Shepherds Hill Recreation Park is a regular place for my friends to take a short walk, early in the morning and you don’t need to travel far. Shepherds Hill Recreation Park is only 9 km from the Adelaide City.
Shepherds Hill Recreation Park was named after William John Shepherds, who owned a section of local land between 1853 and 1864.
The park has an archery field and a pony club facility. When red flags are displayed at the archery boundary it means that archery activity is in progress and you need to avoid area.
The walk is mainly on the Ridge Track which offers great views over Adelaide. It is an undulating track and you need to cross the creek a few times. The water is low and there are a few stepping stones. On the walk you can admire native bushes and trees grey box woodland, wattles. You can admire rosellas, kookaburras and spot a koalas or two. On the walk we noted remnants of the original Adelaide to Melbourne railway line.
Caution is required to be taken when approaching the railway tracks. We walked a short distance along the railway track and soon after we left the track a train was passing by.
Distance= 6.5 km
Time= 1hour and 40 minutes
Total ascent= 165 m
Hazards: Railway tracks
Difficulty : easy
How to get there:
By car: Park the car in the car park off Ayliffes Road, St. Mary which is the main entrance in the park
By train: From Adelaide city to Eden Hill Station from where the access to park is via Ellis Avenue, Eden Hills
By Bus: Stop 25 Ayliffes Road St. Mary