Explore South Australia like never before thanks the best walks in and around Adelaide!

Whether a leisurely stroll, a challenging hike, or a scenic view, Adelaide has plenty of great walking and hiking tracks within a short distance from the CBD. Home to some seriously underrated walking tracks and trails, specifically in the Adelaide Hills, Adelaidians are guaranteed to be blessed with wide-ranging views across the city landscape and presented with the perfect spot to watch a sunrise, sunset or enjoy the beautiful nature and wildlife. So regardless if you are a hardcore walking junkie or after an easier hike which offers equally stunning views, this list of the best walks in Adelaide will have you covered!

So get out and explore Adelaide’s amazing outdoors by heading out on one of these natural walking tracks ASAP!

<strong>Peter Nelson Walking Trail</strong>
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Peter Nelson Walking Trail

The Peter Nelson Walking Trail — or ‘One Tree Hill’ as it is better known to locals — arguably has the most picturesque views of the lot. Situated amidst the Brownhill Creek Recreation Park, One Tree Hill has uninterrupted views across the Adelaide landscape and presents the perfect spot to watch one of Adelaide’s remarkable sunsets. While only a short 15-minute walk from the McElligott’s Quarry Reserve car park, this Adelaide city walk features a relatively steep climb on the way up to the peak for some enviable views. Despite its location, One Tree Hill is considered one of the best kept secrets of Adelaide’s south-eastern suburbs.

McElligott’s Quarry Reserve – Carrick Hill Dr, Mitcham, SA 5062
<strong>Waite Conservation Reserve Loop Walking Trail</strong>
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Waite Conservation Reserve Loop Walking Trail

Another hidden gem, the Waite Conservation Reserve Loop is located just behind the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus. Beginning with a steep climb, this trail is of medium difficulty and can prove a test for some, but the near four-and-a-half-kilometre circuit is well worth it and can be completed in just three hours. The Waite Loop is usually quiet at any time of the day, though the sunset viewing point makes this perfect for an after-work stroll. Come sunrise or sunset, this walking trail is also prone to plenty of kangaroo sightings, making any walk more enticing. So tie up your laces for one of the best walking trails in Adelaide Hills.

Hartley Grove, Urrbrae, SA 5064
<strong>Chambers Gully Hike</strong>
Photographed by Mark McLeod.
Image via South Australia Media Gallery.

Chambers Gully Hike

Located in the eastern suburb’s foothills of Adelaide, the picturesque Chambers Gully hike is an offshoot of the renowned Waterfall Gully and features untouched nature, local wildlife, and stunning views from the ridges across Adelaide. The peak of the climb will take you to the top of Long Ridge Lookout, treating climbers to breathtaking views of the outback. The walk itself is moderately hard featuring narrow paths with steep cliffs down, and uneven surfaces throughout. Taking about three hours to complete, this circuit trail is a challenging but rewarding trek through South Australia’s natural beauty.

Opposite 67 Waterfall Gully Rd, Waterfall Gully, SA 5066
<strong>Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Trail</strong>
Photographed by Ben Goode.
Image via South Australia Media Gallery.

Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Trail

The Mount Lofty Summit Trail from Waterfall Gully is without doubt one of the most well-known walking trails in Adelaide and for good reason. A near eight-kilometre return hike with a steep incline, this Adelaide Hills walking track is fit for people of most ages and abilities. You will experience all the nature the Mount Lofty Ranges have to offer on the way to breathtaking views over the city landscape. Although it is one of Adelaide’s most busiest walking trails, the Mount Lofty Summit Trail should be on every South Australian’s must-do list.

Waterfall Gully Rd, Waterfall Gully, SA 5066
<strong>Mount Osmond Walking Trails</strong>
Photographed by Lachlan Swan.
Image via South Australia Media Gallery.

Mount Osmond Walking Trails

Mount Osmond features a plethora of trails offering varying difficulties and views for any walker. A favourite of the area, the Wheal Watkins Circuit, winds its way around the hillside and offers uninterrupted views across the city to Adelaide’s beaches. Trails in the Mount Osmond area are often quiet, making it the perfect break from the stresses of everyday life. One of the best easy walking trails in Adelaide, the area is best for walking and discovering at your leisure. So go out and explore Mount Osmond today!

9 Wheal Watkins St, Glen Osmond, SA 5064
<strong>Morialta Falls Plateau Hike</strong>
Photographed by Michael Waterhouse.
Image via South Australia Media Gallery.

Morialta Falls Plateau Hike

The Morialta Falls Plateau Hike is unlike any other walking trail in Adelaide. Offering amazing views of Morialta Gorge’s towering cliffs, this walk makes you feel like you are in a world far away from the hustle and bustle of Adelaide’s city. First Falls is just one of the drawcard features of this hike. Standing at 30-metres tall, First Falls cascades a heavy stream in winter and autumn, adding to the views of the Adelaide plains, CBD and coastline. Walkers can complete the four-kilometre circuit trail clockwise or anticlockwise —either way you will get to experience all the wonders which make this Adelaide walking track something truly special. Morialata Falls Hike is worth every step to experience Adelaide’s natural beauty.

Morialta Falls Rd, Woodforde, SA 5072

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We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land mentioned in our article, the people of the
Kaurna Nation, and we recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.
Feature image: Photographed by amophoto_au. Image via Shutterstock.
This article was first published on October 15 2020. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on April 6 2023.