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Self-Guided Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Hike from Adelaide

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Save time and don’t stress about driving to one of Adelaide’s most popular outdoor destinations with this self-guided Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty hike. A driver picks you up from your hotel in central Adelaide, takes you to the Waterfall Gully trailhead, and waits while you hike through Cleland Conservation Park. Your driver returns you to your hotel when you’re done.
  • Let someone else take care of driving to Cleland Conservation Park 
  • Keep an eye out for koalas and kangaroos in the park
  • Hike at your own pace while your driver waits
  • Includes round-trip transportation from your central Adelaide hotel
What to Expect
Your morning begins with a pickup from your Adelaide hotel. Hop aboard your tour vehicle, meet your guide, and drive out of the city to Waterfall Gully—the trailhead of one of Adelaide’s most popular hikes. Along the way, your guide gives a brief trail orientation. Upon arrival, set off at your own pace following the 2.5-mile (3.9-kilometer) trail past waterfalls, streams, and panoramic views from gully ridges. Keep an eye out for koalas dozing in gum trees and grazing kangaroos. Snap photos of panoramic views of Adelaide from the summit of Mt. Lofty. On a clear day, Glenelg, Port Adelaide, and Kangaroo Island are visible. You have time to snag coffee or a snack at the Summit Café before heading back down to Waterfall Gully. Your tour concludes when your driver drops you off at your hotel in Adelaide.
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Important Information
Departure Point
pureSA tours, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Traveler pickup is offered
Main departure point and time is 8am from the pureSA office located at The Joinery, 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide. If you have selected a hotel pickup from the above list you must be waiting outside the hotel no later than 7.40am.
Departure Time
8:00 AM
4h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected city hotels only)
  • Trail orientation
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • PLEASE NOTE - various track works and detours are in place on this trail until December 2019. This will necessitate route and timing modifications which will be advised on the day.
  • This hike is graded as hard - it involves steep sections and uneven services and a good level of fitness and mobility is required.The total return walking distance is 7.8km.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or young children
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear clothing and footwear suitable for bushwalking.
  • In the interest of sustainability we recommend you bring a refillable water bottle.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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This was the most affordable and convenient option for transport to Mount Lofty besides hiring a car that I could find. I was the only person booked on a Monday morning. Shavojn was prompt, pleasant and informative. The 7.8km return hike is moderately challenging since it is
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Response from pureSAworld, Owner at Self-Guided Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Hike from Adelaide
Responded 18 Sep 2019
Hi Sylvia Spring most certainly is a wonderful time to visit Cleland National Park and hike the Mount Lofty trail! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review and we hope to see you next time you visit. Thanks Shavojn.
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We were in Adelaide for five days and really wanted to do the walk up to Mount Lofty. After searching the internet we found this self-guided walk and it was exactly what needed - someone to pick us up and take us to the beginning of the walk, tell us what to do, and then be
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Response from pureSAworld, Owner at Self-Guided Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Hike from Adelaide
Responded 1 Jul 2019
Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your hike and we agree that the views are definitely worth the effort. We hope you had a great trip and look forward to seeing you again when you next visit Adelaide. Thanks Shavojn.
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Myself and a friend did this walk whilst in Adelaide, and we were not disappointed. Mike was a friendly and knowledgeable guide who made us feel very welcome, and gave us some information to ensure we experienced as much of the forest as we could. The walk itself is
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Response from pureSAworld, Owner at Self-Guided Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Hike from Adelaide
Responded 12 Mar 2019
Hi groomy99 Thanks for taking the time to write a review of the Waterfall Gully Hike. It certainly is a great trek to the summit but agree the views are worth the effort! Enjoy the rest of Australia and safe travels guys. Cheers, Mike
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We combined the walk up Mt Lofty from Waterfall Gully with a visit to Cleland Wildlife Park on the way back down. This trip normally only runs on a Friday or Monday but Mike gave up his Sunday so we could do the trip during the weekend that we were in town. We saw kangaroos on
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Response from pureSAworld, Owner at Self-Guided Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Hike from Adelaide
Responded 4 Dec 2018
Hi JohnP3645 Thanks so much for the lovely review and good to know you had a fantastic day. It is definitely a great experience and very special when you get to see some of the wildlife in the wild! Hope we see you back in Adelaide one day. Regards Mike
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Very nice outdoor activity with best feeling when you reach the mount summit after the steep walk all the way up!
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Response from pureSAworld, Owner at Self-Guided Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Hike from Adelaide
Responded 5 Feb 2018
Thanks for your review expressivite. We are glad you enjoyed the Self-guided Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit hike. It is a beautiful and rewarding walk. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards Shavojn
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Key Details
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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