Willunga Basin Trail


Section 11:

The Link across the Basin

– Chapel Hill Road to Brightview Brae

15 km, moderate hike, grade 3.

Descending gradually across the Willunga Basin through Hardys Scrub (Onkaparinga River National Park) using sandy tracks and quiet roads through vineyards and scrub. There is a loop through Manning Reserve and the trail links with the Gemtree Wetlands.

FROM: Chapel Hill Road, entrance to Hardys Scrub, Gate 19, Onkaparinga River National Park. (Limited parking on roadside)

TO: Edwards Unmade Road Reserve, (Car parking available at the end of Brightview Brae , 400 metres from the section end).

Links to maps:  North  South


Start at Gate 19 ORNP and follow Wine Dam Track then Hardys Scrub Hike (western loop) back to Wine Dam Track to exit park at Gate 18. Turn right onto Whitings Rd and follow to the intersection with Kays Rd. Here it is possible to walk a 2 km loop through Manning Reserve.

To continue on the trail turn left onto a sand track, gated with a step through at both ends, which becomes a gravel road named Beltunga Close. At the intersection of Beltunga Close and Blewitt Springs Rd turn sharp right and walk along the wide verge on the NW side to the intersection with Coopers Lane.

Cross Blewitt Springs Rd and walk along Cooper Lane (dogs on leads on this lane) to Ingoldby Rd.

Cross it and follow the path along Trott unmade road reserve until the intersection with Bagshaw Rd.

Here Trott Rd becomes a formed road. Take this road till it turns sharp right and becomes Elliot Rd which you follow until the entrance to the driveway to Gemtree Wetlands and Ecotrail. (No dogs in Gemtree private property but dog owners may omit this part by continuing on Elliot Rd to cross Kangarilla Rd, taking care crossing on this bend)

Turn right into the driveway and then left to walk past the Wetlands carpark. Continue southwards to exit the property by a stile next to a gate. It takes half an hour to do the Ecotrail if you wish to add that to your walk.

Cross McLaren Flat Rd with care and turn left to walk east behind the crash barrier towards the hills. Turn right into Elliot Rd an unsealed road, cross a seasonal creek and then follow the road as it turns right (west).

Sandalwood Lookout: a stile and signpost on the left of Elliot Rd indicate the start of a signed trail on private property. It is about 1.5km, there and back, and well worth the moderate climb to this lovely look out. (No dogs).

Continue walking on Elliot Rd until it intersects with Truscott Rd, Thomas Hill Rd and Brightview Brae. Follow Brightview Brae to the end where it becomes Edwards URR. (Dogs on leads along this URR) Climb the stile and continue for 400metres crossing another stile to reach the end of Section 11 and the start of Section 10.



Onkaparinga River National Park (including Hardys Scrub)

Manning Reserve (owned by The Field Naturalists Society of South Australia)

Manning Flora and Fauna Reserve. McLaren Flat 

Gemtree Ecotrail