I'm a regular visitor to Waterfall Gully for a couple of reasons. Firstly it is a good fitness workout if you decide to walk all the way to the Mt Lofty summit with a combination of strenuous sections interspersed with gentle walks. Secondly it is quite a good example of the native bushland within close proximity to the city centre and has an option of different walking trails in the area.
The waterfalls themselves may not be outstanding but are quite pretty and very close to the city and are nice place to sit and relax. This is not always the case on weekends as this area is very popular with both locals and tourists. So if you're looking for some quiet time then I'd suggest visiting on a weekday.
If you are relatively fit then I'd suggest the walk up to the Mt Lofty peak. The path is very well maintained and there are plenty of spots to rest on the way up. I'd suggest sitting at Chinamans Hut (an old ruin) for a break on the way up. Many times in the afternnon I have sat there reading to look up and see a kangaroo or two grazing very close by. If you are completely still and silent for an extended period they will often come up to within a few metres but note I have never had this occur on a busy weekend, only on a quiet weekday. There is also a large variety of birdlife in the area. Once you've reached the top there is a restaurant at the Mt Lofty lookout which gives great views of the city of Adelaide.
There are some quite steep sections that those lacking a little fitness may find tough but the paths are excellent
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