Hardys Scrub Hike

Walking Trail Facts
5.9 km circuit
2-3 hours
Suitable for
Hiking, Trail Running
Trail Class
Grade 3, Moderate Hike
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Onkaparinga River National Park
Adelaide Hills
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Travel options
  1. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
1 hour or less
Hardys Scrub Hike

About the Walking Trail

Wander through this forest on walking trails and fire tracks. The grey box eucalyptus woodlands here once covered much of the western slopes of the southern Adelaide Hills, and very little has survived clearing for agriculture and urban development. Other vegetation communities here include pink gums in the sandy areas, and southern cypress pine.

Begin the walk from the main trailhead at Gate 16 on Chapel Hill Road, there is carparking here for 3-4 cars, a trailhead information board and a picnic table. The trail is well marked walking in a clockwise direction.

There is a 1.3km alternate route near the start, following a narrow walking trail, we recommend this extra eastern trail as especially delightful to walk through. Although the start and end of the alternate route is well-marked, keep a watch out for older style smaller arrow posts to guide you.

The trail is 5.0km circuit, or 5.9km circuit with the alternate route.

You can also start from Gate 19 on Chapel Hill Road, however to start here after walking 50 metres down the trail keep a keen eye out for the walking trail going off to your left. It is adjacent the first trail marker but has no arrow markers, turn left and follow this walking trail to walk the trail in a clockwise direction.


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