Willunga Basin Trail

 

Section 6:

McLaren Vale to Onkaparinga River National Park

12.2km Hard hike, grade 4

Through Mclaren Vale, then along Chalk Hill Rd before climbing up towards the hills south of the Onkaparinga River via sandy tracks and gravel roads. A steep ascent up a road reserve leads to the Onkaparinga River National Park.

FROM: McLaren Vale Visitor Centre (car park and facilities)

TO: Gate 20 Onkaparinga River National Park, Chapel Hill Road (limited car parking on side of road)

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Description:

From the eastern edge of the carpark at the Visitor Centre follow the Coast to Vines (Shiraz) shared use trail as far as Field St. Turn left and go up Field St. Do not walk through the cutting but go into the edge of Chalk Hill Winery where you walk between the trees and around a walkway before reaching the intersection of Field St and Chalk Hill Rd.

On Chalk Hill Rd there are three signed crossings to give the safest route. Shortly after Twenty Eight Rd you start on a path on the northern side of the road which takes you above a cutting with a nice seat. The path continues along the roadside, sometimes close to the road, sometimes further away to cross near Pizzateca and take you along on the south side .and through some beautiful old gums.

Cross Foggo Road and turn left to continue to Pennys Road (straight ahead would take you to McLaren Flat 1.5km). Turn right onto a sand track which is the start of Pennys Rd and follow until Settlement Rd. Turn left onto Settlement Rd and follow the road to where the gravel road becomes a sandy track. Continue on track until the intersection with Foggo Rd. Turn right onto Foggo Rd and follow the road until the intersection with Kays Rd.

Cross Kays Rd and continue onto Amery Rd. Follow a track past driveways and then through big rocks. Ascend on the eastern edge of the deeply rutted track . After a climb to reach a flatter area, there is another steep climb before reaching Chapel Hill Rd. Cross Chapel Hill Rd and enter the Onkaparinga River National Park at Gate 22 by the slip-through next to the gate.

Follow Willunga Basin Trail signs to turn right and follow the boundary track inside the park to gate 21 where there is a picnic table

Continue following the Willunga Basin Trail signs along the boundary track to Gate 20.

This point is the end of Section 6. Section 7 continues through the ORNP. Section 11 (the link across the Basin) starts at Gate 19 Hardys Scrub, ORNP across Chapel Hill Rd.

Links:

Onkaparinga River National Park (including Hardys Scrub)