5 things to see and do in Sturt Gorge Recreation Park

5 things to see and do in Sturt Gorge Recreation Park

Bring your dog, your bike or your hik­ing boots to this recreation-lover’s par­adise. Here’s what you’ll find.

Locat­ed 13 kilo­me­tres south of Adelaide’s CBD, Sturt Gorge Recre­ation Park is nes­tled between the sub­urbs of Craig­burn Farm, Eden Hills and Belle­vue Heights.

The ter­rain in the park is quite hilly, so it’s the per­fect loca­tion for trails that will get your heart pump­ing and let you to enjoy some spec­u­lar views at the same time.

Here are five things to see and do on your next visit:

1. Enjoy a walk or ride in the park

Sturt Gorge is home to a num­ber of shared-use trails, which means they can be used by moun­tain bik­ers and walk­ers, so you’re sure to find one that the whole fam­i­ly can enjoy.

Take a peace­ful stroll around the lake to get away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city, or test your moun­tain bik­ing skills on the 40km de Rose Trail, rec­om­mend­ed by expert rid­ers from Flow Moun­tain Bike.

If you pre­fer to stick to trails that are just for walk­ing, sec­tions of the Riv­er, Mag­pie Creek, Mar­river­li, Mar­ri, Bir­ri and Par­ri­an­na Link trails are for you. Check out the park maps before you leave home.

2. Treat your pooch to a stroll

You won’t have to leave your dog at home when you vis­it Sturt Gorge – it’s one of Adelaide’s dog-friend­ly nation­al parks.

There are a few rules you need to fol­low when you vis­it though. Make sure your four-legged friend stays on a lead no longer than 2 metres, stick to the trails, and take your dog­gy-do bags with you when you leave.

3. Take in the views from the dam wall

Take in an awe­some view of the Sturt Gorge Dam by walk­ing along the dam wall, which is eas­i­ly acces­si­ble from the dirt road that leads there from Craig­burn Road. Don’t for­get to yell cooee’ at the top of your lungs when you get there – it’s quite thrilling to hear the echo of your voice bounc­ing off the sur­round­ing hills.

Top tip: Down­load the park map from the Aven­za PDF maps app before you leave home to nav­i­gate your way there in real time.

4. Dis­cov­er the rich geo­log­i­cal his­to­ry and rock formations

Sturt Gorge is home to rock for­ma­tions believed to be 800 mil­lion years old. The Mag­pie Creek Trail will lead you to this spe­cial part of the gorge that trans­forms into a mini water­fall after rain.

If you vis­it in win­ter, be care­ful and watch your foot­ing, as the rocks can get slippery.

5. Check out the neigh­bour­ing Oak Tree Adven­ture Play Space

If you’re vis­it­ing with kids, why not check out the new play space right next door to the park? It’s just off Black­wood Park Boulevard.

The Oak Tree Adven­ture Play Space has been con­struct­ed with nat­ur­al mate­ri­als and offers lots of dif­fer­ent activ­i­ties like climb­ing, run­ning, dig­ging and swinging.

5 things to see and do in Sturt Gorge Recreation Park

Sturt Gorge Recre­ation Park 

Sturt Gorge Recre­ation Park is beingcel­e­brat­ed as Park of the Month for August. Head to theNation­al Parks South Aus­tralia web­siteto find out more about this spe­cial place.

Main image: Sturt Gorge Recre­ation Park (image cour­tesy of Flow Moun­tain Bike)

This con­tent was pro­duced in part­ner­ship with  Good Living