Skip to content
Get inspired

Park of the month

You’re invited to celebrate Onkaparinga River National Park and Onkaparinga River Recreation Park as Park of the Month this September.

These parks offer a diverse range of hiking trails that take you from the rugged Onkaparinga River Gorge to the wetlands and mouth of the Onkaparinga River estuary.

Activities in these parks include hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing and horse riding in the national park and fishing, kayaking and dog walking in the recreation park.

To get involved in park of the month be sure to attend one (or many) of our events held through September. 

What's on

Friends of the Heysen Trail walk

Date: 
Sunday 2 September, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

About:
Join the Friends of the Heysen Trail for a guided walk in Onkaparinga River National Park. The walk will include the Punchbowl Link Trail and Nature Trail.

Bookings:
The event cost is $8.00 ($1.00 for under age of 18) and registrations are required by 3:00 pm Friday 31 August. To register and for further information contact The Friends of the Heysen Trail. Meeting point will be confirmed by the Friends of the Heysen Trail after registration.

Willunga Basin Trail group hike

Date and times:
Friday 14 September, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

About:
Join the Willunga Basin Trail group on this challenging 8km hike taking in the River and Gorge hikes.

For bookings and further information contact willungabasintrail@outlook.com.au

Meeting point: 
Gate 15 car park, Chapel Hill Road, Blewitt Springs

Climb and abseil with Venture Corporate

Date and time:
Sunday 16 September, 2018

About:
Venture Corporate Recharge are running a rock climbing and abseiling morning with their qualified staff. All tuition and equipment will be provided and the cost is $109 per person.

For information see Venture Corporate Recharge.

Trail Running SA social run

Date and time:
Sunday 16 September, 7:45am

About:
Trail Running SA is holding a social run in Onkaparinga River National Park. A choice of 2 distances is available (12 or 16 kms), along the signposted walking trails.

Meeting Point:
Punchbowl Lookout Trail carpark, Piggott Range Road, Onkaparinga Hills

For further information visit Trail Running SA

Ranger pop up at the Punchbowl

Date and time:
Saturday 22 September, 09:30 am – 1:00 pm

About and information:
Want to meet the rangers and want to know more about the park? Come and join us at the ‘Punchbowl Pop-Up’. There will be ranger guided walks and guided mountain bike tours with Escapegoat. Come and meet the Friends of Onkaparinga Park who will also have a sausage sizzle and drinks for purchase, so no need to bring your lunch!  

Bookings:
Bookings for the ranger walks and mountain bike ride can be made through Eventbrite.

Beginners weekend walk for women with Big Heart Adventures

Date and time
Sunday 22 September, 8:15 am – 10:30 am

About/information:
Join Big Heart Adventures on its beginners Weekend Walks for Women. This walk will take up to 2 hours covering up to 5km on undulating terrain. 

Bookings:
For bookings and further information visit Big Heart Adventures.

Climb and abseil day - Fully booked

Date and time:
Sunday 23 September, 9.00 am – 12.00 pm or 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm

About/information:
Come and join the qualified climbing instructors from Outgrow on a family adventure climb and abseil at Onkaparinga River National Park. No climbing experience is required and all safety equipment and tuition will be provided on the day. The sessions are open to children aged 8 and above. 

Please note that this event maybe cancelled in the event of poor weather. 

Meeting point:
Gate 15 car park, Chapel Hill Road, Blewitt Springs. 

What to bring: 

  • Minimum one litre of water and some snacks
  • Loose fitting clothes appropriate for the weather
  • Lace up shoes
  • Warm jumper and rainproof jacket just in case
  • Sun cream
  • Hair net or scrunchies/hair ties if you have long hair 

Bookings:
This event is fully booked.

Kayak on the Onkaparinga River - Fully booked

Date and time:
Saturday 29 September, 9:00am – 10:30pm or 11:00am – 12:30pm

About/information:
Come and explore the Onkaparinga River by kayak.  This trip will follow the river with a chance to see the local wildlife from the water. All specialised equipment will be provided and we will use 2-person and single kayaks. The event is open for children 7 and over and no kayaking experience needed. 

Please note that this event maybe cancelled in the event of poor weather.

Meeting point: 
Kayak/canoe launch, Onkaparinga River Recreation Park, River Road, Noarlunga Downs, 5168

What to bring:

  • Minimum one litre of water and some snacks
  • Loose fitting clothes appropriate for the weather
  • Old running shoes or sandals that may get wet (no black soles on shoes)
  • Warm jumper and rainproof jacket just in case
  • Sun screen
  • Hat or cap
  • Insect repellent
  • Towel and spare cloths just in case you get wet

Bookings:
This event is fully booked.

More inspiration from Good Living and Nature Play SA