Section 8:

Kangarilla via forest to the Range

13.5 km hard hike Grade 4.

From the historic settlement of Kangarilla the trail links with Forestry SA land. It travels through pine and native forests for nearly 9kms and then along the top of the Range.

There is a toilet behind the Temperance Hall in Kangarilla and refreshments at the general store and PO.

SECTION ENDS

Section End for 8 and 7: Sand Rd and McLaren Flat Rd at Kangarilla near the Uniting Church. (Not to be confused with the intersection of a different Sand Rd and McLaren Flat Rd at McLaren Vale) (A fair amount of parking on McLaren Flat Rd and some in Sand Rd)

Section End for 8 and 9: Junction of Wickham Hill Rd and Toops Hill Rd, The Range. (There is space for a few cars at this junction)

Link to maps: North South

 

Description, walking the trail in a clockwise direction.

From the Section End post near the corner with Sand Rd, with the church nearby, walk into Kangarilla passing the Temperance Hall and turning a sharp right at the shop. At the end of Old Coach Rd (which is a no parking area) turn left and cross the stile into the unmade Old Coach road reserve. This was in fact the route of the old coach and you will be on it as far as Ironbark picnic area. A new fence has created a 5m wide walking corridor and it’s a steady climb for 900m to the top where you cross another stile into Forestry SA land at Bone Gully Forest. Don’t miss the views of Kangarilla as you climb. Turning right the route goes along between pine forest and farmland with lovely views across the Basin. You will come close to the summit of Mt Panorama where the route turns left to continue along the boundary of Bone Gully Forest. Just past a gate cross a stile and continue left to the next gate. You now enter Mt Panorama native forest. Follow the track past Kuitpo weather station until you come to a junction. Here, take the path through native bush which is to the left (north) of the forest track which runs next to the pines. After 900m you will rejoin the track and it now leads to Ironbarks picnic area; this part of the route is shared with the Onkeeta Trail and the Heysen Trail. Ironbarks has parking, seats and firepits for winter use. It could be a good place to join the trail.

From Ironbarks follow the trail next to the historic Ironbark plantation, planted 1898. Turn right and travel along the eastern edge of the forest with both pines and native vegetation as well as views of the adjacent farmland. When you reach a corner where there is an intersection with the route of Knotts Hill road reserve, the sign indicates to turn sharply right to travel through the lovely Knotts Hill native forest, where parts can be wet underfoot in winter. Eventually you pass more pines and come to the forest access point. (This is another place to park and join the trail.) Cross over Peter’s Creek Rd onto Knotts Hill Rd, a quiet back road. At the corner with Toops Hill Rd turn left and continue to Wickham Hill Rd.

 

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