Nature Play SA Park of the Month – August

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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 August is…..


The Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park are located 35kms south of Adelaide near Old Noarlunga and is home to SA’s 2nd longest River. The Parks, which take their name from the local Kaurna word meaning ‘women’s river’, offers a range of activities from fishing and canoeing to bushwalking and rock-climbing.

The National Park is a great place for hiking, abseiling, swimming in the waterholes and discovering some of the best native bushland in Adelaide.

The wetlands of Onkaparinga Recreation Park are a great place for fishing, kayaking or birdwatching while strolling along the boardwalks. This park is a great spot for a picnic whether it be at your favorite shady spot or at one of the formal picnic areas which have shelters, amenities, free BBQs or a playground (Gate 1)

According to Environment SA some of the best things to do at the parks include:


  • Hardy’s Scrub Hike for it’s diversity and high quality native vegetation
  • Echidna Trail where you can discover heritage listed ruins built in the 1880s
  • The Eastern end of the park in late winter/early spring is great for wildflowers and birdlife
  • Walk to Sundews Lookout for spectacular views of the Onkaparinga Gorge


The Wetlands Loop Trail which is bike, pram and dog friendly (dogs must be on a lead) and has great views of the river and wetlands.


This spectacular rock pool in the gorge is surrounded by rugged cliffs with an overhanging rock formation, creating the perfect place to relax while you take in the scenery and enjoy some birdwatching.

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Camping is not currently available BUT is coming later this year!

What’s on in August at Onkaparinga National Park and Recreation Park


Onkaparinga Plant at the Camp

Onkaparinga National Park Ranger Guided Walks


Onkaparinga National National Park on Instagram


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