Hahndorf to Bridgewater Circuit

5 h to 8 h 30 min


2 h 15 min to 4 h

18.4 km
circuit

↑ 371 m
↓ -371 m

Moderate track
Starting from the Pioneer Memorial Gardens on Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf, this walk takes you on an 18km circuit past Bridgewater. The walk mainly follows country roads, laneways and bush tracks through a delightful section of the Adelaide Hills with historic homes, deciduous trees and native bushland. Along the way, you'll go past the great artist Sir Hans Heysen's home, The Cedars. Many of his original works of art can be seen on display in the house and the nearby studio. Some sections of the trail are slightly technical, and there are a couple of river crossings along the way which may be slippery after recent rainfall. This is a long walk, best suited for reasonably fit and experienced walkers. 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 (-35.0277295,138.8087877)
Mode Bus Car
DirectionsFrom South Eastern Freeway, M1
  • Turn on to then drive for 610 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Mount Barker Road, B34 and drive for another 2.4 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 6 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the entrance of Pioneer Memorial Gardens(from the intersection of Mount Barker Road and Johns Lane), head along the concrete footpath towards Hahndorf Knife Shop to your left, moving parallel to Mount Barker Road. After about 650 meters in the moving in the same direction, veer right and join Ambleside Road to continue along Hahndorf to Bridgewater Circuit.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 5 m turn left, to head along Mount Barker Road - Main Street.
Find the Farmgate Providore at the start.
After another 35 m pass the toilet (15 m on your left).
Then pass the water tap (25 m on your left).
After another 155 m (at the intersection of Mount Barker Road - Main Street & Hereford Avenue) continue straight, to head along Mount Barker Road - Main Street.
Then pass the cafe (20 m on your left).
After another 200 m (at the intersection of Mount Barker Road - Main Street & Boehm Drive) continue straight, to head along Mount Barker Road - Main Street.
After another 265 m (at the intersection of Mount Barker Road & Ambleside Road) turn right, to head along Ambleside Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 335 m (at the intersection of Ambleside Road & Selma Avenue) veer right, to head along Selma Avenue (a residential road).
After another 340 m (at the intersection of Pain Road & Selma Avenue) turn left, to head along Pain Road.
After another 205 m (at the intersection of Ambleside Road & Pain Road) continue straight, to head along Ambleside Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 255 m (at the intersection of Ambleside Road & Heysen Road) turn left, to head along Heysen Road (a vehicle track).
After another 720 m pass the "Hans Heysen" (45 m on your left).
After another 325 m (at the intersection of Onkaparinga Valley Scenic Drive & Heysen Road) turn left, to head along Onkaparinga Valley Scenic Drive (a highway|primary).
After another 195 m (at the intersection of Onkaparinga Valley Scenic Drive & Reddens Road) continue straight, to head along Onkaparinga Valley Scenic Drive.
After another 520 m cross the bridge (about 65 m long)
After another 115 m (at the intersection of Onkaparinga Valley Road & Beaumont Road) turn right, to head along Beaumont Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 600 m (at the intersection of Beaumont Road & Grivell Road) continue straight, to head along Beaumont Road.
After another 125 m (at the intersection of Beaumont Road & Ambulance Road) turn left, to head along Ambulance Road (a residential road).
After another 730 m continue straight, to head along Ambulance Road.
After another 285 m veer left, to head along Waters Road.
After another 590 m continue straight, to head along Waters Road.
After another 520 m (at the intersection of Waters Road & Darpuna Road) continue straight, to head along Waters Road.
After another 195 m (at the intersection of Carey Gully Road & Waters Road) turn left, to head along Carey Gully Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 440 m cross the bridge (about 35 m long)
After another 250 m (at the intersection of Carey Gully Road & Bridgewater Road) continue straight, to head along Bridgewater Road (a road).
After another 50 m cross the Bridgewater Road (about 70 m long)
After another 150 m turn left.
After another 125 m continue straight, to head along Morella Grove.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Morella Grove & Lezayre Avenue) continue straight, to head along Morella Grove.
After another 185 m (at the intersection of Fielding Road & Shannon Road) continue straight, to head along Fielding Road (a residential road).
After another 145 m continue straight.
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Bridgewater Road.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Bridgewater Road & Mill Road) veer right, to head along Mill Road (a service road).
After another 10 m to find the car park.
After another 90 m continue straight, to head along Mill Road.
After another 20 m pass the car park (7 m on your left).
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Heysen Trail & Mill Road) turn left, to head along Heysen Trail (a walking track).
Then pass the "Bridgewater Mill" (25 m on your right).
After another 35 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 25 m pass the playground (20 m on your right).
After another 7 m cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 15 m head through the tunnel (about 10 m long)
After another 20 m veer right, to head along Heysen Trail.
After another 115 m cross the bridge (about 9 m long)
Turn left.
After another 160 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 205 m turn right.
After another 6 m veer left.
After another 85 m cross the ford.
After another 25 m turn sharp right, to head along Ayr Street.
After another 200 m turn left.
After another 105 m continue straight, to head along Heysen Trail.
After another 860 m (at the intersection of Cumberland Avenue & Strathalbyn Road) continue straight, to head along Cumberland Avenue.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Cumberland Avenue & Mylor Trail) turn left, to head along Mylor Trail (a walking track).
After another 280 m (at the intersection of Mylor Trail & Nation Ridge Road) continue straight, to head along Mylor Trail.
After another 175 m (at the intersection of Strathalbyn Road & Mylor Trail) veer right, to head along Mylor Trail.
After another 720 m (at the intersection of Mylor Trail & Wilson Road) continue straight, to head along Mylor Trail.
After another 1.1 km (at the intersection of Strathalbyn Road & Hooper Road) continue straight, to head along Hooper Road (a vehicle track).
After another 130 m (at the intersection of Hooper Road & Hawthorne Road) continue straight, to head along Hooper Road.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Hooper Road & Dalham Road) continue straight, to head along Hooper Road.
After another 360 m (at the intersection of Hooper Road & Gross Road) turn left, to head along Gross Road (a residential road).
After another 1.2 km (at the intersection of Taminga Grove & Gross Road) veer right, to head along Taminga Grove (a vehicle track).
After another 480 m (at the intersection of Allendale Road & Taminga Grove) continue straight, to head along Taminga Grove.
After another 1.2 km (at the intersection of Mount Barker Road & Taminga Grove) turn right, to head along Mount Barker Road (a highway|primary).
Then cross the bridge (about 45 m long)
After another 175 m (at the intersection of Mount Barker Road & Storch Lane) continue straight, to head along Mount Barker Road.
After another 190 m (at the intersection of River Road & Mount Barker Road) continue straight, to head along Mount Barker Road.
After another 240 m come to the "Hahndorf Resort" (65 m on your right).
After another 180 m to find the car park.
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Mount Barker Road.
After another 620 m (at the intersection of Mount Barker Road & Ambleside Road) continue straight, to head along Mount Barker Road.
After another 265 m (at the intersection of Mount Barker Road - Main Street & Boehm Drive) continue straight, to head along Mount Barker Road - Main Street.
After another 400 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Hahndorf to Bridgewater Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 18.4 km
Time 5 h to 8 h 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
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
Camp site: There is one 16.9 km from the start.

Toilet: There is one 50 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
50 m[toilet]
Camp site
16.9 kmHahndorf Resort
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