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10 of the best waterfall hikes in South Australia

A wet winter and an even wetter start to spring means the waterfalls in South Australia are in full flight - and putting on a spectacular show.

Article courtesy of WALKING SA

South Australia's wet winter and spring has created the best waterfall season we've seen in years. here are some of the best waterfalls to access on hikes, according to Walking SA.

1. Three Falls Grand Hike, Morialta

7.3km, 3.5 hours walk: A hike that visits all three of the waterfalls in Morialta Conservation Park, skirting around the gorge up Fourth Creek past First Falls, Second Falls and Third Falls. First Falls are the dramatic falls accessible from the easy Morialta Falls Valley Walk, which can also be viewed from above at Eagle Nest Lookout on the Three Falls Grand Hike.

Morialta Waterfalls Amanda Luker

Picture location: Morialta Falls Conservation Park, by Amanda Luker (@amanda_luker_photography via IG)

2. Mannum Waterfalls
3km, 2-3 hours return. There are numerous large pools, with some waterfalls between them. Take the scenic walking trail following Reedy Creek from the lower pools to the waterfalls. An abundance of birdlife and wildlife can be found around the rock pools and waterfalls.

3. Waterfall Hike, Belair National Park

6.5km, 3 hours walk. There are two sets of falls: the lower and upper waterfalls. Both are of similar large size with rocks cliffs, but are often not even a trickle - except after decent rains which is the best time to visit. There is a viewing platform at the lower waterfall, and the walking trail passes along the top of the upper waterfall. The trail takes you through Echo Tunnel.

4. Deep Creek Waterfall
4km, 3 hours walk. Deep Creek is a permanent waterhole, with flows in winter and spring. The waterfalls can be hiked three ways with the Deep Creek Waterfall Hike from Tent Rock Road (Trig Campsite) the shortest at 4km long and around 3 hours walking time.

Deep Creek waterfalls, Fleurieu Peninsula

Picture location: Deep Creek falls, Fleurieu Peninsula

5. Sturt Gorge
Up to 9.8kms, 4-5 hours walk. The Sturt River through Sturt Gorge flows for most of the year, but the waterfalls are best after rains. There are two hikes that take in this waterfall - Loop of Upper Sturt Gorge, along River Trail (7.6km, 4 hours) and River Trail, Sturt Gorge, (9.8km, 5 hours)

6. Ingalalla Falls

500m, 45 minutes return walk. Enjoy a short 250m walk with the family. The trail starts at the picnic area, following the creek upstream for 250 metres to reach the rock pool and waterfall. There are several picnic areas along the way.

7. Hindmarsh Falls

200m, 15 minutes walk. Enjoy a short walk to the lookout to see the waterfalls, as water cascades over numerous pools. The lower car park is adjacent to a picnic area.

Hindmarsh Waterfall Amanda Luker

Picture location: Hindmarsh Falls, Fleurieu Peninsula by Amanda Luker (@amanda_luker_photography via IG)

8. The Terraces, Alligator Gorge

Up to 9km, 4 hours walk. Alligator Gorge in Mt Remarkable National Park features the Terraces, a long series of small cascading waterfalls, and the Narrows. Explore Alligator Gorge on either of these hikes:

Gorge Circuit Hike (2 hours, 3.3km) or Alligator Gorge Ring Route Hike (4 hours, 8.9km)

9. Waterfall Trail, Mark Oliphant Conservation Park

1.6km, 1 hour walk. The waterfall is a large amphitheatre but doesn’t flow often. The Waterfall Trail passes through the waterfall, which is a rewarding trail walk but can at times can be a little overgrown. The Mark Oliphant Conservation Park is a gem for walkers with marked trails and firetracks named with street signs. 

10. Waterfall Gully

There are six waterfalls along the Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty summit hike. This is a popular hike and the First Falls are the most spectacular and accessible from the carpark. The Second Falls are just 500 metres along the trail.

* Walking SA is the peak body for walking in South Australia and their vision is to see more people walking more often. 

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