Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park

The Onkaparinga River National Park provides plenty of opportunities in which to appreciate the park's tranquil natural surrounds.

You can canoe your way along the Onkaparinga River - South Australia's second longest river - which enters the park in a steep sided valley and flows into a magnificent gorge with cliffs up to 50 metres high and large permanent rock pools.

The park, which incorporates the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park, follows the river to the sea, discovering an entirely different environment in its estuary and wetlands. It is here that you can go fishing in the estuary waters.

Experience the Onkaparinga Gorge's spectacular rugged scenery and the contrasting wetlands which provide ideal breeding habitats for numerous fish and bird species along an array of walking trails - ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes. Along the Echidna Trail you can even discover heritage-listed huts and ruins of houses that were built in the 1880s.

A bird's eye view of the park can be seen by scaling solid cliff rock faces in designated rock climbing areas - experienced rock climbers only. 

Ride your bike on roads open to the public or use the specific cycling trails and tracks on offer in the Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park. Learn more about cycling in SA's parks, including other parks offering cycle tracks, trail classification and read the trail user code of practice for important points to remember when planning your bike ride.

You can also walk your dog within the recreational zone of this park, between South Road and commercial Road, providing it remains under your control on a lead.

Take the virtual tour of Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park, courtesy of Georama.

Parks Week 2016

Clean Up Australia Day

6 March, 9am - 11am (followed by a BBQ)

Help clean up our local river and enjoy catching up over a free BBQ. Please register by contacting Andy McKinnon on (08) 8386 2393 or mackins@tpg.com.au. Meet at Perry's Bend.


Onkaparinga River National Park is located 35km south of Adelaide.

Access to the estuary area is from River Road, Commercial Road, Port Noarlunga South and Sauerbiers Road, Port Noarlunga South.

The park's main walking area is on the northern side of the gorge from Piggott Range Road where there are a variety of accessible trails.

Opening times

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Fire information

Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited throughout the year. 

Gas fires are permitted in designated areas only other than on days of total fire ban in the Onkaparinga River National Park but are prohibited throughout the year in the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park.

Find out more information about fire restrictions.

Contact us

Phone: (+61 8) 8550 3400

Important information

Rock climbers part of large groups, school groups and commercial operators must contact the Fleurieu & Willunga Basin District Office on (+61 8) 8550 3400 to book their climbing events.

Onkaparinga River Parks are closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger. We advise that you cancel your visit on days of Severe or Extreme Fire Danger

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