Starting from the Black Hill Conservation Park administration centre on Maryvale Road, Athelstone, this walk takes you through Black Hill Conservation Park via the Buffer Zone Track. This short and easy walk follows the edge of Black Hill Conservation Park, showcasing the contrast between the park's native vegetation and the neighbouring suburbs. The track begins by climbing through grassy eucalypt woodlands, then levels out and meanders along the base of Black Hill, offering excellent views of the Adelaide Plains and the Barker Inlet. After another short ascent, the track passes a small lake before ending further ahead at the junction with the Wildflower Track, near the Athelstone Wildflower Garden. In spring, the garden offers stunning displays of native flowers, including a variety of orchids. This walk consists of wide fire tracks with some gentle hills, and is suitable for prams and all fitness levels. Dogs are not permitted in this park. 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.
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.
Turn on to Payneham Road, A11 then drive for 1.7 km
Keep right onto Payneham Road and drive for another 140 m
Turn slight right onto Montacute Road and drive for another 3.3 km
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Montacute Road and drive for another 1.2 km
Turn left and drive for another 40 m
Keep right and drive for another 90 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the Black Hill Conservation Park administration centre on Maryvale Road, Athelstone, head through Gate 17 and follow the sealed path across Fifth Creek. After crossing the creek, head along the wide fire track, following the 'Buffer Zone Track' signs, and continue the Buffer Zone Track.....
Directions & comments
Start heading along Buffer Zone Track.
Find the gate at the start.
Find the ford at the start.
After another 55 m turn right, to head along Buffer Zone Track.
After another 125 m pass the "Wadmore Park (Pulyonna Wirra)" (65 m on your left).
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along Buffer Zone Track.
After another 410 m continue straight, to head along Buffer Zone Track.
After another 280 m continue straight, to head along Buffer Zone Track.
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Buffer Zone Track.
Continue another 170 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.2 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Buffer Zone Track
30 min to 45 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)