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Your Guide to South Australia’s best waterfall hikes

As we get deeper into winter, South Australia’s stunning waterfalls are approaching their peak, so we have curated a list of a few of SA’s finest waterfall hikes!

South Australia is overflowing with beauty just waiting to be explored. As we get deeper into winter, our state’s stunning waterfalls are approaching their peak, so we have curated a list of a few of SA’s finest waterfall hikes!

Deep Creek Waterfall

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Fall in love with the beautiful bushland and coastal views of a hike down to Deep Creek Waterfall. Although the waterfall generally only flows in winter and after it rains, the waterhole is permanent. After upgrades in 2016, the trail is equipped with a well-graded trail and steps towards the end. The trail starts from the car park at the entrance to Trig Campsite, on Tent Rock Road. There are toilets and amenities available at the entrance!

Deep Creek Waterfall
Where:
Deep Creek National Park
Distance and Duration:
4km, 2 hours return
For more information, click here.

Hindmarsh Falls

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Experience a treasure of the Fleurieu Peninsula at Hindmarsh Falls. Enjoy a short walk, only 200 metres, to the lookout to see the waterfall as it cascades over numerous pools. As with most waterfalls, its best seen in winter or after rain. There is a small upper car park, and lower car park that is adjacent to a picnic area. There are no toilet facilities.

Hindmarsh Falls
Where:
73 Hindmarsh Falls Rd, Hindmarsh Valley SA 5211
Distance and Duration:
0.2km, 15 mins return
For more information, click here.

Ingalalla Falls

Head down to Second Valley, and soak in the the stunning scenery as you stroll to this gem of the Fleurieu Peninsula. The waterfall is nestled among trees and cliffs, with heaps of birdlife to keep you entertained. The walk to the falls isn’t too tricky, and there is a car park and picnic set up. Although, there are no toilet facilities.

Ingalalla Falls
Where:
Hay Flat Rd, Hay Flat SA 5204
Distance and Duration:
0.5km, 45 mins return.
For more information, click here.

Loop of Upper Sturt Gorge, along River Trail

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After a trail that is as adventurous as it is enjoyable? This loop of the upper section of the River Trail in Sturt Gorge Recreation Park is packed with river crossings and some rock scrambling. After rain expect the river to be higher, and the stepping-stones across the eight river crossings may be underwater. The loop can be walked from Gate 12, on Broadmeadow Drive, and makes for a challenging but fun hike.  

Loop of Upper Sturt Gorge, along River Trail
Where:
Riverside Dr, Bedford Park SA 5047
Distance and Duration:
7.6km circuit, 3-4 hours return.
For more information, click here.

Mannum Waterfall

The hike to the Mannum Waterfalls contains moderate to steep walking tracks along Reedy Creek. The falls are a geological phenomenon with large granite outcrops rising from the plains around Reedy Creek to provide natural waterfalls. The walking trails, make it so hikers can enjoy the beauty in close proximity. Two car parks provide access to the falls. The first car park is on the left, which leaves a one-kilometre steep walk to the falls. The second car park is situated above the falls with a short walk down to them. There are also toilets available. They are located a short 600 meters from the car park.

Mannum Waterfall
Where:
Mannum SA 5238
Distance and Duration:
3km, 2-3 hours return.
For more information, click here.

Morialta Waterfall

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At only 10km east of the city centre, Morialta is a firm favourite amongst Adelaidians, and with its three stunning waterfalls what’s not to love? With the name coming from the Kaurna phrase moriatta, meaning ever-flowing, depending on the time of year, you’re sure to see an abundance of flowing falls here. Plus, the park has a fantastic Mukanthi Play Space, bird and wildlife watching, hiking, and nature play areas. Plus parking, picnic space and public bathrooms!

Morialta Waterfall
Where:
Morialta Falls Rd, Woodforde SA 5072
Distance and Duration:
1.7km, 45 mins return.
For more information, click here.

Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Summit

Within the Cleland Conservation Park, there are seven waterfalls, but the 30-metre fall at Waterfall Gully is definitely the most impressive. With cafes on each end of the trail, stop for a coffee or bite to eat before or after. Along with this, public toilets and parking are available.

Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Summit
Where:
Start at Waterfall Gully Rd, Waterfall Gully SA 5066, Australia. End at Mount Lofty Summit.
Distance and Duration:
3.9km, 1.5-3 hours.
For more information, click here.

These hikes vary in length and difficulty but don’t fret, there is something for everyone! What better way to get out and enjoy nature this Winter?

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