Sturt Gorge Recreation Park

Sturt Gorge Recreation Park

The western section of Sidewinder trail is being upgraded to improve durability and riding experience. During construction the trail will be closed from 20 May until the 21 June 2024 in the interest of public safety. Details

Park fees:
Free entry
15.41km from Adelaide
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Sturt Gorge Recre­ation Park is inter­na­tion­al­ly recog­nised as an area of con­ser­va­tion and geo­log­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance. The park con­serves the nation­al­ly threat­ened grey­box grassy wood­land veg­e­ta­tion which was once abun­dant across south­ern Aus­tralia. The park is also home to a rock for­ma­tion, known as sturt tillite, that is believed to have been formed from glacial mate­r­i­al dropped from ice float­ing in the ocean that cov­ered South Aus­tralia 800 mil­lion years ago.

The new land addi­tion of Craig­burn Farm has increased the park area con­sid­er­ably. It has been devel­oped into a major reveg­e­ta­tion site, and a des­ti­na­tion for moun­tain bike rid­ing and hik­ing with a high class net­work of new trails which offers the oppor­tu­ni­ty to observe the old­est rocks in the park and their sur­round­ing grass­lands and open woodlands.

You can ride your bike on roads open to the pub­lic or use the spe­cif­ic moun­tain bike trails and tracks on offer in the Sturt Gorge Recre­ation Park. Or walk among the steep slopes and shrub­land, look out for the diverse range of native ani­mals which come to drink at the water­holes along the Sturt River.

Park maps

Maps on your mobile

If you have a smart­phone or tablet you can down­load the free Aven­za Map app and have inter­ac­tive nation­al park maps on hand when you need them.

The app uses your device’s built-in GPS to plot your real-time loca­tion with­in the park onto a map. The app can be used with­out a net­work con­nec­tion and with­out roam­ing charges. You can also mea­sure area and dis­tance, plot pho­tos and drop place­mark pins. 

How to get it work­ing on your device:

1. Down­load the Aven­za Maps app from the app store (iOS/Android) whilst you are still in range (its free!).
2. Open up the app and click the shop­ping cart icon.
3. Click Find’ and type the name of the nation­al park or reserve you are look­ing for.
4. Click on the map you are after and install it (all our maps are free).
5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page of the Aven­za Maps app.
6. Use our maps through the Aven­za Mapa app while in the park and nev­er take a wrong turn again.

Google Street View

Want to explore a trail before you leave home or use Google Maps to nav­i­gate straight from your door to the trailhead?

We’ve worked with Google to film more than 600km of walk­ing trails, park roads, camp­grounds and water­ways in some of our most beau­ti­ful places. Click to see what the parks offer and the avail­able facil­i­ties before you go. This is an espe­cial­ly great tool if you have acces­si­bil­i­ty needs, are vis­it­ing with peo­ple of vary­ing ages or fit­ness lev­els or are push­ing a pram and want to view a trail before leav­ing home.

You can start explor­ing this park on Google Street View using the links below.

Shared use trails (walk­ing and moun­tain biking)

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