Starting from the end of Addison Avenue, Athelstone, this walk takes you on a circuit within Black Hill Conservation Park via the Summit Nature Trail. Enjoy the undulating hills with native scenery of rugged ridges and a variety of plants and wildlife along Black Hill Conservation Park's extensive network of walking trails. This trail reaches the summit of Black Hill, and offers spectacular views across the Adelaide Plains and the surrounding metropolitan area. Keep a lookout for kangaroos, koalas and a variety of birds along the way. At the end of the walk, you can enjoy a stroll through the beautiful wildflower garden on Addison Ave. The trail is mostly narrow walking track, with some fire track near the summit. This walk can be quite challenging, with a few steep and rocky sections that require a reasonable level of fitness. 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.
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.
Turn on to Payneham Road, A11 then drive for 1.8 km
Keep right onto Payneham Road and drive for another 40 m
Turn left onto Lower North East Road and drive for another 1.6 km
Turn right onto Gorge Road and drive for another 2.5 km
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Gorge Road, B31 and drive for another 1 km
Turn right onto Maryvale Road and drive for another 350 m
Turn left onto Addison Avenue and drive for another 400 m
At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Addison Avenue and drive for another 700 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started Starting from the end of Addison Avenue, head towards the metal gate with a “GATE:6” sign on it, moving directly away from the road. Pass through the gap on the wooden fence next beside the gate and keep going straight as you pass by the green wooden “Black Hill Conservation Park” sign. Turn right when the trails intersect and follow the wide gravel/dirt fire trail gently uphill to continue along the Black Hill Summit Circuit.....
Directions & comments
Find the gate at the start.
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Summit Nature Trail & Tetragona Trail) turn right.
After another 140 m continue straight.
After another 120 m continue straight.
After another 860 m turn right, to head along Summit Track.
After another 380 m pass the "Black Hill" (on your right).
After another 65 m (at the intersection of Black Hill Track & Summit Track) continue straight, to head along Black Hill Track.
After another 315 m (at the intersection of Black Hill Track & Summit Trail) turn left, to head along Summit Trail (a footpath).
After another 670 m (at the intersection of Summit Trail & Summit Nature Trail) turn sharp left, to head along Summit Nature Trail.
After another 1.7 km (at the intersection of Tetragona Track & Summit Nature Trail) continue straight, to head along Tetragona Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 60 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Black Hill Summit Circuit
1 h 45 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)