Section 1 Willunga Basin Trail, Willunga to Louds Hill Rd

Walking Trail Facts
10.7 km one way
3.5 - 4 hours
Suitable for
Walking, Hiking, Dog Walking
Part of a longer trail
Willunga Basin Trail
Fleurieu Peninsula
Trail manager
Willunga Basin Trail Inc
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Travel time from Adelaide
1-2 hours
Section 1 Willunga Basin Trail, Willunga to Louds Hill Rd

About the Walking Trail

This section takes walkers from Willunga to the top of the range enjoying views to the coast at Aldinga and to the southern side of the range.

After leaving Willunga via St Andrews Terrace, turn right immediately after the tunnel and follow the track to the stile at Martins Road. Follow Martins Road and Colville Road and then take the climb up Delabole Road. Look out for the spur track to the left 2.7km on Delabole Road to see the ruins of the Delabole settlement and the original slate quarries. It is worth the short detour.

Continue the climb to Wakefield Road, turn right to Range Road where the walk levels out and enjoy the spectacular rural and coastal views on both sides of the range. After passing some rural properties you reach the section end post at the intersection of Range Rd West, Louds Hill Rd and Mt Terrible Rd.

The walk can be done in either direction on wide roadside verges adjacent to vineyards and rural properties.

Where to start this section

Start this walk in central Willunga, from the corner of High Street and St Andrews Terrace, Willunga.

About the Willunga Basin Trail

The Willunga Basin Trail has been designed to cater for serious bushwalkers who want to walk the complete trail, and day walkers who want to do short walks.

It can be walked over 5/6 days or in 11 half-day walks. There are 11 sections, the shortest being 8.4 km and the longest 16.2 km. The sections are numbered and described as a linear path, travelling clockwise around the Basin, but can be accessed in any order and from either direction.

The Willunga Basin Trail conforms with Australian Standard AS2156, Class 3 and Class 4:

  • Class 3 – tracks allow moderate hikes where there is a defined track on natural substrate of between 300 mm and 450 mm width
  • Class 4 – tracks allow hard hiking and the walking surface may be rough and steep but stable to walk on.

The Willunga Basin Trail is a vision of the volunteers at Willunga Basin Trail Inc, who have developed and maintained the trail since 2016.

Walkers Safety

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The Willunga Basin Trail is open to the public so please enjoy but be prepared:

  • navigate the route online or from a printed map and follow the signs
  • come equipped with water, personal medical supplies, good footwear and protection against sun, rain and cold
  • when walking on farmland please keep your distance from animals and operating machinery
  • use stiles over fences, leave gates as you find them
  • there are some areas in which you may not have mobile phone coverage.

Read more about safety guidelines at at

When to Walk

The area enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild winters, balmy springs and autumns, but sometimes rather hot summers.

The Trail is open all year with the following proviso – during the Fire Ban Season (usually November to April), the Trail is closed on Total Fire Ban days, ie days with a Fire Danger rating of Extreme or Catastrophic.

Fire Danger ratings, indicate how dangerous a bushfire could be. They are shown daily on the websites of both the Country Fire Service and the Bureau of Meteorology.

The Fire Danger ratings are given for different Fire Ban Districts. The Trail lies mostly within the Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District 2.

Read more about when to walk at


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