Hon Ian Hunter MLC
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation
A new kayak launch has been opened to the public as part of $1.7 million in upgrades in Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park.
The new launch at Perrys Bend includes steps and a ramp to enable kayakers to safely slide their boats down the water.
“Onkaparinga River is the second longest river in the state after the Murray, and it’s very popular for kayaking and canoeing,” said Ian Hunter, Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation.
“When we consulted the southern suburbs community about what new features they’d like to see in their local parks, a kayak launch site was high up on the list, so it’s great to know that we’re giving park visitors what they want,” he said.
Other upgrades in the park include new walking trails, a lookout over the Onkaparinga Gorge at the Punchbowl, toilets, car parks, rock climbing facilities and a campground that will open in November.
“The campground, in particular, will be a great addition, because it will allow people to camp closer to home and take some of the pressure off Deep Creek, which up until now is the closest park to Adelaide with a campground,” Minister Hunter said.
Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park together cover just over 1800ha in Adelaide’s southern suburbs.
Chris Picton, Member for Kaurna, said that you can’t get much more of a stunning kayak and canoeing location than the Onkaparinga.
“This new launch will make it so much easier for people to explore this wonderful area.
“Combined with the new lookout, walking trails and campground – these upgrades to the Onkaparinga parks are helping to open up this beautiful part of our state to more South Australians to enjoy,” he said.
The infrastructure upgrades at the parks are part of a $10.4 million election commitment to improve infrastructure in parks to the north and south of Adelaide.
For more information on the Onkaparinga River parks and other parks and reserves in the metropolitan area, visit www.parks.sa.gov.au.