Belair National Park Loop, along the Microcarpa, Lorikeet and Valley Hikes

Walking Route Facts
Distance
10.4 km circuit
Duration
3 hours
Suitable for
Hiking, Dog Walking, Trail Running
Trail Class
Grade 3, Moderate Hike
Terrain
Undulating
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Belair National Park
Region
Adelaide Hills
Download maps & GPS files
  1. 1 map PDF
  2. 2 GPS files
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Photos
28 photos
Travel options
  1. Bus
  2. Train
Travel time from Adelaide
1 hour or less
Belair National Park Loop, along the Microcarpa, Lorikeet and Valley Hikes

About the Walking Route

This 10.5km loop hike follows three marked trails through Belair National Park.

  • Microcarpa Hike
    Walk through one of the most diverse and best-preserved woodland areas remaining in the Mount Lofty Ranges.
  • Lorikeet Loop Walk
    Wind your way past Old Government House, the State Flora Nursery, and the adventure playground
  • Valley Loop Hike
    Follows the forested banks and lower slopes of Minnow Creek

This suggested route is a figure-8 loop.

Walk Directions

These directions commence from Belair Railway Station, but this loop can be accessed from any of the points listed below. Belair Railway Station is serviced by regular Adelaide Metro trains.

  1. from the trailhead at Belair Railway Station take the left trail
  2. at the trailhead on Sir Edwin Avenue turn left following the Microcarpa Hike signs
  3. when the track meets the Echo Track, turn right
  4. when the trail meets the Lorikeet Loop Walk, turn right and continue following the Lorikeet Loop Walk signs
  5. pass the exit to the Wood Duck Walk (Playford Lake), we’ll take this exit later. Continue following the Lorikeet Loop Walk signs past the Information Centre
  6. Meandering past picnic areas and tennis courts, when the trail crosses Valley Road, begin following the Valley Loop Hike signs
  7. at the Long Gully Picnic Area, near the Long Gully Residence and Volunteer Centre, the trail returns down the other side of the valley along Minnow Creek. Sometimes upper sections of this track can be muddy
  8. When the Valley Loop Hike turns left near the Adventure Playground, turn right instead, following the Lorikeet Loop Walk signs again
  9. When trail re-meets (4), where you had earlier walked from over towards the Echo Track. Continue down the Lorikeet Loop Walk again, beside Workanda Creek.
  10. When trail re-meets (5), turn right and follow the signs to the Wood Duck Walk (Playford Lake) and the Microcarpa Hike.
  11. Continue following the Microcarpa Hike back to (2), on Sir Edwin Avenue. Turn left back to Belair Railway Station

Access the Trail From

  • the park Information Office at the main park entry
  • Belair Railway Station
  • carpark at Playford Lake
  • the Lodge Track, from Sheoak Road (cross the railway line)
  • Pines 2 picnic area
  • Government Farm 2 picnic area
  • Adventure Playground
  • Valley Road
  • Joseph Fisher picnic area
  • Trailhead at Long Gully Residence and Volunteer Centre

Downloads

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Photos

Walk Contributor

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