At a Glance

  • Open 7.30am - 5pm (standard time), 7.30am - 8pm (daylight saving time). Closed on Total Fire Ban Days and for operational activity (gates will be closed).
  • Car parking available
  • Walking/running
  • Cycling
  • Picnicking
  • Lookout/dam wall
  • Wildlife and birdwatching
  • Fitness equipment
  • Nature playground
  • No dogs

Activities and facilities

To prepare for your visit, please check the  conditions of access.


There are a total of 4.9 km of trails in Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve linking into the O-Bahn Bikeway and giving opportunity to cross the dam wall and explore both the east and western sides of the reserve. The unsealed trail is suitable for walking and running.


The 4.9 km of unsealed trails at Hope Valley are shared-use paths for both cyclists and walkers with some operational traffic also. Please be considerate of other trail users.


There are several picnic tables along the trails and of course you’re welcome to pack a picnic basket complete with a blanket or chairs so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the view.


The lookout shelters along the Hope Valley dam wall on the western side of the reservoir are the prime stop for a stunning view of the reservoir and as a place to sit back and take in the ambience of this great space. There's also a chance to learn some of the history behind the reservoir and the Kaurna traditional owners of the region.

Wildlife and birdwatching

Take some time and see if you can spot some of the special species that call Hope Valley home. You can also watch for native animals, lizards and listen for frogs.

Fitness equipment

There are three individual workout stations located in the north-western corner of the reserve, with the reservoir providing a perfect backdrop while you sweat it out. Exercise lovers can complement their run or walk with a range of workout options by using the static fitness equipment, including pull-up and push-up bars, leg raisers and abdominal workout benches.

Nature playground

Hope Valley’s nature playground features log climbing scrambles, stepping stones and logs, wooden tepees, balancing logs and a nature play creek bed – combining adventure and nature for a fun day out with the little ones. There’s plenty of grass to run around on or kick a ball surrounding the nature playground, which offers stunning views over the reservoir towards the hills.

Dogs are not welcome at reservoir reserves as they can carry harmful organisms that can easily contaminate the water and present a risk to the safety of the drinking water. Dogs also pose a threat to local native birds and wildlife. Assistance animals are accepted.

hope valley map

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