Sugarloaf Hill Circuit

2 h 30 min to 4 h

1 h 15 min to 2 h

7.6 km
circuit

↑ 389 m
↓ -389 m

Moderate track
Starting from the Cleland Conservation Park car park just off Mount Lofty Summit Road, Cleland, this circuit walk takes you past Sugarloaf Hill via the Long Ridge, Chambers Gully and Bartrill Spur tracks. The fauna within the park includes a variety of birdlife, as well as echidnas, southern brown bandicoots, kangaroos and koalas. This hike starts along a gravel road leading to the Long Ridge Lookout on top of Sugarloaf Hill. From the lookout, there are wonderful views over Adelaide to the coast and a couple of benches where you can rest and enjoy the view. The hike then returns down Sugarloaf Hill and enters the Chambers Gully Track, a narrow dirt track that winds its way through the bushes along the foot of the hill. Chambers Gully joins Bartrill Spur, following the creek through a lush green gully to complete the circuit. There are some gentle inclines and uneven surfaces along this hike. Some sections can get muddy and slippery after rain. The tracks are well-formed and aren't overly technical, suited for most ages and fitness levels. 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 (-34.9649945,138.6985447)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom South Eastern Freeway, M1, Crafers.
  • Turn on to Crafers Interchange Offramp, M1 then drive for 510 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Summit Road, B28 and drive for another 265 m
  • Continue onto Mount Lofty Summit Road, B28 and drive for another 3.4 km
  • Turn left and drive for another 1.7 km
  • Keep left and drive for another 190 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 0 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
Starting from the signposted corner of the Cleland Wildlife Park Carpark, head towards the metal gate with “GATE:30” sign on it, moving directly away from the car park. Pass through the little gap next to the gate and follow the fire trail into the forest as it veers left to continue along Sugarloaf Hill Circuit.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Gate 30 at the start.
After another 85 m continue straight, to head along Long Ridge Track.
After another 260 m (at the intersection of Long Ridge Track & Bartrill Spur Track) continue straight, to head along Long Ridge Track.
After another 290 m (at the intersection of Long Ridge Track & Manna Gum Loop) continue straight, to head along Long Ridge Track.
After another 75 m (at the intersection of Long Ridge Track & Manna Gum Loop) continue straight, to head along Long Ridge Track.
After another 470 m continue straight, to head along Long Ridge Track.
After another 265 m continue straight, to head along Long Ridge Track.
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Long Ridge Track.
After another 410 m (at the intersection of Long Ridge Track & Winter Track) continue straight, to head along Long Ridge Track.
After another 250 m (at the intersection of Long Ridge Track & Chambers Gully Walking Trail) continue straight, to head along Long Ridge Track.
After another 190 m head up the very steep (30% ~ 16.7°) earthen incline (about 250 m long)
Then pass a seat (on your right).
After another 25 m pass the "Sugarloaf Hill" (on your right).
After another 190 m turn sharp right, to head along Chambers Gully Walking Trail.
After another 630 m head through/around the gate.
At the intersection of Chambers Gully Track & Chambers Gully Walking Trail continue straight, to head along Chambers Gully Track (a vehicle track).
After another 700 m continue straight, to head along Chambers Gully Track.
After another 10 m (at the intersection of Bartrill Spur Track & Chambers Gully Track) continue straight, to head along Bartrill Spur Track.
After another 275 m cross the ford.
After another 370 m cross the ford.
After another 280 m (at the intersection of Bartrill Spur Track & Kirrang Track) continue straight, to head along Bartrill Spur Track.
After another 540 m cross the ford.
After another 250 m cross the ford.
After another 335 m cross the ford.
After another 350 m cross the ford.
After another 135 m cross the ford.
After another 810 m (at the intersection of Long Ridge Track & Bartrill Spur Track) turn left, to head along Long Ridge Track.
After another 260 m continue straight.
After another 95 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Sugarloaf Hill Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 7.6 km
Time 2 h 30 min 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 Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one 2.4 km from the start.


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