Morialta Three Falls Circuit

2 h 30 min to 3 h

5.4 km
circuit

↑ 489 m
↓ -489 m

Moderate track
Starting from the car park at the end of Morialta Falls Road, Woodforde, this walk takes you on a circuit within Morialta Conservation Park past Deep View Lookout, the Three Falls, and Kookaburra Rock Lookout. Fourth Creek flows down the hills, forming waterfalls along the way. The walk leads around the edge of the gorge with views over the cliffs and the city of Adelaide, visiting all three waterfalls along the way. First Falls is the largest of the three, cascading around 40m over picturesque red vertical cliffs. Deep View lookout gives a panoramic view of the valley and over First Falls. From Deep View, the hike passes the beautiful Third and Second Falls before reaching the lookout below First Falls. The falls are best viewed after rain. The tracks are well-formed, mostly dirt and gravel, with some steep climbs and rocky sections. 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 (-34.9031735,138.7022687)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Portrush Road, A17
  • Turn on to Magill Road, B27 then drive for 3.7 km
  • Turn left onto Norton Summit Road and drive for another 480 m
  • Turn left onto Glen Stuart Road and drive for another 1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Morialta Road and drive for another 660 m
  • Turn right onto Morialta Falls Road and drive for another 1.3 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
Starting from the end of Morialta Falls Road, head towards the roofed area with informative signposts and seats along the wide dirt path. Then turn left and go across the wooden bridge with green metal railings, moving directly away from the seated area. Veer left and follow the dirt track gently uphill to continue along Morialta Three Falls Circuit.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 55 m turn left.
After another 65 m turn sharp right.
After another 330 m turn right.
After another 345 m veer left, to head along Yurrebilla Trail.
After another 30 m come to the "Deep View Lookout" (20 m on your right).
After another 460 m continue straight, to head along Yurrebilla Trail.
After another 690 m (at the intersection of Yurrebilla Trail & Centre Track) continue straight, to head along Centre Track.
After another 265 m continue straight.
After another 860 m continue straight, to head along Yurrebilla Trail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A little side trip taking you closer to Third Falls, highly recommended. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 155 m turn around, to head along Yurrebilla Trail.
After another 155 m continue straight, to head along Yurrebilla Trail.
After another 190 m continue straight, to head along Yurrebilla Trail.
After another 480 m veer left.
After another 20 m cross the bridge (about 6 m long)
After another 10 m come to the "Second Falls" (10 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A highly recommended side trip, taking you to a viewpoint for a better view of the First Falls. To start this optional side trip turn sharp right here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 410 m turn left.
After another 285 m turn left.
After another 20 m come to the "Kookaburra Rock Lookout" (15 m on your right).
After another 60 m pass the "Giant's Cave" (105 m on your right).
After another 165 m continue straight.
After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 65 m veer left.
After another 150 m turn sharp right.
After another 105 m turn right, to head along Morialta Falls Road.
After another 6 m pass the sign (8 m on your left).
Then pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 2 m come to the end.

A highly recommended side trip, taking you to a viewpoint for a better view of the First Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 195 m turn left.
After another 45 m continue straight.
After another 55 m come to the end.
"First Falls".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 295 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Giant's Cave, where you can sit and rest for a while.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 205 m head down the steps
After another 10 m come to the end.
"Giant's Cave".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 220 m to the main route.

A little side trip taking you closer to Third Falls, highly recommended.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 40 m come to the end.
"Third Falls".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 40 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Morialta Three Falls Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 5.4 km
Time 2 h 30 min to 3 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
Toilet: There is one 5.4 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
5.4 km[toilet]
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