5 of SA’s waterfall-worthy parks

Don’t let winter get you down. Take advantage of the recent rain and visit these wondrous SA waterfalls.

South Australia’s national parks are peaceful and relaxing places at the best of times, but when winter hits, the rain can make them extra special.

Here are five parks where you can enjoy the tranquil sights and sounds of waterfalls.

1. Belair National Park

It takes a deluge of rain to make the upper and lower waterfalls at Belair flow, but when they do it’s definitely worth seeing.

Belair’s Waterfall Hike will take you right past both waterfalls so you don’t miss a trickle, and the lower waterfall even has a viewing platform so you can kick back, relax and take it all in with the whole family. The upper waterfall is best left to the adults as there is no railing.

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Upper waterfall at Belair National Park

2. Morialta Falls Conservation Park

Just 10 kilometres from the CBD, Morialta offers superb views of its three waterfalls. The waterfalls are linked by three hiking trails that make it easy to get from one to the other. If you want to see all the falls, prepare for a 7.5 km hike, which will take approximately four hours.

First and Second Falls are the grandest though – with First Falls approximately 30 metres high and Second Falls 25 m high. After it rains, get set for some amazing photo and video opportunities. 

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First Falls at Morialta Conservation Park (image courtesy of Caty Malo Photography)

3. Deep Creek Conservation Park

Deep Creek is perched on SA’s Fleurieu Peninsula, and as the name suggests, is a good place to visit if you enjoy being close to water. The park’s seasonal waterfall is truly spectacular and is a must-see if you’re visiting in the cooler months.

At the base of the waterfall there’s also a large rock pool. You can enjoy it by taking walking trails from either the Tapanappa Lookout carpark or Trig camp ground carpark.

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(Image courtesy of @sanctuarydeepcreek, Instagram)

4. Sturt Gorge Conservation Park

Pull on those hiking boots and head to Sturt Gorge to enjoy its rugged beauty and picturesque three-tiered waterfall. The River Trail meanders past this unexpected, relaxing, urban oasis, which has a gentler flow than most waterfalls – making it really relaxing to be around.

Geology buffs will marvel at the rock formations surrounding the waterfall, which are believed to be 800 million years old. Follow the path that leads to the waterfall, but watch your footing if you step on the stones near its base – they can be slippery. 

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(Image courtesy of @southaustralia_pics, Instagram)

5. Cleland Conservation Park 

Cleland Conservation Park is home to seven waterfalls – you can get up close and personal with three of these including First Falls at Waterfall Gully – the grand-daddy of them all. Sadly, due to last year’s storms, some of the areas around this waterfall were damaged and the viewing platform is currently closed for repairs. Don’t despair though, you can still get your waterfall fix at Second Falls by taking the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit hike. You’ll need to work for this view by heading up a one kilometre steep climb.

Second Falls is a lot smaller than First Falls, but it’s still breathtaking. Sit on the stone bench and enjoy the views from afar or head down the path and let the kids splash at its base in their gumboots. 

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Second Falls at Cleland Conservation Park

Keen to explore more of our parks this winter? Head to the National Parks website for all the details on these special places. 

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