Porter Scrub Conservation Park

Walking Routes Facts
2.6 km circuit
60 mins return
Suitable for
Hiking, Jogging, Trail Running
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Porter Scrub Conservation Park
Adelaide Hills
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Travel time from Adelaide
1-2 hours
Porter Scrub Conservation Park

About the Walking Routes

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Explore the secluded forests of Porter Scrub Conservation Park. The Central Access Track is a fire track that begins from Gate 1 and passes through the park to Gate 2. It is easy to follow and walk along. The park consists of a dense forest of tall trees (stringybark and candlebark) with yacka and fern undergrowth.

Walk Route Options

We’ve outlined two walking routes below.

 Easy Route along Central Access Track

2.6km return hike

This walking route sticks to the main fire track through the path, with a walk along the parallel Walking Trail. Instructions for this walk:

  1. Begin from Gate 2 (marked Point A on map)
  2. At Point B, continue on the left hand fork (the main track, Central Access Track). We recommend taking the left fork as the junction at Point C is easily missed when walking north
  3. At Point D, turn left, continuing north past the abandoned 1950s Vauxhall car
  4. Point H won’t be discernible. Shortly after this you will walk through an old gate
  5. At Point H there is a fire track junction, with the Central Access Track turning right and east to follow the park boundary to Gate 2. Here at Point H we suggest you turn around and return to point D, taking the Walking Trail Only at Point D through to Point C, B and back to Gate 1

 Difficult Route

3.3km circuit hike

This walking route explores a loop into the eastern side of the park, returning along the Central Access Track. The trail is difficult to follow from point E to F, G, and H, particuarly between points F and H. The junction at Point H cannot be found if walking clockwise. Instructions for this walk:

  1. Begin from Gate 2 (marked Point A on map)
  2. At Point B, turn off on the right hand fork labelled the Walking Trail Only, this will follow a former fire track.
  3. At Point C, which you might not discern, the trail turns east towards point E. There are no signs at this junction.
  4. At Point E, the former fire track ends abruptly. There is a walking trail which leaves here heading north, but the first few hundred metres can be difficult to find. If you cannot find the walking trail heading north, we strongly suggest you turn around and return the way you came.
  5. Near Point F the trail passes near the boundary fence. The trail may be overgrown with grass. If you lose the trail here, we suggest your return the way you came back to Point E and C as the trail from here on becomes more difficult to follow (overgrown and harder to discern, and if you stray to the south west of the trail there are old mine shafts.)
  6. Between Points F and G and H the trail can be hard to follow. Other animal tracks leave the main walking trail (particularly between Point F and G), so don’t be tricked by them.
  7. At Point G the trail turns abruptly right and to the north, following a creek line
  8. Coming towards Point H, the trail turns abruptly left and west. This abrupt change of direction can be difficult to find. If you should miss it, you would come out on the Central Access Track which is beside the northern boundary fence.
  9. At Point H (which would not be discernible if walking clockwise), turn left along the fire track which is the Central Access Track.
  10. Walk south along the main fire track to point D, taking the Walking Trail Only at Point D through to Point C, B and back to Gate 1


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