Best Hiking Trails in Adelaide

Best Hiking Trails in Adelaide
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Below is a list of the top and leading Hiking Trails in Adelaide. To help you find the best hiking trail located near you in Adelaide, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.

This article is updated every 3-4 months.

Adelaide’s Best Hiking Trails:

The top rated hiking trails in Adelaide are:

Belair National Park
Black Hill Conservation Park
Morialta Conservation Park

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Belair National Park

Belair National Park
Belair National Park

Belair National Park is set in beautiful natural bushland, Belair National Park is just 25 minutes from Adelaide city centre. It is the ideal place to get active in the great outdoors. There are woodlands and lakes to explore, walking and mountain biking trails to suit all levels of fitness, plus tennis courts and cricket pitches available for hire.

This is South Australia’s oldest national park, and is home to Old Government House – a significant heritage building. Also in the park is State Flora, the oldest plant nursery in South Australia and still going strong today. The park remains one of the few relatively undisturbed areas of native vegetation in the Adelaide Hills region, making it an important refuge for native plants and animals.

Products/Services:

Bushwalking, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding, Old Government House, Sports, Adventure Playground, Orienteering, Teach and Learn, Stay in the Park, Wild flowers, Wildlife, Volunteering

Location:

Address: Upper Sturt Rd, Belair SA 5052
Phone: (08) 8278 5477
Website: www.parks.sa.gov.au

Reviews:

A National Park with so much to offer! With wildlife in abundance you can spot national treasures like kangaroos, emus and with a keen eye koalas. On one occasion I have even sighted deer whilst hiking up to the upper waterfall from old government house. Very popular with mountain bike riders and picnic enthusiasts alike. This park is gorgeous and I believe at its best in the winter months when waterfalls are gushing in all their glory!” – Allan Niblock

I absolutely love this place, we were visiting from Sydney and this park was an amazing place to spent a day. We spot 15 koalas, several kangaroos and lots of birds. The facilities are really good. Highly recommended.” – Simone Vieira

Black Hill Conservation Park

Black Hill Conservation Park
Black Hill Conservation Park

Black Hill Conservation Park is where you can enjoy the undulating hills with native scenery of rugged ridges and a variety of native plants and animals along Black Hill Conservation Park’s extensive network of walking trails. The park contains a wide variety of flora that offers a stunning display of native flowers in the spring including many delicate and colourful orchid species. While visiting the park, take a walk through the landscaped Wildflower Garden that dates back to the late 1940s.

The park covers an area of 684 hectares and features the low sheoaks which give Black Hill its name. The foliage of the sheoaks gradually matures to a dark rusty, almost black colour, as summer progresses. As you look from the Adelaide Plains, the hills appear to be black in colour.

Products/Services:

Bush Walking, Mountain Biking, Stay in the park, Bird watching, Wildflowe garden, Volunteering

Location:

Address: 15 Maryvale Rd, Athelstone SA 5076
Phone: (08) 8336 0901
Website: www.parks.sa.gov.au

Reviews:

Decent local park. Reasonable range of walks and quite a bit of wildlife. Some of the walks are quite rough in sections which adds to the enjoyment. There are a few little side tracks which usually contain surprises. It’s disappointing to see the remnants of what this place used to be like as it’s left to break down. Wildflower garden as one example which is just some poorly maintained trails around many dead and dying plants. What a waste. Watch out if the have a running or orienteering event on as they say no heed to others and you can tell for sometime after they have been through by the trail damage they cause.” – Ash Saunders

Awesome place, I go hiking here most weekends and still haven’t become disinterested.” – Sam C

Morialta Conservation Park

Morialta Conservation Park
Morialta Conservation Park

Morialta Conservation Park is where you can enjoy the rugged ridges, gully scenery and seasonal waterfalls that make up Morialta Conservation Park. The three waterfalls along Fourth Creek are popular features of the park and are linked by an extensive network of walking trails. The views from the rock climbing zone also provide opportunities to admire Morialta Gorge and the nearby Adelaide plains.

The first two falls are the grandest, each cascading over sheer quartzite cliffs after rain. To see the falls at their best, visit the park during spring or winter when the water flow is strongest. For wildlife lovers, the park’s rock pools and creeks provide habitat for small reptiles, frogs and birds. Watch out for honeyeaters and thornbills among the woodlands that cover the hills.

Products/Services:

Bushwalking, Mukanthi playspace, Rock climbing and abseiling, Teach and learn resources, Stay in the park, Mountain biking, Volunteering

Location:

Address: Morialta Falls Rd, Woodforde SA 5072
Phone: (08) 8336 0901
Website: www.parks.sa.gov.au

Reviews:

Absolutely worth the trip up there in the hills. Saw a number of wild lives and met my objective of trekking to the conservation park. Great job for keeping this park accessible and still livable for the local wildlife. Will be back if I have the chance. Picnics here are awesome 10/10 would meme again” – Scxlly

Great place to walk, stroll, run. Awesome views and some cool spots to sit and have a picnic/lunch. You often see koalas and kangaroos, too! And sunsets are incredible from up on the lookouts!” – Matt Russell