Sundews Ridge Circuit

1 h to 2 h
30 min to 1 h

3.3 km
circuit

↑ 124 m
↓ -124 m

Moderate track
Starting from the Sundews Lookout Car park on Piggott Range Road, Onkaparinga Hills, this circuit walk takes you past Sundews Lookout via the Sundews Ridge Hike. This hike leads to Sundews Lookout with spectacular views over the gorge. Keep a lookout for kangaroos while walking along the ridge toward the car park. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-35.1454493,138.5792244)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Southern Expressway, M2
  • Turn on to Southern Expressway Exit, M2 then drive for 105 m
  • Turn left onto Main South Road, A13 and drive for another 1.3 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 185 m
  • Keep right onto Hepenstal Road and drive for another 20 m
  • Continue onto Hepenstal Road and drive for another 130 m
  • Keep right onto Hepenstal Road and drive for another 260 m
  • Turn right onto Hepenstal Road and drive for another 860 m
  • Turn sharp left onto Piggott Range Road and drive for another 4.7 km
  • Turn sharp right and drive for another 30 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Sundews Lookout Carpark on Piggott Range Road(225 metres east of intersection with Upper Penneys Hill Road), head towards the toilet with a distinct multicolored wall along the concrete. Turn left as you step off the concrete, and follow the dirt towards the metal-fenced hip-height gateway with a “Sundews Trails” sign on it with a blue arrow on top, skirting the fenceline to your right. Pass through the gap and follow the gravel/dirt path towards the green informational signposts. Pass by the said signposts and head towards the metal pole with green directional signs next to the picnic table. Keep going the same direction and pass by the picnic table and pole, keeping them to your left as the dirt path narrows down and forms a fire trail. Follow the trail into the woodland to continue along Sundews Ridge Circuit.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 160 m (at the intersection of Sundews Track & Nature Trail) continue straight, to head along Sundews Track.
Keep right.
After another 205 m (at the intersection of Sundews Track & Sundews Ridge Hike) turn left, to head along Sundews Ridge Hike (a walking track).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This is the side trip taking you to Sundews Ridge Lookout, from where you can get great views of the river and the rocky outcrops. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 250 m turn sharp right.
After another 235 m continue straight.
Keep left.
After another 1 km (at the intersection of Sundews Ridge Hike & Sundews Track) continue straight, to head along Sundews Ridge Hike.
After another 315 m continue straight, to head along Sundews Ridge Hike.
There is a lookout to your left.
After another 660 m continue straight, to head along Sundews Ridge Hike.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to a small well-hidden dam, if you'd like to spend some time near water. To start this optional side trip turn sharp right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 360 m (at the intersection of Dam Track & Sundews Ridge Hike) turn left, to head along Dam Track (a vehicle track).
After another 80 m (at the intersection of Dam Track & Punchbowl Link Trail) continue straight, to head along Dam Track.
After another 25 m come to the end.

This is the side trip taking you to Sundews Ridge Lookout, from where you can get great views of the river and the rocky outcrops.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 125 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 125 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to a small well-hidden dam, if you'd like to spend some time near water.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Sundews Ridge Hike & Dam Track Start heading along Dam Track (a vehicle track).
After another 105 m turn left, to head along Dam Track.
After another 85 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 190 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Sundews Ridge Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3.3 km
Time 1 h to 2 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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