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

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SECTION 9: Wickam Hill & Toops Hill Rds to Edwards & Hamilton URRs

11.6 km Hard Hike, Grade 4

FROM: junction of Wickham Hill Rd & Toops Hill Rd, McLaren Flat, SA 5171

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

From the section end post head south along Wickham Hill Road. For the first ½ kilometre follow a path which keeps you mainly away from the road through native vegetation. Then there is a 2km stretch of road walking along Range Rd with vegetation on both sides and peeping views of the Basin to the west and Kuitpo to the east.

Turn left onto the quieter Badgers Rd which swings into the Kuitpo farming area and comes to Adams Gully Rd. Here turn right onto a public track through the Adams Gully Scrub, a forested area used by horse riders on the Kidman Trail. Adams Gully Rd continues for another kilometre to reach a junction with Range Rd and Thomas Hill Rd.

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Go straight ahead on Thomas Hill Rd for some 750m before turning left to cross a stile into a paddock between two dams. This is an easement across private land, and we ask you to respect the privilege by staying within 3m of the fence. The stile at the end of the easement takes you into the Saverbier Reserve which is fenced on both sides to start with. Further down follow the signs and bush path to stay within the reserve and to minimise disturbance to the lovely native bush. Note that the old track wanders in and out of the unmade road reserve and we are only able to follow it in part.

At the next stile you cross into private land for 150m. Make sure you stay within 5 metres of the fence. There is a very steep slope here; the ‘Chain Walk’, a structure of 33 posts linked by chain, which can be used as a handrail on both descent and ascent. On reaching the bottom go through the gate and follow the path through another gate to the section end post. Here, Section 10 goes left to Willunga and Section 11 goes right to the Onkaparinga River National Park. Car parking 400m away at the end of Brightview Brae.

Car Parking
  • some car parking space at the intersection of Wickham Hill Rd & Toops Hill Rd
  • car parking for the end of section 9 is 400 metres to the north at the end of Brightview Brae
  • no dogs between Thomas Hill Rd and Brightview Brae: there is private property with stock grazing and a reserve with native flora and fauna.

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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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