Chasing Mountains // Mount Greenly (SA)

 

Get your mountain fix 75km out of Port Lincoln in South Australia at Mount Greenly. This will get your lungs working!


Highlights

  • 360-degree Panoramic views
  • Massive Salt Lake
  • Insane Surf
  • Rock Pools to die for
  • Rock climbing

The Lowdown

I absolutely love mountains! Which sucks, because I live on the Eyre Peninsula, on the west coast of South Australia. Yes, we have an amazing coastline, countless deserted beaches and some of the best surfing and fishing in Oz. But when it comes to mountains we are left wanting! With limited options at my disposal (short of driving 5+ hours) I head to Mount Greenly when I need to get my fix.

Now Mount Greenly is not very big, its peak stands at 305 meters above sea level. I’m not even sure if that is even high enough to technically call it a mountain! But beggars can’t be choosers.

What it is though; is a fun little hike with a few tricky sections thrown in for good measure. The dirt road that leads you to the mountain terminates at what you might call a car park. From there you hike east through the scrub for several hundred meters before you get to the start of the climb.

Mount Greenly is pretty much a big lump of granite and this is what you are climbing over most of the time. There is no official track to the summit but there is regular traffic and most of the time you can see the path others have taken.

It should take between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to reach the summit which is indicated by a rather large pile of rocks. Along the way there are views on tap as you can look out over the ocean to the west or the salt lake, Lake Greenly to the east. Or you can keep an eye out for the resident Wedge Tail Eagle, who is usually circling the area looking for its next meal.

My personal preference is to climb it between April and October as the summer months often bring hot days, and with them an increase in activity amongst the local Brown Snake population. For this reason alone I choose to wear pants whenever I do the climb. If you do choose to tackle it in the warmer months, be sure to cool off at Greenly beach or one of the many rock pools in the area.

Essential Gear

  • Hiking Boots & tent/swag if you’re staying the night
  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen & hat
  • Camera
  • Surfboard
  • Fishing rod
  • Water and food
  • Rock climbing/abseiling gear

How To Get There

First you need to get to Port Lincoln – A 45-minute flight from Adelaide or a 7-hour drive west. Mount Greenly is another 75km west of Port Lincoln.

Activities

  • Hiking, camping
  • Surfing, swimming
  • Fishing
  • Rock climbing, abseiling
  • Bird watching

Skill Level

  • Beginner to Intermediate

Distance Covered / Elevation Gain

It should take between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to reach the summit. Mount Greenly is 305m high and the climb starts almost at sea level.

 

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