Waterfall Gully

  • Accomm
  • Picnic Areas
  • Kiosk
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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Delight in the sights and sounds of Waterfall Gully. Take a short walk around the falls or make the more challenging trek to Mount Lofty Summit where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views over the city skyline.

About

Located in Cleland Conservation Park, Waterfall Gully is home to the largest of seven waterfalls that exist in the park.

The popular and strenuous walking trail to Mt Lofty Summit starts at the Waterfall Gully car park and climbs through the park's steep hills, native vegetation and stringybark forest, providing spectacular views over Adelaide.

Opening hours

This park is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset (except Christmas Day).

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Utopia @ Waterfall Gully restaurant opening hours are available on their website.

Getting there

Waterfall Gully is located 8km east of Adelaide. 

Access is via Waterfall Gully Road. Please be aware that parking may not be available on weekends due to the popularity of the site.

Contact details

Belair National Park Information Office

Phone: (+61 8) 8278 5477
Email: BelairNationalPark@sa.gov.au

or

Natural Resource Centre - Black Hill

Phone: (+61 8) 8336 0901
Email: DEWNR.AMLRBlackHillOffice@sa.gov.au

Regional Duty Officer: 0427 556 676

Utopia @ Waterfall Gully restaurant

Phone: (+61 8) 8379 2488
Utopia @ Waterfall Gully website

Pets in parks

Pets are not permitted within this park. There are however, a number of South Australian National Parks where you can take your dog on a lead. 

Facilities

There are picnic areas, a kiosk, toilets and disabled toilets available for use at Waterfall Gully.

Useful information

  • Mobile phone coverage can be patchy and unreliable in this park, especially if you are in low-lying areas.

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Pests and diseases

Phytophthora (fy-TOFF-thora), otherwise known as root-rot fungus, is killing our native plants and threatens the survival of animals depending on plants for food and shelter.

This introduced fungus can be found in plant roots, soil and water. Help stop the spread by using hygiene stations, staying on tracks and trails and by complying with all Phytophthora management signs.

Traditional owners

Aboriginal South Australians are the first peoples of our State and have occupied, enjoyed and managed these lands and waters since the creation. For SA's First Peoples, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state. 

Aboriginal peoples' oral histories and creation stories traverse the length and breadth of Australia’s lands and waters, including South Australian Parks. These stories interconnect land and waters with complex meaning and values and hold great cultural significance. We recognise and respect Aboriginal people's ownership of their stories and that they hold rights and obligations to care for Country. It is through these rights and cultural obligations and a shared goal to protect the environment for generations to come that DEWNR is committed to meaningful collaboration and involvement with Aboriginal peoples in the management of our shared parks.

See and do

Bushwalking

Bushwalking is a fantastic way to connect with nature, keep fit and spend time with family and friends. 

South Australia's national parks feature a range of trails that let you experience a diversity of landscapes. Our trails cater for all levels of fitness and adventure and our classification system makes it easy to select an experience suitable for you.

There is an extensive network of bushwalking trails within the surrounding Cleland Conservation Park please visits the park page for more information.

Hard hikes

  • Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Summit Hike (2 hr 30 mins, 4.5km one way)

  • Re-opened to the public from Saturday 15 October 2016.
  • Important: As a result of recent storm damage, significant hazards exist along the trail. Please read signage upon arrival, exercise caution when walking, and respect the fencing and safety measures in place.
  • Alternate routes to join the trail can be found at:

  • Cleland Wildlife Park via Harford Trail.
  • Waterfall Gully Road. Walk along Winter Track and Long Ridge Track to the Wildlife Park and then on to Harford Trail and up to the Summit.
  • Measdays Lookout off the old Mount Barker Road, from there follow the Adventure Hike to the Summit.
  • Park trail maps

     On almost any morning of the year the trail attracts a range of people: some casually walking, others using it as a
     training walk, some runners, and others with heavy-simulated packs training for distant hiking locations like Nepal.
     As the walk involves some steep sections, the time taken to walk the trail can vary significantly.

     On a busy weekend, car parking at Waterfall Gully can be limited.

Mountain biking

Although you can not ride in the Waterfall Gully area of Cleland Conservation Park, there are plenty of other areas you can ride your bike within the park. Please see the mountain biking section for Cleland Conservation Park for specific trail information.

Stay in the park

Camping is not permitted in this park, however accommodation is available at the Mt Lofty YHA located in the park.

Flora

The flora on the higher slopes is predominantly stringybark forest with a complex understorey of small trees and shrubs. The lower woodlands on the northern side of the park contain significant stands of blue gums and manna gum which give way to open grasslands.

Fauna

The fauna within the park ranges from a variety of birdlife, such as superb blue wrens, grey fantails and white throated tree creepers, to foraging mammals, such as the echidna and the endangered southern brown bandicoot. You may be lucky enough to see kangaroos bounding along in the distance and keep your eyes open for sleepy koalas high in the trees.

Volunteering

 

Want to help?

To find out how you can help in this park or nearby, please visit Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges – Volunteering.

Want to join others and become a Park Friend?

To find out more about Friends of Parks groups please visit Friends of Parks South Australia.

You could join others to help look after a park. You can take part in working bees, training and other events.

Safety

Bushwalking

The international Trail Users Code of Conduct is to show respect and courtesy towards other trail users at all times.

Ensure that you:

  • when hiking, wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen
  • be aware of weather conditions and avoid walking during the hottest part of the day
  • make sure you have appropriate weather proof clothing
  • carry enough water to be self-sufficient
  • please be respectful of other users at all times
  • stay on the designated trails and connector tracks for your own safety, and prevent the spread of declared weeds to other areas in the park
  • ensure someone knows your approximate location and expected time of return
  • take appropriate maps.
  • Walk, hike or trek - what's the difference?

Fire

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Fire restrictions

  • Wood fires, gas fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited throughout the year.
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Water

Swimming is not permitted at the base of the waterfall at Waterfall Gully.

Know before you go

Every national park is different, each has its own unique environment, it is important to be responsible while enjoying all the park has to offer.

Please ensure that you:

  • leave your pets at home
  • do not feed birds or other animals, it promotes aggressive behaviour and an unbalanced ecology
  • do not bring generators (except where permitted), chainsaws or firearms into the park
  • leave the park as you found it - place rubbish in the bins provided or take it with you
  • abide by the road rules (maintain the speed limit)
  • respect geological and heritage sites
  • do not remove native plants
  • are considerate of other park users.

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Maps

Park maps

Maps on your mobile

If you have a smartphone or tablet you can download the free Avenza PDF Map app and have interactive national park maps on hand when you need them.

The app uses your device's built-in GPS to plot your real-time location within the park onto a map. The app can be used without a network connection and without roaming charges. You can also measure area and distance, plot photos and drop placemark pins. 

How to get it working on your device:

1. Download the Avenza PDF maps app from the app store whilst you are still in range (its free!).
2. Open up the app and click the shopping cart icon.
3. Click ‘Find’ and type the name of the national park or reserve you are looking for.
4. Click on the map you are after and install it (all our maps are free).
5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page of the Avenza app.
6. Use our maps through the Avenza PDF map app while in the park and never take a wrong turn again.

Fees

Entry fees

It is free to park and hike from Waterfall Gully, however fees apply to park at Mount Lofty Summit and to enter nearby Cleland Wildlife Park.

Park pass

This park is not included in the park pass system. 

Camping and accommodation

Accommodation is available at the Mt Lofty YHA located in the park. Refer to their website for a list of fees.

Other fees and permits

There are no other fees or permits associated with this park. 

PDF Park Brochure
Alerts 1

Other alert

Flood track recovery works are being carried out on Waterfall Gully commencing Monday 29 May 2017.
Details >