Mount Lofty Summit

  • Information Office
  • Kiosk
  • Toilets
  • Public Transport
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Walking Trails
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Trail closure

From Dec 2017 – August 2018, major restoration work will be done along the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Trail - detours will be in place at certain times.
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See the ever changing views from Adelaide's highest peak. You can drive directly to Mt Lofty summit or make the challenging trek from Waterfall Gully, enjoying refreshments with a view at The Summit Restaurant and Café or browse through the Visitor Information Outlet and gift shop.

About

Mount Lofty Summit, the majestic peak of the Mount Lofty Ranges in the Adelaide Hills, provides spectacular panoramic views across Adelaide's city skyline to the coast. Each year more than 350,000 people visit the peak which rises more than 710 metres above sea level.

From the summit you can follow the popular walk down to Waterfall Gully, join the Heysen Trail or stroll along a walking trail through native bushland to Cleland Wildlife Park.

Visit the Mount Lofty Summit Visitor Information Outlet and Gift Shop and speak to our friendly tourism experts about your next South Australian adventure. Get the latest maps and walking trail advice, and browse the exceptional range of quality souvenirs, locally produced gifts and a great range of clothing.

Opening hours

The Mount Lofty Summit Visitor Information Outlet and gift shop is open 9:00am - 5:00 pm daily (closed Christmas Day).

For opening times of The Summit Restaurant and Cafe, please visit their website.

Contact details

Mount Lofty Visitor Information Outlet and gift shop 

Phone: (+61 8) 8370 1054
Email: MtLoftySummit@sa.gov.au

The Summit Restaurant and Café

Phone: (+61 8) 8339 2600
The Summit Restaurant and Café website

Please visit the media centre to contact our media team.

Getting there

Mount Lofty Summit is 15km east of Adelaide.

Parking is available (fees apply).

If you're in your own vehicle, you can find this park on the map.

There is also public transport to this park from the Adelaide city centre. 

Accessibility

The Mount Lofty summit lookout is accessible. There are accessible parking spaces and accessible toilets 

Accessing Mt Lofty Summit:
Accessing the Heysen trail at Mount Lofty Summit, Cleland Conservation Park:

Dogs not allowed

Dogs are not permitted in this park.

Discover which parks you can walk your dog in on our find a park tool or read 12 dog-friendly walks in Adelaide Parks by Good Living for inspiration.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted in most public places and are therefore welcome in South Australia’s parks and reserves. Assistance dogs must be appropriately restrained on a lead and remain under your effective control at all times while in a park or reserve.

As per the dogs in parks and reserves policy, if the dog is not an accredited assistance dog, they must be trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate that disability and meet standards of hygiene and behaviour appropriate for a dog in a public place. However, refusal may be given if the person with the disability is unable to produce evidence the dog is an assistance dog with the appropriate training.

Before taking your assistance dog into a park that does not normally allow dogs, it is highly recommended that you contact us so we can provide you with the latest information on any potential hazards within specific parks that may affect your dog. Please contact the park via the contact details provided under the contact tab or call the information line on (+61 8) 8204 1910.

Facilities

There are a variety of facilities available at Mt Lofty Summit including a Visitor Information Outlet and gift shop, restaurant and cafe, toilets, public transport and disabled toilets.

Useful information

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

Traditional owners

Aboriginal peoples have occupied, enjoyed and managed the lands and waters of this State for thousands of generations. For Aboriginal first nations, 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. 

There are many places across the State that have great spiritual significance to Aboriginal first nations.  At some of these places Aboriginal cultural protocols, such as restricted access, are promoted and visitors are asked to respect the wishes of Traditional Owners.

In places where protocols are not promoted visitors are asked to show respect by not touching or removing anything, and make sure you take all your rubbish with you when you leave.

Aboriginal peoples continue to play an active role in caring for their Country, including in parks across South Australia. 

Take a virtual tour

Take a virtual tour of the summit to get a task of the spectacular view that await you.

See and do

Bushwalking

From Mt Lofty Summit you can follow the popular walk down to Waterfall Gully, join the Heysen Trail or stroll along a walking trail through native bushland to Cleland Wildlife Park. There is an extensive network of walking trails within the surrounding Cleland Conservation Park.

Easy walks

  • Discovery Walk (40 mins, 1km)

    Discover the vegetation just below the Mt Lofty summit lookout.

    Take a photograph for citizen science at the fire monitoring station or just sit, relax and take in the view on the number of seats provided.

Moderate hikes

  • Crafers to Mt Lofty link trail (2 hr 30 mins, 4.5km)

    This newly formed trail provides an excellent alternative for visitors to walk or ride from Crafers to Mt Lofty summit avoiding the busy roads to get there. Starting opposite the Crafers bus stop, visitors can experience the serenity of the bush by walking or riding through Cleland Conservation Park. The trail consists of natural surfaces, existing fire tracks and areas of well formed trails.

  • Harford Trail (1 hour, 1.5km)

    This link provides access between Cleland Wildlife Park and Mt Lofty summit.Hard hikes

  • Adventure loop (3 hr 30 mins, 10km)

    A great alternative loop trail to Mt Lofty summit for those wanting to get away from the crowds. This trail passes through areas of rocky creek lines and tall stringybark forest.

    It follows a walking trail and then a fire track before joining the Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Summit trail. This trail has natural rough surfaces and is be steep in parts.

  • Bilba hike (1 hour, 1.5km)

    This short well formed trail link provides access from the Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty summit hike to Cleland Wildlife Park.  

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

  • 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.

    Please note, from December 2017 – August 2018, major restoration work will be done along the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Trail. More information and a detour map are available here.

Mountain biking

There is an extensive network of bike trails within the surrounding Cleland Conservation Park.

Visitor Information Outlet and gift shop

The summit complex features a Visitor Information Outlet and gift shop. Ask the friendly tourism experts about the summit's trails, maps and the best South Australian nature-based tourist attractions.

Whether shopping for yourself, buying gifts or sending souvenirs overseas, our gift shop staff can help you find that special something for that special someone from the extensive range of locally sourced and Australian made merchandise.

The Summit Restaurant and Café

Adjacent to the Visitor Information Outlet and gift shop, take in spectacular views of Adelaide at the fully licensed The Summit Restaurant and Café. For more information about The Summit Restaurant and Café, including opening times and menus, visit their website.

Stay in the park

Accommodation is available at the Youth Hostel Associations hut located within Cleland Conservation Park.

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.

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

Fees

Entry fees

Mount Lofty Summit entry is free, however, fees apply to park within the Mount Lofty Summit car park.

Park pass

This park is not included in the park pass system. 

Camping and accommodation

There is no camping or accommodation available within this park. 

Other fees and permits

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

PDF Park Brochure
Alerts 1

Trail closure

From Dec 2017 – August 2018, major restoration work will be done along the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Trail - detours will be in place at certain times.
Details >