April 18, 2017

Hiking up Adelaide’s Mount Lofty

Mount Lofty and Sophie

Adelaide is a city that has a bit of everything – city, beaches and of course the mountains.

Mount Lofty is just 15km east of the city and has amazing views of the skyline.

During my last trip to Adelaide,  we finally hiked up the entire mountain and got to see the view of the South Australian capital for ourselves.

It was one of the highlights of my trip and gives you time to reflect on what a cool and overlooked city Adelaide is. Although Lonely Planet recently named it one of the best places to visit in the world, so perhaps it won’t be overlooked for much longer!

Mount Lofty road

There is a car park at the beginning part of the walk known as Waterfall Gully and if you’ve come unprepared then there is also a cafe at both the beginning and the end of the walk.

The hike starts with the beautiful waterfalls and you’re allowed to get fairly close to them too.

Mount Lofty waterfallI thought it was going to be fairly easy as the top didn’t look that far away but I was definitely fooled. Add in the fact that it was a good 30 degrees – this British girl was not ready for the sun or the heat!

The climb at some points is quite steep but you’ll still come across some locals running up and down – I couldn’t believe it!

Read more: Alternative Australia: How to spend two weeks in South Australia

We reached the top after around an hour and were thankful to see the cafe so we could get an ice cold drink!

And then of course there was the view when we finally got there.

It’s from the viewing platform that you can really see what a different kind of city Adelaide is. You’re standing in the hills covered in trees, looking out at both the city and the beaches.

There’s a guide at the top telling you what you can see such as the city’s cathedral and also both airports (one is used to train pilots for Cathay Pacific).

Read more: Melbourne to Adelaide: Where to stop on your big road trip

If you’re still in the mood to hike some further, you can take a wander over to Cleeland Wildlife Park where you can pet a koala or a kangaroo or if you fancy it, you can hike all of the way back down.

View from Mount Lofty

Mount Lofty bird
You can find info on the trail here.

If you’re visiting Adelaide then I definitely recommend it. Plus both times i’ve been here I’ve had some cool wildlife encounters – one with a koala right in front of me and the other with this bright bird which I was told is quite rare!

Have you been to Adelaide? I’m thinking about doing some more tips on the city. Let me know if this would interest you! 

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