A Lofty View of Adelaide

Question: When family is spread across Australia’s top end and east coast, in which region do you get together?

Answer: You meet on neutral ground in the South Australian capital of Adelaide 🙌🏻

Adelaide itinerary: Mt Lofty Hike ☑️ Penfolds visit ☑️

Adelaide itinerary: Mt Lofty Hike ☑️ Penfolds visit ☑️

And that’s how I came to be in Adelaide for a week.

With an Airbnb booked at Henley Beach South, we’d be splitting our time between the coast just out of Adelaide and some of South Australia’s finest wine regions with day trips to the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, and of course a visit to the home of Penfolds on the outskirts of the city too.

But first, mountains

Having never visited Adelaide before, and arriving a day ahead of my family, I decided to let a view from the top be my introduction the charms of the South Australian capital.

Whenever I visit a new place, one of the first things I do is take a look at a map to find the nearest patches of green. Sometimes it’s just a handful of urban parks, other times its sprawling national parks, here, it was Mount Lofty and its surrounding bushland.

Hiking Mount Lofty

The start of the hike to Mount Lofty summit is Waterfall Gully. The main walking track is undergoing restoration works, but there’s clearly signposted detours along the way and I was able to complete the walk to the summit without any trouble.

The track is steep, you’re climbing to a summit over the course of a few hours, so it takes reasonable fitness. The track winds through pretty bushland and when you reach the top, you’ll have a panoramic view over Adelaide. If you’re lucky you might even spot a koala or too like I did. There’s a cafe up there too so you can grab a cool drink, a bit to eat, and kick back for a bit before making your descent.

The hike from Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty is located just outside of Adelaide in South Australia.

The hike from Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty is located just outside of Adelaide in South Australia.

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Track upgrades throughout 2019 mean you’ll be detoured along other tracks en route to Mount Lofty.

Track upgrades throughout 2019 mean you’ll be detoured along other tracks en route to Mount Lofty.

The track to Mount Lofty summit near Adelaide.

The track to Mount Lofty summit near Adelaide.

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The view over Adelaide from Mt Lofty summit.

The view over Adelaide from Mt Lofty summit.

Koala in the trees on Mount Lofty near the summit.

Koala in the trees on Mount Lofty near the summit.

How you’ll feel after your hike up to Mount Lofty summit.

How you’ll feel after your hike up to Mount Lofty summit.

The hike up Mt Lofty turned out to be a much-needed energetic precursor to the leisurely and indulgent pace of the remainder of my stay in Adelaide: eating and drinking my way around the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, and McLaren Vale, and lazy afternoon beers with this view…

The storm rolled in over Henley Beach South the day we arrived. It was epic and wiped out power to a few thousand homes and businesses for the night. We went down the pub for dinner which was a no go, they’d lost power too so their kitchen was shut. Thankfully though, the beer taps were good to go. We sorted out a round, sat ourselves down, and watched on as the storm gave the coast a battering.

The storm rolled in over Henley Beach South the day we arrived. It was epic and wiped out power to a few thousand homes and businesses for the night. We went down the pub for dinner which was a no go, they’d lost power too so their kitchen was shut. Thankfully though, the beer taps were good to go. We sorted out a round, sat ourselves down, and watched on as the storm gave the coast a battering.