MOUNT LOFTY SUMMIT
MOUNT LOFTY SUMMIT is the highest point in the southern Mount Lofty Ranges with over 710 metres in elevation. It is located about 15 kilometres from Adelaide City up in the Adelaide Hills. The summit is a major tourist attraction offering panoramic views across Adelaide City’s skyline and the coast.
The Obelisk “Flinders Column”
The Obelisk known as the Flinders Column was built in 1885 in dedication to Matthew Flinders, the Captain of the Investigator who sighted and named Mt Lofty from Kangaroo Island on 23 March 1802.
At the Mount Lofty summit lookout, you can find some helpful interpretive signage describing the main features of the views and also maps of the walking trails around Mount Lofty.
NATURE WALKING TRAILS
Mount Lofty Summit is the junction of many bush-walking trails, such as the Heysen Trail. For the adventurous, you can follow the popular walk down to historic Waterfall Gully, join the Heysen Trail or stroll along a walking trail through native bush land to Cleland Wildlife Park.
The summit is equipped with a Visitor Information Centre and gift shop for visitors to pick some souvenirs or learn more about the Summit and surrounding nature-based tourist attractions. There’s also a cafe which is open 7 days a week. Whether you are in for a romantic dinner, morning coffee, your wedding celebration or a weekend family breakfast it’s absolutely a good spot to take advantage of the summit views.
Location: Mount Lofty Summit is accessible via South Eastern Freeway and taking Crafers exit. Adelaide Metro Bus 823 plies to this route. Parking is available (fees apply).
Opening times: 9am-5pm daily. A Free guided tour is available every Thursday at 10.30 am
Nearby attraction: Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens