Feel like doing something active with the kids? Waterfall Gully is a beautiful place to go walking (hiking) – and it’s only 10 minutes from the city! Set within the Cleland National Park, Waterfall Gully is at the foot of the Adelaide hills. There’s lots to look at, ranging from the protected natural landscape to the awesome waterfalls.

The trail is best suited to kids aged 9+ if you are planning on walking the whole way up to Mr Lofty Summit, but there are plenty of mums and dads who carry toddlers and babies in slings while hiking. Be aware that the last part of the hike is quite steep so you’ll need to have a bit of fitness to accomplish it, or just take it really slowly. The return trip to the summit is about 3-hours, and you can grab a drink at the top (plus a great panoramic photo!). You can also choose to walk only part of the way and enjoy an icecream at Utopia restaurant- just choose which ever path suits your needs best.

Where? Waterfall Gully Road, Waterfall Gully (fairly easy address to remember!)

Who? Anyone and everyone (not pets though!)

When? Open every day from 6am-7pm (6am-9pm during daylight savings)

Cost? Free

Things to know:

Utopia is a great family friendly restaurant at the base of the waterfall. It was originally a teahouse, but now serves meals, drinks, ice cream and even has a kids toy area. Utopia Restaurant is open 9am-5pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and public holidays and from 8am-5pm on weekends.

– The area can get quite busy on weekends so be aware that you may have to park further along the road leading into the gully.

– There is plenty of space for a picnic at the bottom of the gully and public toilet facilities are available too.

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