Yurrebilla Trail: Section 5(Morialta to River Torrens)

4 h to 6 h
2 h to 3 h 15 min

12 km
oneway

↑ 464 m
↓ -843 m

Hard track
Starting from the 'Gate 9' carpark at the end of Moores Road, Woodforde, this walk leads to the northern end of Black Hill Conservation Park via the Moores, Fox Hill, Quarry, Black Hill, Banksia and Yurrebilla tracks. The trail meanders through eucalypt woodland teeming with wildlife, including many kangaroos and koalas. Along this hike, walkers are rewarded with excellent views back across the Adelaide Plains to the City of Adelaide, and further down to the Gulf of St Vincent. The hike starts along Moores Track, then continues along Fox Hill Track, passing Fox Dam, exiting Morialta Conservation Park onto Montacute Road. Follow Montacute Road alongside Fifth Creek, entering Black Hill Conservation Park via the Quarry Track, and continue along Black Hill Track. After a small detour to Black Hill Summit, the hike returns to Black Hill Track, continuing along the Yurrebilla Trail as it descends into Ambers Gully. The trail ends at Athelstone, near the River Torrens. There is clear signage throughout this hike, and the route is mostly along well-formed dirt tracks. There are some narrow sections with slightly rough terrain, and there are a few steep hills along the way, including a very steep downhill section at the end of the hike. 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 Gate 9 (-34.9011922,138.7259465)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Portrush Road, A17
  • Turn on to Payneham Road, A11 then drive for 1.8 km
  • Keep right onto Payneham Road and drive for another 45 m
  • Continue onto Montacute Road and drive for another 3.3 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Montacute Road and drive for another 3.1 km
  • Keep right onto Fox Hill Track and drive for another 85 m
  • Continue onto Chapmans Track and drive for another 1.4 km
  • Turn left onto Moores Track and drive for another 530 m
Finish (-34.8630546,138.7207811)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the carpark at the end of Moores Road, Woodforde, head past 'Gate 9' along the gravel track, passing a 'Morialta Conservation Park' sign to the left and an informative display shortly ahead to the right. Follow Moores Track ahead to continue along Yurrebilla Trail: Section 5(Morialta to River Torrens).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Gate 9 Start (a vehicle track).
Find the Gate 9 at the start.
After 245 m head through/around the gate.
At the intersection of Moores Track & Centre Track continue straight, to head along Moores Track.
After another 80 m continue straight, to head along Moores Track.
After another 210 m (at the intersection of Chapmans Track & Moores Track) continue straight, to head along Moores Track.
After another 1.5 km head through/around the "Gate 5".
Gate 5 veer right, to head along Fox Hill Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip taking you to the summit of High Topps. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 890 m continue straight, to head along Fox Hill Track.
After another 1.2 km (at the intersection of Chapmans Track & Fox Hill Track) turn left, to head along Fox Hill Track.
After another 60 m head through/around the "Gate 6".
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Montacute Road & Fox Hill Track) continue straight, to head along Montacute Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 1.2 km (at the intersection of Montacute Road & Quarry Track) turn right, to head along Quarry Track (a vehicle track).
After another 15 m cross the bridge (about 9 m long)
After another 1.3 km continue straight, to head along Quarry Track.
After another 390 m pass a seat (on your left).
Then come to the viewpoint (5 m on your left).
After another 110 m come to the viewpoint (15 m on your left).
Then pass a seat (15 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. The little side trip takes you to the summit of Black Hill, as mentioned in the description. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 810 m (at the intersection of Black Hill Track & Summit Track) veer right, to head along Black Hill Track.
After another 315 m (at the intersection of Black Hill Track & Summit Trail) continue straight, to head along Black Hill Track.
After another 325 m continue straight, to head along Black Hill Track.
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Black Hill Track & Banksia Track) turn left, to head along Banksia Track.
After another 130 m continue straight, to head along Banksia Track.
After another 155 m (at the intersection of Emergency Track & Banksia Track) veer left, to head along Banksia Track.
After another 740 m (at the intersection of Yurrebilla Trail & Ghost Tree Gully Track) continue straight, to head along Yurrebilla Trail.
After another 130 m (at the intersection of Sugarloaves Track & Yurrebilla Trail) turn left.
After another 145 m (at the intersection of Yurrebilla Trail & Sugarloaves Track) turn right, to head along Yurrebilla Trail (a footpath).
After another 980 m (at the intersection of Ambers Gully Track & Yurrebilla Trail) continue straight, to head along Yurrebilla Trail.
Keep left.
After another 480 m (at the intersection of Main Ridge Track & Yurrebilla Trail Section 5) veer left, to head along Main Ridge Track (a vehicle track).
After another 195 m continue straight, to head along Main Ridge Track.
After another 90 m head through/around the gate.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Main Ridge Track & Tuck's Track) continue straight, to head along Main Ridge Track.
About 70 m past the end is a toilet.
The end.

The little side trip takes you to the summit of Black Hill, as mentioned in the description.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Black Hill Track & Summit Track Start heading along Summit Track (a vehicle track).
After another 70 m come to the end.
About 10 m past the end is "Black Hill".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 70 m to the main route.

An optional side trip taking you to the summit of High Topps.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 215 m continue straight.
After another 45 m come to "High Topps".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 255 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Yurrebilla Trail: Section 5(Morialta to River Torrens)


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 12 km
Time 4 h to 6 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 12 km from the start.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 4 km apart with the largest gap of 7.2 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
12 km[toilet]
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