Onkaparinga River Hike

1 h 30 min to 2 h

4.4 km

↑ 168 m
↓ -168 m

Moderate track
Starting from the car park at Gate 15 near the Pink Gum Campground on Chapel Hill Road, Blewitt Springs, this walk takes you to a waterhole on Onkaparinga River via the River Hike track. This hike takes you across open grassy areas down into Onkaparinga Gorge, providing spectacular views across the gorge as it leads to the edge of the waterhole. The walk starts along gentle slopes but becomes steeper as you descend into the gorge. The trail narrows as it approaches the river, going through some slightly overgrown and rocky sections. Cool off with a dip in the waterhole, or just relax at the waterside and enjoy the scenery before heading back. 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.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Chapel Hill Road & Bakers Gully Track (-35.1500987,138.6017941)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Victor Harbor Road, A13
  • Turn on to A13 then drive for 7 km
  • Turn left onto Whitings Road and drive for another 2.6 km
  • Turn left onto Blewitt Springs Road and drive for another 2.3 km
  • Turn slight right onto Chapel Hill Road and drive for another 65 m
  • Turn left onto Bakers Gully Track and drive for another 3 m
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park with a “GATE:15” sign next to a green “Onkaparinga River National Park” sign, head straight towards the end of the car park from the entrance, moving directly away from the road. Near the end of the car park, turn left and head towards the gap between the metal fenced trail entrance in front of the 3 green informational signposts. Pass through the gap, then veer right and join the dirt track as you pass by the said signposts to your left. Follow the dirt track as it leads you into the woodland to continue along Onkaparinga River Hike.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Chapel Hill Road & Bakers Gully Track Start heading along Bakers Gully Track (a vehicle track).
After another 35 m turn left.
After another 225 m continue straight.
After another 460 m turn right.
Continue another 1.5 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.2 km to get back to the start.
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Onkaparinga River Hike

Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 4.4 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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