The City of Churches, as Adelaide has long been tagged, is also blessed with abundant parklands, some green and manicured, others au natural. The George Driscoll Sea to Summit Trail links several of these, creating an almost continuous corridor of greenery between Mt Lofty and Kingston Park Beach. This 35km celebration of the state capital’s parklands was designed as a one-day, uphill hike for people with something to prove – there’s an annual race! But it is more fun walked as the Adelaide summit to sea trail, over two days.
The trail is served by public transport but the bus to Mt Lofty to start is a bit of a hassle so riding a taxi is a better option.
Combining bush tracks through national parks and reserves, urban linear parks, stretches of footpath, and a few legs of the Heysen Trail, this walk has no specific markers. You’ll need the flyer and map from the Friends of the Heysen Trail and have to work through the description in reverse.
It’s worth it, though, and the kiosk on the rippled beach where you finish sells celebratory ice creams!