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Hidden rivers in Adelaide hills

PostPosted: Tue 11 Jun, 2013 6:25 pm
by Hikingjack
Hey guys, I'm new to this sight and was wondering weather there are any nice, hidden rivers that not many people know about in the Adelaide hills that I can hike to. Have seen pics of some beautiful ones but don't know where to start as I'm new to this. Cheers.

Re: Hidden rivers in Adelaide hills

PostPosted: Wed 12 Jun, 2013 6:11 am
by Nuts
G'day jack. Are there rivers in the Adelaide hills? I recall nice W├╝rste and boutique beers : )

Re: Hidden rivers in Adelaide hills

PostPosted: Wed 12 Jun, 2013 10:10 am
by wander
Interesting question. I live in Adelaide.

There are some interesting gorges on the East side and all but 1 (whose name eludes me right now) I know of are on private property.

A starting point is Waterfall Gully and the tracks up to Lofty.

Re: Hidden rivers in Adelaide hills

PostPosted: Wed 12 Jun, 2013 2:53 pm
by eggs
The big river near Adelaide is the Onkaparinga on the southern side.
It runs through from deep in the Adelaide Hills passing through Mt Bold Reservoir and cuts a nice gorge before making a grand sweep to a lovely cliff lined mouth at Port Noarlunga.
There are walking trails along the gorge section starting from old Noarlunga.
Search on Onkaparinga River Recreation Park.

The other major river is the River Torrens, but there are no parks or specific trails along it.
At the right time of year, the creeks that flow down into Adelaide can be very pretty.
That includes creeks and waterfalls in Morialta Conservation Park and at Cleland CP which includes Waterfall Gully [which has been flowing most of this last year] and Chambers Gully next to it.
Horsnells Gully would probably get some nice flows in it as well.

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Chambers Gully in June

Re: Hidden rivers in Adelaide hills

PostPosted: Mon 24 Jun, 2013 4:45 pm
by LTM
There is also the Marne River that starts near Springton and flows east into the Murray. It has a gorge where it flows out of the hills. It is on private property so you'll have to research that.

Re: Hidden rivers in Adelaide hills

PostPosted: Sat 24 Aug, 2013 5:14 pm
by walk2wineries
Actually Eggs, there is a linear park encompassing the Torrens most of its length from the old Tunnel upstream of Black Hill down to the Beach. Park is the word though, its developed. Upstream further there are some shorter walks along it at Birdwood. The Morialta Falls walks go some distance up 4th creek (Heysen Trail Map 3.5). Little Para River has a green corridor along most of its length from the Reservoir down to Elizabeth. Admittedly many of the rivers here are seasonal, but we went for a walk at the Barossa Goldfields yesterday and were unable to ford the South Para River. Makes a nice change!

Re: Hidden rivers in Adelaide hills

PostPosted: Sat 24 Aug, 2013 5:20 pm
by walk2wineries
glitch. Reported it. W2W

Re: Hidden rivers in Adelaide hills

PostPosted: Tue 27 Aug, 2013 10:16 am
by DanielS
A few weeks back I did a fantastic walk along the Sturt River with my girlfriend. We started in Coromandel Valley (carpark near the stone bridge on Coromandel Parade) and followed the path alongside the river for maybe an hour or so. We had to cross the river several times. At low water levels you could probably cross without getting your feet wet, but with the high water levels we had the water coming up over our shoes. We eventually turned back when we got to a crossing that would have required maybe knee deep wading. Definitely want to go back and go further along.

Re: Hidden rivers in Adelaide hills

PostPosted: Tue 27 Aug, 2013 11:31 am
by wander
high water levels we had the water coming up over our shoes


aaahh South Oz Rivers, tough one day, tougher the next. :wink:

Re: Hidden rivers in Adelaide hills

PostPosted: Tue 27 Aug, 2013 2:22 pm
by DanielS
It was a raging torrent!!

Re: Hidden rivers in Adelaide hills

PostPosted: Wed 02 Oct, 2013 11:55 am
by walk2wineries
Walking group did Sturt Gorge - same river but starting from Blackwood,further down, and I think you're a bit further away from the houses than at Coramandel. Admittedly most of the flowers carpeting the reserve at the top were exotics, but still very pretty, and the gorge itself had convincingly flowing water - tiny cascades even - and a convincingly medium walk.

Re: Hidden rivers in Adelaide hills

PostPosted: Wed 30 Oct, 2013 10:27 pm
by clelander
Perhaps not so much the 'Adelaide' Hills, but the southern Mt Lofty Ranges include Deep Creek Conservation Park with creeks Deep, Aaron, Marrano and Boat Harbour. The Aaron Creek Cove hike is one of the most beautiful valley walks in the state (though it was very overgrown last time I walked it).

Re: Hidden rivers in Adelaide hills

PostPosted: Sun 05 Jan, 2014 1:11 am
by Zone-5
There are heaps in Adelaide and in the hills above it. Just punch into your Garmin City Navigator or BlueChart search menu for 'Geographic Points' >> Water Features == results in 55 individual waterway geographical locations for walking!

Re: Hidden rivers in Adelaide hills

PostPosted: Fri 15 Sep, 2017 1:38 pm
by Dougy_101

Re: Hidden rivers in Adelaide hills

PostPosted: Thu 13 Feb, 2020 5:15 pm
by Ryanimf
Half way between 2nd and 3rd falls in the morialta gorge. On the left there is a small creek on a right hand band. Go up this creek and you'll be greeted by the hidden 4th and 5th falls. When I worked there it was impossible to reach because of a BlackBerry infestation. I was involved in clearing this little hidden gem. Hopefully the weed control is still a priority. Bar another BlackBerry infestation it is an Easy walk. Enjoy

Re: Hidden rivers in Adelaide hills

PostPosted: Sat 15 Feb, 2020 11:42 am
by wander
So that is off the Fall Trail and if you push thru you end up on the Twin Creek Trail?

Re: Hidden rivers in Adelaide hills

PostPosted: Sat 07 Mar, 2020 1:23 pm
by oysters
Ryanimf wrote:Half way between 2nd and 3rd falls in the morialta gorge. On the left there is a small creek on a right hand band. Go up this creek and you'll be greeted by the hidden 4th and 5th falls. When I worked there it was impossible to reach because of a BlackBerry infestation. I was involved in clearing this little hidden gem. Hopefully the weed control is still a priority. Bar another BlackBerry infestation it is an Easy walk. Enjoy


Oh cool!

I was thinking of heading out for a bit of adventure this afternoon/evening, might check this out.

Edit: Looking at a map I think I know the infestation and creek you might be talking about... this is the opposite side of the start of Far Crag? There is a climbing area on the left (north west) side of the creek intersection? About 15 years ago a mate and I managed to get into that crag and do a couple of lovely lead climbing routes. I never thought about heading further up the creek though...