At a Glance

    Open 1 October to 31 March, 7.30am – 8pm, 1 April to 30 September, 7.30am – 5pm. Closed on Christmas Day, 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
  • 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.

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

Come and join the excitement on Sunday 13 December for the Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve opening

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.

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.
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 5.5km network of trails to explore this urban oasis.

With capacity limitations, register for priority access now HERE to avoid disappointment

bike bars

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 Armiger Ct 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). 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 will ensure priority access in the event of capacity limitations. SA Health encourages face masks in public where you are unable to physically distance.

Community shapes the way for Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve

Community input has helped guide the way we are to provide recreational opportunities for all to enjoy within Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve.

Enjoying recreational activities at Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve will be a great way for people to spend time with family and friends outdoors.

Access to green open spaces brings a range of wellbeing benefits, and within Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve there will be new areas to enjoy and explore in your neighbourhood.

nature play

Working with the community

In late 2019, the South Australian government started engaging with the local community and interested stakeholders to progress the election commitment to open Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve to land-based recreational activity.

Local residents mailouts, door knocking the residential streets adjoining the reservoir reserve and community drop in sessions have raised awareness about the initiative to open the reserve, as well as gathered initial ideas and identified areas of interest that neighbours may have.

These early engagement processes identified a range of opportunities to be considered in providing public access including:

  • Types of experiences and activities people would like to see provided at the reservoir reserve
  • Management of impacts on neighbouring residential properties including maintaining views into the reserve, security and privacy, traffic and car parking in nearby streets and visitor behaviour
  • Provision of appropriate infrastructure to support public access such as toilets, signage, car parking and picnic facilities
  • Opportunities to conserve and restore native vegetation and protect wildlife
  • Desire for ongoing engagement about what is being planned for the reservoir reserve.

Some of the highlights from the concept plan are shown here.

dam wall

rec and picnic

To see the full concept plan you can download it here

Hope Valley Reservoir Partners

As we progress opening Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve to the public, we are looking to create ongoing opportunities to deepen community connection to the space, enhance participation and provide additional value to the local area.

To help with this goal, we are seeking interested community members who would like to be involved in supporting the offerings in an integrated, meaningful and sustainable way.

Our Hope Valley Reservoir Partners will work with us to enhance the recreational area and help develop programs within this space .

If you are feeling inspired to lend a hand, please register your interest below, to learn more about the program and keep updated on upcoming events.

Register your interest here

There's more to know about the exciting opening of the Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve

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