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

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SECTION 11: Gate 20 ORNP to Edwards & Hamilton URR

15 km, Moderate Hike, Grade 3

FROM: entrance to Hardy’s Scrub, Gate 19, Onkaparinga River National Park, junction of Chapel Hill Road & Wine Dam Track, Blewitt Springs, SA 5171

TO: Edwards & Hamilton URRs, McLaren Vale, 5171 (car parking is 400m away from the end of this Section at the southern end of Brightview Brae, McLaren Flat, SA 5171)

Start at Gate 19 ORNP and follow Wine Dam Track then Hardy’s Scrub Hike (western loop) back to Wine Dam Track to exit park at Gate 18. Turn right onto Whitings Rd and follow to the intersection with Kays Rd. 

Here it is possible to walk a 2 km loop through Manning Reserve, owned by The Field Naturalists Society of South Australia (no dogs in Manning Reserve)

To continue on the trail, turn left onto a sand track, gated with a step through at both ends, which becomes a gravel road, Beltunga Close. At the intersection of Beltunga Close and Blewitt Springs Rd turn sharp right and walk along the wide verge on the NW side to the intersection with Coopers Lane.

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Cross Blewitt Springs Rd and walk along Cooper Lane to Ingoldby Rd. Cross the road and follow the path through Trott unmade road reserve where there are lovely views. The road reserve  intersects with Bagshaw Rd and Trotts road become a formed road.

Take this road until it turns sharp right and becomes Elliot Rd which you follow until the entrance to the driveway to Gemtree Wetlands and Ecotrail(No dogs in Gemtree private property but dog owners may omit this part by continuing on Elliot Rd to cross Kangarilla Rd, taking care crossing on this bend)

Turn right into the driveway and then left to walk through the Wetlands carpark. (It takes half an hour to do the Ecotrail if you wish to add that to your walk.) Continue southwards to exit the property by a stile next to a gate.

Cross McLaren Flat Rd with care and turn left to walk east behind the crash barrier towards the hills. Turn right into Elliot Rd an unsealed road, cross a seasonal creek and then follow the road as it turns right (west).

Sandalwood Lookout: a stile and signpost on the left of Elliot Rd indicate the start of a signed trail on private property. It is about 1.5km, there and back, and well worth the moderate climb to lovely look out.  

Continue walking on Elliot Rd until it intersects with Truscott Rd, Thomas Hill Rd and Brightview Brae. Follow Brightview Brae to the end where it becomes Edwards URR. Climb the stile and continue for 400m crossing another stile to reach the end of Section 11 and the intersection with Sections 10 and 9.

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Car Parking
  • limited car parking on roadside at entrance to Hardy’s Scrub
  • parking available at the end of Brightview Brae, 400m from the section end 
  • no dogs in Onkaparinga River National Park including Hardy’s Scrub
  • no dogs in Manning Scrub Flora and Fauna Reserve. (Spur loop on the Trail)
  • no dogs in Gemtree Wetlands & Eco Trail (extra loop adjacent to the Trail) 
  • no dogs on Sandalwood Lookout Track (Spur Track on private property)
  • dogs on leads on Cooper Lane
  • dogs on leads for 400m between Brightview Brae and Section 9/10/11 post

Onkaparinga River National Park

Field Naturalists Society of SA 

Manning Flora and Fauna Reserve. McLaren Flat 

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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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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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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