Image: Riding the Tom Roberts Horse Trail

Two legs or four - two wheels or four (think strollers, not cars!) - it’s your choice as you discover and explore the network of trails throughout McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Coast.

The Onkaparinga River National Recreation Park has 17 inspiring walks with varying degrees of difficulty ranging from a short 30 minutes to 4 hours. From lookout walks to ridgetop, scrubland and wetlands walks, all are well marked and provide information about the area as you go.  Think Australian bushland, spectacular burnt orange cliffs, meandering river and you may even be rewarded by spotting a few native animals.

Other popular trails in the region include:

Exploring the hills and valley

  • Heysen Trail is one of Australia’s great walking trails, covering over 1200km from the Flinders Ranges to the Fleurieu Peninsula. A section of the trail passes through beautiful Kuitpo Forest Reserve, which is easily accessible and will give you the feeling of stepping into another world. Make sure you visit the Kuitpo Forest Information Centre (open 10am-12noon Friday to Sunday) for local expert advice to make the most of your experience whilst you are exploring the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast.
  • Kidman Trail is a popular hiking, biking, and horse riding trail which starts in Willunga and meanders it way through the hills to the Barossa Valley. Whilst enjoying the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast region, you can start in Willunga and follow the trail markers connecting with Kuitpo Forest Reserve. A perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors and soak up the scenery.
  • The Tom Roberts Horse Trail is a network of 80km of trails which wind their way through the hills and valleys of the region, ideal to travel by horseback or mountain bike. Riders can enter via two ‘step-overs’, or horse stiles, on Piggott Range Road.
  • The Coast to Vines Trail is a winner with cyclists of all ages enjoying the spectacular coastal cliff top scenery, before heading inland to the rolling vines. If shorter rides are more your style, enjoy the Shiraz Trail from McLaren Vale to Willunga, with great cafes, restaurants, cellar doors and breweries encouraging a detour along the way. For more riding trails, see our cycling trails page. 

Exploring the sea

  • For something completely different, hire a kayak (or bring your own) and hit the water on the Onkaparinga Paddle Trail. This is a unique way to see the Onkaparinga River between Port Noarlunga and Old Noarlunga. The water trail provides views of the abundant birdlife, with opportunities for photography, exploring backwaters, and even fishing. There are great launching facilities at Port Noarlunga and Perry’s bend, about half way between Port Noarlunga and Old Noarlunga.
  • If you are a diving enthusiast, the Port Noarlunga Aquatic Trail offers a great reef diving experience for beginner and experienced divers. The trail consists of 12 sites across the reef, introducing you to a diverse range of marine species which call the reef home.  If you are lucky, you may even see a leafy sea dragon.

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