Just outside of Adelaide City, the towering peak of Mount Lofty casts a pretty shadow over the rest of the region. As Adelaide’s highest peak, the mountain promises visitors numerous outdoor activities and the chance to experience incredible views from its summit.
At the very top, you can tuck into light refreshments and snacks at The Summit Restaurant, while the rest of the area plays host to adventurous pursuits and fascinating scenery.
Forming the peak of the Mount Lofty Ranges, Mount Lofty Summit attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year. From the top, you can enjoy several walks that weave down to cascading waterfalls, visit the local wildlife park, and step into the Visitor Information Outlet where you can pick up a souvenir or two and learn more about the stunning natural landscape.
Things to do at Mount Lofty Peak
The Mount Lofty Summit Visitor Information Outlet
At the Information Outlet, you can learn more about the flora and fauna of the region, as well as the Aboriginal history from a knowledgeable guide and educational signage. There’s also an on-site gift shop which sells handmade local goods and souvenirs – perfect for picking up a little something to remind you of your time on the mountain.
Perhaps the most popular natural landmark on the mountain, Waterfall Gully is a pretty spot characterised by cascading water. From the peak of the mountain, you can take a leisurely stroll along one of the more popular routes and end up in Waterfall Gully. Here, you can marvel at the natural scenery and spot native wildlife that calls the area home.
For the more advanced walker, you can hop on the Heysen Trail, which takes you through the rugged scenery of the mountain and exposes you to breathtaking views of Adelaide’s city skyline and beyond.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can mountain bike along the trails, whizzing past ancient trees and emerging in amazing lookout points where you can catch your breath and soak up the views.
Cleland Wildlife Park
Lofty Mountain is a haven of wildlife, and you can get to know the abundance of native species at the Cleland Wildlife Park. As well as seeing some of Australia’s cutest critters in their natural habitat, you can learn more about their behaviour, breeding habits, and lifestyle.
Mount Lofty Summit is the perfect place to while away a day whilst getting out of the city and exploring the stunning natural beauty of the Adelaide Hills.