Hike Adelaide's southern beaches and hills: discover the Willunga Basin Trail

Summary of what we provide and why you should contact us

Get involved


Join the Willunga Basin Trail Inc if you’d like to:

  • contribute to the management of the Willunga Basin Trail
  • nominate for election to the Committee
  • walk with the Willunga Basin Trail Walkers Group
  • volunteer to work on the Trail
  • support ongoing maintenance and improvements to the Trail


Willunga Basin Trail Inc became incorporated in 2016 to build a walking trail to:

  • expand walking opportunities for locals and visitors
  • promote the Willunga Basin with its combination of seascapes, agricultural landscape, rolling hills and historic townships
  • define the Willunga Basin in geographic and geological terms as an important strategy for its long-term preservation
  • preserve and enhance the natural areas through which the trail passes
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Willunga Basin Trail Inc relies on the generosity and support of members and supporters to maintain the trail as a world class bush walking trail and protect it and its surroundings as a precious community resource for future generations.

Members are able to walk with the walking group and are kept up to date with the program. They can be involved with trail maintenance and relevant training.

Membership is per financial year and costs $25 for an individual and $40 for a family pa [$15 /$24 after the 1/1]

To join:

  1. please pay to BSB 633 000 and account Willunga Basin Trail 157084963 with name in reference box and
  2.  Either download form and email to address on form OR submit web form at the bottom of page

Or submit the form at the bottom of the page

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Willunga Basin Trail Committee

The committee meets monthly and is responsible for the ongoing management and promotion of the trail by:

  • Oversight of trail maintenance
  • Decisions about trail development
  • Stalls
  • Online presence: website and social media
  • Maps, pamphlets and handbook
  • Liaison with users including WBT members, other walking groups and charities
  • Negotiations with City of Onkaparinga, National Parks, Forestry SA.
  • Grant applications and fundraising

An AGM is held each year.

2023-2024 Committee

Chris Davies (Chairperson), Zara Lupton (Secretary), Heather Quick (Treasurer), Ian Norman (Deputy chair), Chris Lovell, Eddie Morgan, Franka Gerlach, Jan Ashton-Ross, Lynne Norman, Michael Whitaker, Nick Richardson.

Working On The Trail

Volunteers have built the Trail by participating in regular work sessions to clear vegetation, plant trees, install signs, benching the track surface. Find out more about the building of the Trail  History of the Trail 

Trail work continues at 3 hour sessions held once or twice a week depending on need. Teams of usually  6 to 8 volunteers  maintain and improve the trail by:

  • Path clearing: branch removal and brush cutting
  • Maintenance and improvement of signage and infrastructure
  • Bushcare work : pruning , weed removal and planting.

The variety of work and the team work nature allows volunteers to contribute as they are able.

If the idea of getting out on the trail, with a lively bunch of friends to maintain and improve the Trail and its environs, appeals to you then join WBT Inc

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Willunga Basin Trail Walking Group

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This group has evolved from the group that first explored and tested the route of the Willunga Basin Trail and has been very important in the development of the trail.

The group walks every Friday except for days of total fire ban or extreme weather. There is a short break over Christmas holiday time. Walks are mostly half day walks varying from an easy 7km stroll to moderate hikes of 10 to 13 kms with some longer hikes over challenging terrain.

Walks are mostly in the Willunga Basin, neighbouring areas, the Fleurieu and some further away. There are two stay-aways of 2-4 days each year. Group size varies from 12 to 25 walkers depending on the walk. Walks are led by more experienced members some of whom have had bush-walking leadership training. We welcome new walkers and  those who are occasional attendees and visitors to the area.

These walks are free to members with a first free walk to prospective members.

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Trail Sections

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Willunga to Louds Hill Rd

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Louds Hill Rd to Sellicks Esplanade


Sellicks Esplanade to Hart Rd Wetlands


Hart Rd Wetlands to Gulf Pde, Maslin Beach


Gulf Pde, Maslin Beach to McLaren Vale Visitor Centre


McLaren Vale Visitor Centre to Gate 20 Onkaparinga River National Park


Gate 20 Onkaparinga River National Park to Kangarilla


Kangarilla to Wickham Hill & Toops Hill Roads

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Wickham Hill & Toops Hill Roads to Edwards & Hamilton URRs

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Edwards & Hamilton URRs to Willunga

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Gate 20 Onkaparinga River National Park to Edwards & Hamilton URRs


Sellicks Esplanade to Hart Rd Wetlands

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Useful Resources

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Local Weather

When planning a walk please check local weather conditions to ensure a safe and comfortable experience

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Fire Danger Ratings

The Trail is closed when the Fire Danger rating is Extreme or Catastrophic. These are Total Fire Ban Days; most likely to occur between the first of November and April. The Trail is in District 2 Mt. Lofty Ranges

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Tides Information

When planning to walk along the beach (Section, 3,4 & 5) it is important to check predicted height and timing of the local tides to ensure access to the beach

Become A Volunteer

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Volunteers have built the Trail by participating in regular work sessions to clear vegetation, plant trees, install signs, benching the track surface. Find out more about the building and the history of the trail

If the idea of getting out on the trail, with a lively bunch of friends to maintain the Trail and develop new loops and connections, appeals to you, then join WBT Inc

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Plan a Visit in Willunga Basin

The Willunga Basin is an easy 40-minute drive from Adelaide along the Southern Expressway. Hire cars are available in locations throughout Adelaide, including the Adelaide Airport (International, Domestic & Regional)Adelaide Airport.

Regular rail services from Adelaide to Seaford Railway station and the Trail is just 2.1 km  away in SECTION 5. Regular bus services between the southern Adelaide metropolitan area (Noarlunga and Seaford) and the local towns, or from Seaford Railway station Adelaide Metro.

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