Walks in the park range from easy walks to more challenging hikes like the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit
hike. While you're bushwalking in the park, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of native woodlands and forests, perched swamps and waterfalls. Easy walks
Discovery Walk (40 mins, 1km)
Discover the vegetation just below the Mt Lofty summit lookout. This short loop walk enables you to sit, relax and take in the view
on the number of seats provided. Moderate hikes
Crafers to Mt Lofty link trail (2 hr 30 mins, 4.5km)
This trail provides an excellent alternative for visitors to walk or ride from Crafers to Mt Lofty summit avoiding the busy roads to get there. Starting opposite the Crafers bus stop, visitors can experience the serenity of the bush by walking or riding through Cleland Conservation Park. The trail consists of natural surfaces, existing fire tracks and areas of
well formed trails. Steub Trail (3 hours, 7km return)
Named in honor of park benefactor, Mr Ludwig Reinwald Steub, this trail gently climbs through heathy forest woodland communities from the
Cleland Wildlife Park to Mount Lofty Summit. The trail has been designed with gentle, low-gradient access making it possible for those with reduced mobility to reach the summit.
Walkers, runners, and cyclists are rewarded with wonderful views over the southern ridges of the park and out to the Adelaide plains.
Harford Trail (1 hour, 1.5km)
This link provides access between Cleland Wildlife Park and the Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty summit trail below Chinamans Hut Track.
Measdays loop (2 hrs, 4km)
Hike or ride on existing fire tracks and be introduced to some unique areas of Cleland Conservation Park.
Starting from Measdays lookout, this trail follows the land contour gradually ending up in the creek line valley below. During the winter
months you will be rewarded with the constant babble of a flowing creek.
Pioneer Women's Trail (1 hour 30 mins, 2km)
The Pioneer Womens Trail honours the early Hahndorf settlers who supplied Adelaide with fresh produce at a time when most foodstuffs had to be imported into South Australia. Commencing at Verdun, the 26 km trail follows back roads and bush tracks through the Adelaide Hills to the Cleland Conservation Park, before joining the Old Bullock Track to descend to Beaumont House in Burnside. As it skirts the southern part of the Cleland Conservation Park, this trail provides sweeping views of the natural bush.
Adventure loop (3 hr 30 mins, 10km)
A great alternative loop trail to Mt Lofty summit for those wanting to get away from the crowds. This trail passes through areas of rocky creek lines and tall stringybark forest.
It follows a walking trail and then a fire track before joining the Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Summit trail. This trail has natural rough surfaces and is be steep in parts.
Chambers hike (2 hr 30 mins, 7km)
Starting from Chambers Gully this loop trail climbs up a narrow trail from the gully and enters Cleland Conservation Park just below long ridge track. Once on the top follow the trail back down Bartril Spur. This trail has natural rough surfaces and is be steep in parts.
Chambers Gully to Crafers Trail (5 hr, 12km one way)
A shared use alternative to get from Waterfall Gully Road to Crafers, with an optional spur to the Mount Lofty Summit (via Steub Trail, additional 2.6 km).
Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Hike (2 hr 30 mins, 4.5km one way)
On almost any morning of the
year the trail attracts a range of people: some casually walking, others using it as a training walk, some runners, and others with heavy packs training for distant hiking locations like Nepal. As the walk involves some steep sections, the time taken to walk the trail can vary significantly.
On a busy weekend, car parking at Waterfall Gully can be limited.
Please note, major restoration work is being undertaker along the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Trail. This work is expected to be completed by late March 2020. More information and a detour map are available here.
Prefer to get fit without an audience? Here are five alternative walks to Mount Lofty from Adelady
Wine Shanty hike (4 hrs, 10km)
This challenging hike/ride follows existing fire tracks through a variety of vegetation types of stringybark and blue gum woodlands.
It traverses through cool, moist gullies with unique scenic value. Be on the lookout for Black Cockatoos feeding on the Oyster Bay Pines.
Yurrebilla Trail (2 hr 30 mins, 4.5km)
This trail traverses the Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges and passes through parts of Cleland Conservation Park.
Heysen Trail (1 hr 30 mins, 2km)
This long distance trail passes through parts of Cleland Conservation Park.