Visitors to South Australia’s largest reservoir will now be able to enjoy expanded recreational access, with a range of new land-based activities available at Mount Bold Reservoir, in another major milestone for the Marshall Liberal Government’s Opening up our Reservoirs program.
More than 450 hectares of previously closed off open space is now available to explore with a trail network of more than 10 kilometres established for hiking, running and walking, along with a new car park, picnic facilities, and a spectacular lookout and viewing platform.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said unlocking access to the reserve’s southern section will significantly elevate the experience for visitors.
“The lookout area near the dam wall at Mount Bold has long been popular among sightseers, and now with expanded access to southern parts of the site, there’s even more reason to visit this wonderful space and enjoy a range of new activities,” Minister Speirs said.
“There’s two trail grades available, ensuring it’s suitable for walkers and hikers of all levels of experience, and the new lookout and viewing platform – with decking built with recycled plastic – offers breathtaking views over the reservoir and Mount Lofty Ranges.
“Opening up our reservoirs has been hugely popular with more than 300,000 people visiting our reservoirs and it further enhances Adelaide’s reputation as Australia’s most liveable city.
“In another upcoming milestone, South Australians can also look forward to next weekend when the gates to Happy Valley Reservoir open for the first time, which will be celebrated with a free community event packed with live entertainment, family activities and interactive nature play.”
Member for Heysen Josh Teague said expanding recreational access at Mount Bold Reservoir will benefit the local community for years to come.
“People are attracted to the Adelaide Hills for its beautiful landscapes, and more green, open space within Mount Bold will only increase the number of visitors to our region,” Minister Teague said.
“Augmenting the experience with several land-based activities will be hugely popular with the local community and visitors to the area.
“Along with the new internal network, the trails also connect with the Kidman and Heysen walking trails, and the Onkaparinga National Park and Willunga Basin Trail for a greater hiking experience.”
Completed in 1937, Mount Bold Reservoir was built to increase the water supply for metropolitan Adelaide during a period of rapid growth, functioning as a storage for water which is diverted to Happy Valley Reservoir.
More information about recreational access at South Australia’s reservoir reserves – including conditions of entry – can be found at www.reservoirs.sa.gov.au
Bundaleer, Myponga, South Para and Warren reservoir reserves are open for fishing, kayaking, walking, and cycling. Beetaloo Reservoir Reserve is open for fishing and picnicking. Hope Valley and Mount Bold reservoir reserves are open for land-based activities including walking, running, and picnicking.