Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park education pack

The resources listed below make up the components of the schools in parks education pack for Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park. Please download the most appropriate resources for your visit.

From the rugged gorge to the river plains, the Onkaparinga River parks provide a natural corridor for wildlife moving from the natural and recovering landscapes, downriver to the wetland estuary, abundant with life.

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. 

In Onkaparinga Recreation Park, the river spills onto the plains, creating wetland ponds and flood plains. The area conserves important fish breeding habitat and hundreds of native plant and animal species, many of which are rare. The Onkaparinga River estuary also provides habitat for endangered migratory birds. This park is popular with people of all ages and interests. You can go fishing in the river, wander along the wetland boardwalks, ride a bicycle on the shared use trails, walk your dog (on a lead), kayak the calm waters or just be at peace with nature.

Pre-visit information

SA National Parks guide
SA National Parks guide - go bushwalking
Safety information - hills and bush fact sheet
St John’s First aid factsheets; Snake bite and spider bites

Park information

Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park brochure - available for download from park website
Onkaparinga River National Park flora - alphabetical
Onkaparinga River National Park flora - family
Onkaparinga River (Estuary) Recreational Park flora - alphabetical
Onkaparinga River (Estuary) Recreational Park flora - family
Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park maps
40 Things to Do in Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park

Teaching and learning resources

Identification resources

Native plants and fungi

Grey box woodland

Mallee box woodland

Manna gum woodland

Orchids

Fungi

Introduced plants

Birds

Aquatic macroinvertebrates

Butterflies

Frogs

Fish

Ants

Units of work

Biodiversity

Aquatic macroinvertebrates

Teacher information packs

Biodiversity

Frogs

Catchments/freshwater

Birds

Ants

Activity sheets

Fact sheets

Birds

Mammals

Fish

Invertebrates

Plants

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges