Black Hill Conservation Park, Northern Tracks

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

This walk explores walking trails on the northern side of the park. The walk has 2 loops. The walk starts at gate 9 which can be accessed via Gorge Road which has an off street parking area.

Black Hill gate 9From 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.

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.

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 3 8.28 km/10.40 km 2.12 km 204 m/366 m 7.6%
 cat 2 0.10 km/4.95 km 4.85 km 133 m/447 m 6.5%