Onkaparinga Gorge Trek

Walking Trail Facts
21 km one way
Suggest 2-3 days one way
Suitable for
Trail Class
Grade 5, Trek
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Onkaparinga River National Park
Adelaide City & Suburbs, Adelaide Hills
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  2. 2 GPS files
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5 photos
Travel options
  1. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
1 hour or less
Onkaparinga Gorge Trek

About the Walking Trail

Experienced bushwalkers can trek the length of Onkaparinga Gorge in the summer months.

Discover a sense of remoteness as you trek between commanding cliffs, tranquil waterholes and enduring river red gums.

This is a difficult hike, which requires navigation and route choice, including selecting routes around obstacles, water pools and cliffs. Some sections of this route are non-existent as a trail. During winter and after rainfall events, the unmarked route is not accessible.

  • Upper Gorge
    4-5 hr one way, 7 km one way
    (Gate 11, 13, 15, 20 all in the national park)
  • Central Gorge
    6-7 hr one way, 8 km one way
    (Gate 7, 11, 20, 25, all in the national park)
  • Lower Gorge
    4-5 hr one way, 6 km one way
    (Gate 1 or 7 both in the national park)

Contact the Belair National Park Office on (08) 8278 5477 for seasonal information and to lodge a Trip Intentions form.

Alternative shorter hikes in Onkaparinga Gorge include:


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Walk Contributor

Adelaide Bushwalkers


Adelaide Bushwalkers is a hiking club enjoying multi-day hikes carrying packs to extend their walks allowing them to camp out in inaccessible locations. With that spirit of adventure the club tackles walks that are off-track and often in remote wilderness. They are in talks to commence a program of cactus eradication in the Onkaparinga Gorge over the next two years.