Shepherds Hill Recreation Park


This suburban Adelaide park offers a variety of activities including bike rides, horse riding and archery. But of course the best way to explore any area is on foot (at least that's what we believe at Aussie Bushwalking). The area has magnificent remnant grey box eucalypts and plenty of space to explore.

Popular Walks

Parent Regions


The Shepherds Hill area was used by the Kaurna (Gar-na) people during the cooler months before European settlment. The woodlands provided fire, warmth and shelter. During summer they lived along the coast.

After European settlement the area was used for grazing and building materials. The land hosted sheep until the late 1950s and horses until 1969. Some flatter areas were used for crops.

In 1953 the South Australian Government Tourist Beureau acquired the park for recreational purposes. In 1972 the park was dedicated as Sheperds Hill Recreation Park.


The park has three bushwalking trails and also supports mountain biking and horse riding.

Two native ecosystems exist in the park - the red gum river flats and the greybox grassy woodland. Both were typical of the Adelaide region but with clearing have become less common, with the greybox and its understorey now having a high conservation rating.


The park is located 11km south of Adelaide. Access is via Ayliffes Road, St Marys and Ellis Avenue, Eden Hills.

The Adelaide Metro website can provide details of public transport options to the park.




Camping is not permitted in the park

Contact details

2.2 km return
1 hr

Seaview Loop

Capture views across of the Adelaide Plains and the coast on this loop through Sheperds Hill. The fire trail is popular with dog walkers and running groups though it does have some steep and loose sections.

6.1 km return
2.5 hrs

Viaduct Track Loop

Visit the old railway tunnel and viaduct remains in Shepherds Hill Recreation Park and adjacent Watiparinga Reserve. The walk starts on the River Red Gum Loop before branching onto the Viaduct Track.