Geological Hike

20 min to 30 min
10 min to 20 min

1.3 km
circuit

↑ 70 m
↓ -70 m

Moderate track
Starting from the Gate 9 car park on Lower North East Road, Vista, this walk takes you on a circuit around Anstey Hill Recreation Park via the Geological Hike Track. This short and easy walk explores the quarries and trails near the geological feature known as 'The Gun Emplacement', a preserved remnant of ancient landscape materials in the southwestern corner of Anstey Hill Recreation Park. A short detour takes walkers past the former quarry operated by the Klopper family in the 19th century, used as a venue for the Festival of Arts in 1980 and 1988. ​Further along the track, there are good views over the Adelaide Plains and the city. The track is clear and easy to follow, with interpretive signage detailing the environment and local history. ​The Geological Hike is reserved for walkers only, bikes are not permitted. 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 Kloppers Track & Lower North East Road (-34.8401077,138.7250952)
Mode Bus Car
DirectionsFrom Hampstead Road, A17, Northfield.
  • Turn on to Grand Junction Road, A16 then drive for 9.5 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Lower North East Road, A16 and drive for another 470 m
  • Turn right onto Kloppers Track and drive for another 8 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Gate 9 car park on Lower North East Road, Vista, head through the gate and follow the wide dirt trail ahead, passing a large 'Anstey Hill Recreation Park' sign and a 'Welcome to Anstey Hill' informative sign. After about 60 metres, keep right at the 3-way intersection. After another 50 metres, keep left at the T intersection to continue along the Geological Hike Track (clockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Kloppers Track & Lower North East Road Start heading along Kloppers Track (a vehicle track).
Find the gate at the start.
After another 5 m pass the "Trail Head" (5 m on your left).
After another 10 m (at the intersection of Gun Emplacement Trail & Kloppers Track) continue straight, to head along Gun Emplacement Trail (a walking track).
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Geological Hike Track & Gun Emplacement Trail) continue straight, to head along Geological Hike Track (a vehicle track).
After another 100 m veer right.
After another 80 m continue straight, to head along Geological Hike Track.
After another 470 m (at the intersection of Geological Hike Track & Gun Emplacement Trail) turn right (a vehicle track).
After another 215 m veer right, to head along Anstey's South Downhill.
After another 40 m pass a seat (on your right).
At the intersection of Gun Emplacement Trail & Anstey's South Downhill continue straight, to head along Gun Emplacement Trail.
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along Gun Emplacement Trail.
After another 200 m (at the intersection of Gun Emplacement Trail & Geological Hike Track) turn left, to head along Gun Emplacement Trail.
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Kloppers Track & Gun Emplacement Trail) continue straight, to head along Kloppers Track (a vehicle track).
Continue another 60 m to find at the intersection of Kloppers Track & Lower North East Road at the end.
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Terrain
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Geological Hike


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.3 km
Time 20 min to 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one 1 km from the start.


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