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Map of bushwalks in City of Onkaparinga
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Found 28 walks

Noarlunga Downs Wetland Trail
2 km return
20 min to 45 min
Onkaparinga River Wetlands Loop
4.5 km circuit
1 h to 1 h 30 min
Onkaparinga River Wetlands Loop
4.5 km
Circuit

Walk
1 h to 1 h 30 min

Cycle

Mtb

Run
20 min to 45 min

Wheelchair
1 h to 2 h 15 min

Starting from the car park near Gate 12 on River Road, Noarlunga Downs, this walk takes you on a circuit along Onkaparinga River via the Wetlands Walk. In the gentle estuarine environment of the Onkaparinga Recreation Park, the now quietened river spills on the plains, providing views of meandering riverbanks, wetland ponds and floodplains. The park provides a natural corridor for wildlife moving from the natural and recovering landscapes upriver to the wetland estuary, abundant in life. The Wetlands Walk is located on the estuary within the recreation park and provides an insight into the fascinating and complex ecosystem of the wetlands. The changing environments along the river are home to echidnas, kangaroos, and many bird and reptile species. The trail offers great opportunities for walking, birdwatching and photography. Along the way there are interpretive signs that provide information about the flora and fauna of the area. The gravel walking trail is mostly flat, and is suitable for families with strollers, small children and wheelchair users. Toilets, sheltered picnic tables and barbeque facilities are located at the start of the trail. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Pets
Views

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Bus
Car


Onkaparinga Gorge Hike
6 km circuit
3 h to 4 h
Onkaparinga Gorge Hike
6 km
Circuit

Walk
3 h to 4 h

Run
1 h 15 min to 2 h

Starting from the Sundews Trails (Gate 11) car park on Piggott Range Road, Onkaparinga Hills, this walk takes you on a circuit through Onkaparinga Gorge via the Onkaparinga Gorge Hike. This challenging loop explores the spectacular Onkaparinga Gorge at the eastern end of Onkaparinga River National Park, which has the most intact native vegetation in the park. The trail initially winds its way through native vegetation before reaching the Sun­dews Look­out, which offers scenic views of the rocky outcrops and the gorge below. From there, the walk descends steeply to the bot­tom of the gorge and follows the riv­er down­stream, passing several scenic waterholes, then follows a steep fire track to the top of the ridge and back to the car park. The trail isn't well-defined along the river and involves some rock scrambling. The descent and ascent in and out of the gorge are steep and may be slippery after rains, and the river is often impassable during wet periods. This loop consists of wide and narrow fire tracks and walking trails, with uneven natural surfaces, compacted natural surfaces, steep hills and rock scrambling sections, suitable for high fitness levels. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Birdwatching
Swim
Views

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Car


Stringybark, Mount Bold Ridge and Shingleback Track Loop
6.7 km circuit
1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min
Stringybark, Mount Bold Ridge and Shingleback Track Loop
6.7 km
Circuit

Walk
1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min

Run
45 min to 1 h 15 min

Starting from the Gate 3 car park at the intersection of Matthews Road and Scott Creek Road, Dorset Vale, this walk takes you on a circuit around Scott Creek Conservation Park via the Stringybark, Mount Bold Ridge and Shingleback tracks. Scott Creek Conservation Park features some of the most diverse native vegetation in the Adelaide Hills, with dense stringybark forests, steep-sloped valleys and seasonal creeks that provide habitat for an abundance of birds and animals, including southern brown bandicoots, western grey kangaroos, koalas and ringtail possums. In spring, plenty of wildflowers can be seen dotted along the trails. This relatively easy and straightforward loop begins by entering the stringybark forest along the Bandicoot Track, then ascends steadily along the Stringybark Track, offering excellent views of the park. The next section is fairly flat and easy-going, following the Mount Bold Ridge Track alongside the road before descending along the Shingleback Track back to the car park. This loop consists of well-signposted fire tracks, with some uneven natural surfaces and short steep hills, suitable for average fitness levels. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Birdwatching
Views

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Car


Sturt Gorge Circuit via the River Trail
6.8 km circuit
2 h 30 min to 3 h
Sturt Gorge Circuit via the River Trail
6.8 km
Circuit

Walk
2 h 30 min to 3 h

Starting from the Sturt Gorge Gate 12 carpark on Broadmeadow Drive, Flagstaff Hill, this walk takes you on a circuit within Sturt Gorge Recreation Park via the River, Fire, Wattle and Lomandra tracks. Sturt Gorge Recreation Park has a large network of shared-use mountain bike and walking trails, a spectacular rugged gorge with internationally recognised geological significance, cascading waterfalls, rockpools and creeks. This scenic and peaceful hike takes in the rugged beauty of Sturt Gorge while passing through a variety of vegetation communities along the way. Walk among the steep slopes of grey box grassy woodlands and Sturt tillite rock formations, and look out for the diverse range of native animals that come to drink at the waterholes along the river. Koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, kookaburras, cockatoos and rosellas are often seen in the park. Be sure to check out the amazing views over the gorge from the lookouts at the top of the Sturt River dam wall, near the end of the walk. This is an adventurous trail, with many river crossings and some rock scrambling. Take care on the trail surfaces, which are uneven and rocky in some areas, with narrow and slippery sections and occasional steep inclines and descents. After rain the rivers water levels may rise, and the stepping-stones across the river crossings may become submerged. There are no facilities in the park, so be sure to carry sufficient water, food and supplies for the entire hike. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Pets
Views
Waterfall

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Car


Currawong Ridge, Mount Bold Ridge and Shingleback Track Loop
7.6 km circuit
1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min
Nature, Echidna, Bakers Gully and Sundews Ridge Loop
11.7 km circuit
3 h to 5 h
Nature, Echidna, Bakers Gully and Sundews Ridge Loop
11.7 km
Circuit

Walk
3 h to 5 h

Run
1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min

Starting from the Gate 11 car park on Piggott Range Road, Onkaparinga Hills, this walk takes you on a circuit around Onkaparinga River National Park via the Nature Trail, Echidna Trail, Bakers Gully Track and Sundews Ridge Hike. This challenging hike combines several trails in the eastern end of Onkaparinga National Park, with spectacular views over the narrow river valley of Onkaparinga Gorge. The loop was designed to stay on the same side of the river, which is often difficult to cross. The park protects some of the finest remnant vegetation in the region, providing habitat for native wildlife such as birds, koalas, kangaroos, possums and echidnas. The hike initially follows the Nature Trail through regenerating pink gum and grey box woodlands, then heads along the Echidna Trail, passing the ruins of an old cottage and a side trip to a seasonal waterfall. The hike continues along the Bakers Gully Track, descending to the river before returning along the Nature and Echidna trails, then follows the Sundews Ridge Hike past the Sundews Lookout, which offers great views over the river. This loop consists of fire tracks and narrow walking trails, with some short steep hills and creek crossings, suitable for average fitness levels. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Birdwatching
Heritage
Views
Waterfall

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Car


Sundews, Bronzewing, Bakers Gully, Echidna and Nature Loop
12.6 km circuit
4 h to 6 h
Sundews, Bronzewing, Bakers Gully, Echidna and Nature Loop
12.6 km
Circuit

Walk
4 h to 6 h

Run
2 h to 3 h

Starting from the Gate 11 car park on Piggott Range Road, Onkaparinga Hills, this walk takes you on a circuit around Onkaparinga River National Park via the Sundews, Bronzewing, Bakers Gully, Echidna and Nature tracks. This challenging hike combines several trails around the Onkaparinga River upper gorge, covering a large area in the eastern section of the park, with views of the river gorge and the surrounding farmland. The hike initially follows the Sundews Track across the ridge, descending steeply into the gorge and crossing the river, then heads along the Bronzewing Track before venturing off-track along the park's eastern boundary towards the Pink Gum Campground. The hike continues along the Bakers Gully Track and the Echidna Hike, crossing the river again and passing a side-trip to a seasonal waterfall, then follows the Nature Hike though regenerating pink gum and grey box woodlands back to the car park. This loop consists of fire tracks and narrow walking trails, with some steep hills, overgrown sections and river crossings, suitable for moderately experienced bushwalkers with navigational skills. Dogs are not permitted in this park. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Views
Waterfall

Environment
Natural
Rural

Transport options
To start
Car


River, Wattle and Lomandra Trail Loop
13.1 km circuit
3 h to 4 h
River, Wattle and Lomandra Trail Loop
13.1 km
Circuit

Walk
3 h to 4 h

Run
1 h 30 min to 2 h

Starting from the car park at the end of Edgar Street, Bedford Park, this walk takes you on a circuit around Sturt Gorge Recreation Park via the River, Wattle and Lomandra trails. Sturt Gorge Recreation Park conserves the threatened grey box grassy woodlands and contains a spectacular rugged gorge with major geological significance, as well as cascading waterfalls, rockpools, creeks, and a large network of shared-use trails. ​This challenging hike begins by entering the park and following the River Trail into the gorge along the Sturt River, with several river crossings, passing a Kaurna camp oven in a small cave before climbing above the flood control dam. ​Near the park's southern boundary, the hike follows the Wattle Trail and explores some of the park’s historic routes, then heads through sheoak and grey box woodland along the Lomandra Trail, which runs parallel to Broadmeadow Drive, with views over the Adelaide Plains. This loop consists of well-signposted fire tracks and walking trails, suitable for moderate fitness levels, with some uneven surfaces and short steep hills. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a leash. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Pets
Views
Waterfall

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Bus
Car
Train




Found 28 walks