Upper Sturt Gorge River Circuit
  • Length: 7.6km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Parrianna Track, Flagstaff Hill

  • End: Parrianna Track, Flagstaff Hill

  • Closest Town:

  • Location: Sturt Gorge Recreation Park

  • Distance from state capital: 18.9 km

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -35.037609022

  • Longitude: 138.581391005


Upper Sturt Gorge River Circuit is a 7.6km, grade 4 Circuit hike located in Sturt Gorge Recreation Park South Australia. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.


This loop of the upper section of the River Trail in Sturt Gorge Recreation Park. The trail can be adventurous, with many river crossings and some rock scrambling. After rain expect the river to be higher, and the stepping-stones across the eight river crossings may be underwater.

The loop can be walked from Gate 12, on Broadmeadow Drive (opposite house number 106).

The loop takes in the:

An alternative start point could be Horners Bridge, on Coromandel Parade. This is a good spot to access via Adelaide Metro public bus to Bus Stop 37B Coromandel Parade. From Horners Bridge, walk down the River Trail / Wattle Trail. Walking anti-clockwise, continue along the River Trail for another  4.3km until it meets the Parrianna Link Trail, follow this short trail up and out of the gorge. Follow the Lomandra Trail and Wattle Trail back to where you first met the Wattle Trail on the River Trail, and back to Horners Bridge.

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

Total distance: 8340 m
Max elevation: 186 m
Min elevation: 66 m
Total climbing: 169 m
Total descent: -149 m
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For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Walking SA