River, Wattle and Lomandra Trail Loop

3 h to 4 h
1 h 30 min to 2 h

13.1 km
circuit

↑ 481 m
↓ -482 m

Hard track
Starting from the car park at the end of Edgar Street, Bedford Park, this walk takes you on a circuit around Sturt Gorge Recreation Park via the River, Wattle and Lomandra trails. Sturt Gorge Recreation Park conserves the threatened grey box grassy woodlands and contains a spectacular rugged gorge with major geological significance, as well as cascading waterfalls, rockpools, creeks, and a large network of shared-use trails. ​This challenging hike begins by entering the park and following the River Trail into the gorge along the Sturt River, with several river crossings, passing a Kaurna camp oven in a small cave before climbing above the flood control dam. ​Near the park's southern boundary, the hike follows the Wattle Trail and explores some of the park’s historic routes, then heads through sheoak and grey box woodland along the Lomandra Trail, which runs parallel to Broadmeadow Drive, with views over the Adelaide Plains. This loop consists of well-signposted fire tracks and walking trails, suitable for moderate fitness levels, with some uneven surfaces and short steep hills. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a leash. 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 Edgar Track & Edgar Street (-35.0288868,138.5671123)
Mode Bus Car Train
DirectionsFrom , Bedford Park.
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Edgar Track & Edgar Street Start heading along Edgar Track (a vehicle track).
After another 45 m (from the Edgar Track) continue straight, to head along Edgar Track.
Keep right.
After another 345 m (at the intersection of Edgar Track & Adam's Orchard Trail) continue straight, to head along Edgar Track.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Adam's Orchard Trail & Edgar Track) continue straight, to head along Adam's Orchard Trail (a walking track).
After another 250 m pass a seat (on your left)., has no backrest.
After another 345 m pass the sign (on your left).
At the intersection of Tillite Fire Track & Adam's Orchard Trail veer right, to head along Tillite Fire Track (a vehicle track).
After another 15 m pass the "Sturt Gorge Recreation Park" (on your right).
After another 70 m cross the stepping stones.
At the intersection of Tillite Fire Track & Sturt River continue straight, to head along Tillite Fire Track.
After another 110 m (at the intersection of River Trail & Tillite Fire Track) continue straight, to head along River Trail (a walking track).
After another 10 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 160 m pass the sign (on your left).
At the intersection of Ctenotus Fire Track & River Trail continue straight, to head along Ctenotus Fire Track (a vehicle track).
After another 20 m (at the intersection of River Trail & Ctenotus Fire Track) turn left, to head along River Trail (a walking track).
After another 45 m cross the ford.
From the River Trail continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 185 m (from the River Trail) continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 40 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 45 m cross the ford.
From the River Trail continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 220 m cross the ford.
From the River Trail continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 8 m (at the intersection of River Trail & Spring Creek Trail) continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 130 m (from the River Trail) continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 480 m cross the ford.
At the intersection of River Trail & Sturt River continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 70 m cross the ford.
At the intersection of River Trail & Sturt River continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 100 m pass the sign (5 m on your right).
At the intersection of River Trail & Parrianna Link Trail turn left, to head along River Trail.
After another 20 m cross the ford.
At the intersection of River Trail & Sturt River continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 115 m cross the ford.
At the intersection of River Trail & Sturt River continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of River Trail & Sturt River) continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 215 m cross the ford.
At the intersection of River Trail & Sturt River continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of River Trail & Sturt River) continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 45 m (from the River Trail) turn left, to head along River Trail.
After another 90 m pass the waterfall (30 m on your right).
After another 35 m (from the River Trail) continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 55 m cross the ford.
From the River Trail continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 5 m (from the River Trail) continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 80 m (from the River Trail) veer left, to head along River Trail.
After another 85 m cross the ford.
From the River Trail continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 250 m (from the River Trail) turn right, to head along River Trail.
After another 45 m (from the River Trail) continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 180 m (from the River Trail) continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 105 m (at the intersection of Fire Track & River Trail) veer left, to head along Fire Track (a vehicle track).
After another 165 m (from the Fire Track) veer right, to head along Fire Track.
After another 290 m (at the intersection of River Trail & Fire Track) turn left, to head along River Trail (a walking track).
After another 315 m (at the intersection of Little River & River Trail) turn right, to head along Little River.
After another 480 m cross the ford.
After another 240 m (at the intersection of Little River & Sidewinder) continue straight, to head along Little River.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Little River & River Trail) continue straight.
Keep right.
After another 95 m (from the River Trail) turn right, to head along River Trail.
After another 260 m (at the intersection of River Trail & Gunners Run) continue straight (a footpath).
After another 45 m continue straight.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of River Trail & Gunners Run) continue straight, to head along River Trail (a walking track).
After another 300 m cross the ford.
From the River Trail veer left, to head along River Trail.
After another 15 m cross the ford.
At the intersection of River Trail & Sturt River continue straight, to head along River Trail (a walking track).
After another 35 m cross the ford.
From the River Trail continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 370 m cross the ford.
At the intersection of River Trail & Sturt River continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 40 m cross the ford.
At the intersection of River Trail & Sturt River continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 205 m cross the ford.
From the River Trail continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 115 m (at the intersection of Wattle Trail & River Trail) turn right, to head along Wattle Trail (a vehicle track).
Then head up the very steep (15% ~ 8.5°) earthen incline (about 155 m long)
At the intersection of Flagstaff Hill Fire Track & Wattle Trail continue straight, to head along Flagstaff Hill Fire Track.
After another 30 m (from the Flagstaff Hill Fire Track) continue straight, to head along Flagstaff Hill Fire Track.
After another 45 m (from the Flagstaff Hill Fire Track) continue straight, to head along Flagstaff Hill Fire Track.
After another 30 m (from the Flagstaff Hill Fire Track) continue straight (a walking track).
After another 40 m cross the ford.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 225 m continue straight.
After another 85 m continue straight.
After another 115 m (from the Witowirra Fire Track) veer right, to head along Witowirra Fire Track (a vehicle track).
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Witowirra Fire Track & Marri Fire Track) continue straight, to head along Witowirra Fire Track.
After another 5 m (from the Witowirra Fire Track) continue straight, to head along Witowirra Fire Track.
After another 235 m (at the intersection of Wattle Trail & Witowirra Fire Track) veer right, to head along Wattle Trail.
After another 130 m (from the Wattle Trail) turn right, to head along Wattle Trail.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Wattle Trail & Marriyerli Fire Track) continue straight, to head along Wattle Trail.
Keep left.
After another 170 m cross the ford.
From the Wattle Trail continue straight, to head along Wattle Trail.
After another 20 m (from the Wattle Trail) continue straight, to head along Wattle Trail.
After another 310 m (from the Wattle Trail) continue straight, to head along Wattle Trail.
After another 150 m cross the ford.
From the Wattle Trail continue straight, to head along Wattle Trail.
After another 30 m (from the Wattle Trail) turn sharp right, to head along Wattle Trail (a walking track).
After another 155 m (from the Wattle Trail) veer left, to head along Wattle Trail.
After another 130 m (at the intersection of Fire Track & Wattle Trail) continue straight, to head along Fire Track (a vehicle track).
After another 9 m (at the intersection of Lomandra Trail & Fire Track) continue straight, to head along Lomandra Trail (a walking track).
After another 125 m cross the ford.
From the Lomandra Trail continue straight, to head along Lomandra Trail.
After another 490 m (from the Lomandra Trail) continue straight, to head along Lomandra Trail.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Lomandra Trail & Parriana Track) continue straight, to head along Lomandra Trail.
Then pass the sign (on your left).
Then pass the car park (10 m on your left).
After another 195 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 710 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 200 m (at the intersection of Vincent Fire Track & Lomandra Trail) turn right, to head along Vincent Fire Track (a vehicle track).
After another 5 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 2 m (at the intersection of Vincent Fire Track & Gorelon Fire Track) continue straight, to head along Vincent Fire Track.
After another 9 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 275 m (from the Spring Creek Trail) turn right, to head along Spring Creek Trail.
After another 50 m pass the sign (on your left).
At the intersection of River Trail & Spring Creek Trail continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 8 m (from the River Trail) continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 215 m (from the River Trail) continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 70 m (from the River Trail) continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 185 m (from the River Trail) continue straight, to head along River Trail.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Ctenotus Fire Track & River Trail) turn right, to head along Ctenotus Fire Track (a vehicle track).
After another 20 m (at the intersection of River Trail & Ctenotus Fire Track) continue straight, to head along River Trail (a walking track).
After another 160 m (at the intersection of Tillite Fire Track & River Trail) continue straight, to head along Tillite Fire Track (a vehicle track).
After another 110 m (at the intersection of Tillite Fire Track & Sturt River) continue straight, to head along Tillite Fire Track.
After another 85 m (at the intersection of Adam's Orchard Trail & Tillite Fire Track) veer left, to head along Adam's Orchard Trail (a walking track).
After another 570 m (at the intersection of Edgar Track & Adam's Orchard Trail) continue straight, to head along Edgar Track (a vehicle track).
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Edgar Track & Adam's Orchard Trail) continue straight, to head along Edgar Track.
Keep right.
After another 345 m (from the Edgar Track) continue straight, to head along Edgar Track.
After another 5 m (from the Edgar Track) continue straight, to head along Edgar Track.
Keep right.
Continue another 40 m to find at the intersection of Edgar Street & Edgar Track at the end.
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Terrain
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River, Wattle and Lomandra Trail Loop


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 13.1 km
Time 3 h to 4 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one 680 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Seat
680 m[seat]
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