Onkeeta Circuit

3 h to 5 h

1 h 15 min to 2 h 15 min

10.9 km
circuit

↑ 183 m
↓ -183 m

Hard track
Starting from the carpark on Peters Creek Road, at the junction of Knott Hill Road, Kangarilla, this walk takes you on a circuit around Knott Hill Forest Reserve via the Heysen Trail and Old Coach Road. The Onkeeta Trail is a scenic 10km circuit that circles the entire Knott Hill Forest Reserve, taking in the Ironbark picnic area and winding along the border of the Mount Panorama Native Forest Reserve. The trail runs mostly through or alongside grassland and native forest, with pine plantations and sections of remnant bushland of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Most of the trail is along wide service roads with a moderate gradient, making for a very easy walk. The multi-use trail is suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. 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 At the intersection of Peters Creek Road & Knotts Hill Road (-35.1878666,138.6734464)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Victor Harbor Road, A13
  • Turn on to Brookman Road, B34 then drive for 670 m
  • Turn sharp right onto Brookman Road, B34 and drive for another 15 km
  • Turn left onto Wickham Hill Road and drive for another 1.2 km
  • Turn right onto Peters Creek Road and drive for another 2.9 km
  • Turn right onto Knotts Hill Road and drive for another 1 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the carpark on Peters Creek Road, head along Knotts Hill Road for about 350 metres. Take a left turn, and head along the Heysen Trail to continue the Onkeeta Circuit.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Peters Creek Road & Knotts Hill Road Start heading along Knotts Hill Road (a vehicle track).
After another 25 m veer left, to head along Knotts Hill Road.
After another 240 m (at the intersection of Knotts Hill Road & Heysen Trail) continue straight, to head along Heysen Trail.
Keep left.
After another 420 m turn right, to head along Heysen Trail.
After another 440 m turn left.
After another 10 m continue straight.
Keep right.
After another 1.1 km turn right.
After another 940 m turn left, to head along Old Coach Road.
After another 650 m continue straight.
After another 710 m continue straight.
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Old Coach Road & Heysen Trail) continue straight, to head along Old Coach Road.
After another 390 m (at the intersection of Stagecoach Lane & Old Coach Road) turn right.
After another 630 m veer right.
After another 350 m turn sharp left.
After another 580 m turn right.
After another 15 m turn left.
After another 430 m continue straight.
After another 500 m veer left.
The starting point of an alternate route. A shorter alternate route passing by Knot Hill. To take the alternate route turn right here. Details below.
After another 115 m continue straight.
After another 540 m turn right, to head along Heysen Trail.
After another 540 m turn right, to head along Heysen Trail.
After another 190 m continue straight, to head along Heysen Trail.
The alternate route finishes here. Veer right to rejoin the main route at the 9.4 km waypoint. Details below.
After another 460 m turn left, to head along Heysen Trail.
After another 195 m continue straight, to head along Heysen Trail.
After another 190 m turn right, to head along Heysen Trail.
After another 65 m turn left, to head along Heysen Trail.
After another 890 m veer left.
After another 215 m come to the end.

A shorter alternate route passing by Knot Hill.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 580 m come to "Knott Hill".
After another 35 m turn left.
After another 30 m come to the end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.
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Terrain
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Onkeeta Circuit


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 10.9 km
Time 3 h to 5 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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