Onkaparinga River National Park

Where is it?: The park follows the Onkaparinga River upstream from Old Noarlunga for c. 14 km through the Onkaparinga River Gorge to 3 km north of Blewett Springs.

Owner: Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. more information

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

History: The majority of the land in the park was purchased by the State Planning Authority in 1973-1977 and held as Open Space Reserve. The Onkaparinga River National Park was first constituted in August 1993 by excluding from the Recreation Park, land to the east of Main South Road.

Habitat: There are areas of low open forest of grey box (Eucalyptus microcarpa) and drooping sheoak (Allocasuarina verticillata). On the upper ridges and higher valleys a low woodland of pink gum (E. fasciculosa), dryland tea-tree (Melaleuca lanceolata) and drooping sheoak is present. On wetter sites an open forest formation of South Australian blue gum (E. leucoxylon) and manna gum (E. viminalis ssp cygnetensis) can be seen. Along the creek and riverbanks a riparian association dominated by river red gum (E. camaldulensis) occurs. Substantial areas of degraded pasture that have been progressively re-vegetated.

Total Species Recorded to Date: 84 (non passerines 43, passerines 41)

Common Species: Superb Fairywren, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Brown Thornbill, Striated Thpornbill, Australian Magpie, Black-winged Currawong

Less Common Species: Brush Bronzewing, Peregrine Falcon, White-throated Gerygone,

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