Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for August 2017.
In the National Park diverse hiking trails take you to cliff tops with magnificent views, or down to permanent rock pools teeming with life. Experience rugged ridge tops and the narrow river valley of the spectacular Onkaparinga Gorge.
In the Recreation Park, the river spills onto the plains, creating wetland ponds and flood plains. The area conserves important fish breeding habitat and hundreds of native plant and animal species, many of which are rare.
You can walk your dog in the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park, between South Road and Commercial Road. You must keep your dog on a lead and under your control at all times. Pets are not permitted in other areas of the park.
Below we’ve outlined 10 hikes and trails in the two parks.
Two new walking trails are due to be opened later this month, the Punchbowl Lookout Walk and the Sundew Loop, both of which go to a new lookout platform with spectacular views deep into the river gorge. Watch out for more news about this trail later this month.
10 Great Hikes and Trails in Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park
Sundews Ridge Hike
Moderate hike, 5km, 2 hours return
Take a short hike to view the rocky outcrops and meandering river of the Onkaparinga Gorge from the Sundews Lookout. Continue your walk along the ridge top, returning to the car park without descending to the river.