The Nature Trail, Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens

Walking Trail Facts
Distance
0.8 km one way
Duration
1 hour
Difficulty
Moderate
Terrain
Undulating
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Mount Lofty Botanic Garden
Region
Adelaide Hills
Download maps & GPS files
  1. 2 GPS files
  2. 1 website link
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Photos
8 photos
Travel options
  1. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
1 hour or less
The Nature Trail, Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens

About the Walking Trail

A popular walking trail winding through a seven hectare area of natural scrub in the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens.

Native plants and animals on the trail vary with the season and the bird life is truly remarkable.

The trail takes about an hour to walk and can be started at either end.

The main tree of the Piccadilly Valley is the Messmate stringybark, Eucalyptus obliqua. At the turn of the century the whole valley was clear-felled with the exception of a few individual trees. The timber was harvested for use in the copper mines at Kanmantoo and as firewood in the factories of Adelaide. Since then, some parts of the valley have regenerated and, with the exception of competition from weeds and interruption by fire, a second generation forest has grown.

The trail is an official alternative route for the Heysen Trail. It is 850m long and drops about 100m, very steeply in some places.

Download Brochure

Ten points of interest are marked along the trail. Follow along with the Nature Trail brochure.

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Photos

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