Marion Coastal Walking Trail

Marion Coastal Walk 2

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.

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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.


Can I take my dog on the trail?

Yes, you can take your dog on the Marion Coastal Walk as long as they remain leashed in most parts.

More information can be on the Dogs in parks and reserves page.


Snake alert

Snakes are a natural part of the Australian environment and as we move into spring and summer they will become active. If you are out and about along our walking trails and parks please be aware that snakes may be present.

It is advisable to wear closed shoes and long pants to reduce the chance of snake bite. If you see a snake please leave it alone. Snakes are not naturally aggressive but will seek out a safe area of refuge if they feel threatened. 

You can reduce snake habitat around your house by lifting shrubs and removing small cracks in retaining walls where snakes can hide and by removing all outside food and water sources. Snakes are well known for coming into yards to drink from pet water bowls left outside.

If you are bitten by a snake please call 000 immediately.


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 Conservation Park.

Marion Coastal Walk - Sugarloaf    Marion Coastal Walk 1