Park of the Month, Belair National Park, July 2017

Belair National Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for July 2017.

Belair National Park is close to Adelaide, nestled in the foothills. There are 8 hiking trails in the park, and another 2 hiking trails that pass through the park. The trails vary from Easy Walks to Hard Hikes. A couple of the Easy Walks are suitable for people of all abilities, including for wheelchair access, for those with mobility issues and for prams. The trails are of a high standard and are well marked.

The park is accessible by public transport train service and bus services. Vehicle entry is $12 per car, of $9.50 for concession, and you need to book before you go, of use the self-service computer available for payment daily between 9am and 4:30pm. There is also a host of free events throughout the month, including guided Ranger Walks and Friends of Belair guided walks.

You can walk your dog in this park providing it remains under your control on a lead.

11 Great Walk and Hikes in Belair National Park

Wood Duck Walk, Belair National Park1.

Wood Duck Walk, Belair National Park

1km, 30 mins

This pleasant walk around Playford Lake is popular with young children, people with prams, people with limited mobility, including wheelchairs, and those who want to experience the park’s wildlife, including the ducks on the lake.

Lorikeet Loop Walk, Belair National Park2.

Lorikeet Loop Walk, Belair National Park

3km, 1h 25mins
Wind your way past Old Government House, State Flora Nursery, and adventure playground. The wide gravelled surface is suitable for most abilities, and for strollers. There are numerous flat rocks scattered along the trail for suitable as seating rest spots.

Heritage Tree Walk, Belair National Park3.

Heritage Tree Walk, Belair National Park

1km, 20 minutes

This easy walk winds its way around prominent heritage trees such as oak, poplar, sequoia, cork oak, pine and horse chestnut. Suitable for most strollers, although can be muddy at times.

RSL Walk, Belair National Park4.

RSL Walk, Belair National Park

0.9km, 20 mins

The short 950m return walk along the RSL Walk trail links two memorial plantations. The trail begins at the remnants of the historic Japanese cherry plantation and finishes at the memorial avenue of sequoias. The trail is graded as an Easy Walk, suitable for most people.

Valley Loop Hike, Belair National Park5.

Valley Loop Hike, Belair National Park

3km, 1 hour

Follows the forested banks and lower slopes of Minnow Creek and passes the Railway Dam, with ducks and seating. The trail is suitable for most strollers, although can be muddy at times, particularly alongside Minnow Creek near the Volunteer Centre.

Microcarpa Hike, Belair National Park6.

Microcarpa Hike, Belair National Park

4.5km, 1hr 45mins

Walk through one of the most diverse and best-preserved woodland areas remaining in the Mount Lofty Ranges. The trail is suitable for a rugged stroller in dry conditions.

Waterfall Hike, Belair National Park7.

Waterfall Hike, Belair National Park

6.5km, 3 hours

The most challenging trail in the park takes you through Echo Tunnel and to the picturesque rock escarpments of the seasonal Upper and Lower Waterfalls.

Adventure Loop Trail, Belair National Park8.

Adventure Loop Trail, Belair National Park

12.6km, 6.5 hours

The Adventure Loop Trail is the longest hike in Belair National Park. The trail is a loop of the park, exploring the far reaches of the park and following some of the boundaries. The trail is suitable for walkers and trail runners, and also mountain bikers.

Section 1: Belair National Park to Eagle on the Hill, Yurrebilla Trail9.

Section 1: Belair National Park to Eagle on the Hill, Yurrebilla Trail

17.5km, 3.5-4.5 hours

The Yurrebilla Trail starts in Belair National Park, heading north for 5 days and 56km to Athelstone. Section 1 starts at the train station, passing through some of the park before heading north down to Brownhill Creek, and then the open grassy hills and ridgetops of Waite Conservation Reserve.

Sea to Summit Trail, Kingston Park Beach to Mt Lofty Summit10.

Sea to Summit Trail, Kingston Park Beach to Mt Lofty Summit

31km, 8 hours

The Sea to Summit Trail passes through the national park, on its way from the beach at Kingston to Mount Lofty Summit.

The trail is 32km with a total height gain of 1400 metres from sea to summit. The trail links existing walking tracks and a series of streets to create a challenging walk experience. Do it as a one day challenge, or split into a 2 day walk. The trail is largely unmarked, but is a series of walking trails and roadside or reserve connections. An excellent map can be purchased from the Friends of the Heysen Trail and Scout Outdoor Centre.

Brownhill Creek and Belair Hike Loop11.

Brownhill Creek and Belair Hike Loop

13.7km, 3-5 hours

We’ve included a special mention of this walking route which includes some of Belair National Park. This loop hike traverses the Brownhill Creek valley, through and beyond Brownhill Creek Recreation Park, up the Yurrebilla Trail and into Belair National Park. The route links multiple trails together, and requires some navigation, especially between Belair National Park through Randell Reserve to Brownhill Creek.

Accessible Trail to be built in Hallett Cove Conservation Park

The walking trail to Black Cliff in Hallett Cove Conservation Park is being upgraded to enable access for prams and assisted wheelchairs.

The entire length of the 550m trail, starting at the Park’s southern entrance and ending at Black Cliff/Black Point, is being paved to create a smooth, non-slip surface.

The trail connects with the existing boardwalk, providing a 925m trail to the lookout near Waterfall Creek, or a 1.8km return walk.

Other improvements include removal of the entry chicane and a reduction in the steepness of the path at the park entrance, allowing easier access for prams and wheelchairs.

The path has also been widened to allow visitors to stop and read park interpretive signs without blocking others.

Works will commence in August 2017 and during construction detours will be in place.

You can view 37 other Accessible Trails in SA in our Find a Place to Walk directory.

Under ‘More Filters’ select Rating: Wheelchair Accessible (37 trails), or Attributes: Stroller Friendly (61 trails).

The current trail was featured in a recent blog post, so the trail upgrade will be welcomed by all.

The $140,000 improvements at Hallett Cove are part of the State Government’s commitment of $10.4 million to upgrade metropolitan national parks and reserves for the growing number of local residents who use outdoor recreational spaces and to make our parks and reserves more accessible and inclusive.