Coastal Walking Trail
View a YouTube video of the Marion Coastal Walking Trail which was featured on Postcards.
The Marion Coastal Walking Trail extends 7.2 km from Marino in the north, to Hallett Headland Reserve in the south. The trail forms a part of the Adelaide Coast Park. Its environment is unique in the metropolitan area, with its rugged cliffs, small coves and a rocky coast.
It also features world famous geological formations at Hallett Cove, important sites of remnant coastal vegetation and the significant cultural presence of the Tjilbruke Dreaming.
The Marion Coastal Walking Trail features some exciting public and community art which is well worth a visit.
The Coastal Walking Trail Map (817 kb) provides a description of the trail including access, associated facilities and the related artwork.
The trail starts at Esplanade, Marino and passes through Hallett Cove Conservation Park with multiple entry points along the way. It currently ends at the top of Hallett Headland Reserve, near the boundary with Port Stanvac.
The 7.2 kilometre walk requires a reasonable level of fitness as it includes several gully crossings with steps and multiple boardwalks.
One of the aims of the walking trail is to encourage and manage access within this fragile environment while also enabling the restoration of the coastal vegetation. Previously uncontrolled access and urban encroachment in the area has led to increased erosion problems and degradation of the coastal vegetation, wildlife habitats and the general environment.
The Council in partnership with Planning SA's Coast Park program have partnered to construct this coastal walking trail as a public amenity, thus maintaining a balance between recreation use and conservation values.
The trail also provides potential linkages, both in terms of recreation and biodiversity, with a number of natural open spaces and environmental corridors, including the Field River Valley and Waterfall Gully.