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Coastal Walking Trail


On 11 September 2018, Council endorsed the development of a Coast Park Plan, encompassing the entire City of Marion coastline of 7.2km.

Council is considering two sections of the Coastal Walkway:
- Section 1 |  Heron Way to Cormorant Drive
- Section 2 | Cormorant Drive to south of the Field River

Have your say about the Coastal Walkway by completing a survey on Making Marion.

Further information about the proposed walkway is available here: 
Coastal Walkway - Stage 1 Heron Way to Cormorant Drive,Hallett Cove.

About the 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. Download the Coastal Walking Trail brochure.

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Where is the trail?

The trail forms 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. However please note that dogs are not permitted on the section of the walking trail that goes through the Hallett Cove Conservation Park.

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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 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.

Council, in partnership with Planning SA's Coast Park Program, have partnered to construct the coastal walking trail as a public amenity to maintain a balance between recreation use and conservation values.

The trail also provides potential links for 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.