Mt Schank – Car Park to Crater Rim

Walking Trail Facts
1.3 km return
30 mins
Suitable for
Trail Class
Grade 4, Hard Hike
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Mount Schank State Heritage Area
Limestone Coast
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Travel options
  1. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
2+ hours
Mt Schank – Car Park to Crater Rim

About the Walking Trail

Hike up to the rim of Mt Schank to experience 360 views into the crater and of the surrounding countryside. The trail comprises mostly of a limestone planks, 1,038 of them, to climb up to the crater rim. The hike begins from the carpark and picnic area beside the waterhole.

Mount Schank was named in December 1800 during an exploratory voyage along Australia’s south-east coast by the ship HMS Lady Nelson. Mount Gambier was also spotted and named on the same voyage.

Mount Schank is a dormant volcano, originally errupting 4,500 years ago.

Access the Mount from the Port MacDonnell Road. There is a picnic area with a shelter and toilets. The Mount and surrounding area was declared a State Heritage Area in 1992.

Extend the hike by continuing from the Crater Rim turn around point on the Crater Rim Walk around the rim. There is also another side-track down into the bowl of the crater.


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