Sturt Gorge River Trail
  • Length: 9.8km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: One way

  • Start: 1473 Main S Rd, Bedford Park

  • End: Ring Rd, Bedford Park

  • Closest Town:

  • Location: Sturt Gorge Recreation Park

  • Distance from state capital: 12.7 km

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -35.023488365

  • Longitude: 138.562923074


Sturt Gorge River Trail is a 9.8km, grade 4 One way hike located in Sturt Gorge Recreation Park South Australia. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.


The River Trail follows the Sturt River through Sturt Gorge. It explores the rugged beauty of the river, including waterfalls, flowing creeks and rocky gorges.

The trail can be adventurous, with 9 river crossings and some rock scrambling. After rain expect the river to be higher, and the stepping-stones across the 9 river crossings may be underwater.

Begin on Main South Road and walk through Riverside Reserve, then along Adam’s Orchard Trail from the end of Riverside Drive, Bedford Park. Or begin at Edgar Street, Bedford Park. Follow the trail to the eastern end of Sturt Gorge Recreation Park, where the trail emerges on Coromandel Parade beside Horners Bridge. Built in 1886 Horners Bridge is a large stone arch bridge, and was the first bridge across the Sturt River. It was on the original Adelaide to Goolwa Road, which was superseeded when motor cars became popular (and the road unsuitable for fast travel).

The trail could be walked one-way by using Adelaide Metro public buses to return, from Bus Stop 28 Main South Road to Bus Stop 37B Coromandel Parade.

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

Total distance: 10565 m
Max elevation: 186 m
Min elevation: 64 m
Total climbing: 341 m
Total descent: -307 m
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For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Walking SA