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Lavender Federation Trail



The Lavender Federation Trail is a long distance walking trail in the eastern Mount Lofty Ranges in South Australia. It extends from Murray Bridge to Clare. It is named after Terry Lavender OAM and development started in 1999.

Route

The trail starts at Sturt Reserve by the Murray River in Murray Bridge. It climbs out of Murray Bridge through Rocky Gully and passes Monarto Safari Park. The trail crosses the ridge with views over the Bremer River valley, and up to the summit of Mount Beevor (503m). The trail continues north along the eastern Mount Lofty Ranges through the Eden Valley wine region to Truro. The next section continues north to Eudunda, South Australia. It was extended to Manoora in 2017. The trail was completed to Clare with a grand opening on 5 May 2018.

There are several loops off of the main trail, including:
  • Tungkillo Loop Trail
  • Eden Valley Loop Trail – 18 km
  • Springton Loop Trail – 17 km
  • Moculta Loop Trail – 10.5 km
  • Moculta–Truro Spur – 9 km
  • Truro Spur Trail – 5 km
  • Point Pass Loop Trail – 14 km
  • Robertstown Link Trail – 7.5 km

    Geology and biology

    The trail passes through wetlands near the Murray River, rocky gullies up the eastern slopes of the ranges, past the ruins of former farmhouses and copper mines. There are native plants, grain crops, and grape vines then more crops and grazing land.

    History

    The first section of the trail from Murray Bridge to Mount Beevor near Harrogate opened in 2000. Stage 4 opened in 2014 from Truro to Eudunda. The trail has been progressively extended northwards through Tungkillo, Springton, Eden Valley, Keyneton, Moculta, Truro, Dutton, Eudunda, Waterloo, Manoora to Clare, The final stage opened on 5 May 2018.