This article is the first in a new InDaily series in which we will highlight some of SA’s lesser-known tracks.
The undulating trails through Black Hill Conservation Park are surrounded by stunning native plants and wildlife, offering a variety of circuits in good condition. For our first visit to Black Hill, we checked out part of the Ambers Gully loop.
Trail: Ambers Gully Track and Sugarloaves Trail.
Access: 25 minutes from the Adelaide CBD; on-street parking available on Gorge Road.
Rating: Moderate – it’s great for beginners and experienced walkers. Take extra care, however, as recent rainfalls have resulted in some rocky and uneven ground.
Features: This circuit is along some of the Yurrebilla Trail, with great views over Adelaide. There is a mix of rocky and narrow walking tracks, widening out to fire track at the top.
In the beginning section, you can see the remains of a small hut, “Ambers Ruin” (pictured below). Further on, the trail builds up to a steady incline and will lead you past a small waterfall on your left. On closer inspection, you will also see inside a small cave to the side of the waterfall.
Length: Approximately a 7km loop. Feeling adventurous? Why not continue south on the Sugarloaves trail to Black Hill Summit, and return via the Ghost Gum Summit Trail Link and Ghost Tree Gully Track.
Time: About 2 hours at a moderate pace.
Tip: Download the Avenza PDF Map app so you can access interactive maps when you need them. The app allows you to download National Parks SA maps and uses your device’s built-in GPS to plot your real-time location within the park onto a map. You can also download your Black Hill Conservation maps here, and keep up to date with latest park alerts.
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