5 great walks in Adelaide that aren’t the Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Trail

5 great walks in Adelaide that aren’t the Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Trail

Pre­fer to get fit with­out an audi­ence? Check out these less­er-known walks that will still get your heart pumping.

It’s lit­tle won­der that the Water­fall Gul­ly to Mount Lofty Sum­mit trail is the most pop­u­lar walk­ing trail in South Australia.

With cafés at each end, a well-made path, beau­ti­ful veg­e­ta­tion and scenic views of the water­falls and Ade­laide, it’s pop­u­lar for a reason.

Of course the views and the work­out are all worth it but it doesn’t mean there aren’t oth­er great options for you to try.

If you’re look­ing for some peace and qui­et on your next walk and want to escape the crowds, here are some alter­na­tives – in the Mt Lofty area and well beyond:

1. Crafers to Mount Lofty Link Trail

This 4.5 km trail links Crafers to Mount Lofty via Cle­land Nation­al Park’s fire trails and some new­ly cre­at­ed walk­ing trails, which means there’s no road walk­ing involved.

This trail has only been around for a few years and will take you approx­i­mate­ly the same time as the pop­u­lar Water­fall Gul­ly-Mt Lofty trail, how­ev­er the ter­rain is more undu­lat­ing than steep.

You’ll enjoy mak­ing your way through the bush­land of Cle­land Nation­al Park – and you’ll expe­ri­ence the same high when you reach the summit.

The trail is shared use so if you pre­fer to cycle the trail is rat­ed as an easy ride.

Top tip: The trail starts oppo­site the Crafers bus inter­change mak­ing it eas­i­ly acces­si­ble with pub­lic transport.

2. Cham­bers Gul­ly to Mount Lofty

Not for the faint-heart­ed, you’ll need a good four hours to com­plete this steep and chal­leng­ing 15 km cir­cuit.

Park your car at the small road­side carpark oppo­site 67 Water­fall Gul­ly Road and walk past the Cham­bers Gul­ly gate to trans­port your­self to this cool oasis.

The steep tracks that are edged with ferns lead to breath­tak­ing ridge-top views of the city and coast, and you might just spot cock­a­toos, but­ter­flies and bandi­coots along the way.

3. Wine Shan­ty Hike, Cle­land Nation­al Park

While this trail won’t lead you to Mount Lofty Sum­mit, you’ll still be reward­ed with amaz­ing views of Ade­laide as this chal­leng­ing 10 km loop hike tra­vers­es through a vari­ety of veg­e­ta­tion types of stringy­bark and blue gum woodlands. 

Explore the cool gul­lies and be on the look­out for yel­low-tailed black cock­a­toos that like to feed on the Oys­ter Bay pines.

The trail can be accessed from mul­ti­ple loca­tions, includ­ing bus stop 18 on Green­hill Road.

4. Yel­low-tailed Loop – Anstey Hill Recre­ation Park

If you’d like to avoid Mt Lofty alto­geth­er, why not try Anstey Hill Recre­ation Park locat­ed 16 km north­east of Adelaide.

It fea­tures a 6.2 km cir­cuit-style loop, offer­ing a mod­er­ate half-day hike with some steep ter­rain. Short­er hikes are also avail­able if you have less than half a day to spare.

Take in the views of the Ade­laide Plains and see some native flo­ra and fau­na while you’re there.

Why not bring your dog along too? Canines are most wel­come if they remain on paths and on a lead.

5. Sec­ond Falls Gorge Hike – Mori­al­ta Con­ser­va­tion Park

If views and car­dio are your thing, why not try the 5.3 km Sec­ond Falls Gorge Hike in Mori­al­ta Con­ser­va­tion Park?

A real heart-starter, this trail offers out­stand­ing views of the gorge from First Falls and Sec­ond Falls lookouts.

Stretch your legs and then head up the steep slope to Deep View Look­out for a mag­nif­i­cent view of the city.

Top tip: If you pre­fer an eas­i­er gra­di­ent, hike in an anti-clock­wise direction.

Watch this video where Ade­ladies Lau­ren and Hay­ley tell you their secret on how they stay fit with­out an audience.

Alter­na­tive walks to Mount Lofty 

These are five of our favourite walks in Ade­laide, but there are so many more great walks to explore in and around Ade­laide. Find your near­est park to see what trails it has to offer.

Inter­est­ed in walk­ing with a com­pan­ion? Check out these blogs on pram-friend­ly walks and nation­al parks where you can walk your dog.

This sto­ry was orig­i­nal­ly post­ed in Sep­tem­ber 2015 and has been refreshed with two new walks.

Main image: Anstey Hill Recre­ation Park

This con­tent was pro­duced in part­ner­ship with  Good Living