Section 5 : there are no or few signs at present between the northern end of Maslin Beach and the southern end of Moana Beach. Please follow path at the edge of the beach, the beach, and rocks near the edge, over this 1.2 km stretch which can be quite challenging.Do not go up onto the cliff which is a conservation area and culturally sensitive.Look out for the marked hooded plover sites. Please refer to Section 5 description.
Section 5: Coast to Vines Rail Trail closed at Main South Rd underpass 9 am-4.30pm between 21/2 and 11/3  and 7am -6.30pm 12/3 and 15/3. Walkers must detour via Pedler Rd, Main South and Griffiths Drive during these periods.
Section 7: there is water up to 650mm (12/2/24) in Peters Creek where the trail crosses.Water may be there for some months although the flow has stopped as measured at downstream guage. Please refer to Section 7 description for advice about wading and options to break this section in two when wading is either not possible or not desired.


SECTION 11: Gate 20 ORNP to Edwards & Hamilton URR

15 km, Moderate Hike, Grade 3


FROM: entrance to Hardy’s Scrub, Gate 19, Onkaparinga River National Park, junction of Chapel Hill Road & Wine Dam Track, Blewitt Springs, SA 5171

TO: Edwards & Hamilton URRs, McLaren Vale, 5171 (car parking is 400m away from the end of this Section at the southern end of Brightview Brae, McLaren Flat, SA 5171)

Start at Gate 19 ORNP and follow Wine Dam Track then Hardys Scrub Hike (western loop) back to Wine Dam Track to exit park at Gate 18. Turn right onto Whitings Rd and follow to the intersection with Kays Rd. 

Here it is possible to walk a 2 km loop through Manning Reserve, owned by The Field Naturalists Society of South Australia (no dogs in Manning Reserve)

To continue on the trail, turn left onto a sand track, gated with a step through at both ends, which becomes a gravel road, Beltunga Close. At the intersection of Beltunga Close and Blewitt Springs Rd turn sharp right and walk along the wide verge on the NW side to the intersection with Coopers Lane.

Cross Blewitt Springs Rd and walk along Cooper Lane to Ingoldby Rd. Cross the road and follow the path through Trott unmade road reserve where there are lovely views. The road reserve  intersects with Bagshaw Rd and Trotts road become a formed road.

Take this road until it turns sharp right and becomes Elliot Rd which you follow until the entrance to the driveway to Gemtree Wetlands and Ecotrail(No dogs in Gemtree private property but dog owners may omit this part by continuing on Elliot Rd to cross Kangarilla Rd, taking care crossing on this bend)

Turn right into the driveway and then left to walk through the Wetlands carpark. (It takes half an hour to do the Ecotrail if you wish to add that to your walk.) Continue southwards to exit the property by a stile next to a gate.

Cross McLaren Flat Rd with care and turn left to walk east behind the crash barrier towards the hills. Turn right into Elliot Rd an unsealed road, cross a seasonal creek and then follow the road as it turns right (west).

Sandalwood Lookout: a stile and signpost on the left of Elliot Rd indicate the start of a signed trail on private property. It is about 1.5km, there and back, and well worth the moderate climb to lovely look out.  

Continue walking on Elliot Rd until it intersects with Truscott Rd, Thomas Hill Rd and Brightview Brae. Follow Brightview Brae to the end where it becomes Edwards URR. Climb the stile and continue for 400m crossing another stile to reach the end of Section 11 and the intersection with Sections 10 and 9.


Car parking:

  • limited car parking on roadside at entrance to Hardys Scrub
  • parking available at the end of Brightview Brae, 400m from the section end


  • no dogs in Onkaparinga River National Park including Hardys Scrub
  • no dogs in Manning Scrub Flora and Fauna Reserve. (Spur loop on the Trail)
  • no dogs in Gemtree Wetlands & Eco Trail (extra loop adjacent to the Trail) 
  • no dogs on Sandalwood Lookout Track (Spur Track on private property)
  • dogs on leads on Cooper Lane
  • dogs on leads for 400m between Bright View Brae and Section 9/10/11 post


Onkaparinga River National Park

Field Naturalists Society of SA 

Manning Flora and Fauna Reserve. McLaren Flat 

Gemtree Ecotrail 


When planning a walk please check local weather conditions to ensure a safe and comfortable experience CHECK LOCAL WEATHER 

Fire Danger Ratings

The Trail is closed when the Fire Danger rating is Extreme or Catastrophic. These are Total Fire Ban Days; most likely to occur between the first of November and April. The Trail is in District 2 Mt. Lofty Ranges FIRE DANGER RATINGS


When planning to walk along the beach (Section, 3,4 & 5) it is important to check predicted height and timing of the local tides to ensure access to the beach. CHECK TIDES