Onkaparinga River Kayak Launch Opened By Minister

Onkaparinga River Kayak Launch Opened By Minister

South Australia Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter

Onkaparinga River Kayak Launch Opens To The Public

Victor P Taffa

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.

“Onkaparinga River is the second longest river in the state after the Murray, and it’s very popular for kayaking and canoeing.” Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter said.

“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.”

New launch at Perrys Bend includes steps and a ramp to enable kayakers to safely slide their boats down the water.

Other upgrades in the park include

  • New walking trails,
  • Lookout over the Onkaparinga Gorge at the Punchbowl,
  • Toilets,
  • Car parks,
  • Rock climbing facilities,
  • Campground that will open in November.

“You can’t get much more of a stunning kayak and canoeing location than the Onkaparinga and this new launch will make it so much easier for people to explore this wonderful area.” Member for Kaurna Chris Picton said.

“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.”

Background

Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park together cover just over 1800 ha in Adelaide’s southern suburbs.

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.