Heysen Trail - The Fairy Garden
  • Length: 2km

  • Duration: 2hrs

  • Grade: 1

  • Style: Return

  • Start: 1 Mill Rd, Bridgewater

  • End: 1 Mill Rd, Bridgewater

  • Closest Town:

  • Location: Deanery Reserve

  • Distance from state capital: 20.8 km

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -35.009065541

  • Longitude: 138.758445382


Heysen Trail – The Fairy Garden is a 2km, grade 1 Return hike located in Deanery Reserve South Australia. The hike should take approximately 2hrs to complete.


Take the kids on a 1km each-way walk from the playground near Old Bridgewater Mill, along the Heysen Trail to the fairy garden at Deanery Reserve.

The walk starts at a Heysen Trail trailhead, next to the playground and toilets in Bridgewater. The Heysen Trail follows the old mill’s water race to Cox Creek, then through a short tunnel under the railway. From there, the trail meanders through the Arbury Park Outdoor School forest – watch out for ducks, before arriving at Deanery Reserve.

The fairy garden is located beyond the bridge (when walking the Heysen Trail from Bridgewater, turn right at the bridge, don’t cross the bridge), close to the freeway. The fairy garden is scattered throughout trees near the carpark. There are plenty of branches and other hidey-holes for kids to play in.

There are toilets at Bridgewater. There are no facilities in Deanery Reserve. There are steps at the very start, near Old Bridgewater Mill. There are several steps near the railway tunnel. After rain there can be mud puddles near the Cox Creek railway tunnel.

View more photos of the fairy garden on playandgo.com.au.

An option would be to continue on the Heysen Trail for another 750m (and another tunnel) to the picnic area in Mount George Conservation Park (dogs ok here) and enjoy a picnic, before returning back to Bridgewater.

Old Bridgewater Mill can be easily reached on an Adelaide Metro public transport bus, route 864, to bus stop 46 on Mount Barker Road.

Getting there

Old Bridgewater Mill can be easily reached on an Adelaide Metro public transport bus, route 864, to bus stop 46 on Mount Barker Road.

GPX file courtesy of Walking SA. File may not contain elevation data and may only represent half the length on return hikes.

Total distance: 1359 m
Max elevation: 427 m
Min elevation: 408 m
Total climbing: 29 m
Total descent: -10 m
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For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Walking SA