Hike Adelaide's southern beaches and hills: discover the Willunga Basin Trail

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Willunga Basin Trail Sections

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. Find out more about each trail section below.

Important Information: Trail Status Updates

Section 2: The road crossing of Main South Rd. at Sellicks Hill has changed due to road works as part of the duplication of the Aldinga/Sellicks road.  Concrete barriers now installed on the eastern side of Main South Rd. in front of the Victory Hotel prohibit the use of our designated crossing. Walkers will need to cross at the main intersection taking extreme care. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 but this is still a very dangerous crossing.  When road works are completed there will be a safer crossing for walkers but this is not likely to happen for a while. If you are walking the trail a safer option would be to finish Sec. 2 at the Victory Hotel & start Sec.3 at the eastern end of  Sellicks Beach Rd.

Section 5: there are no or few signs at present between the northern end of Maslin Beach and the southern end of Moana Beach. Please follow path at the edge of the beach, the rocks near the edge and the beach over this 1.2 km stretch which can be quite challenging. Do not go up onto the cliff which is a conservation area and culturally sensitive. Look out for the marked hooded plover sites. Please refer to Section 5 description. The total distance between Maslins Beach (Frank Hilton Reserve) and Moana at Pedlers Creek estuary is 3.6km.

Section 7: As at 10 am Mon. 17th June the crossing point of Peter Creek on Sec 7 was still dry. There is some non flowing water in the creek a kilometre upstream so if there is any further rain it is likely to reach the crossing soon.  If you intend walking Sec. 7, now would be the time to do it.

Section 8: A detour is in place between the start of the section in Kangarilla and part way through the forest. The detour route follows Glory Rd, Peters Creek Rd and enters the forest off Peters Creek Rd. It then crosses the forest to join Willunga Basin Trail on the northern edge of the forest. This is to avoid Bone Gully Forest which is closed due to Forestry operations.

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Willunga to Louds Hill Rd

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Louds Hill Rd to Sellicks Esplanade


Sellicks Esplanade to Hart Rd Wetlands


Hart Rd Wetlands to Gulf Pde, Maslin Beach


Gulf Pde, Maslin Beach to McLaren Vale Visitor Centre


McLaren Vale Visitor Centre to Gate 20 Onkaparinga River National Park


Gate 20 Onkaparinga River National Park to Kangarilla


Kangarilla to Wickham Hill & Toops Hill Roads

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Wickham Hill & Toops Hill Roads to Edwards & Hamilton URRs

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Edwards & Hamilton URRs to Willunga

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Gate 20 Onkaparinga River National Park to Edwards & Hamilton URRs


Sellicks Esplanade to Hart Rd Wetlands

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Useful Resources

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Local Weather

When planning a walk please check local weather conditions to ensure a safe and comfortable experience

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Fire Danger Ratings

The Trail is closed when the Fire Danger rating is Extreme or Catastrophic. These are Total Fire Ban Days; most likely to occur between the first of November and April. The Trail is in District 2 Mt. Lofty Ranges

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Tides Information

When planning to walk along the beach (Section, 3,4 & 5) it is important to check predicted height and timing of the local tides to ensure access to the beach

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