Willunga Basin Trail

 

Building the Trail

For the past 8 years, a group of enthusiastic local walkers have been leading bush walks through the area, exploring the idea of designing and establishing a bush walking  trail using unmade road reserves, parks and quiet roads, wherever possible. In 2016 the group formed the Willunga Basin Trail Inc to formalise the planning, mapping and design of the trail and sought funds to build it. A grant was received from the Office of Recreation and Sport at the end of 2018 for the infrastructure to establish the Trail.

In February 2019 members of Willunga Basin Trail Inc, started installing posts, stiles and structures for crossing creeks, and lightly clearing vegetation to create a safe walking track. They have been supported by:  Government of South Australia through the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing and the Department of Environment and Water; City of Onkaparinga and Bendigo Bank.

It is expected that it will take the volunteers 2-3 years to build.

Stage 1 is a 36kms route  from McLaren Vale to Willunga. It climbs to the Onkaparinga National Park using mainly tracks then descends across the basin through Hardy’s Scrub, looping through Manning Reserve, past Gemtree Wetlands and along the base of the hills to Willunga. By the beginning of 2020 this stage was well on the way to being finished. When completed it will provide a circuit route of 43km between McLaren Vale and Willunga using the Willunga Basin Trail and the Coast to Vines Rail Trail (Shiraz Trail). It comprises:

Section 6: McLaren Vale to Onkaparinga River National Park

Section 11: The Link across the Basin – Chapel Hill Road to Brightview Brae

Section 10: Edwards Unmade Road Reserve to Willunga 

Stage 2 is  a 53.1 km route from Willunga to Sellicks, along the coast to Moana and thence to McLaren Vale. Establishment of this stage has begun and it is hoped it will be completed in 2020. Sections 1 to 5 not fully established.

Stage 3  is a 38.1km route from the Onkaparinga River National Park to Kangarilla and, via Kuitpo, back to the foothills near McLaren Flat. Parts of this stage are being worked on. It is expected that it will be completed in 2021. Sections 7, 8 and 9 not fully established.

Part of Section 7 is established and links to Sections 6 and 11:

Section 7: Through the Onkaparinga River National Park.