Adelaide Hills Visitor Guide : Adelaide Hills Visitor Guide
adelaidehills.org.au 41 Go where incredible views are just the beginning Mount Lofty Summit is a place of breathtaking views and stunning sunsets, where the landscape rolls off towards the ocean and the horizon stretches as far as the eye can see. Head to this spectacular spot high in the Adelaide Hills after enjoying an action packed day at Cleland Wildlife Park or get there by following an invigorating 40 minute trail from Mount Lofty’s base at Waterfall Gully. At 710 metres above sea level, it is the highest point for hundreds of kilometres, with unrivalled panoramic views of the city skyline across the Adelaide Plains, Piccadilly Valley and Gulf St Vincent. The white painted obelisk at the summit is one of the most famous landmarks in South Australia and on your return to the city, why not look back at it to see just how high you actually were. Make use of one of the high powered telescopes and you can study views right across Adelaide to the ocean beyond. The exhilarating eight kilometre Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Hike is considered one of Australia’s best walking trails and allows you to connect with nature as it passes through scenic gorges, cascading waterfalls and lush fern gullies. You can take plenty of rests at strategically positioned resting spots, or if you’re feeling particularly energetic you could march to the top in one go. You might even join in with the enthusiastic locals who enjoy running back down almost as much as the walk to the top. Mount Lofty Summit’s licensed restaurant and café is the perfect place to reward yourself after climbing – or even driving – to the top. Sit back and admire the sunset with a glass of great local wine, or have a delicious lunch Waterfall Gully before heading on to your next destination. If you’re in need of some retail therapy, there is even a gift shop packed with local wine, arts and crafts in the Visitor Information Centre. The Mount Lofty Ranges is one of Australia’s 15 biodiversity hotspots and home to a number of threatened native species of wildlife, so you can test your legs and your bird watching skills at the same time. Keep your eyes peeled and you might get a rare glimpse of the Yellow- tailed Black Cockatoo, as well as an array of lively native woodland birds. The magnificent Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, located near Mount Lofty Summit, is one of the jewels in the crown of the Adelaide Hills. Home to the beautiful ATCO Heritage Rose Collection and brilliant sculptures by Greg Johns, this is a place where green fingers will itch as their owners explore the stunningly diverse range of plant life that grows in the cooler climate of the hills. Editorial supplied by: Passes, permits and accommodation Find out how to purchase National Park passes and permits, download a full range of guides and maps, get the latest fire and personal safety information and explore a wide range of accommodation by logging on to www.parks.sa.gov.au or by calling the DENR Information Line on (08) 8204 1910. You can contact Cleland Wildlife Park on (08) 8339 2444, Belair National Park on (08) 8278 5477 and Mount Lofty Summit on (08) 8370 1054. Like the Parks SA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ParksSA to get pictures, videos, information and promotions relating to SA’s National Parks.
2013 Adelaide Hills Visitor Guide