Spinebill Loop, Myponga Reservoir

Walking Trail Facts
700 metre circuit
15 minutes
Suitable for
Walking, Pram Friendly, Hiking, Jogging, Trail Running, Mountain Biking
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Myponga Reservoir
Fleurieu Peninsula
Trail manager
Reservoirs SA (SA Water)
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Travel options
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Travel time from Adelaide
1-2 hours
Spinebill Loop, Myponga Reservoir

About the Walking Trail

Explore the Myponga Reservoir reserve on this short loop. Starting near the Eatts St car park, the Spinebill Loop follows a short section of creekline which feeds into the Myponga reservoir. Prior to 2020 the creekline was significantly degraded and choked with weeds. SA Water has rehabilitated the watercourse, removing weeds, engineering the creekline to remediate erosion, and planting hundreds of seedlings (including a variety of local provenance trees, shrubs, and understory species). The stacks of logs you’ll see along the trail create habitat and perching places for foraging birds. Eleven nest boxes of different sizes have been installed in the larger remnant trees around the loop, providing habitat for small, medium, and large parrots, brush- and ring-tailed possums, and barn owls.

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:

Setting out from the carpark the trail that meanders up a creek.

There are toilets and picnic shelters located at the Eatts St carpark where the Spinebill Loop starts from.

The trail is unsealed, and is a shared-use path for both cyclists and walkers so be mindful of other trail users.

Where to start the trails

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

  1. Start the Spinebill Loop here: 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.
  2. 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.
  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.


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