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Plan a Visit in Willunga Basin

The Willunga Basin is an easy 40-minute drive from Adelaide along the Southern Expressway. Hire cars are available in locations throughout Adelaide, including the Adelaide Airport (International, Domestic & Regional) Adelaide Airport.

Regular rail services from Adelaide to Seaford Railway station and the Trail is just 2.1 km  away in SECTION 5.

Regular bus services between the southern Adelaide metropolitan area (Noarlunga and Seaford) and the local towns, or from Seaford Railway station Adelaide Metro.

Where to stay

There are a wide range of accommodation options (B&B, Hotels & Motels, Self-contained) along the Trail and in or near the towns. The best place to see the range of accommodation options and to book is at the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast Tourist Information Centre 796 Main Road, McLaren Vale SA 5171. Accommodation Bookings or by phone 1800628410

Campgrounds on the Trail

Pink Gum Campground located in the eastern corner of the  Onkaparinga River National Park, has 11 campsites, including three that are suitable for caravans, a toilet, washing-up facilities and fire pits for use outside the fire ban season 

Moana Beach Tourist Park is adjacent to Moana Beach, which is popular for surfing enthusiasts or those wanting to stay almost on the beach. The beach is patrolled by the Lifesaving Club over the summer months so safe swimming for all ages and abilities. Fully self-contained cabins and powered camping are available. There are 3 unpowered sites also available, ring 08 83270677 to book.

Aldinga Beach Holiday Park on 10 acres beside the Aldinga Scrub, close to local beaches and near the Hart Rd Aldinga Wetlands area and the Aldinga Washpool. The caravan park offers a range of accommodation from Yurt cottages, cabins,  powered & unpowered sites 

McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park is nestled in the heart of McLaren Vale. The park is set on 38 acres in a quiet bush setting around an ornamental lake. It is in the township close to wine, food and art venues

Port Willunga Caravan Park is located on the coast just set back from the beaches of Pt Willunga and Maslin Beach in a quiet woodland setting. 

Parks & Forests

The natural biodiversity of the country can be experienced in the range of conservation parks, bird sanctuaries, forests, and wetlands. 

Aldinga Conservation Park was proclaimed in January 2022 and comprises the land previously known as the Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park and the adjacent Aldinga Washpool.

Onkaparinga River National Park includes spectacular views of the of the Onkaparinga Gorge with its rugged ridge tops, narrow river valley and  permanent rock pools.

Manning Fauna & Flora Reserve, known as a bird sanctuary, is owned and managed by The Field Naturalists Society of South Australia Inc.

Kuitpo Forest a plantation forest,  established in 1898 to ensure a sustainable timber supply for South Australia and is now managed by Forestry SA. 

Hart Rd Wetlands located adjacent to the NE corner of the Aldinga Conservation Park, covers an area of 17 hectares which have been extensively revegetated and is managed by the City of Onkaparinga as part of the Council’s, Water Proofing the South initiative.

Gemtree Wines Ecotrail 1km through a biodiverse wetland and a haven for native birds, plants and animals. Established by Gemtree Wines to restore a creek and its surrounds to natural bush and to vastly improve the biodiversity of their vineyard.

Sandalwood Lookout is a 1.2km track, that leads walkers from the Willunga Basin Trail on Elliott Rd up to a look-out at the top of a gentle hill, on land owned by Mark Lloyd and Libby Raupach.