Waterfall Gully


Located in Cleland National Park, Waterfall Gully is home to the largest of seven waterfalls that exist in the park.

The popular and strenuous walking trail to Mt Lofty Summit starts at the Waterfall Gully car park and climbs through the park's steep hills, native vegetation and stringybark forest, providing spectacular views over Adelaide.

Opening hours

Open daily.

Closures and safety

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may also be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

You can determine the current fire danger rating by checking the Fire Ban District map on the CFS website.

Check the CFS website or call the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline 1800 362 361 for:

Listen to your local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety.

Gate opening times

Mount Lofty Summit Road gate (the road to Cleland Wildlife Park) is open from 7:30am to 5pm.

Mount Lofty Summit is open from 6am to 11pm.

Utopia @ Waterfall Gully restaurant opening hours are available on their website.

Getting there

Waterfall Gully is located 8km east of Adelaide.

Access is via Waterfall Gully Road. Please be aware that parking may not be available on weekends due to the popularity of the site.

Contact details

Restaurant bookings

Utopia @ Waterfall Gully Restaurant
Phone: (+61 8) 8379 2488
Utopia @ Waterfall Gully website

Visitor information, bookings and park management:

National Parks and Wildlife Service Central Lofty Office
Phone: (+61 8) 8130 9050
Email: DEW.NPWSCentralLofty@sa.gov.au

Emergency contacts:

Medical, fire (including bushfire) and police emergency situations
Phone: Triple Zero (000)

Police Assistance
Phone: 131 444 for non-urgent police assistance

National Parks and Wildlife Service SA – Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Regional Duty Officer
Phone: 0427 556 676

Injured wildlife:

Within the park
Please contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service Central Lofty Office on (08) 8130 9050 or the Regional Duty Officer on 0427 556 676.

Outside of the park
Please contact a local wildlife rescue group



There are two accessible parking spaces located at the Waterfall Gully carpark.


There are two toilets located at the Waterfall Gully carpark. One is an accessible toilet (left hand) and the other is an ambulant toilet.

Waterfall Gully trails

Take the bitumen trail (300m) which climbs from the car park to the first falls pool and back. You might need some assistance may because of the gradient.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted in most public places and are therefore welcome in South Australia’s parks and reserves. Assistance dogs must be appropriately restrained on a lead and remain under your effective control at all times while in a park or reserve.

As per the dogs in parks and reserves policy, if the dog is not an accredited assistance dog, they must be trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate that disability and meet standards of hygiene and behaviour appropriate for a dog in a public place. However, refusal may be given if the person with the disability is unable to produce evidence the dog is an assistance dog with the appropriate training.

Before taking your assistance dog into a park that does not normally allow dogs, it is highly recommended that you contact us so we can provide you with the latest information on any potential hazards within specific parks that may affect your dog. Please contact the park via the contact details provided under the contact tab or contact the visitor service centre via email or on Facebook.

Dogs not allowed

Dogs are not permitted in this park.

Discover which parks you can walk your dog in on our find a park tool or read 12 dog-friendly walks in Adelaide Parks by Good Living for inspiration.


There are picnic areas, a kiosk, toilets and disabled toilets available for use at Waterfall Gully.

Useful information

  • Mobile phone coverage can be patchy and unreliable in this park, especially if you are in low-lying areas.
  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited. Dead wood plays a vital role in providing shelter for animals and adding nutrients to the soil.

Pests and diseases

Phytophthora (fy-TOFF-thora), otherwise known as root-rot fungus, is killing our native plants and threatens the survival of animals depending on plants for food and shelter.

This introduced fungus can be found in plant roots, soil and water. Help stop the spread by using hygiene stations, staying on tracks and trails and by complying with all Phytophthora management signs.

Plants and animals


The flora on the higher slopes is predominantly stringybark forest with a complex understorey of small trees and shrubs. The lower woodlands on the northern side of the park contain significant stands of blue gums and manna gum which give way to open grasslands.


The fauna within the park ranges from a variety of birdlife, such as superb blue wrens, grey fantails and white throated tree creepers, to foraging mammals, such as the echidna and the endangered southern brown bandicoot. You may be lucky enough to see kangaroos bounding along in the distance and keep your eyes open for sleepy koalas high in the trees.

Flora and fauna species lists

To download flora (plants) and fauna (animals) species lists for this park, use the 'Create Simple Species List' tab under 'Flora Tools' or 'Fauna Tools' in NatureMaps.

Traditional owners

Aboriginal peoples have occupied, enjoyed and managed the lands and waters of this State for thousands of generations. For Aboriginal first nations, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state.

There are many places across the State that have great spiritual significance to Aboriginal first nations. At some of these places Aboriginal cultural protocols, such as restricted access, are promoted and visitors are asked to respect the wishes of Traditional Owners.

In places where protocols are not promoted visitors are asked to show respect by not touching or removing anything, and make sure you take all your rubbish with you when you leave.

Aboriginal peoples continue to play an active role in caring for their Country, including in parks across South Australia.

See and do


Bushwalking is a fantastic way to connect with nature, keep fit and spend time with family and friends. South Australia's national parks feature a range of trails that let you experience a diversity of landscapes.

There is an extensive network of bushwalking trails within the surrounding Cleland National Park please visits the park page for more information.

Hard hikes

Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Hike (2 hr 30 mins, 4.5km one way)

Navigate this trail using Google Street View

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.

Prefer to get fit without an audience? Here are five alternative walks to Mount Lofty from Adelady

Mountain biking

Although you can not ride in the Waterfall Gully area of Cleland National Park, there are plenty of other areas you can ride your bike within the park. Please see the mountain biking section for Cleland National Park for specific trail information.

Stay in the park

Camping is not permitted in this park, however accommodation is available at the Mt Lofty YHA located in the park.

Mount Lofty Precinct app

Download the Mount Lofty Precinct app for guided trail information featuring, educational content, points of interest and local hot spots; such as the café and visitor centre at Mount Lofty Summit. The entire app is also easily translated into Chinese for overseas guests.

The app features:

  • Self-guided walking tours
  • Interactive map to help you navigate around the precinct and plan your perfect day out
  • Find your favourite animals or plant collections using our easy to use search tool
  • Learn more about native animals and plants along the trails via our proximity sensing iBeacons and blue and white iPosts
  • Discover restaurants, cafes, amenities and other landmarks in the precinct
  • Find out what’s on and discover events and activities
  • Chinese translation with the click of a button


Want to help?

To find out how you can help in this park or nearby, please visit Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges – Volunteering.

Want to join others and become a Park Friend?

To find out more about Friends of Parks groups please visit Friends of Parks South Australia.

You could join others to help look after a park. You can take part in working bees, training and other events.



The international Trail Users Code of Conduct is to show respect and courtesy towards other trail users at all times.

Ensure that you:

  • when hiking, wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen
  • be aware of weather conditions and avoid walking during the hottest part of the day
  • make sure you have appropriate weather proof clothing
  • carry enough water to be self-sufficient
  • please be respectful of other users at all times
  • stay on the designated trails and connector tracks for your own safety, and prevent the spread of declared weeds to other areas in the park
  • ensure someone knows your approximate location and expected time of return
  • take appropriate maps.
  • Walk, hike or trek - what's the difference?


Can I have a fire or barbecue?

  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited all year round.
  • Gas fires and liquid fuel fires are permitted in designated areas only, other than on days of total fire ban. Designated areas include Waterfall Gully car parking area.

Closures and safety

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may also be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

You can determine the current fire danger rating by checking the Fire Ban District map on the CFS website.

Check the CFS website or call the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline 1800 362 361 for:

Listen to your local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety.

Know before you go

Every national park is different, each has its own unique environment, it is important to be responsible while enjoying all the park has to offer.

Please ensure that you:

  • leave your pets at home
  • do not feed birds or other animals, it promotes aggressive behaviour and an unbalanced ecology
  • do not bring generators (except where permitted), chainsaws or firearms into the park
  • leave the park as you found it - there are no bins in national parks, please come prepared to take your rubbish with you.
  • abide by the road rules (maintain the speed limit)
  • respect geological and heritage sites
  • do not remove native plants
  • are considerate of other park users.
  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited. Dead wood plays a vital role in providing shelter for animals and adding nutrients to the soil.


Swimming is not permitted at the base of the waterfall at Waterfall Gully.


Park maps

Maps on your mobile

If you have a smartphone or tablet you can download the free Avenza Map app and have interactive national park maps on hand when you need them.

The app uses your device's built-in GPS to plot your real-time location within the park onto a map. The app can be used without a network connection and without roaming charges. You can also measure area and distance, plot photos and drop placemark pins.

How to get it working on your device:

1. Download the Avenza Maps app from the app store (iOS/Android) whilst you are still in range (its free!).
2. Open up the app and click the shopping cart icon.
3. Click ‘Find’ and type the name of the national park or reserve you are looking for.
4. Click on the map you are after and install it (all our maps are free).
5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page of the Avenza Maps app.
6. Use our maps through the Avenza Mapa app while in the park and never take a wrong turn again.

Google Street View

Want to explore a trail before you leave home or use Google Maps to navigate straight from your door to the trailhead?

We’ve worked with Google to film more than 600km of walking trails, park roads, campgrounds and waterways in some of our most beautiful places. Click to see what the parks offer and the available facilities before you go. This is an especially great tool if you have accessibility needs, are visiting with people of varying ages or fitness levels or are pushing a pram and want to view a trail before leaving home.

You can start exploring this park on Google Street View using the links below.

Shared use trails (walking and mountain biking)

Walking trails


Entry fees

It is free to park and hike from Waterfall Gully, however fees apply to park at Mount Lofty Summit and to enter nearby Cleland Wildlife Park.

Park pass

This park is not included in the park pass system.

Camping and accommodation

Accommodation is available at the Mt Lofty YHA located in the park. Refer to their website for a list of fees.

Other fees and permits

There are no other fees or permits associated with this park.