Emu Wren Hike

Walking Trail Facts
11.0 km circuit
3-4 hour loop
Suitable for
Walking, Hiking
Trail Class
Grade 3, Moderate Hike
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Cox Scrub Conservation Park
Fleurieu Peninsula
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Travel options
  1. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
1 hour or less
Emu Wren Hike

About the Walking Trail

Combine the Quarry Hike and Stringybark Hike on a longer loop of Cox Scrub Conservation Park. The hike includes a variety of vegetation types, incuding open scrub and tall shrublands. Keep an eye out for goannas and southern brown bandicoots.

The trail is about half walking trail, and half fire track. Some of the fire track, especially on the eastern side of the park, can be quite sandy underfoot.

Because the hike includes the Quarry Hike and Stringybark Hike, there are 3 possible starting locations:

  1. Start from the western end at Gate 6. Due to water in Coles Creek it is often not possible to drive to the carpark, but it’s only a 100m walk from the last practical car accessible section of the road at Gate 7 (Coles Crossing Road) to the Gate 6 trailhead. Access to Coles Crossing Road is along about 8km of dirt road, and the descent into the valley and Coles Crossing can be narrow and steep. Starting the hike from here will make it a 11.0km loop.
  2. Start at the north eastern end at the Gate 1 trailhead and carpark, on Bull Creek Road (bitumen road). Starting the hike from here will make it a 10.1km loop.
  3. Start in the south eastern end from Gate 2 trailhead, on Bull Creek Road (bitumen road). There is no carpark, but there is a 200m long pull-off dirt road that is parallel to the main bitumen road, and you can park on that. Starting the hike from here will make it a 9.3km loop.


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