Street, Hahndorf 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:
Please note we will be doing a rolling start – Once you have arrived at your start location, have registered and received your participant lanyard – You can start!
Due to the large number of walkers and small walkways we find a rolling start works better than finding yourself bottle-necked.
Hahndorf start, from 7.30 am (26 km walk): from The Academy; 68 Main Street, Hahndorf
Bridgewater start, 9.00 am (19 km walk): from Bridgewater Lions Park, Corner of Mount Barker and Bridgewater Road
Stirling start, 10.30 am (12 km walk): from Stirling Steamroller Park, corner of Mount Barker Road and Avenue Road
$25 per person
$15 National Trust members
Children 15 and under FREE
Group Booking: $20 per person (group minimum of 5)
$12.00 bus ticket
General enquiries: 0451 030 357
Registration and tickets enquiries: 8202 9200 (select option 2 from the menu)
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