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Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve

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Published January 31st 2021
First publicly accessible metropolitan reservoir reserve

With a capacity of almost three gigalitres, Hope Valley Reservoir stores water transferred from Gorge Weir on the River Torrens. Inflowing water collected by the weir is being diverted via an aqueduct and a pipeline to the reservoir. Its level has been kept the same with the release of water into the river from two larger upstream reservoirs as required.

Completed in 1873, the reservoir is now the centrepiece to Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve which has recently been opened for public access at the end of last year. This is the first metropolitan reservoir reserve to be opened to the public in South Australia. It provides approximately five kilometres of walking and cycling trails including an opportunity to cross the 800-metre dam wall. Two lookout shelters along the wall serve as places to just sit back and enjoy great views of the reservoir especially the view across the water to the hills which is simply stunning. A number of wildlife and birds also call the reservoir home.

For those wanting to pack a picnic basket, some picnic tables are available within the forested areas of the reserve. Alternatively, you could pack a blanket or a couple of chairs as well. The forest beneath the wall is rather pleasant and has a path meandering through it. The park in the forest adjacent the O-Bahn Busway is quite spacious with a trail linking directly into its bikeway. This makes riding your bike to the reservoir such a breeze. However, if you do prefer to drive, there is car parking at the entrance off Lyons Road. Toilets are also conveniently located next to the car park.

Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve is open daily from 7:30am to 8pm during the summer months but closes earlier at 5pm over winter. Exceptions are Christmas Day and Total Fire Ban Days when its gates will be closed.
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Why? First publicly accessible metropolitan reservoir reserve
When: 1 October to 31 March 7.30am - 8pm & 1 April to 30 September 7.30am - 5pm
Where: Hope Valley, SA
Cost: Free
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I hope people do not have access to the water at all and it is fenced accordingly to stop inconsiderate people leaving rubbish there...and there is plenty of deep bins there. We have an horrific shortage of water, especially in the warmer dryer weather. We need to be able to use the water as we do other reservoirs
Our population is increasing so we need more water, not less
by r.eng (score: 2|948) 520 days ago
When can we fish in there?
by mackl (score: 1|22) 780 days ago
You didn't tell the whole story, Audrey. It takes a lot of imagination to accept that the reservoir is "open to the public" Yes you can walk across the wall and picnic away up in a remote corner and you do get to walk across a very remote back corner of the reserve. Apart from that, 90% of the walk around the reservoir is on public footpaths along the adjacent roads (which have always been open for walking). There are many better walks around Adelaide -- don't bother with this one.
by Nodrog (score: 0|6) 319 days ago
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