successwillbeinevitable asked for some suggestions of where to go in adelaide. here’s a quick list. i’m sure once you get through with these sarah, i’ll have a whole new list for you ☺️
newland head conservation park:
• gorgeous cliff views, very strong winds, not particularly difficult. ridgehill hike feels pretty boring. do not recommend. stick to the coastal cliffs hike.
horsnell gully/gilles conservation park:
• lots of ruins, and hills. some steep sections with loose gravel and rocks. there is a waterfall there when it’s been raining a little. not many trails in this park. yurrebilla passes through here.
sturt gorge conservation park:
• it’s a gorge. enter the park and you head straight downhill. the river trail is a nice easy walk following the sturt river. not fun going back to the car. you can also visit the sturt dam.
onkaparinga river national park:
• very big park, lots of trails to explore. i suggest the sundews ridge hike to get to the lookout and then deviating to the sundews river hike which takes you straight down the gorge to the river. gorgeous!
deep creek conservation park:
• highly recommend the aaron creek hikes. amazing views, lots of kangaroos, beautiful cascading waterfall and lush greens everywhere in the wetter months. waterfall hike is also a nice short one. it’s a downhill steep walk from tent rock road, but getting back up is hell.
black hill conservation park:
• easily one of my favourites within the greater mount lofty ranges. damn good workout. can take the long way up to the summit via quarry boundary track, steep in some bits, bearable though. can take a shorter route to summit, but requires you literally climbing the side of the hill. beautiful views of the city, quarry and there’s always a kangaroo or two out and about.
scott creek conservation park:
• lots of trails via many gates on different roads. the roads to get here are quite scary but it’s a lovely place once you get there. didn’t get to explore too much of this park, but the bits i saw were gorgeous.
shepherds hill recreation park:
• nice leisurely walk along the trails, but probably wouldn’t do it again. i found the trails to be pretty boring.
belair national park:
• there’s something for everyone here! easy walks to more challenging hikes. beautiful waterfall in the winter time! echo tunnel scares me but the surrounds of it looks like something out of a fairytale.
cleland conservation park:
take winter track up to long ridge lookout, amazing view of the city! can go up chambers gully instead to make the hike a little longer. pengana track is one hell of a hill, if you start it, prepare to finish it because there is no turning back (unless you feel like rolling down)
marion coastal trail:
• easy walk along the boardwalk and up some stairs. cliff views, can spot a dolphin or two if you look close enough. connects to hallett cove conservation park, make your walk last a little longer and go explore the sugarloaf.
mount george conservation park:
• few trails in this park. heysen passes through here. definitely recommend the ridge/summit hike, outcrops at the top and epic views of the mount lofty ranges. not particularly hard, can come down on a fire track to avoid the narrow track back down.
• not a very long walk to the waterfall, but the waterfall is definitely worth visiting. if you’re game, you can climb up the side of the first falls and once you get to the top of that, you’re greeted with a second fall and a rock pool. stunning. second valley forest reserve sits next door, so you can easily go and explore that afterwards.
• again, beautiful waterfall! not much in the way of walking trails, but you can definitely hop the fence and explore a little. can also access a part of the park via the car park, not sure where it leads though.
morialta conservation park:
• just go. it’s so pretty there. lots of waterfalls to see! trails range from easy to damn steep!
cudlee creek forest reserve:
• highly recommend. forest trees makes you feel like you’ve stepped into some wonderland. beautiful views of rolling hills. tracks are mostly fire tracks so not so bad.