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

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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.

Where to stay

There are a wide range of accommodation options (B&B, Hotels & Motels, Self-contained) along the Trail and in or near the towns. The best place to see the range of accommodation options and to book is at the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast Tourist Information Centre 796 Main Road, McLaren Vale SA 5171. Accommodation Bookings or by phone 1800628410

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Where to stay

There are a wide range of accommodation options (B&B, Hotels & Motels, Self-contained) along the Trail and in or near the towns. The best place to see the range of accommodation options and to book is at the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast Tourist Information Centre 796 Main Road, McLaren Vale SA 5171. Accommodation Bookings or by phone 1800628410

Campgrounds on the Trail

Pink Gum Campground located in the eastern corner of the  Onkaparinga River National Park, has 11 campsites, including three that are suitable for caravans, a toilet, washing-up facilities and fire pits for use outside the fire ban season 

Moana Beach Tourist Park is adjacent to Moana Beach, which is popular for surfing enthusiasts or those wanting to stay almost on the beach. The beach is patrolled by the Lifesaving Club over the summer months so safe swimming for all ages and abilities. Fully self-contained cabins and powered camping are available. There are 3 unpowered sites also available, ring 08 83270677 to book.

McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park is nestled in the heart of McLaren Vale. The park is set on 38 acres in a quiet bush setting around an ornamental lake. It is in the township close to wine, food and art venues

Port Willunga Caravan Park is located on the coast just set back from the beaches of Pt Willunga and Maslin Beach in a quiet woodland setting.

Parks and forests

The natural biodiversity of the country can be experienced in the range of conservation parks, bird sanctuaries, forests, and wetlands. 

Aldinga Conservation Park was proclaimed in January 2022 and comprises the land previously known as the Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park and the adjacent Aldinga Washpool.

Onkaparinga River National Park includes spectacular views of the of the Onkaparinga Gorge with its rugged ridge tops, narrow river valley and  permanent rock pools.

Manning Fauna & Flora Reserve, known as a bird sanctuary, is owned and managed by The Field Naturalists Society of South Australia Inc.

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Kuitpo Forest a plantation forest,  established in 1898 to ensure a sustainable timber supply for South Australia and is now managed by Forestry SA. 

Hart Rd Wetlands located adjacent to the NE corner of the Aldinga Conservation Park, covers an area of 17 hectares which have been extensively revegetated and is managed by the City of Onkaparinga as part of the Council’s, Water Proofing the South initiative.

Gemtree Wines Ecotrail 1km through a biodiverse wetland and a haven for native birds, plants and animals. Established by Gemtree Wines to restore a creek and its surrounds to natural bush and to vastly improve the biodiversity of their vineyard.

Sandalwood Lookout is a 1.2km track, that leads walkers from the Willunga Basin Trail on Elliott Rd up to a look-out at the top of a gentle hill, on land owned by Mark Lloyd and Libby Raupach.

Trail Sections

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SECTION 1

Willunga to Louds Hill Rd

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SECTION 2

Louds Hill Rd to Sellicks Esplanade

SECTION 3

Sellicks Esplanade to Hart Rd Wetlands

SECTION 4

Hart Rd Wetlands to Gulf Pde, Maslin Beach

SECTION 5

Gulf Pde, Maslin Beach to McLaren Vale Visitor Centre

SECTION 6

McLaren Vale Visitor Centre to Gate 20 Onkaparinga River National Park

SECTION 7

Gate 20 Onkaparinga River National Park to Kangarilla

SECTION 8

Kangarilla to Wickham Hill & Toops Hill Roads

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SECTION 9

Wickham Hill & Toops Hill Roads to Edwards & Hamilton URRs

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SECTION 10

Edwards & Hamilton URRs to Willunga

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SECTION 11

Gate 20 Onkaparinga River National Park to Edwards & Hamilton URRs

SECTION 3

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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