Since it was built in 1872, Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve has been closed to public access. Now, for the first time in 150 years the gates are being opened on Sunday 13 December, from 8.30am.

Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve

Be among the first people to Enjoy. Explore. Preserve. the first reservoir reserve to open in the metropolitan area and ride, walk or jog across the dam wall to celebrate.

With capacity limited, register for priority access to the event now HERE to avoid disappointment.

As part of the First Wheels Across The Wall launch, bike riders will lead visitors across the dam wall and into the reserve’s new network of trails, with a space at the front of the pack secured by decorating your bike to add to the fun and colour of the day.
Visitors can also collect a #hope ribbon to tie their dreams for the new year on the special HOPE fence over the 12 Days of Christmas as they return to enjoy the open space for walking, running, riding, picnicking or simply soaking up the ambience and vast natural space right in the heart of suburban Adelaide.

Opening celebrations will see a fair-like atmosphere with music, food and coffee, and crafting items for the children to take away to complete, lead into the new 4.9km network of trails to explore this urban oasis.

Getting involved

Cycle creations: There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the celebrations for the opening of Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve on Sunday 13 December than to arrive on a brilliantly decorated and colourful bicycle. We’re looking for the best creations and brightest bikes to be the first wheels across the wall.

Share your message of #hope: We’re bringing the #hope to Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve this Christmas, distributing thousands of message ribbons for people to share their message of #hope and tying it to the giant HOPE fence inside the reservoir reserve. After a year like no other, sharing a special message of #hope with your community is just what’s needed. And if it’s a Christmas wish to Santa, we’ll do all we can to see that it gets to him.

Getting there

By foot and by bicycle: Walking or riding to Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve is encouraged and access to the opening event is through gates in the north west corner of the reserve directly adjacent the O-Bahn Bikeway. This entrance is easily accessible also from Lambert Avenue and Waninga Drive, Hope Valley, via the underpass to the O-Bahn bus route.
Pedestrian and cycle access from the south of the reservoir reserve is via Gate 7 on Lyons Road, Dernancourt, directly adjacent the dam wall beside the water tower.
Park and ride: The 9km O-Bahn Bikeway from Klemzig to Tea Tree Plaza runs straight past the event entrance gates, which are about 3km south of the Tea Tree Plaza Interchange, with ample parking opportunities surrounding the full length of the bikeway, pick a riding distance that suits you.
Public transport is best: Bus routes 556 and 557, Tea Tree Plaza Interchange to Paradise Interchange, stop at the intersection of Lyons Road and Lower North East Road (Stop 33). Services on Sundays run every 30 mins across the day from 8.48am (depart TTP) and 9.12am (depart Paradise). View the full timetable.
By car: Limited street parking is available on Armiger Ct (off Grand Junction Rd) with a dedicated parking area located at the end of Waninga Drive (via Morgala  Drv from Valiant Rd). Street parking is subject to council parking regulations.

Getting ready

Stay cool and hydrated: This is an outdoor event and even with much of the space shaded by trees and with refreshments and water on hand, we encourage visitors to be sun smart and wear a hat, bring sunscreen and a reusable water bottle to keep your water supply recharged at our Quench Bench.
Leave dogs at home: Dogs are not permitted in reservoir reserves to help protect the native wildlife and to ensure the quality of your drinking water is second to none. Please leave the pooches at home so you can enjoy this event.
Staying COVIDSafe: This event will be managed in a COVIDSafe manner and you will be required to check in using the mySAGOV app QR reader, and may be asked to follow the instructions of organisers to maintain appropriate site capacity and social distancing. Registering to attend at reservoirs.sa.gov.au will ensure priority access in the event of capacity limitations. SA Health encourages face masks in public where you are unable to physically distance.