Onkaparinga River Wetlands Loop
Starting from the car park near Gate 12 on River Road, Noarlunga Downs, this walk takes you on a circuit along Onkaparinga River via the Wetlands Walk. In the gentle estuarine environment of the Onkaparinga Recreation Park, the now quietened river spills on the plains, providing views of meandering riverbanks, wetland ponds and floodplains. The park provides a natural corridor for wildlife moving from the natural and recovering landscapes upriver to the wetland estuary, abundant in life. The Wetlands Walk is located on the estuary within the recreation park and provides an insight into the fascinating and complex ecosystem of the wetlands. The changing environments along the river are home to echidnas, kangaroos, and many bird and reptile species. The trail offers great opportunities for walking, birdwatching and photography. Along the way there are interpretive signs that provide information about the flora and fauna of the area. The gravel walking trail is mostly flat, and is suitable for families with strollers, small children and wheelchair users. Toilets, sheltered picnic tables and barbeque facilities are located at the start of the trail. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.