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

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SECTION 3: Sellicks to Aldinga Beach

8.4 km Moderate Hike Grade 3

FROM: Corner of Gulf View Rd and Esplanade, Sellicks Beach, SA 5174

TO: Hart Rd Wetlands, Rowley Rd, Aldinga Beach, SA 5173

Starting at the section-end post, follow the path on the sea side of the Esplanade, passing steps and then a ramp road on the left. Both of these lead to the beach giving a beach-walking alternative. The shop is on the other side of the Esplanade and there are toilets at the bottom of the ramp.

Just past where the Esplanade meets Sellicks Beach Rd there is a small picnic area. Turn right over the crossing and pick up the end of the Coast Park path. Follow this paved shared use path until it runs out at some large rocks and turns into a natural surface path. Turn left here to go down the steps to the beach.

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In the future we hope to be able to work out a suitable route through the Aldinga Washpool, an area of cultural significance for the Kaurna people and also of environmental importance, as a remaining natural wetland. For now we detour along the beach for 1.5km with the Washpool on our right  After passing the disused ramp at Button Rd and two beach access walkways, you exit via the third walkway. A wooden post and sign indicate the access point, which is 300 metres south of the Silver Sands ramp where there are some facilities.

Walk along the Silver Sands Esplanade, then turn right into Norman Rd, cross and then left into Acacia Tce. Where Acacia Tce meets Wattle Tce enter Aldinga Conservation Park by a slip through entrance. WBT is signed through the Aldinga Conservation Park following, first, Wattle Track then turning left onto Kangaroo Track and then right onto the more major Boomerang Fire Track. Eventually exit the park at Gate 3 on the corner of Cox Rd.

Travel east on a path near the fence for 300m.  Re-enter the park at Gate 2 and follow the boundary track to eventually exit  at Gate 17.

Turn left and walk along Hart Rd for 100m and turn right into Hart Rd Wetlands which is a managed wetland. Follow the WBT signs through the wetlands to the western boundary at Rowley Rd. There is a steel section end post and a car parking area nearby.

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Car Parking
  • parking on Esplanade, Sellicks Beach
  • a small carpark at the Hart Rd Wetlands entrance at the southern end of Rowley Rd
  • Bus stop on Norman Rd, Sellicks Beach 
Beach walking
  • the Trail is on the beach for 1.5 km from Sellicks Beach (wooden steps adjacent to Seascape View) to access path adjacent to Warramunga Rd, Silver Sands
  • check for high tides when walking on beach
  • no dogs in the Aldinga Conservation Park and Hart Rd Wetlands
  • dogs on the beach on lead 10am-8pm during daylight savings
  • look out for Hooded Plovers: dogs on lead  within 100m of a Hooded Plover sign on the beach and prohibited within 100m of a nesting site which is fenced or has bunting 

Aldinga Conservation Park

Aldinga Washpool

Friends of Aldinga Scrub


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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