Scott Creek Conservation Park, eastern loop

Walking Route Facts
Distance
8.5 km circuit
Duration
3 hours
Suitable for
Walking, Hiking, Trail Running
Difficulty
Moderate
Terrain
Undulating
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Scott Creek Conservation Park
Region
Adelaide Hills
Download maps & GPS files
  1. 2 GPS files
  2. 1 website link
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Photos
13 photos
Travel options
  1. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
1 hour or less
Scott Creek Conservation Park, eastern loop

About the Walking Route

A walk through the eastern section of Scott Creek Conservation Park. The park is one of the hidden gems of the Adelaide Hills. There aren’t any marked walking trails, but there is a good network on well signposted fire tracks. The Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park produce an excellent map; a simple map is available for free from their website, or a detailed topographic map can be purchased:

Walk Directions

This walk route starts at Gate 14, Matthews Road/Scott Creek Road.

These instructions are written a clockwise direction:

  1. Start near Mackereth Cottage at Gate 14, at the start of the Neville Road track on Matthews Road / Scott Creek Road.
  2. 2. Shortcut Option

    Just 60 metres up the track, there is a shortcut option, for walkers able to navigate off track. There are a series of scant walking trails that shortcut following Woodduck Creek up to the Bandicoot Track, near the junction with the Currawong Ridge Track.

  3. If not using the shortcut, continue along the fire track up the hill, turning left at the first fire track junction, on to the Currawong Ridge Track.
  4. Continue past the intersection with the Banidoot Track
  5. Turn left at the junction with the Cup Gum Track
  6. Pass the junction to the old helipad
  7. Pass the junction to the Yacca Track
  8. Turn right at the junction with the Bronzewing Track
  9. Turn right when the Bronzewing Track turns right sharply when it meets an unsignposted fire track
  10. The fire track here is through open grassy land
  11. 11. Shortcut Option

    Shortcut option, for walkers able to navigate off track. This is tricky navigation, and finding the walking trail can depend on how thick seasonal vegetation is. Follow the Viminaria Creek line up to the unnamed fire track which leads to the Bold Ridge Track at Gate 7. We recommend that walkers using this shortcut will find the $10 detailed topo map of the park of good use.

  12. If not using the shortcut, continue along the Bronzewing Track. When it meets Gurr Road (a dirt road), turn right
  13. When you reach a junction with an unnamed road to the left (400 metres from when you entered Gurr Road), turn right to cross 10 metres to begin following the Bold Ridge Track which parallels the park boundary.
  14. Continue past the unnamed fire track at Gate 7
  15. Continue past the junction with the Cup Gum Track at Gate 8
  16. Turn right onto the Stringybark Track at Gate 9
  17. Continue past the junction with the Bandicoot Track
  18. Turn right and 20 metres later right again, joining the Neville Road track and walking north
  19. Continue past the junction with the Currawong Ridge Track, which you passed early in the walk at step (2)
  20. Arrive back at the carpark and Gate 14

Extend the Walk

Read about a longer trip on the same loop but also going in to the western section of the park on AussieTrailwalker’s EveryTrail trip.

Downloads

Download KML/KMZ file
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Photos

Walk Contributor

Notes from a Trailhead

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I love nothing more then experiencing life outdoors by man power - hiking, cycling and paddling. Camping along the way in remote and beautiful locations. And I like the share what I find, so enjoy! Most trips have great photos, topo & walk maps and detailed track notes with them, and GPS files.