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TRAIL STATUS

Section 2: Follow new signage to safely cross Main South Rd directly in front of the Victory Hotel and south of the intersection with Sellicks Beach Rd.
Section 7: The water in Peters Creek is 800mm deep. Crossing is not advised. Walkers are advised that in current conditions they cannot walk this section as one continuous walk.

 

SECTION 7: Onkaparinga River National Park to Kangarilla

16.2 km Hard Hike, Grade 4

MAP SECTION 7

FROM: Gate 20 Onkaparinga River National Park, the junction Chapel Hill Rd & Wine Dam Track, Blewitt Springs, SA 5171 

TO: the junction Sand Rd and McLaren Flat Rd, Kangarilla, SA 5157

From Gate 20 follow the Sundews Track north, down towards the river, but before the final descent, turn right onto the Bronzewing Track. Follow this track, which is very steep in places, for 1.2 km around the boundary of the park.

Upon reaching an intersection with a track down to the river, turn right following the fence for 100m and turn left at the next signpost onto a bush path. This descends through vegetation with two switchbacks for 300m to reach a confluence of two creeks. Cross the first by a green bridge and the second by stepping stones.   Follow the path up from the creek and through thick vegetation to descend again to a corner of the park where the path passes through Acacia Paradoxa. You climb up a steep gully before swinging left and climbing more to cross a rocky area.

Follow the path which has several bends as it makes its way with a gentle gradient down to meet the River Hike. The WBT turns right following  the River Hike for 1 km as it climbs up away from the river with views across to the abseiling area. Turn left at the top onto the well-signed track leading you via a gate and road crossing (Pink Gum campground is nearby to the right, with toilet facilities) to the car park at Gate 15. 

Follow signs across the carpark to join Bakers Gully track, an old track which winds to reach the park’s eastern boundary after 1.4 km. Turn right to walk along the edge of the park up to two stiles within a short distance. These take you out of the park and onto a road reserve which is partially fenced. Follow this to Chapel Hill Rd, veer left and keep away from the road as you walk about 80m to the next stile crossing into Angel Gully unmade road reserve. 

After 400m you reach Peters Creek which can only be crossed when it is dry or at times of shallow water. This varies according to the year. It is usually impassable in winter for some months. Canoe shoes or old sneakers can make the crossing quite possible in May/June before the water has got too deep and in September/October before it has quite dried out. Depth markers are installed.

Once across, the route winds up through trees to the next stile and then follows the fenced road reserve across a dip next to an oak grove to another stile and past a log seat to join Brookman Rd. Turn right and follow this road along with great views on either side. Don’t miss the signs indicating places where the path leaves the road to weave along the verge through vegetation and nearer the fence.

On reaching Bakers Gully Rd, please use the roadside path first on the right and then on the left side of the road. This will keep you away from traffic on this busy road and makes for much more pleasant walking.

Turn left onto Jackson Rd where there is another roadside path on the left as far as the brow of the hill. Walk straight down along the rest of the road turning left at the bottom and then immediately left into Piebald Gully Rd. First a track, then a road, Piebald Gully Rd crosses Douglas Gully Rd and becomes a road reserve before intersecting with Sand Rd.

Turn right to follow the wide verge and turn into a small plantation linking here with the Tom Roberts Horse Trail. Once again on Sand Rd, follow it for 750m to the intersection with McLaren Flat Rd. The section end is here on the western edge of Kangarilla next to the path which leads into the village. The Kangarilla Uniting Church is at this corner.

NOTES

Sections 6 and 11 link at Gate 20

Car parking:

  • small car parking area opposite Gate 20 Onkaparinga River National Park
  • car parking in Kangarilla at Section end

Dogs:

  • dogs are not permitted in Onkaparinga River National Park
  • dogs are not permitted from the Onkaparinga Park to Brooks Rd, Kangarilla 

LINKS

 Onkaparinga River National Park

Weather

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 Severe, 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 Adelaide Hills FIRE DANGER RATINGS

Tides

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