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Mt. Lofty

Mt. Lofty

Mt Lofty, SA, 5152

The Basics

Mt. Lofty Summit is free to enter, although there is a small charge for parking. Visit on a day trip or half-day trip from Adelaide, on an Adelaide city tour, or as part of a longer journey, such as the epic road trip that links Melbourne and Adelaide. Combine the summit with a pilgrimage to the koalas at Cleland Wildlife Park, the historic German settlement of Hahndorf, a Murray River cruise, or Adelaide Hills wineries. Get active on guided or self-guided hiking trips along the Heysen Trail, to Waterfall Gully, or to Cleland Wildlife Park, or ride a mountain bike downhill from the summit to the city.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Adelaide

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Highly recommend this...
Amie_D, Oct 2021
Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide
Highly recommend this tour. It was so much fun and loved the wildlife park.Tour guide was so friendly and good laugh.
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I really enjoyed this outing! It's...
Emily C, Jun 2018
Mount Lofty Hike and Cleland Wildlife Park Day Trip from Adelaide
I really enjoyed this outing! It's great idea to combine Mt. Lofty with the Cleland Wildlife Park.
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Amazing off road mountain biking, highly recommend.
Nicole_S, Jan 2021
Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide
My sister and myself absolutely loved this bike tour. The friendly guide, made the tour even better with the knowledge he shared at the wildlife park, and at the old historical buildings. Amazing senery, people and coffee! Would definitely do it again, highly recommend!
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Excellent day out
COLLEEN_M, Mar 2020
Mt Lofty Electric Bike Guided Tour
Fantastic day out, loved the fact that we were out of the city and enjoying the beautiful scenery and the native animals. Jack was very engaging and a great relaxed tour guide. Would recommend 😁🐨🦘🚴🏼🚴🏼
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Dream come true encounter with Koalas
MariaRita_B, Feb 2020
Cleland Wildlife Park Tour from Adelaide including Mount Lofty Summit
It was a wonderful tour which included a close encounter with koala bears and other other animals at Cleland Wildlife Park. Also, Mr Lofty was great too. Will definitely recommend this tour. Moreover, Mike our guide was very friendly and informative. Rita and Amante from Malta
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Great tour
ysambath, Oct 2019
Cleland Wildlife Park Tour from Adelaide including Mount Lofty Summit
Our kids enjoy the trip so much every time we book via Viator. We are looking forward to using the Viator services again next year.
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October Spin
Estelle_C, Oct 2020
Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide
Great guide, very well looked after and great experience. Equipment was excellent and well maintained.
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The tour was really nice!! The staff...
Rebecca S, Jun 2016
Self-Guided Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Hike from Adelaide
The tour was really nice!! The staff is really friendly and I really enjoyed my day!! I highly recommand this tour!
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I'm glad I joined the tour. It was...
WAI CHING W, Aug 2016
Self-Guided Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Hike from Adelaide
I'm glad I joined the tour. It was just fabulous. Nice walk, nice weather, nice view, nice experience with a super nice guide!
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Excellent Service
thrishyyy, Aug 2019
Cleland Wildlife Park Tour from Adelaide including Mount Lofty Summit
The driver we got was called Mike and he is amazing and very helpful. He was on time and shared lots of interesting facts about Adelaide.
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Excellent tour!
geetha001, Aug 2019
Cleland Wildlife Park Tour from Adelaide including Mount Lofty Summit
Had a wonderful time, absolutely loved Cleland Wildlife Park. Thank you Mike for being a great guide!
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Good fun. Safe for amateurs. Scenery...
Glen J, Dec 2017
Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide
Good fun. Safe for amateurs. Scenery great. Guide good fun. Get to see Koalas in the wild! Wish it was longer

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Panoramic views from the summit lookout make Mt. Lofty a must for photographers and Instagrammers.

  • Wear a hat, apply sunscreen regularly, and carry plenty of water when hiking the trails on Mt. Lofty.

  • The views from Mt. Lofty Summit are accessible to all, with accessible bathrooms, minimal gradients, and parking suitable for those with disabilities. It’s also possible to roll the Heysen Trail from Cleland Conservation Park, although the bumpy slope may challenge some and the lookout has stairs.

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How to Get There

Mt. Lofty’s summit is about 11 miles (18 kilometers) southeast of downtown Adelaide. Bus 823 runs from the Crafers park and ride in the Adelaide Hills to Mt. Lofty Summit twice a day during the week, and three times a day on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays, with no service on Christmas Day. Catch bus 864F or T840 from Grenfell Street to reach Crafers. For more flexibility, drive or join an organized tour.

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When to Get There

Mt. Lofty Summit is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the visitor center open from morning to afternoon every day but Christmas Day. The café operates from morning to afternoon Sunday to Thursday, with local wine and platters served on Friday and Saturday evenings, and some seasonal closures. As with other Australian outdoor attractions, the area may be closed on days of extreme heat or fire risk.

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Adelaide Hills Highlights

A cool escape from the searing heat of Adelaide during the South Australian summer, the Adelaide Hills are more than just a weekend getaway for urbanites. A wealth of home-grown food and drink options, including wineries, breweries, and distilleries, tempt the foodie traveler; towns such as Hahndorf boast historic charm; Mt. Lofty Summit offers delectable views; and at Christmas Lobethal delivers a spectacular lights display.

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