National Parks & Nature Play SA Park of the Month – September 2018
Nature Play SA and National Parks SA have joined together to provide a range of fun & free events to be held at various National Parks around South Australia. Each month will feature a new park to discover, and the Park of the Month for September is….
Onkaparinga River National Park & Onkaparinga River Recreation Park
Head south this Spring to the Onkaparinga River National Park. The parks are located 35km south of Adelaide. Access to the Recreation Park from River Road, Noarlunga Downs and from Commercial and Sauerbiers Roads, Seaford Meadows.
A kaleidoscope of nature’s best with diverse hiking trails to the op of the cliff tops or down to permanent rock pools teeming with life. You’ll see rugged ridge tops and the narrow river valley of the spectacular Onkaparinga Gorge. Wherever you go, you’ll be among native wildlife such as birds, koalas, kangaroos and possums. There are Shared-use trails also offer opportunities for mountain bike riders and horse riders to enjoy the rugged beauty of the park.
Just next door is the Onkaparinga River 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. The Onkaparinga River estuary also provides habitat for endangered migratory birds. You can go fishing in the river, wander along the wetland boardwalks, ride a bicycle on the shared use trails, walk your dog (on a lead), kayak the calm waters or just be at peace with nature.
There are many spots for an informal picnic in the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park. There is parking, a BBQ, picnic tables, a kayak and canoe launch and a toilet located at the main entrance on River Road.
For the camping enthusiasts the campsites are very flat and are made of compacted dirt/gravel. Sites are not powered so you will need to be prepared to be self-sufficient. Most of the campsites are wheelchair accessible, as they are on flat ground with a compacted gravel surface. The road slopes down to the toilets but is accessible by car. The toilet facilities are wheelchair accessible.
5 Amazing experiences that you can do this Spring at Onkaparinga Parks are:
-Watch the sunset from Chapel Hill lookout and maybe you might see an Owl on their nightly watch
-If camping overnight watch the shooting stars
-Explore the boardwalk along the wetlands loop track (4.5 km)
-Bring the binoculars for Nature’s hike (3.5 km) and wildlife spot up close or far away
-Have a picnic at your favourite spot
To check out what’s on in the month of September – click here !