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Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Trail Restoration

Major restoration work is being undertaken along the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Trail. This work is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

How does this affect you? 

Detours will be in place at certain times on sections of the trail for public safety. These detours will only be in place on weekdays. Unless unforeseeable circumstances arise, on weekends and public holidays, the usual trail route will be available.

Please be aware that these detours can make the trail longer and/or steeper and require greater care to traverse.

NEW: Extra funding to allow additional upgrades

A further $2.9m will be spent on upgrades to the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Trail to ensure the trail can withstand future storm events.

The funding brings to $5.4 million the total amount being invested in upgrading this extremely popular trail, which is used by over 600,000 visitors each year.

The new works require trail detours to be in place, but only on weekdays. Unless unforeseeable circumstances arise, on weekends and public holidays the regular trail route will remain open.

The Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit trail suffered significant storm damage in September 2016 and this additional funding will allow further works to be carried out to complete the upgrade of the trail and to ensure it can withstand future extreme weather events.

The additional upgrades will make the entire trail sustainable and storm-resistant from top to bottom, and will include creek bank stabilisation, new boardwalks, stonework and trail re-surfacing.

The upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Detour details

Alternate Route 1

A detour will be in place on weekdays. This detour will depart the usual trail from the first falls car park and re-join it just below second falls. This detour will add an additional 300m each way. It will be a more difficult walk, with natural rough surfaces and steep sections. After rain, it may become slippery. Please allow up to 3hrs return.

Alternate Route 2

A detour will be in place on weekdays.  This detour utilises a section of the “Adventure Hike”, from above second falls, turn uphill and follow the Yurrebilla Trail route to join Chinaman’s Hut Track.  This trail has natural rough surfaces and is be steep in parts. Please allow up to 3hrs return.

Alternate Route 3

A detour will be in place on weekdays. This detour will depart the usual trail at Chinaman’s Hut Ruin, turning up Chinaman’s Hut Track and re-joining the main trail just below Mount Lofty Summit Road. This alternate route will add an additional 1.4 km in length, each way. The detour offers views over Adelaide and Spencer Gulf along.  Please allow up to 4.5hrs return.

Alternate Route 4

A detour will be in place on weekdays. This detour will depart the usual trail at Bilba Track and re-join it just below Mount Lofty Summit Road. This alternate route will add an additional 800m each way and passes Cleland Wildlife Park. Please allow up to 3.5hrs return.

 

 

For more information, please contact:
Black Hill Natural Resources Centre
Phone: (08) 8336 0901