Loop of Upper Sturt Gorge, along River Trail

Walking Trail Facts
7.6 km circuit
3-4 hours
Suitable for
Hiking, Get to by public transport, Trail Running
Trail Class
Grade 4, Hard Hike
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Sturt Gorge Recreation Park
Adelaide City & Suburbs, Adelaide Hills
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Travel options
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Travel time from Adelaide
1 hour or less
Loop of Upper Sturt Gorge, along River Trail

About the Walking Trail

This loop of the upper section of the River Trail in Sturt Gorge Recreation Park. The trail can be adventurous, with many river crossings and some rock scrambling. After rain expect the river to be higher, and the stepping-stones across the eight river crossings may be underwater.

The loop can be walked from Gate 12, on Broadmeadow Drive (opposite house number 106).

The loop takes in the:

  • Parrianna Link Trail (entire 400m)
  • the River Trail (4.3km)
  • Wattle Trail (2.2km), and
  • Lomandra Trail (650m)

Trail Directions

  1. Walk down the short Parrianna Link Trail into the gorge.
  2. Head downstream a little, and turn right and cross the river, following the upstream signs for the River Trail
  3. Follow the River Trail upstream, until it meets the Wattle Trail
  4. Turn right on the Wattle Trail, following it to it’s end, and connect on to the start of the Lomandra Trail, following it to returning to Gate 12

An alternative start point could be Horners Bridge, on Coromandel Parade. This is a good spot to access via Adelaide Metro public bus to Bus Stop 37B Coromandel Parade. From Horners Bridge, walk down the River Trail / Wattle Trail. Walking anti-clockwise, continue along the River Trail for another  4.3km until it meets the Parrianna Link Trail, follow this short trail up and out of the gorge. Follow the Lomandra Trail and Wattle Trail back to where you first met the Wattle Trail on the River Trail, and back to Horners Bridge.


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