Morialta Waterfalls

Morialta Conservation Park / Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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The First Falls in Morialta Conservation Park

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INTRODUCTION

The Morialta Waterfalls (or Morialta Falls) were a series of falls on Fourth Creek within the Morialta Conservation Park on the outskirts of Adelaide. Unfortunately, Fourth Creek was not flowing during our visit in November 2006 as it probably didn't stand a chance against the drought that afflicted much of southeastern Australia. So we only ended up hiking to the First Falls, but we didn't bother extending the hike to see the Second and Third Falls in the so-called Three Falls Grand Loop, which would have required a lengthy 10km hike taking about 4 hours. Just doing the out-and-back hike to the First Falls took Julie and I a little over 30 minutes. However, we admit that we were hastily half running and half walking very fast as we were time constrained due to the park gates possibly closing us in if we didn't make it out in time.

It was a shame because of the parts of the park that we did visit, we saw some caves, plenty of opportunities to extend our hiking to other tracks, and even quite a few koalas sleeping in the nooks of tall trees (I wasn't sure if they were eucalyptus or gum trees). The walking track was mostly flat, very wide, and quite family friendly. However, the tracks that branched off the main one we took to the First Falls seemed to involve a bit of climbing and were much narrower. All throughout the walk, there were interpretive signs to keep us educated about the area.

Given our experience with the First Falls, I reckon these waterfalls tend to be quite seasonal. I guess the best time to see them flow would be in late Winter or early Spring during a year where the rainfall would be a bit more significant than the year we showed up. Even though it was mid- to late Spring during our visit, the drought pretty much overwhelmed any chance we would have at seeing them flow.

Finally, regarding the bit about getting closed in, this was due to the fact that the Morialta Conservation Park had opening and closing hours. In hindsight, we should have come here earlier so we could better enjoy our experience in the park at a far more relaxed pace. Instead, we were making haste as we showed up at nearly 6pm and really had to make sure that we could exit the park without being locked in.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

A really cool benefit of visiting the waterfalls in the Morialta Conservation Park was seeing koalas, which was something that we didn't expect to findA really cool benefit of visiting the waterfalls in the Morialta Conservation Park was seeing koalas, which was something that we didn't expect to find
Morialta Conservation Park was about 10km northeast of the Adelaide CBD, which was where we were based for our brief time in South AustraliaMorialta Conservation Park was about 10km northeast of the Adelaide CBD, which was where we were based for our brief time in South Australia
On the way to the Morialta Conservation Park from Adelaide was the original Penfold's Winery at the Magill EstateOn the way to the Morialta Conservation Park from Adelaide was the original Penfold's Winery at the Magill Estate
Early in the hike, we encountered this sign indicating what would be required to see the other waterfalls.  That Grand Waterfall Loop was a bit too long for our situationEarly in the hike, we encountered this sign indicating what would be required to see the other waterfalls. That Grand Waterfall Loop was a bit too long for our situation

Looking up the steps on one of the tracks branching off the main track we were onLooking up the steps on one of the tracks branching off the main track we were on

We weren't kidding about them threatening to lock you in if you're not outta here by closing timeSee? We weren't kidding about them threatening to lock you in if you're not outta here by closing time

Distant look at one of the caves along the main track we were on.  I believe this one was the Giants CaveDistant look at one of the caves along the main track we were on. I believe this one was the Giants Cave

Looking up the steps to the Giants Cave and the First Falls PlateauLooking up the steps to the Giants Cave and the First Falls Plateau

When we finally made it to the First Falls (Morialta Falls), we were disappointed to see it was dryWhen we finally made it to the First Falls (Morialta Falls), we were disappointed to see it was dry

On our way out of the park (when we realized that we could walk out with a little less haste), we noticed some koalas on the trees above usOn our way out of the park (when we realized that we could walk out with a little less haste), we noticed some koalas on the trees above us

Another sleeping koala that we noticed in the nook of a treeAnother sleeping koala that we noticed in the nook of a tree

It looked like this koala had woken up from its slumberIt looked like this koala had woken up from its slumber


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the Adelaide CBD near the North Henry Gardens heading east, the most direct route was to take Magill Rd (Road 53) towards the Magill Estate via North Tce (A11) and Botanic Rd. Just before reaching the Magill Estate (nearly 5km east of the A11/Road 53 junction), we turned left onto St Bernards Rd, and then right onto Moules Rd. This eventually joined with Morialta Rd, which we then took into the park towards one of the furthest car parks within the park boundaries. I don't recall which car park we parked in, but it was way in there; possibly at the road's end.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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Stuart William Walker 
Sadly I only have bad news on the falls. When I was a kid of eleven back in 1972, my best friend Stuart Walker was trying to climb down at Morialta …

Morialta Falls 
The walk from the car park to the base of the falls takes around 15 to 20 minutes, has a slight gradient all the way, and is very enjoyable in all seasons. …

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