*** November 2020 Update ***

Fantastic news with the announcement that from December 13 2020, we will be able to walk, cycle and explore Hope Valley Reservoir for the first time in 150 years (give or take a year or two). Construction is about to commence, with first cab off the rank being a network of walking and cycling trails which will take you from the reservoir and link with existing paths alongside the O-Bahn busway.

Image credit: Premier Steven Marshall

This is great of course, but the future plans are even better, with a nature play area also on the cards down the track which will no doubt be sensational for local families. Supporting facilities including car parks, toilets, fencing, signage (which my kids will no doubt ignore) will also be built on site.

The site in Adelaide’s north east is among several reservoirs across South Australia that the State Government has opened for recreational activities like fishing, kayaking, hiking and biking.

Constructed in 1873 with a water capacity of 2.9 billion litres, the Hope Valley Reservoir was the second reservoir built in Adelaide and is currently the city’s oldest reservoir still in use.