McLaren Vale national parks and parks

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    THE ONKAPARINGA RIVER NATIONAL PARK IS A NICE PLACE FOR WATER ACTIVITIES LIKE CANOEING, KAYAKING AND FISHING: Photo - Johnny - Janusz Kamma, courtesy of South Australian Tourism Commission
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Onkaparinga River National Park
(Inc. the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park)

The Onkaparinga River National Park provides plenty of opportunities in which to appreciate the park's tranquil natural surrounds.

You can canoe your way along the Onkaparinga River - South Australia's second longest river - which enters the park in a steep sided valley and flows into a magnificent gorge with cliffs up to 50 metres high and large permanent rock pools.

The park, which incorporates the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park, follows the river to the sea, discovering an entirely different environment in its estuary and wetlands. It is here that you can go fishing in the estuary waters.

Experience the Onkaparinga Gorge's spectacular rugged scenery and the contrasting wetlands, which provide ideal breeding habitats for numerous fish and bird species along an array of walking trails - ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes. Along the Echidna Trail you can even discover heritage-listed huts and ruins of houses that were built in the 1880s.

A bird's eye view of the park can be seen by scaling solid cliff rock faces in designated rock climbing areas - experienced rock climbers only.

Activities

Bushwalking (hiking), fishing, canoeing, rock climbing or photography.

Camping

There is no camping available in the park.

Location

Located 10 km from McLaren Vale.

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