Hallett Cove to Brighton via the Marion Coastal Trail

4 h 30 min to 7 h

14.7 km
return

↑ 508 m
↓ -508 m

Moderate track
Starting from the Boatshed Café car park on Heron Way, Hallett Cove, this walk leads to Brighton via the Coastal Walking Trail. Experience the unique environment along this section of Adelaide’s coastline, walking along the well-maintained boardwalk that winds its way over spectacular rugged cliffs. The scenery is stunning throughout, and there are access points to the variety of beaches along the coast. There are amazing views over the sea and the Adelaide coastline, and if you're lucky you may see dolphins and seals basking in the water. Interpretive signs along the way detail the area's unique geology and sea life. The trail mostly consists of boardwalk, steps and pathways. The numerous sets of stairs descending and ascending the steep gullies make for a decent workout, and require a moderate level of fitness. Water is available from several drinking water fountains, and there are also two toilets and two cafés along the way. 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
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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 (-35.0786589,138.4965953)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Southern Expressway, M2
  • Turn on to Southern Expressway off-ramp then drive for 300 m
  • Keep right onto Southern Expressway off-ramp and drive for another 65 m
  • Turn slight left onto Brodie Road and drive for another 15 m
  • Turn sharp right onto Sherriffs Road and drive for another 1.1 km
  • Turn sharp right onto Lonsdale Road, A15 and drive for another 3 km
  • Keep left onto Gretel Crescent and drive for another 145 m
  • Turn left onto Grand Central Avenue and drive for another 190 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Grand Central Avenue and drive for another 1.2 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Heron Way and drive for another 180 m
  • Turn sharp left and drive for another 150 m
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Track Notes
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Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Coastal Walking Trail.
After another 265 m continue straight, to head along Coastal Walking Trail.
After another 165 m continue straight, to head along Coastal Walking Trail.
After another 75 m come to the "Black Cliff Lookout" (15 m on your left).
After another 300 m continue straight, to head along Coastal Walking Trail.
After another 100 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
Turn left.
After another 120 m continue straight.
After another 260 m continue straight.
After another 390 m head into the park.
After another 230 m continue straight.
After another 125 m head up the steps (about 70 m long)
Turn right.
After another 9 m head up the steps (about 45 m long)
After another 200 m continue straight.
After another 140 m head up the steps (about 85 m long)
After another 1 km continue straight.
After another 400 m turn left, to head along Marine Parade.
After another 70 m pass the water tap (10 m on your left).
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Allan Street & Marine Parade) turn left, to head along Marine Parade.
After another 135 m (at the intersection of Emma Street & Marine Parade) turn left, to head along Marine Parade.
After another 205 m (at the intersection of Jervois Terrace & Marine Parade) continue straight, to head along Jervois Terrace.
After another 10 m pass the "Marino Rocks Café Restaurant" (15 m on your right).
After another 6 m turn left.
After another 55 m pass the toilet (9 m on your right).
After another 110 m come to the viewpoint (9 m on your left).
Then pass a seat (6 m on your left).
After another 190 m continue straight.
After another 200 m pass the artwork (25 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the water tap (on your left).
After another 260 m head into the "Kingston Park Coastal Reserve".
After another 620 m pass the toilet (10 m on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 135 m pass the shelter (8 m on your left).
After another 130 m turn left.
After another 215 m continue straight.
After another 320 m pass the "Angus Neill Reserve" (20 m on your right).
After another 140 m pass the playground (80 m on your right).
After another 8 m pass the BBQ (65 m on your right).
After another 320 m continue straight.
Continue another 160 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 7.3 km to get back to the start.
A seat.
A water tap.
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Terrain
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Hallett Cove to Brighton via the Marion Coastal Trail


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 14.7 km
Time 4 h 30 min to 7 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 6 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 4.9 km apart with the largest gap of 8.8 km.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 4.9 km apart with the largest gap of 7.3 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
4.5 km[toilet]
Toilet
5.9 km[toilet]
Shelter
6 km[shelter]
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