10 pram-friendly walks in Adelaide’s national parks

10 pram-friendly walks in Adelaide’s national parks

Look­ing for a pram-friend­ly way to con­nect with nature? Try these walks in parks not too far from Adelaide.

There’s lots of beau­ti­ful walks in Adelaide’s nation­al parks, but when you’ve got a baby or a tod­dler in tow, then con­ve­nient park­ing, short­er trail dis­tances, flat­ter sur­faces, and facil­i­ties like toi­lets may be impor­tant things to consider.

We’ve tak­en the guess­work out of it for you with this list of pram-friend­ly walks in Ade­laide parks and some of the handy facil­i­ties nearby:


1. Wood Duck Walk – Belair Nation­al Park

As the name sug­gests this walk in Belair Nation­al Park is a great spot for you and your lit­tle ones to spot – you guessed it – ducks! The trail is only 1 kilo­me­tre long and starts at the carpark and pic­nic area at Play­ford Lake, so if you have to high­tail it home due to a tantrum – or worse! – the car won’t be too far away.

2. Lori­keet Loop Walk – Belair Nation­al Park

If you’re after a slight­ly longer walk, check out this 3 km loop that starts from Old Gov­ern­ment House in Belair Nation­al Park and trav­els in an anti-clock­wise direc­tion. If you need to pro­vide the kids with some encour­age­ment along the way, you can tell them they’ll be reward­ed with a vis­it to the park’s adven­ture playground.

3. Black Cliff Look­out – Hal­lett Cove Con­ser­va­tion Park

Head­ing beach­side? Try this great pram-friend­ly trail in Hal­lett Cove Con­ser­va­tion Park that takes in beau­ti­ful coastal views. This 1.8 km round-trip starts at the carpark, which is handy as it’s close to the toi­lets and Boat Shed Café.

Here’s a sneak peak of these access trails:

What’s on at Hal­lett Cove Con­ser­va­tion Park: new access trails 

4. Goon­dooloo Ridge Walk – Deep Creek Con­ver­sa­tion Park 

Fur­ther afield in Deep Creek Nation­al Park, just over 100 km from Ade­laide, Goon­dooloo Ridge walk has every­thing you could want in a day visit.

It’s a Class 2 trail that takes on aver­age 2 hours to com­plete, tak­ing you through re-veg­e­tat­ed and rem­nant native bush­land and lead­ing you to the new look­out and pic­nic area.

At the look­out, you can rest for lunch and take in the spec­tac­u­lar views over Back­stairs Pas­sage to Kan­ga­roo Island.

5. Wet­lands Loop Trail – Onka­paringa Riv­er Recre­ation Park

The 3 km Wet­lands Loop Trail in this park is a mix­ture of grav­el paths and board­walks, mak­ing it suit­able for prams. 

You’ll find park­ing and a toi­let at Per­rys Bend, and can also enjoy the pic­nic area, which has a BBQ and pic­nic tables.

6.Punch­bowl Look­out Trail – Onka­paringa Riv­er Nation­al Park

For spec­tac­u­lar views of Onka­paringa Gorge, check out the 2 km Punch­bowl Look­out Trail in Onka­paringa Riv­er Nation­al Park.

If you need a rest part-way through your walk, there’s seat­ing along the way.

The eas­i­est spot to park is at Gates 8 and 9 on Pig­got Range Road and you’ll find toi­lets at the near­by Sun­dews Look­out at Gate 11.


7. Mori­al­ta Falls Val­ley Walk – Mori­al­ta Con­ser­va­tion Park

No doubt you’ve heard of Morialta’s gigan­tic Mukan­thi Play­space, but if the kids still have ener­gy to burn after enjoy­ing the play­ground this trail is per­fect to cart your pram along.

The 1.6 km Mori­al­ta Falls Val­ley Walk is a good short walk on a wide, hard-packed grav­el trail that reach­es just below First Falls. The last sec­tion goes below the falls via a boardwalk.

8. Fourth Creek Trail – Mori­al­ta Con­ser­va­tion Park

Anoth­er option at Mori­al­ta is the Fourth Creek Trail, which is a 3 km round-trip.

The first part of the path has a com­pact­ed grav­el sur­face, and the sec­ond half is bitu­men. There is a short incline near the start, just beyond the Mukan­thi Play­space and after the footbridge. 

9. Steub Trail – Cle­land Nation­al Park

The new­ly-opened Steub Trail in Cle­land Nation­al Park pro­vides an acces­si­ble fam­i­ly-friend­ly option for those want­i­ng to explore Mount Lofty. It’s a 7.7 km return trail that will take about 3 hours to trav­el on.

It starts at Cle­land Wildlife Park, which is locat­ed in the heart of Cle­land Nation­al Park, and winds gen­tly through for­est wood­lands on the way to the Mount Lofty summit.

As well as being home to some very cute fur­ry crea­tures, it’s very pram-friendly.

You should also head to the look­out at Mount Lofty Sum­mit to enjoy the sweep­ing views across Ade­laide. Park­ing spaces and toi­lets are in handy reach and the Sum­mit Café is a great spot for cof­fee or lunch if the kids are get­ting hungry.


10. Lake Dis­cov­ery Loop – Para Wirra Con­ser­va­tion Park

The 1 km Lake Dis­cov­ery Loop Trail in Para Wirra Con­ser­va­tion Park is a great pram-friend­ly walk. Start from the East Lake carpark and fol­low the well-sign­post­ed trail in a clock­wise direction.

The trail is also suit­able to ride on, so if you have oth­er lit­tle ones in tow don’t for­get to bring their bikes.

Keep an eye out for the ducks and birds – the trail’s prox­im­i­ty to the lake makes it a haven for water­birds.

If you want to make a day of it, the park has a new nature play space and lots of pic­nic spots to stop for lunch. The good news is, you’ll nev­er be far from the loo – there’s plen­ty of toi­lets near these facilities.

11. Lit­tle Quar­ry Loop – Anstey Hill Recre­ation Park

The Lit­tle Quar­ry Loop starts at Anstey Hill Recre­ation Park’s main carpark in the for­mer quar­ry and winds its way around in a 650m con­crete loop. It’s a great spot if your oth­er lit­tle ones are learn­ing to ride bikes.

There’s plen­ty of car park­ing right near the trail and also three dif­fer­ent pic­nic areas to choose from. You’ll find a cou­ple of toi­lets near Gate 1, which is just down the hill.

Look­ing for oth­er fam­i­ly-friend­ly activ­i­ties to enjoy in parks? Check out thesefive school hol­i­day ideas for the whole fam­i­ly, and theTop 3 Ade­laide parks for your tod­dler to enjoy mud, glo­ri­ous mud.

This sto­ry was orig­i­nal­ly post­ed in July 2018.

This con­tent was pro­duced in part­ner­ship with  Good Living