Marion Coastal Walking Trail
The Marion Coastal Walking Trail is located in the Marion Coast Park which extends 7.2 km from Marino in the north, to the Hallett Headland Reserve at Hallett Cove in the south.
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 below documents provide a description of the trail including access, different walks, facilities and artwork.
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Where is the trail?
The trail forms a part of the Adelaide Coast Park and has multiple entry points along the way.
- Trail starts: At the Marino Esplanade.
- Passes through: Hallett Cove Conservation Park.
- Trail ends: At the top of Hallett Cove Headland Reserve.
How hard is the trail?
The 7.2 kilometre walk requires a reasonable level of fitness as it includes several gully crossings with steps and multiple boardwalks.
However as there is access along the way, you can do any length of the walk to suit your fitness ability.
Public art along the trail
The Marion Coastal Walking Trail features great public and community art well worth a visit.
Did you know?
33 large 'art signs' in the shape of dolphins, fish, crabs and traditional Kaurna shields, plus 63 smaller aluminium signs and colourful cartoons were produced and have been installed along the Marion Coastal Walking Trail.
Looking after coastal vegetation
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.
Did you know?
The Sugarloaf, named for its resemblance to a mass of hard refined sugar, is the best known feature in Hallett Cove Cnservation Park.