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Waterfall Gully

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Trail closure

Major restoration work is being undertaken along the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Trail. This work is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Detours will be in place at certain times.
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  • Picnic Areas
  • Kiosk
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching


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


Natural Resources Centre - Black Hill

Phone: (+61 8) 8336 0901

Regional Duty Officer: 0427 556 676

Utopia @ Waterfall Gully restaurant

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



There are two accessible parking spaces located at the Waterfall Gully carpark.


There are two toilets located at the Waterfall Gully carpark. One is an accessible toilet (left hand) and the other is an ambulant toilet.

Waterfall Gully trails

Take the bitumen trail (300m) which climbs from the car park to the first falls pool and back. You might need some assistance may because of the gradient.

Accessing Waterfall Gully:

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.

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.


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.

Plants and animals


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.


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. 

Flora and fauna species lists

To download flora (plants) and fauna (animals) species lists for this park, use the 'Create Simple Species List' tab under 'Flora Tools' or 'Fauna Tools'  in NatureMaps

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. 

See and do


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.

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)

  • 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 


Prefer to get fit without an audience? Here are five alternative walks to Mount Lofty from Adelady

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.

Mount Lofty Precinct app

Download the Mount Lofty Precinct app for guided trail information featuring, educational content, points of interest and local hot spots; such as the café and visitor centre at Mount Lofty Summit. The entire app is also easily translated into Chinese for overseas guests.

The app features:

  • Self-guided walking tours
  • Interactive map to help you navigate around the precinct and plan your perfect day out
  • Find your favourite animals or plant collections using our easy to use search tool
  • Learn more about native animals and plants along the trails via our proximity sensing iBeacons and blue and white iPosts
  • Discover restaurants, cafes, amenities and other landmarks in the precinct 
  • Find out what’s on and discover events and activities
  • Chinese translation with the click of a button



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.



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?


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.


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.


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.


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. 

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Alerts 1

Trail closure

Major restoration work is being undertaken along the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Trail. This work is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Detours will be in place at certain times.
Details >