Mt Lofty YHA

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  • Directions / Instructions

    Mt Lofty Cottage YHA is situated within Cleland Conservation Park.  Enter through Gate 25 off of Summit Road - key to gate provided with door key.

    Keys can only be collected from Adelaide Central.  Available between 9am - 7pm every day. A $50 cash refundable key deposit will be required along with completed Booking Agreement form - download below.

    Mt Lofty Rent-A-YHA Booking Agreement

    Mt Lofty Map and Floor Plan

    Bushfire Survival Plan

    Due to bushfire safety requirements, a minimum of two guests required for every booking.  Guests must have own car and access to a mobile phone. The local Adelaide Central Hills Rangers Office will also be notified of reservation details.

    Please be aware, you will need to bring your own bed linen, extra blankets, towels and tea towels.    

    Around the hostel

    Main attractions

    • Mount Lofty Summit Lookout
    • Adelaide Botanic Gardens
    • Australian Wildlife
    • Cleland Wildlife Park
    • Waterfall Gully

    Nearby facilities & attractions

    • Cleland Wildlife Park - 25% discount for YHA members
    • Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens
    • Mount Lofty Summit Visitor and Information Centre
    • Summit Restaurant and Cafe

    Find us...

    Address: Gate 25, Summit Road
    Crafers - within Cleland Conservation Park , SA 5152
    Phone: (+618) 8414 3000
    Hostel Manager: Adelaide Central YHA
    Payment: MasterCard, Visa

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  • Mt Lofty YHA

    Due to the unique location within Cleland Conservation Park, keys for Mt Lofty Cottage YHA can only be collected from Adelaide Central YHA before arrival.

    Mt Lofty Cottage YHA is available for exclusive use bookings only, allowing you to rent the entire cottage for up to ten people from $120 per night (that's just $12 per person).  This historic Rent-A-YHA property has undergone a floor to ceiling makeover with new kitchen, flooring, furniture, paint and decorations, making the attractive stone cottage (originally built in 1880) the perfect, comfortable and affordable getaway for small groups and families. 

    Situated in a unique, peaceful location in the Cleland Conservation Park with stunning panoramic views through the trees over the city of Adelaide. Sleeps up to 10 people with 2 double rooms and one bunk room.  Surrounded by amazing bushwalks, Cleland Wildlife Park, Mt Lofty Summit and Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens.  

    Exclusive use bookings only, minimum two people.


    • Sleeps 10 guests
    • Double/Twin rooms


    • Three bedrooms 
    • Kitchen/dining with microwave, stove top (no oven), fridge and all crockery, cutlery and utensils 
    • TV / DVD / USB (no TV reception - just for dvd / usb)
    • Outdoor seating - great views
    • Lounge area
    • Male and female bathrooms
    • Parking


    • Bird Watching
    • Bushwalking/Hiking
    • National Park
    • Wilderness


    94% customer rating, based on 37 Reviews
    • Our experience was amazing! The cottage is very warm and comfortable ! I think is one of the place into the hills very awesome! I recommend this experience :)
      Domenico L August 2017
    • great house in the middle of the bush
      Stewart G July 2017
    • Beautiful place fir the family - a real Aussie experience with wallabies outside the front door and stone cottage surrounded by gum trees.
      Janette G December 2016
    • A top place to celebrate a special occasion with friends, as you have exclusive use of the facilities. Excellent bush setting, great bushwalking, you can see koalas and kangaroos in the wild. No need to go to Cleland Wildlife Park.
      Michael M August 2017
    • YHA Mt Lofty is a fabulous spot. The cottage is comfortable and well equipped to cater for a large group. Fantastic views. It would be a great getaway for families. So close to Adelaide. Really so cheap to stay in such a unique spot. Keep it a secret so that nothing changes !!
      Janet F August 2016
    • The location is so beautiful, with trees as far as you can see, kangaroos, kookaburras, and views of the city lights. And a bonus at this time of year is that the cottage remains cool even during a heatwave in the city.
      Kate L August 2017
    • Another great week at Mt Lofty, perfect for walking, mountain biking, road cycling or just plain relaxing. But I don't want to tell anyone so its not booked out next time we have an opportunity to stay there!
      Wayde H August 2017
    • Terrific stay in the hills. Took a group of boys up for a 12 yo birthday treat. The walk up, fabulous night in the hills and back the following morning was a huge success. Great facilities.
      Kevin J August 2013
    • Fantastic !Where else can 10 people share such a fabulous bush setting - with all the convienences required? We had an absolutely fabulous weekend !
      Tracey H August 2017

    Find us...

    Address: Gate 25, Summit Road
    Crafers - within Cleland Conservation Park , SA 5152
    Phone: (+618) 8414 3000
    Hostel Manager: Adelaide Central YHA
    Payment: MasterCard, Visa

    Opening times

    Hostel Open all year
    Please note: Hostel will be closed on all total fire ban days - please see Bushrire Survival Plan under "Location" tab for more details

    This YHA property is not staffed therefore keys need to be picked up from Adelaide Central YHA at 135 Waymouth St, ADELAIDE 

    Monday to Sunday 9:00am to 7:00pm

    Please bring the completed Booking Agreement (below) and $50 key deposit when collecting keys

    Mt Lofty Rent-A-YHA Booking Agreement 

    Due to fire safety requirements, all guests must arrive by car and have a mobile phone.

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    Things to do in Crafers - within Cleland Conservation Park

    Located in Cleland Conservation Park. Excellent walking trails with panoramic views of the Adelaide plains from the sea to the hills. Spectacular vista of the city lights at night. Walk amongst Kangaroos, Emus and other abundant wildlife. The hostel is also adjacent to the Cleland Wildlife Park, Mt Lofty Summit and Restaurant and Waterfall Gully.

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