Punchbowl Link Trail
  • Length: 3km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Sundew Track, Onkaparinga Hills

  • End: Sundew Track, Onkaparinga Hills

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  • Location: Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park

  • Distance from state capital: 28.6 km

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -35.145542286

  • Longitude: 138.579386054

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Punchbowl Link Trail is a 3km, grade 3 Return hike located in Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park South Australia. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.


A new trail due to open in the first week of September 2017 as part of the Government of South Australia’s $10 million upgrade of the Adelaide’s national parks.

The 6km loop trail visits a new lookout above The Punchbowl, where you can see spectacular views into the Onkaparinga Gorge. The trail is well contoured as it winds its way along the gullies heading out to the lookout. When it reaches the Punchbowl Lookout, it follows the Punchbowl Lookout Walk back to Piggott Range Road, where it follows a trail back along the road to the Sundews Carpark. An alternative way to do the hike is to retrace your steps from the Punchbowl Lookout, which would be 6.2km return.

The hike begins from the upgraded Sundews Carpark, near Gate 11 on Piggott Range Road. The carpark has been bitumised and new toilets constructed.

A shorter alternative to this hike is the Punchbowl Lookout Walk, which is 1km (2km return) and suitable for people of all abilities,  those with mobility access issues, including wheelchairs and prams.

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

Total distance: 6513 m
Max elevation: 243 m
Min elevation: 165 m
Total climbing: 104 m
Total descent: -133 m


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