Hardys Scrub Hike – Onkaparinga River National Park
|Start Point||Chapel Hill Road, Blewitt Springs, SA, 5171|
|End Point||Chapel Hill Road, Blewitt Springs, SA, 5171|
|Time||2 Hours – Walking|
2 hrs, 4km
Located within Onkaparinga River National Park this moderate loop hike begins in the Eastern Section of the park.
This patch of native vegetation is a very important conservation area with excellent diversity of plants created by the varied soils. Grey box grows in fertile loam or clay soils, pink gums prefer soils with a sandy well drained surface and a clay or rocky base. Southern cypress pine grows only in sandy loam soil.
More information can be found on the National Parks South Australia website.
In Onkaparinga River National Park, diverse hiking trails take you to cliff tops with magnificent views, or down to permanent rock pools teeming with life. You’ll see rugged ridge tops and the narrow river valley of the spectacular Onkaparinga Gorge. This park protects some of the finest remaining pockets of remnant vegetation in the Southern Adelaide region. Wherever you go, you’ll be among native wildlife such as birds, koalas, kangaroos and possums – you may even spot an echidna. Areas of the park were used as farmland for many years, so you can also discover heritage-listed huts and the ruins of houses built in the 1880s.
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