Onkaparinga Gorge Trek
  • Length: 21km

  • Duration: 2 days

  • Grade: 5

  • Style: One way

  • Start: Baker Gully Track, Clarendon

  • End: 30 Church Hill Rd, Old Noarlunga

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  • Location: Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park

  • Distance from state capital: 29.6 km

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -35.139666907

  • Longitude: 138.606395060

Trail Access

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

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Steep Road

Winding Road

Vehicle Ford

Speed Bumps

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Entry Fee

Ample Parking

Accessible Parking

Wheelchair Toilet

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Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

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Fire Pit

Trail Features

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Prams and Strollers

Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

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Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

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Dog Friendly

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Onkaparinga Gorge Trek is a 21km, grade 5 One way hike located in Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park South Australia. The hike should take approximately 2 days to complete.


Experienced bushwalkers can trek the length of Onkaparinga Gorge in the summer months.

Discover a sense of remoteness as you trek between commanding cliffs, tranquil waterholes and enduring river red gums.

This is a difficult hike, which requires navigation and route choice, including selecting routes around obstacles, water pools and cliffs. Some sections of this route are non-existent as a trail. During winter and after rainfall events, the unmarked route is not accessible.

Contact the Belair National Park Office on (08) 8278 5477 for seasonal information and to lodge a Trip Intentions form.

Alternative shorter hikes in Onkaparinga Gorge include:

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

Total distance: 16550 m
Max elevation: 133 m
Min elevation: 4 m
Total climbing: 492 m
Total descent: -591 m


For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Walking SA


3 thoughts on “Onkaparinga Gorge Trek (21km)

  1. Omg -we called it Indiana Jones hike.we did 27kms as we did few extra detours.not to mention we did it in one day.with lunch and two tea breaks it took us 10hrs.be prepared for huge rocks ,grass ,snakes,bees,cliff ledges….do not attempt in case of rain.have ar least 3-4 lt of water.anybody is welcomed to visit my wall and have a look at my pics.i must say it has been the most spectacular and one of the most demanding hike we did…but it was worth it.