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

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SECTION 1: Willunga to Louds Hill Rd

10.7 km Moderate Hike Grade 3

FROM: the junction of St Andrews Terrace & High St, Willunga, SA 5172

TO: the intersection of Louds Hill Rd, Range Rd West, & Mt Terrible Rd, Pages Flat, SA 5172

From the section end post at the intersection of High St and St Andrews Terrace travel south along St Andrews Terrace towards the tunnel under the Victor Harbor Rd. Go through the tunnel using the pavement on the western side and immediately turn right.

A path follows the edge of the Victor Harbor Rd, at first through trees and then next to the fence on the roadside. After a kilometre, with a good outlook to the coast, you reach a stile. Climb this onto Martin Rd which leads up to Colville Rd. You will find The Farm on the corner, a charming place to eat, open Friday to Sunday.

Turn right onto Colville Rd and follow it using the wide verge, to Delabole Rd. Turn left up Delabole Rd. Soon you start a steady climb which goes all the way to the top.

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2.7 kms up Delabole Rd, there is an interesting short spur track to view the old Delabole settlement and slate quarry. This is where Cornish miners, who came to quarry the Willunga slate, lived. Their Chapel, which has been beautifully restored as a private residence, is nearby.

After returning to Delabole Rd, continue to the top and turn right along Range Rd West. Walk along the top of the Range to the intersection with Wakefield Rd and continue right, on Range Rd West, now unsealed. Soon you will have views across to Aldinga and the coast, as well as the country on the southern side of the Range. After passing some rural properties you reach the section end post at the intersection of Range Rd West, Louds Hill Rd and Mt Terrible Rd.

Notes
  • Louds Hill Rd is a closed road from the north, so access to the start of Section 2, from the north, via Delabole or Bangor Rd then Range Rd and from the south, via Pages Flat Rd and Louds Hill Rd 
Car Parking
  • parking can be scarce in Willunga but there is parking at the Rose Garden on Aldinga Rd, 400m west of the junction of St Andrews Terrace & High St, Willunga 

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

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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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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