Netherby Spur and Harold's Lookout Circuit

2 h to 2 h 30 min

4.2 km
circuit

↑ 232 m
↓ -232 m

Moderate track
Starting near The Plant Accelerator at the end of Hartley Grove, Urrbrae, this walk takes you on a circuit within the Waite Conservation Reserve via Easement Track, Tanks Track, Yurrebilla Trail, Old Coach Road and Wild Dog's Glen Trail. The Waite Conservation Reserve protects an important remnant of original grassy woodland along the hilly backdrop to Adelaide, and is home to hundreds of species of native plants as well as kangaroos, koalas and echidnas. This scenic hike rewards walkers with fantastic city views, especially at Netherby Spur and Harold's Lookout. There is plenty of signage throughout, including informative boards detailing the areas history, vegetation and wildlife. There are also many benches along the way that make for peaceful resting spots. The walk starts with a mostly flat gradient along Easement Track, reaching a steep and slightly rocky ascent along Tanks Track and Yurrebilla Trail. Some of the paths can be quite narrow, with some steep and slippery sections. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Hartley Grove & Easement Track (-34.971318,138.6404191)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Cross Road, A3
  • Turn on to Waite Road then drive for 490 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Hartley Grove and drive for another 270 m
  • Keep right onto Hartley Grove and drive for another 280 m
  • Turn right onto Easement Track and drive for another 4 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Hartley Grove & Easement Track Start heading along Easement Track (a vehicle track).
After another 305 m continue straight, to head along Easement Track.
After another 360 m veer right, to head along Easement Track.
After another 105 m (at the intersection of Tanks Track & Easement Track) continue straight, to head along Tanks Track.
After another 15 m head through/around the gate.
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Tanks Track.
After another 295 m (at the intersection of Koala Gully Track & Tanks Track) continue straight, to head along Koala Gully Track.
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Yurrebilla Trail & Koala Gully Track) continue straight, to head along Yurrebilla Trail (a footpath).
After another 110 m continue straight, to head along Yurrebilla Trail.
After another 410 m (at the intersection of Yurrebilla Trail & Tanks Track) continue straight, to head along Yurrebilla Trail.
After another 710 m come to the "Netherby Spur" (25 m on your right).
After another 560 m (at the intersection of Pultenaea Hill Trail & Yurrebilla Trail) turn left, to head along Urrbrae Ridge Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 170 m (at the intersection of Urrbrae Ridge Trail & Old Coach Road) continue straight, to head along Old Coach Road.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A highly recommended side trip taking you to Harold's Lookout, offering panoramic views of the city. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn around when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 260 m (at the intersection of Old Coach Road Trail & Old Coach Road) continue straight, to head along Old Coach Road Trail (a footpath).
After another 65 m (at the intersection of Old Coach Road Trail & Wild Dog's Glen Trail) turn left, to head along Wild Dog's Glen Trail.
After another 500 m continue straight, to head along WCR Access Track.
After another 165 m come to the end.

A highly recommended side trip taking you to Harold's Lookout, offering panoramic views of the city.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Old Coach Road Trail & Old Coach Road Start (a footpath).
Continue another 75 m to find Harold's Lookout at the end.
"Harold's Lookout".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 75 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Netherby Spur and Harold's Lookout Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 4.2 km
Time 2 h to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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