Step Into Nature With 6 of Adelaide’s Best Walking Trails

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Adelaide and its surrounding regions are a paradise for walkers and hikers of all levels. Whether you’re seeking coastal vistas, lush forests, or a leisurely stroll through the city, Adelaide has a walk that will suit your preferences.

These six walks around Adelaide offer a glimpse into this South Australian city’s natural beauty and diversity.

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Morialta Falls Hike

Just a 20-minute from the city centre, Morialta Conservation Park is a haven for hikers and nature enthusiasts. The Morialta Falls Hike is a highlight of this park, leading you through dramatic gorges, past a series of cascading waterfalls, and into a pristine natural amphitheatre. The seven-kilometre loop offers a combination of stunning scenery and opportunities to spot native wildlife and only takes around 45 minutes to complete.

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Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit

The Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit trail is a popular choice for those seeking a more challenging hike. This 7.8km trek begins at the picturesque Waterfall Gully, where a charming waterfall and lush eucalyptus forests await. As you ascend towards the summit of Mount Lofty, you’ll be met with panoramic views of Adelaide and the surrounding hills.

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The Hallett Cove Coastal Boardwalk

This scenic walk along the rugged coastline of the Gulf St. Vincent is an easy eight-kilometre stroll. Walk by unique geological formations, such as the remarkable glacial pavements and the Sugarloaf. Enjoy stunning ocean views and explore the area’s fascinating geological history.

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Punchbowl Lookout Walk, Onkaparinga River National Park

Further to the south, the Onkaparinga River National Park draws walkers with its tranquil setting. The Punchbowl Lookout Walk is a short yet rewarding trek that leads you to a viewpoint overlooking the meandering Onkaparinga Gorge. The park is teeming with birdlife, making it a birdwatcher’s paradise, and the peaceful surroundings offer a perfect escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.

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Photo: Ben Stevens

Valley Loop Hike, Belair National Park

Belair National Park, one of South Australia’s oldest national parks, is a mere 20-minute drive from Adelaide’s city centre. The Valley Loop Hike is a family-friendly trail that meanders through peaceful woodlands, passing by creeks and offering glimpses of native wildlife. With picnic spots and barbecue facilities, it’s an ideal location for a day out in nature.

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Photo: South Australian Tourism Commission/Andre Castellucci

Mount Osmond and Heysen Trail

Head to the Mount Osmond and Heysen Trail hike for panoramic views of Adelaide and its surroundings. Starting from Mount Osmond Golf Course, this eight-kilometre trail takes you along the famous Heysen Trail, offering vistas of the city, coastline, and Adelaide Hills. It’s a relatively moderate hike with a big payoff at the summit.

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