Willunga Basin Trail

 

Section 7 (part):

Through the Onkaparinga River National Park

5.1 km hard hike, Grade 4

Along the southern side of the Onkaparinga River through bush, with views of surrounding farmland and beautiful glimpses of the river gorge; Bronzewing Track is linked to River Hike by a bush path built by WBT volunteers.

FROM: Gate 20 ORNP, Chapel Hill Rd. (Some car parking available on the south side of Chapel Hill Rd.) WBT links here to Section 6 and Section 11.

TO: Gate 15 ORNP, Chapel Hill Rd. (There is a car park here and Pink Gum Camp site is nearby.)

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Description:

At 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 kms around the boundary of the park.

Upon reaching a cleared area, where there is a track going off to the left down to the river, turn right and walk along past a gate on your right to the next signpost and onto a bush path. Take this path which descends, through two switchbacks, to reach an area where two creeks meet. Cross one via a green bridge and the next by stepping stones.

Follow the path up from the creek and through vegetation thick with Sticky Hop Bush to descend again to a corner of the Park where the path cuts through dense Acacia Paradoxa. The path now rises steeply up a 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 River Hike. You may turn sharp left here to follow River Hike down to the river or continue straight ahead with the WBT as it joins River Hike and climbs up away from the river with views across to the abseiling area. Turn left at the top onto the well-signed track which leads you via a gate and road crossing to reach the car park at Gate 15.

The continuation of the trail from Gate 15 is being planned.

Links:

Onkaparinga River National Park (including Hardys Scrub)