Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Summit
  • Length: 5km

  • Duration: 2-3hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Heysen Trail, Cleland

  • End: Heysen Trail, Cleland

  • Location: Waterfall Gully

  • Closest Town:

  • Distance from CBD: 17.6 km

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -34.974117

  • Longitude: 138.709066

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Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit is an 5km, grade 4 return hike, located in Waterfall Gully South Australia. The hike should take approximately 2hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

This popular walk is short and sweet. With a cafe at each end, a well made path and regular seating, this walk is popular for a reason.

On almost any morning of the year the trail attracts a range of people: some casually walking, others using it as a training walk, some runners, and others with heavy-simulated packs training for distant hiking locations like Nepal. As the walk involves some steep sections, the time taken to walk the trail can vary significantly.


On a busy weekend, car parking at Waterfall Gully can be limited.

Starting hiking from Mount Lofty instead of Waterfall Gully can be a good way to use the downhill as a warm up, to super charge your up-hill efforts.

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

GPX File

Total distance: 3915 m
Max elevation: 713 m
Min elevation: 239 m
Total climbing: 30 m
Total descent: -506 m
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For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Walking SA

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5 thoughts on “Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Summit (5km)

  1. It needs a bit more. After the trail was damaged, rangers had to change it and you walk behind the waterfall, not in front of it. It adds a few extra km and you might need 2 hours to walk one way. Return is a bit faster bit unless you run, I would not place a bet on 2 hours return time.

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