Main Ridge, Ambers Gully, Sugarloaves and Yurrebilla Track Loop

2 h to 2 h 30 min

5.4 km
circuit

↑ 354 m
↓ -353 m

Hard track
Starting from the Black Hill Conservation Park car park on Gorge Road, Athelstone, this walk takes you on a circuit within Black Hill Conservation Park via the Main Ridge, Ambers Gully, Sugarloaves and Yurrebilla tracks. There are also great opportunities to spot birds, kangaroos, koalas. From the higher points of the hike, walkers are rewarded with are breathtaking views of the park and the city. The trail is a mostly narrow walking track, with some fire track sections. There are some rocky ascents and descents throughout, which make this quite an exhilarating hike. 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 (-34.8631271,138.7210351)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Portrush Road, A17
  • Turn on to Payneham Road, A11 then drive for 1.8 km
  • Keep right onto Payneham Road and drive for another 40 m
  • Turn left onto Lower North East Road and drive for another 1.6 km
  • Turn right onto Gorge Road and drive for another 2.5 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Gorge Road, B31 and drive for another 3.3 km
  • Turn right onto Main Ridge Track and drive for another 25 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a toilet (about 100 m back from the start).
After another 115 m (at the intersection of Tuck's Track & Main Ridge Track) continue straight, to head along Main Ridge Track.
After another 60 m head through/around the gate.
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Main Ridge Track.
After another 195 m (at the intersection of Yurrebilla Trail Section 5 & Main Ridge Track) veer left.
After another 380 m (at the intersection of Ambers Gully Track & Main Ridge Track) continue straight, to head along Ambers Gully Track.
After another 750 m (at the intersection of Yurrebilla Trail & Ambers Gully Track) turn left, to head along Ambers Gully Track.
After another 940 m cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
After another 430 m (at the intersection of Main Ridge Track & Ambers Gully Track) veer right, to head along Main Ridge Track.
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Sugarloaves Track & Main Ridge Track) continue straight, to head along Sugarloaves Track.
After another 590 m (at the intersection of Sugarloaves Track & Yurrebilla Trail) continue straight, to head along Sugarloaves Track.
After another 145 m (at the intersection of Yurrebilla Trail & Sugarloaves Track) turn right, to head along Yurrebilla Trail (a footpath).
After another 980 m (at the intersection of Ambers Gully Track & Yurrebilla Trail) continue straight, to head along Yurrebilla Trail.
After another 480 m (at the intersection of Main Ridge Track & Yurrebilla Trail Section 5) veer left, to head along Main Ridge Track (a vehicle track).
After another 195 m continue straight, to head along Main Ridge Track.
After another 110 m (at the intersection of Main Ridge Track & Tuck's Track) continue straight, to head along Main Ridge Track.
Then to find the car park.
After another 15 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Main Ridge, Ambers Gully, Sugarloaves and Yurrebilla Track Loop


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 5.4 km
Time 2 h to 2 h 30 min
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 (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -85 m back from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-85 m[toilet]
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