Explore the most popular Backpacking trails in South Australia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Walked North-South and stopped halfway at the botanic gardens and backtracked back to my car which was 14k and took approx 3 1/2 hours. Great place to stop for lunch! Nice fairly secluded trail, not overly difficult but some moderate hills and fairly shaded. Some sections near the summit have been controlled burned so are lacking in a little shade and greenery at the moment.

Absolutely stunning loop. So many beautiful kangaroos and birds singing, perfect start to a day!

Variety of terrain, be prepared for a climb to the top and back down again, incredible view from the peak.

This trail starts at Bridgewater and follows the Heysen Trail (Section 12) along the Bridgewater water course before following the South Eastern Freeway underpass. The trail continues through Mount Lofty Golf course and through the Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens. The trail the traverses along the western ridge of the Mount Lofty Rangers past Mount Lofty Summit before ending at Sprigg Road, Cleland Conservation Park where there is off road car parking for two to three cars. The trail passes rivers, Stately homes and gardens and native bushland.

We did this with 4 small kids on the weekend. Was beautiful. The uphill at the end was hard though. Watch out for ants just before Cobbler Hill.

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rocky
4 months ago

Due to re-routes with logging activity the hike ended up being 23.2km in length. Easy hike. Not as interesting as previous sections as a lot of the trail is on logging roads between pine forest. Yellow tailed cockatoos with in the forest was a nice distraction.

An easy Trail although there are some very sandy bits which can be boggy.

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rocky
5 months ago

Great coastal hike with amazing narrow trail along stunning cliff drop offs. An estimated 17 km hike. This section of the trail is said to be the most spectacular of all the sections with sandy trails, coastal cliff tops providing nesting sites for the rare and endangered White Bellied Sea Eagle, whales, seals, dolphins. This is that last section before the trail starts heading north, so come get your ocean views fix.

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rocky
5 months ago

This is NOT to be considered as an 'easy' hike. It sits between moderate and difficult as there are sections that require technical hiking along very narrow slippery trails with steep drop offs down to a rugged rocky Southern Ocean. The Beach section is 4.5km and not the quintessential romantic beach walk many people say the like to do. You need to plan this walk to be done on a day when the tide is low and be prepared for soft boggy sand. The hill at the end of the beach walk will test your skill and stamina. It's very steep, slippery and although short it would be very challenging to the uninitiated hiker. All up you will require a good level of fitness and a sense of adventure.

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5 months ago

Good fun, haven’t hiked in a while. But the end it was worth it, this site is underrated.

This is the first section 'SECTION 1' of the Heysen Trail. Starting at the Cape Jervis trailhead, this spectacular section treks along a sandy coastal track and exposed undulating coastal hills and with breath taking coves and rugged coastline providing spectacular views over Backstairs Passage to Kangaroo Island. Sightings of seals and dolphins are not uncommon. At Blowhole Beach the trail enters Deep Creek Conservation Park to begin the long but rewarding climb through native bushland to the well maintained Cobbler Hill camp ground.

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rocky
7 months ago

‘This section 8 Just out from the township of Myponga begins on a back road before entering into Yulte Conservation Park. Quite a steep climb up in the scrub with beautiful views back west across Myponga. The narrow track has a steep decent down and across a winter creek before another steep climb before being rewarded with open undulating farm land and majestic views. The walk takes to Mt Cone with views across the typical undulating hills scape which is part of the natural beauty of the Fleurieu Peninsula across the the south coast town of Victor Harbour. More open undulating farm land with Yakka’s black Angus and new born lambs before hitting another back country road.

Easy, mostly even walk, mostly on the Heysen trail. We walked clock-wise and avoided the 100m stretch of private property ( you only would see the sign going ant-clockwise). Really enjoyed this brisk hike with wide ranging scenery and views. Only saw 2 other people and that was after 3.5 hours

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rocky
8 months ago

Such a beautiful place to visit, with many creek crossings and a few Roos and emus out also. Very well signposted, just perfect.

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8 months ago

beautiful scenery

Great loop. Great views variety of terrain A big day out so start early and be prepared for very rocky tracks on climb to st Mary’s and again on descent into the pound.

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11 months ago

well marked and easy to follow track. nice views too

Beautiful trail and a perfect opening to the Heysen trail. Verry well maintained and indicated, with perfect little steps to get over the fences. Not a lot of shade initially but the final climb has a nice amount of trees for a little sun protection.

very nice trail, long but good

Ran the reverse (Kapunda to Tanunda). Great mix of dirt road, bush trails and farm land. Well signed, great scenery from start to finish!

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Wed Jul 04 2018

Lovely track

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