Heron Loop, Myponga Reservoir

Walking Trail Facts
2.3 km circuit
30 minutes
Suitable for
Walking, Pram Friendly, Hiking, Jogging, Trail Running, Mountain Biking
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Myponga Reservoir
Fleurieu Peninsula
Trail manager
Reservoirs SA (SA Water)
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Travel time from Adelaide
1-2 hours
Heron Loop, Myponga Reservoir

About the Walking Trail

Explore the Myponga Reservoir reserve on this mid-range loop. Enjoy views over the reservoir as you explore the open area near the Hansen St carpark (the carpark closest to Myponga and near the brewery).

Trail Signage

Whilst the network of trails exists, these new named routes have not yet been signposted or added to trailhead signboards. We expect trail arrows and carpark trailhead signage will be updated during 2024.

Once you start walking the trail, you will need to navigate your way, as the trails are not yet marked with arrows.

In late 2023 there are now four named and waymarked trails in the reserve:

When the reservoir levels are low enough, you can follow the trail out to a deck lookout at the water’s edge. When the reservoir levels are higher, the trail out to the deck lookout is inaccessible due to inundation.

There is picnic shelter located at the start/end of the Heron Loop, a short distance from the Eatts St carpark.

There are toilets located mid-way along the trail, but about 150m extra walk, at the Eatts St carpark.

There is a BYOB Bring your own bottle drinking fountain at the Hansen Street trailhead and carpark.

The trail is unsealed, and is a shared-use path for both cyclists and walkers so be mindful of other trail users.

Where to start the trails

There are two main carparks with trailheads, as well as a third pedestrian only entrance:

  1. Start the Heron Loop here: Hansen St carpark and trailhead, located at the end of the short Hansen St. This is located near the centre of Myponga, opposite the brewery. This is the smaller of the two carparks. There is a picnic shelter a short walk along the trail, but no toilets.
  2. Eatts St carpark and trailhead, located inside the park, access from the end of Eatts St. The carpark is located a further 400m drive into the park. This is the larger of the two carparks, and includes toilets and a picnic shelter.
  3. Minor pedestrian entry with street parking only, located midway along Eatts St.

Reserve and trail opening hours

Dates Times
During Daylight Saving Time: (October to March) 7.30am – 8pm
During Standard Time: (April to September) 7.30am – 5pm
Total Fire Ban Days (generally occur between October and April – check on cfs.sa.gov.au) Closed
During reservoir operational activity (check on reservoirs.sa.gov.au) Closed (gates will be closed)

Dog walking not permitted

Dogs are not welcome at reservoir reserves as they can carry harmful organisms that can easily contaminate the water and present a risk to the safety of the drinking water. Assistance animals are accepted.


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