Saunders Gorge Sanctuary’s rocky slopes make for an unreal offroad daytrip out of Adelaide. Pic:

Saunders Gorge is a ripper spot for a casual offroad jaunt out of Adelaide, perfect for those times you’ve got a hankering to get the wheels dirty but have only a single day leave pass up your sleeve.

The Gorge is located on the eastern slopes of the Adelaide Hills and is around 75km out of town and 18km east of Mount Pleasant.

The primary attraction of the place is the scenic drive through the Eagle View Conservation Area. The track takes around three hours to complete and should only be attempted by reasonably capable 4WD vehicles.

Bookings are necessary and no pets are allowed within the sanctuary. The entry cost is $60 per vehicle.


4WDING is a primary reason to visit Saunders Gorge Sanctuary. The Eagle View 4WD track takes around three hours and will offer most drivers and vehicles a decent challenge.

Only high clearance vehicles with low range are allowed on the property. There are four optional extra sections that are more challenging than the main track.

The track is opened most Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 10am. Bookings are essential.

PERMITS are available for $60 per vehicle to access the Eagle View 4WD Track within the Eagle View Conservation Area.

CONTACT the sanctuary owners on 0439 275 500 – bookings are essential prior to arriving at the property.


LOCATION: Saunders Gorge sanctuary is located just 18km to the east of Mt Pleasant and 75km from Adelaide, amongst the Adelaide Hills.

CAMPING is allowed within the Eagle View Conservation area. Children must be supervised, campfires are permitted outside of fire ban season (November-April). Chainsaws, generators and motorcycles are not allowed.

FUEL is available in Adelaide.

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