Women’s Yurrebilla Trail Hike
Micro Adventure to the Adelaide Hills
Join Wise Women Walking on our Yurrebilla Trail hike in Kaurna Country.
This endurance event brings beautiful trails, climbs, views and a healthy 56km of hiking over 2 spectacular days. This is the perfect opportunity to Find Yourself Be Yourself and Challenge Yourself.
With accommodation conveniently placed on trail, we cover 36km with day packs on our first day making an early start from Black Hill to just below Mt Lofty summit. Our final push to the end is a 20km adventure through to Belair Railway Station, covering visits into some of the most scenic sections of National and Conservation Parks in the Adelaide Hills.
Professionally led by our qualified and experienced female bushwalking leaders – ladies, it’s time to get outside your comfort zone with us.
We gather at our meet spot early in order to depart Ambers Gully at 5.30am. Additional luggage is sorted ready to be transferred to our overnight accommodation prior to departure.
Our climb up Black Hill will take the first hour of the day and we hope to do this as the sun rises over the Adelaide Hills lighting up the plains below. Spotting kangaroos, koalas and echidna is common in the Black Hill Conservation Park and we can find ourselves walking through cloud and mist as we ascend.
Once past the summit, we head downhill to Montacute Road before tackling our next big climb of the day in Morialta Conservation Park. Morialta is blessed with three gorgeous waterfalls, rocky escarpments and a pretty valley. We wind our way up after taking in the first of the falls from Deep View Lookout. Passing the third waterfall, we make our way out of this Park and onto Norton Summit.
We will have covered 20km so far. Norton Summit is a great spot for a break – if the historic Scenic Hotel is open we refuel here. Otherwise we picnic and rest our legs in the small park across the road.
Leaving Norton Summit we tackle some elevation. We take the downhill track in Giles Conservation Park, waving to koalas in the trees, passing ruins from early pioneering days and crossing a flowing stream. We are now in Horsnell Gully Conservation Park. We journey uphill through more discreet ruins and negotiate switchbacks. Reaching the wider trails that undulate out of the park towards Summertown.
The trail passes farm land and private residences as we follow quiet roads to Cleland Conservation Park. This is a tempter to the finish line as we know this Park contains our accommodation for the night. This can be the toughest push for the day as the sun sets. Leaving Cleland Wildlife Centre we detour to our accommodation for the night, with a delicious and hearty dinner awaits. Recovery from our big day starts with stretching, showers, refuelling and rest.
Meals Included: Trail Snacks, Lunch, 2 Course Dinner
Walking Distance: 36km
Starting the day with a stretch and big breakfast.
We make our way to Eagle on the Hill. Covering a small section on the Mt Lofty Summit Trail, one of the most popular walking trails in Adelaide. The Yurrebilla Trail then takes us downhill from Eagle on the Hill and into Waite Reserve. The beautiful views of Adelaide await as we wind our way across the hillface and past Carrick Hill. We pass a historic quarry before switchbacks take us down to Brownhill Creek.
The creek flows almost roadside following the Yurrebilla Trail. Through a forest then we gradually make our way towards Belair National Park. With just 5km to go, time is taken to enjoy the birdlife and another seasonal waterfall in this Park. We head under the railway through a tunnel and onto stunning bush trails. We keep our eyes peeled for echidna, emu and koalas as we pass the lake. Reaching the stairs for that final ascent to our finish line.
To celebrate our achievement our private transport takes us to a local eatery for a late lunch. This is a great opportunity to celebrate and reflect on this huge achievement.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Trail Snacks, Lunch
Walking Distance: 20km
Need To Know
- Comfortable private vehicle transport
- All meals and snacks as per the itinerary
- 2 course dinners
- B x 1 | L x 2 | D x 1
- 1 night shared bunk room
- Professionally guided hike by our female Leaders
- Group First Aid kit and emergency communication device
- Leaders certified in Remote Area/Wilderness First Aid
- Qualified Bushwalking Leaders
- Small group guided experience
- Leave No Trace principles
- Invitations to connect with nature
- Reduce waste through recycling, reusing and composting
- National Park entry fees
Big Heart Extras
- Big Heart Adventures designed head sock
- A charity contribution to our Give Back program
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance
- Meals and drinks not stated on itinerary
- Items of a personal nature
A detailed packing list is provided prior to travel
- Gear you will need:
- Rainproof jacket and pants
- Daypack (35 litre approx.)
- Water bottles/hydration kit (min 4Ltrs) – some refill spots
- Personal medications
- Clothing suitable for bushwalking that is quick drying, warm layers if chilly – consider merino/synthetic clothing
- Sun protection such as hat, sunglasses and suncream, insect repellent (if joining us in warmer months consider a head net for the flies)
- Sleeping attire
- Sleeping gear (pillow, sleeping bag and sheet, or blankets/quilt) – can be hired through us
- Head torch – can be hired through us