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Explore this hidden wonderland which is just outside of Lobethal. The park features two large reservoirs and tall stringybark forest with fern undergrowth. Hiking here, even on warmer days, is a delight.
During the 19th and early 20th century, before reticulated water was available to the towns in the Onkaparinga Valley, the two reservoirs in this park supplied water to the town of Lobethal and its major industry - the Onkaparinga Woolen Mills. In 1986 the land was aquired by the Adelaide Hills Council and preserved as bushland.
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There are four hiking trails marked in Lobethal Bushland Park. Each of the four trails is a circuit, and all depart from the trailhead near the carpark, building and picnic area (marked as A on the map). There is a trailhead sign here with a map and information. All the trails are marked with coloured arrow trailmarkers, although some have faded a bit (the purple used on our map is more of a brown arrow on the trailmarkers.
A short loop which climbs to the hill which the Lookout sits on. The trail between points D and T on the map is steeper (obviously the lookout is on one of the tallest hills in the park.)
Visit the higher reservoir on this hike along walking trail and fire tracks. The eastern stretch is along open fire track beside a fire break.
Walk around the higher reservoir and visit the Lookout. This trail (when walking clockwise) follows the main fire track through the park (from points B to C and D.)
Walk a longer hiking circuit through the northern parts of the park. This trail visits the higher reservoir before heading north through the dense forest. There is an optional sidetrip shown as a dotted line. The trail returns via the Lookout. We recommend this trail as the best trail route to see the best parts of the park.
There are fire breaks around the boundaries of the park, and this Purple/Brown trail follows some of these. Walking along the fire break isn't great, but it's only a few hundred metres long. The fire break is shown as a lighter green on the map.
The carpark at Lobethal Bushland Park is open from 8am to 5pm. You can still hike outside of these times, but the carpark is closed. There is also a gate further north on Kenton Valley Road, near point N on the map. The park is closed on days of Total Fire Ban (as are national parks, conservation parks and forest reserves.)
There are toilets in the building beside the carpark, near to the picnic area. The trailhead for all four hikes is near the building, before the picnic area. The picnic area consists of shelters with bbqs, a playground and grassy areas.
During spring and summer months grass seeds can be annoying when they become lodged in your shoes and socks, which is why some hikers might prefer to wear short hiking gaitors.
Dogs are permitted in the carpark and picnic area at Lobethal Bushland Park, but not the scrub beyond. There are no hikes where dogs are permitted. Horses, dogs and trail bikes are not permitted in the scrub area.
GPX file courtesy of Walking SA. File may not contain elevation data and may only represent half the length on return hikes.
About the region
Lobethal Bushland Park comprises 118 hectares of varied terrain of gentle slopes dissected by several north-south running drainage/creek lines. The altitude ranges from 450m to 520m above sea level. There is a network of marked walking trails throughout the Park. Main access to the Park is via a gate at the southern end of the reserve adjacent to Reservoir South, and a gate on Kenton Valley Road on the eastern boundary.
Max elevation: 547 m
Min elevation: 454 m
Total climbing: 362 m
Total descent: -373 m
For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Walking SA