Winding its way along spectacular cliffs, the Hallett Cove Boardwalk is the gem of the south. Adelaide’s coastline can be experienced in no better fashion than walking along the well-maintained boardwalk, which offers a variety of distances.
HALLET COVE BOARDWALK IN ADELAIDE
HALLET COVE BOARDWALK DETAILS
- Walk Distance: The total distance of the hike is 14.6km but can be shortened with an earlier turnaround time.
- Walk Duration: The hike will take you about 3-4 hours.
- Walk Incline: Total incline for the hike was 250m
- Walk Difficulty: This walk is great for all ages as it is on a defined boardwalk for the majority of the route. The most difficult part is ascending or descending the steep staircases but other than that it is purely about surviving the distance while enjoying the views.
What are my favorite pieces of hiking gear?
There are four pieces of gear that I simply never forget when I go on a hike. These are four items that I using right now and this list gets updated every year! Here are my hiking essentials.
- Arcteryx BETA AR Rain Jacket: This is my go-to rain jacket. It’s super light, folds down into a tiny ball, and protects brilliantly in a storm. This one never leaves my backpack.
- Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boots: For the best ankle support, waterproofing, and durable exterior I’m a fan of tough but light hiking boots like these Salomons for my adventures.
- Black Diamond Head Torch: I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve arrived back from a hike unexpectedly late. I always keep this lightweight but strong headtorch in my bag for the unexpected.
- Darn Tough Socks: These are the most comfortable hiking socks I’ve ever worn and last for years. They also have a lifetime warranty and you just send them in with a hole and they replace it no questions asked.
HOW TO GET TO THE HALLET COVE BOARDWALK
While there are many different spots you can start the boardwalk, I always start at Heron Way, Hallett Cove SA 5158, Australia
MY EXPERIENCE ON THE HALLETT COVE BOARDWALK
Most of the path is flat either on the boardwalk or a path, however, there are numerous sections leading you up and down sizeable flights of stairs. I found myself constantly peering out over the ocean as waves pounded the shoreline. The residents along this path definitely have an enviable front yard.
Around each turn, a slightly different landscape meets your eye. This walk is just an adventure around each corner. The Hallett Cove Boardwalk has been maintained immaculately, which is important considering the sizeable drop down the side of the cliffs.
When you reach the end of the Hallett Cove Boardwalk there is a history lesson waiting for you. The Sugar Loaf is a geological wonder, exposing the many physical layers of rock developed over millions of years. The Sugar Loaf got its name due to its resemblance to hardened sugar.
The top layer is red, while the lower layer is white indicating significant differences in time. Sugar Loaf and many of the other rock formations in the park date back over an unfathomable 270 million years.
I hope you enjoyed this guide to the Hallett Cove Boardwalk in South Australia.