Work begins on Waterfall Gully-Mt Lofty Summit Trail upgrade

Date posted: 20 December 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

Work will commence this week on upgrades to ensure that one of the state’s most popular trails will continue to offer an enjoyable and sustainable visitor experience into the future.

Major upgrades to be carried out on the Waterfall Gully-Mt Lofty Summit Trail include creek bank stabilisation, new boardwalks, stonework and trail re-surfacing.

Some sections of the trail were extensively damaged by flooding and landslides as a result of severe storm events in September 2016. The upgrades will help reduce the impact of future storm events and improve the experience for people walking the trail.

From early January, detours on some sections of the trail will be in place on weekdays. These may make the route longer, steeper or more difficult to traverse. The normal trail route will be available on weekends and public holidays.

Background

The work is expected to be completed by September 2018.

Weekday detour details

January 2018 – April 2018
This detour will depart the usual trail at Chinaman’s Hut Ruin, turning up Chinaman’s Hut Track and re-joining the main trail just below Mount Lofty Summit Road. This alternate route will add an additional 1.4 km in length, each way. The detour offers views over Adelaide and Spencer Gulf along. Please allow up to 4.5hrs return.

February 2018 - June 2018
This detour will depart the usual trail from the first falls car park and re-join it just below second falls. This detour will add an additional 300m each way. It will be a more difficult walk, with natural rough surfaces and steep sections. After rain, it may become slippery. Please allow up to 3hrs return.

April 2018 – September 2018
This detour will depart the usual trail at Bilba Track and re-join it just below Mount Lofty Summit Road. This alternate route will add an additional 800m each way and passes Cleland Wildlife Park. Please allow up to 3.5hrs return.

Further details can be found here: https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Safety/parkalerts/171201-cleland-conservation-park

For more information, please contact the Black Hill Natural Resources Centre (+61 8) 8336 0901

Quotes attributable to Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter

Around 600,000 people enjoy this hugely popular trail every year, and it’s one of the highlights of a visit to Adelaide for those who love the outdoors.

Interest in the Waterfall Gully-Mt Lofty walk is only expected to grow and we want to ensure the trail provides an enjoyable experience for walkers and is sustainable into the future.

The government is investing in detailed restoration work to create a highly durable and stable trail which will be more resilient to future extreme weather events, while retaining its appeal to the hundreds of thousands of people who walk the trail.