Kestrel Loop, Myponga Reservoir

Walking Trail Facts
Distance
8.7 km circuit
Duration
1h 45m
Suitable for
Walking, Pram Friendly, Hiking, Jogging, Trail Running, Mountain Biking
Difficulty
Challenging
Terrain
Undulating
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Myponga Reservoir
Region
Fleurieu Peninsula
Trail manager
Reservoirs SA (SA Water)
Download maps & GPS files
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Photos
16 photos
Travel options
  1. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
1-2 hours
Kestrel Loop, Myponga Reservoir

About the Walking Trail

Explore the Myponga Reservoir reserve on this long loop, which takes in the far western section of the reserve. This is the longest of the four named and waymarked trails in the reserve and takes in a number of undulating hills.

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:

This trail follows the edge of the reservoir and takes you through open plains, forested areas and native vegetation, with a couple of viewing areas along the way.

You can extend the walk by by taking a diversion along the Lapwing Loop when it heads into the forest. This will add about 500m to your walk (compared to staying on the marked Kestrel Loop.)

There are toilets and picnic shelters located at:

  • Picnic shelter: at the start/end of the Pinkgum Loop, a short distance from the Eatts St carpark
  • Toilets and picnic shelter: at the larger Eatts St carpark, about 1km into the Pinkgum Loop
  • Toilets and picnic shelter: at the far western edge of the reserve, about half way into the Pinkgum Loop

The trail closer to the Hansen St trailhead along the reservoir edge is will made and suitable for bikes and prams, although if the reservoir is full there maybe water across the trail. The trail is unsealed, and is a shared-use path for both cyclists and walkers so be mindful of other trail users.

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

Most of the rest of the trails are fire tracks. The trails are flatter in the east, closer to the Hansen St carpark. There are more undulating hills in the west, west of the Eatts St carpark.

Where to start the trails

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

  1. Start the Kestrel 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.

Downloads

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