Join us to walk the 26km Women’s Pioneer Trail from Hahndorf to Beaumont!
The 26km track follows the steps of pioneer Lutheran women, who fled Prussia as ‘refugees’ to escape persecution.
While we walk in their footsteps, we also reflect on the journey of today’s refugees seeking safety.
ALWS actually began life to help refugees fleeing from Europe to Australia after WW2. At this time, there were 8 million Lutheran refugees.
In fact, one in 6 of the world’s refugees were Lutherans!
Walk My Way is a unique opportunity to reflect on where we’ve come from, how blessed we’ve been, and help those who need us now.
Not a worry – you can hold your own Walk!
If you want to do a Walk at your school, church or with friends, click here to find out how.
If you want to do a Walk by yourself, click here to find out how.
Yes, runners are very welcome; however, be aware that there will not be a truck to carry packs from your start location to the finish at Brock Reserve. Also, there will only be three drink stations along the way (Bridgewater, Stirling and Eagle on the Hill).
If you can't walk 26km, you can choose a shorter option from 6km (see question below).
If 6kms is still too far, you may be interested in joining us for the German Farmhouse Breakfast and Opening Ceremony, and then joining the Hahndorf Lutheran Historical Tour. Registrations are essential and places are limited, so hurry!
If you're not up to walking at all, there are so many other ways to participate. Sponsor a walker, sponsor a team or simply donate. Pray. Volunteer. Contact Kirra to find out how you can help!
Sure! Download the Walker’s Information at the bottom of this page.
You can download information about the Pioneer Women's Trail at the bottom of this page, including the trail's history.
This depends on your level of fitness. Be aware that the trail is fairly rough in some sections. On average, the walk can be achieved in the following times:
You can find out more about the different start times in the Walker's Information (at the bottom of this page).
If these walks are still too far, you may be interested in joining us for the German Farmhouse Breakfast and Opening Ceremony, and then joining the Hahndorf Lutheran Historical Tour. Registrations are essential and places are limited, so hurry!
Bus departing Beaumont:
7.30am Beaumont to Hahndorf (arrives 8am)
10.15am Beaumont to Bridgewater (arrives approx. 10.40am)
11.50am Beaumont to Stirling (arrives approx. 12.10pm)
1.10pm Beaumont to Eagle on the Hill (arrives approx. 1.30pm)
3.00pm Beaumont to Hahndorf (St Michael’s Lutheran Church)
3.30pm Beaumont to Hahndorf (St Michael’s Lutheran Church)
4.00pm Beaumont to Hahndorf (St Michael’s Lutheran Church)
5.15pm Beaumont to Hahndorf (St Michael’s Lutheran Church)
Bus departing Hahndorf:
10.30am Hahndorf to Bridgewater (arrives approx. 10.40am)
12.15pm Hahndorf to Stirling (arrives approx. 12.25pm)
There are some fairly rough sections, which would be difficult for a wheelchair or pram to negotiate.
However, wheelchairs, prams and people who would like to take a gentle walk around Hahndorf may be interested in joining the Hahndorf Lutheran Historical Tour. Registrations are essential and places are limited, so hurry!
No. Dogs are not permitted in the Conservation Parks.
If, for any reason, Cleland Conservation Park and/or Mount George Conservation Park are closed on the day, we'll look to walk to Stirling and back - a similar distance, but outside of the Parks. You'll be informed at the start locations, via email and text.
The event will also be cancelled if high temperature is forecast (35 Celsius or above) or if other extreme weather conditions are forecast (lightning, gale force winds).
Walk My Way will not be cancelled in the case of rain, but you should pack protective clothes for wet weather, wear appropriate shoes (preferably hiking shoes) and take extra care on steep sections of the track, which may be slippery.
Please refer to the Walker's Information below for what happens if there is an emergency that requires evacuation from the Parks.
There will be a First Aid officer on duty at different points along the trail and at Brock Reserve. There is an emergency contact number provided. Please refer to the Walker's Information below for what to do in an emergency.
Sorry, no. If you have no one to collect you from Brock Reserve, then you will need to leave your car there in the morning and take the bus to the start location see bus times above).
There will be a bus leaving from Brock Reserve back to Hahndorf at the end of the day (3.00pm, 3.30pm, 4.00pm, 4.30pm and 5.15pm). If you leave your car parked in Hahndorf, this might be a good solution for you.