Sturt Gorge Loop along the River Trail

Walking Route Facts
7.1 km circuit
3 hours
Suitable for
Hiking, Dog Walking, 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
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Travel options
  1. Bus
  2. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
1 hour or less
Sturt Gorge Loop along the River Trail

About the Walking Route

Map of Sturt Gorge Loop hike trailsA walk along the Sturt Gorge in the lower western part of Sturt Gorge Recreation Park. The walk follows the River Trail along Sturt River, with river crossings, and passing a Kaurna camp oven in a small cave in a cliff. The trail climbs out of the Gorge, following the Lomandra Trail with views over the Adelaide Plains, before returning back in to the gorge via the Spring Creek Trail.

The walk follows parts of the following trails:

  • The River Trail (use caution when water levels high)
  • Parrianna Link Trail
  • Lomandra Trail (shared-use trail)
  • Starlight Track
  • Spring Creek hike

Dogs are permitted on leads. Many trails within the park are shared-use with cyclists.

Where to being the hike

There are several places to begin the trail:

The start of the trail is not named or sign-posted, but is a clearly defined walking path, also used by cyclists.

Shorten the Hike

  • 3.4km loop: begin at Gate 12, walking west along Lomandra Trail. Where Spring Creek Trail meets the River Trail (Point 4), turn upstream (east), returning to Gate 12

Extend the Hike

  • Continue along Lomandra Trail to where it meets Spring Creek Trail, returning along Spring Creek Trail
  • Continue along Lomandra Trail, beyond where it meets Spring Creek Trail, returning along de Rose Trail
  • Continue further upstream on the River Trail
  • Combine with a loop of the upper section of the River Trail

Public Transport

This hike can be easily accessed by public transport bus, at bus stop 28 South Road, or the bus stops at Flinders Medical Centre, on Adelaide Metro bus services.


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