Black Hill Conservation Park Walks

Black Hill Walks

Black Hill Conservation Park has numerous walking trails, crossing each other and has links with Yurrebilla Trail.

The name of Black Hill is given from low sheoaks foliage which turns almost black in summer. Beautiful orchids, yuccas, lobelias can be seen on your wanders. You can spot koalas, kangaroos, brown tree frogs as well as numerous birds, parrots, kookaburras.

The post describe two walks involving tracks in Black Hill Conservation Park.

Black Hill Northern Tracks

The walk explores walking trails on the northern side of the park.  The walk starts at gate 9 which can be accessed via Gorge Road which has an off street parking area.

Black Hill gate 9
Black Hill Gate 9

From the gate take the Main Ridge track which is a tough and steep climb, but worth the effort, rewarding you with amazing views over the city up to Gulf of St. Vincent.

From the Main Ridge track, you need to turn left on Ghost Tree Gully Trail for a short distance and then to follow Yurebilla Track, then Banksia Track and Black Hill Track.  Turn right to Summit trail, then Tetragona Trail, Joann Track, Ghost Tree Gully Track, Sugarloaves/ Yurebilla Track to return to car park.

Black Hill Conservation Park walks

How to get there:

By car, via Gorge Road. Drive up the Payneham Road to Lower North-East Road and turn right to Gorge Road, just past the Campbelltown Shopping Centre.

Best time for a hike is from March to November. You can walk during summer if it is not too hot. Be aware of snakes and have sturdy foot wear.

This is a 12.32 km route in Athelstone, Australia. The route has a total ascent of 692.0 m and has a maximum elevation of 481.51 m. Allow 4 hours for the walk.

It has 2 climbs category 2 with a gradient of 6.5%  and category 3  with a gradient of 7.6% as rated by map my walk.

 cat 38.28 km/10.40 km2.12 km204 m/366 m7.6%
 cat 20.10 km/4.95 km4.85 km133 m/447 m6.5%

Black Hill from Addison Avenue

The loop is starting from the Addison Avenue, Athelstone, entrance to Black Hill.

Black Hill Walks
Entrance from Addison Avenue

Take the rocky track from the Wildflower Garden to the Black Hill summit.

From the Summit go down the blocks to Montacute Rd and back up Orchard Track to the Summit Trail to return to Addison Avenue.

Elevation gain is about 700 m, total distance 10 km and takes about 3 hours and a half.

Black Hill Walks
At Black Hill Summit

Links with Yurrebilla Trail can be found at:

Yurrebilla Trail, Belair to Summertown(Opens in a new browser tab)

Yurrebilla Trail, Summertown to River Torrens(Opens in a new browser tab)