Hiking Anstey Hill covers a range of fire tracks and trails in the area. Make your own hiking adventure choosing from the different tracks. The fire tracks and trails have been upgraded for bushwalking and mountain bikes.
Anstey Hill Recreation Park is 19 km from the city and can be reached via North East Road or Lower North East Road and Perseverance Road.
The hike starts at gate 2 on Perseverance Road. Take the short track towards Boundary Track. Follow the Boundary Track and then Quarry Track uphill to the Old Quarry. From here, hike on Kaurna Way to the Ridgetop Track. You will arrive at an intersection with the Torture Hill Track to the right and Silver Mine Track to the left.
Turn left on the Silver Mine track for a short detour to see the mine shaft.
The Tree Gully Iron Mine Company searched in 1888 for silver in this area. The mine was closed one year later as no silver was found.
Returning back follow the Lookout track. Take a short break at the Lookout, to admire the views over the park and Adelaide.
From the Lookout you continue your exploration of Anstey Hill on Newmans track which takes you to Newmans Nursery Ruins. The Nursery was built by Charles Frederick Newman and his wife Mary Ann in 1854. They had 17 children. The nursery was devastated by floods in 1912 and bushfire in 1983.
Continue on Water Gully Track following the creek. You can return via boundary track straight to the start. An alternative is to turn right on the Ridgetop Track for a steep climb and come down via Wildflower Wander trail which will join Boundary Track. These are steep sections of the hike.
The hike has 9.61 km and has a total ascent of 333.55 m and a maximum elevation of 393.36 m.
The total time was 2.5 hours.