ONKAPARINGA RIVER NATIONAL PARK, BAKER’S GULLY

 

 

Onkaparinga River National Park, Baker’s Gully hiking trail, is a combination of several trails in the Onkaparinga National Park Upper Gorge, which include the Nature Trail, Echidna Trail and Bakers Gully Track. The loop walk has some steep sections and you will be rewarded with great views over the gorge.

On the Echidna trail there is a side trip to a “waterfall”. Returning to the path you will soon reach a ruin. Following Bakers Gully track keep an eye for kangaroos in the area. You eventually reach Onkaparinga River which you follow for a short distance. Often the river is difficult to cross, so the loop was designed to stay on the same side of the river. Trace your walk back on Bakers Gully track, Echidna trail and then Nature trail which are running more or less parallel, at a lower level, with those we came on. At the end of Echidna Trail just before Nature trail, you will reach the Gorge access Trail. It is worthwhile, going down on the Gorge Trail which takes you to a beautiful rock pool with a sheer cliff face plunging into water. The Gorge trail will take one hour return.

 ONKAPARINGA RIVER NATIONAL PARK, BAKER'S GULLY, Gorge Trail

ONKAPARINGA RIVER NATIONAL PARK, BAKER'S GULLY,View from Gorge Trail

Returning to Nature Trail will be an easy walk to the car park. If you are not in a hurry, take the track to the Sundews Lookout with great views over Onkaparinga River.

Distance: 12.5 km

Climb: 279 m

Time: allow 4 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Season: All, except summer due to heat, snakes

Starting point: Gate 11, intersection Piggott Range Road with Upper Penney’s Hill Road, Onkaparinga Hills

How to get there: From Morphett vale take States Road, Penny’s Hill Road, Upper Penny’s Hill Road to Piggott Range Road

 

 

Craigburn Farm Little River Hiking Trail

Craigburn Farm Little River hiking trail  is new developed in Sturt Gorge Recreation Park and is popular with walkers and mountain bike riders. The shared use trail is situated in Sturt Gorge Recreation Park, which is close to Blackwood, southern suburb of Adelaide.

Sturt Gorge Recreation Park is located 13 km south of Adelaide.

Historical , Craigburn Farm was a land over 800 acres on both sides of Sturt Creek. Craigburn Farm was established by Peter Cumming who was born in 1796 in Glasgow, Scotland and arrived in South Australia in 1853.

Craigburn Farm Little River is a loop walk, which consists of a mix of gentle tracks with a bit of everything, old pastures, creeks, lake away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Distance: 5.6 km

Elevation: 107.5 m

Time: 1.5 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Season: All ( Good for a short workout in the evening during summer).

Park the car in the car park at the Blackwood Football Club.

How to get there: Driving from Shepherds Hill Road, Blackwood turn onto Brighton Parade. At the roundabout take the second exit to Cumming Street. Follow the road turning left onto Trevor Terrace. At the end of the road, turn right onto Craigburn Road. The Blackwood Football car park is on your right.

By train: Take the train towards Belair and stop at Coromandel Railway station. Walk to destination 1.5 km.

 

 

 

An alternative is to start in Bellevue Heights, Eve Road.  From Eve Road enter  Sturt Gorge Conservation Park via Kurrakilla Trail, turn left after about 800m, following the walking trail parallel to Bushland drive. Reaching Magpie Creek , follow the walking trail along the creek, crossing the creek a couple of times. Vegetation can be overgrown in some areas.

Turning right through Blackwood Hill Reserve you will reach Craigburn Farm shared trails. In the park there is a myriad of trails and some of them are shared with mountain bikes, so take great care on the shared trails. This walk is 8,16 km and takes about 2 hours.