Old Noarlunga Circuit
  • Length: 3.5km

  • Duration: 2.5hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Old Coach Rd Track, Old Noarlunga

  • End: Old Coach Rd Track, Old Noarlunga

  • Location: Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 36.6 km

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -35.18439098

  • Longitude: 138.510482

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Old Noarlunga Circuit is a 3.5km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park, South Australia. The hike should take approximately 2.5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

Experience a hike along the Onkaparinga River, starting from the ford in Old Noarlunga. The walk takes in part of the Gorge Trek, but this walk only includes one rock scramble but does include some narrow walking trail. The trail climbs the hill following the pipeline, before descending steeply back to the river. Watch out when you reach the Old Coach Track and Gate 30, as the walking trail to the left is easily missed. The walking trail begins after the second stobie pole. If you missed the walking trail, you could continue down Old Coach Track and rejoin the river where you had earlier passed, before returning the same way to the river.

The trail originally started from the swingbridge in Old Noarlunga, but the bridge was swept away in the September 2016 floods. You can start the hike from the ford at Gate 1, although often the water level may be too high. An alternative start point is Gate 3 on Church Hill Road, there is also a ford here but it tends to be lower. A third start point, which avoids all river crossings, if from Gate 29 on the corner of Sheoak Roads and Barytes Road.

GPX file courtesy of Walking SA. File may not contain elevation data and may only represent half the length on return hikes.

About the region

In Onkaparinga River National Park, diverse hiking trails take you to cliff tops with magnificent views, or down to permanent rock pools teeming with life. You’ll see rugged ridge tops and the narrow river valley of the spectacular Onkaparinga Gorge. This park protects some of the finest remaining pockets of remnant vegetation in the Southern Adelaide region. Wherever you go, you’ll be among native wildlife such as birds, koalas, kangaroos and possums - you may even spot an echidna. Areas of the park were used as farmland for many years, so you can also discover heritage-listed huts and the ruins of houses built in the 1880s.

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Total distance: 3751 m
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For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Walking SA

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