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7km of new trails, spectacular Punchbowl Lookout ready for visitors at Onkaparinga

Date posted: 21 August 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation 

The public is invited to walk seven kilometres of new trails and take in the scenery from a spectacular lookout over the Onkaparinga Gorge as the latest stage of upgrades at Onkaparinga River National Park near completion.

The trails have recently opened and the Punchbowl Lookout is expected to open to the public by the end of the month.

Rangers will offer free three-hour guided walks – including to the lookout. The original two walks booked out within days, and a walk from 10am-1pm on Saturday, 26 August, has been added to meet demand.

Bookings are essential. Book online today

Background

The work at Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park is part of a $10.4m election commitment to improve infrastructure in parks to the north and south of Adelaide.

Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park are receiving a total of $1.7m in improvements, including recently completed facilities for rock climbers, new toilets and new car parks, and a campground and kayak launching site that will be open in time for summer.

When the upgrades are complete, the two parks will have a total 60km of signposted trails, including the newly completed Punchbowl Lookout Walk, the Sundews Lookout Hike and the River Hike.

Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter

These latest upgrades will be great for locals and visitors alike to get out and enjoy the Onkaparinga River National Park, which I think is one of the best-kept secrets in southern Adelaide.

The Punchbowl Lookout project was something that the Friends of Onkaparinga River were especially keen to see happen, and the final result is well worth the walk, with a breathtaking view out over the gorge.

I am also looking forward to the completion of the campground, which will take over from Deep Creek as the closest national park campground to Adelaide.

The community got on board with preparations for the campground earlier this month, helping to plant trees that will provide shade and shelter for campers for years to come.

Quotes attributable to Member for Kaurna Chris Picton

This upgrade will ensure that our beautiful Onkaparinga protected areas are more accessible, and people can see and enjoy the wonderful nature on display in our National Parks.

I encourage everyone to visit the park to see the new trails and lookout for themselves.