Waterfall Gully

Mount Lofty Ranges / Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1.5
Waterfall Gully

TABLE OF CONTENTS



[Back to top]

INTRODUCTION

The Waterfall Gully was actually one of the better performing waterfalls (if not the only one) during our drought-stricken visit to South Australia in late November 2006. Even though the falls didn't have very good flow (as you can see from the photo above), we were actually conditioned to expect the worst (i.e. dry or trickling flow) since we were visiting the driest state in Australia plus we had seen many dry or trickling waterfalls in much of Victoria just a few days earlier. So you can imagine our surprise to at least see this waterfall put on somewhat of a show! We speculated that the falls maintained its somewhat reliable flow because its drainage must be a good one collecting enough rainfall to even supply some water to the city (as it was said to be one of the city's water catchments).

This excursion was actually two waterfalls in one. We managed to visit the so-called First Falls (pictured above) and Second Falls, but we didn't complete the entire 7.8km 2.5-hour up-and-down return hike to the summit of Mount Lofty. Had we done the full hike, we would have earned some very pretty views overlooking the city of Adelaide, whose CBD was only 8km from entrance to the falls. We also saw signs for the Cleland Wildlife Park, which was another thing we didn't do on our visit. Perhaps on a return visit, we'll redo this excursion and go all the way to the top while also hoping we'd get better flow as well as better photos.

From the car park, it was only a short walk up the gully on a paved walkway to the First Falls. There was a restaurant near the First Falls, but it wasn't open during our visit. The walking path then continued up some stairs for another 10-15 minutes going past the top of the First Falls and eventually bringing us to the smaller Second Falls. There was a bench at the Second Falls allowing us to take in the relaxing scene before we headed back down to the car park.




[Back to top]

PHOTO JOURNAL

This was the Second Falls of Waterfall Gully, which was further upstream of the First (and main) FallsThis was the Second Falls of Waterfall Gully, which was further upstream of the First (and main) Falls
Just 8km northwest of the Waterfall Gully was the CBD of Adelaide, so it was almost as if they were quite literally Adelaide's urban waterfallsJust 8km northwest of the Waterfall Gully was the CBD of Adelaide, so it was almost as if they were quite literally Adelaide's urban waterfalls
Adelaide was in reach of the Barossa Valley (known for wineries), but we didn't have to go that far for a wine tasting and tour at the Magill Estate (in Adelaide itself) for the Penfold's wine brandAdelaide was in reach of the Barossa Valley (known for wineries), but we didn't have to go that far for a wine tasting and tour at the Magill Estate (in Adelaide itself) for the Penfold's wine brand
Also within the greater Adelaide area was the Morialta Conservation Park, where we actually managed to see koalas sitting high up on eucalyptus treesAlso within the greater Adelaide area was the Morialta Conservation Park, where we actually managed to see koalas sitting high up on eucalyptus trees
On the paved walkway approaching the First FallsOn the paved walkway approaching the First Falls

A more centered look at the First Falls as we got closer to itA more centered look at the First Falls as we got closer to it

Even closer to the First FallsEven closer to the First Falls

We looked across the stream and noticed this damaged part of a retaining wall on the other side.  Flood damage perhaps?We looked across the stream and noticed this damaged part of a retaining wall on the other side. Flood damage perhaps?

View from across the plunge pool of the First Falls fronted by a pair of ducksView from across the plunge pool of the First Falls fronted by a pair of ducks

Closer look at the ducks swimming before the First FallsCloser look at the ducks swimming before the First Falls

Walking above the First Falls towards the Second FallsWalking above the First Falls towards the Second Falls

Sign telling us we were very close to the Second FallsSign telling us we were very close to the Second Falls

The Second FallsThe Second Falls


[Back to top]

VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




[Back to top]

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the Adelaide CBD, we went south on Peacock Rd, then turned left onto Greenhill Rd. We followed Greenhill Rd for about 5.5km to Glen St (the next street after the big roundabout connecting Greenhill Rd and Glynburn Rd). Turning right onto Glen St, we then followed it for 200m, then turned left onto Waterfall Tce, then shortly thereafter, turned right onto Waterfall Gully Rd. We followed this road to its end (about 4km) where there was a car park.

Just to give you an idea of how close this falls was to the city centre, the drive described above was about 10km and took us less than 30 minutes even with all the traffic lights.




[Back to top]

ITINERARIES

For more information about our itineraries involving this waterfall, check out the following links.




[Back to top]

MAP OF THE FALLS



Click here for the full World of Waterfalls map





[Back to top]

TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




[Back to top]

TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




[Back to top]

NEARBY WATERFALLS




[Back to top]

RELATED PAGES



Have You Been To This Waterfall?

Share your experience!

Click here to see visitor comments for this waterfall

Click here to see visitor comments for other waterfalls that we've visited in this region

Click here to go to the Comments Main Page

You can use the form below, but if you find our host's interface too troublesome to use (especially if you're trying to upload photos), then just send a text submission anyways using the form, but also let us know that you'd like to attach photos. If you've provided an email address via the form, then we can reply back acknowledging your request, and you can then reply to that email with your photo attachments. We're very sorry about this, but there's not much we can do about SBI's terrible interface.

What Other Visitors Have Said

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

Must have to go... (Waterfall Gully) 
Well well..... I didn't know there is a waterfall in Adelaide, but i was just trying to search for some adventures tracks in SA and i find it... It …

Click here to write your own.



[Back to top]

[Go to the South Australia Waterfalls Page]

[Go to the Australia Page]


[Return from Waterfall Gully to the World of Waterfalls Home Page]