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Waterfall Gully and Mt Lofty walk in Autumn

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by Ann Lund (subscribe)
A writer keen to share knowledge of South East Asia and loves exploring and writing about the gems in the community, art and culture of Adelaide, as well as towns and cities further afield.
Published May 11th 2014
Mt Lofty summit hike autumn sensation
Just 12 kilometres from Adelaide's city centre is Waterfall Gully and Mt Lofty. This location is a mecca for the walker, hiker and visitor to Adelaide and is a perfect autumn day out as the leaves on the trees are glorious and the climate suits a good challenging walk to the summit.

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Map of Mt Lofty, Waterfall Gully areas with hiking and walking options


Nestled in the Adelaide foothills, the Waterfall Gully and Mt Lofty walks are fantastic on these autumn days. The walk up to the Mt Lofty look-out is a good fitness challenge, but if you take it easy and pace yourself the hike should be attainable to everyone with good general fitness. For those less fit it's worth visiting the site to take the Discovery Walk to the waterfalls which takes about 15 minutes and gives you an insight into the more challenging hikes ahead.

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View from the top - Mt Lofty summit


The start of the walks has good ramps providing wheelchair access to views of the waterfall and to the Utopia Cafe.

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The start - Utopia Cafe


There are five hikes in total taking different routes. They are between 5.5 - 8.5 kilometres long and will take you anything between 2 - 2.5 hours return. If you do make it to the Mt Lofty look-out the views of Adelaide and the coastline beyond are fantastic and well worth the effort.

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Mt Lofty views and environment


The area is part of the Cleland National Park, which in turn conserves vital areas of bushland in the Adelaide Hills Face Zone including the internationally popular Cleland Wildlife Park, the viewing platform of Mt Lofty Summit and the scenic Waterfall Gully.

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Mt Lofty hike - the descent


The park is open all year around and everyday until 9pm.

For more detailed information you can buy a Cleland Conservation Park Bushwalking Map from the Cleland Wildlife Park or from the Mt Lofty Summit Visitor Information Centre. A brochure of the park and the walks is available from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) information line 82041910 or from denrinformation@sa.gov.au or Level 1, 100 Pirie Street, Adelaide.

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Hikes, distance, estimated time


The park has quite a lot of parking at the base of the walk and close to the Utopia Cafe. The car park can become very full on weekends and holidays so you may need to park in the road leading to the park and walk up.

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Public toilets available on site


Public toilets are available at the start of the walk and Utopia Cafe also provides breakfasts, lunches and coffee and tea for the weary walker or those just visiting the waterfalls.

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Mt Lofty wildlife in its natural environment


Autumn is not a time to stop hiking or walking. This is a site for those who enjoy a challenging walk or want to see some beautiful natural environments very close to the city. Join many Adelaidians and visitors and keep fit and healthy over the cooler months of the year.
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Why? Great walks and hikes all year around
When: all year around
Phone: 82041910
Where: Waterfall Gully and Mt Lofty
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
What a great idea for a walk Ann!
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11266) 2015 days ago
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