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by The wanderer (subscribe)
Outdoor,photography,coffee, nature, food and culture lover; seeker of life's simple pleasures.
Published June 5th 2015
Old Noarlunga, a town between the river and the sea
This little town dates to the 1800s and receives its name from the Kaurna Aboriginal language, meaning "fishing place" as the settlement and most dwellings in "Noarlunga" are located on the banks of the Onkaparinga River.

Many years after, this place is as charming and peaceful as I imagine it to be for those early settlers.

If you like the colour green, you will love this place; there are eucalyptus trees, rosemary and lavender bushes dotted along the streets, hiking paths and ovals.

Onkaparinga river, Old Noarlunga
Onkaparinga river loops around Old Noarlunga.


Even though this little suburb is quite close to all amenities and main roads, the serenity is quite potent. The ocean is close by and there is a mix of pelicans and native Australian birds circling the skies and singing their tunes.

Go for a hike and enjoy the native bush and little animals you may spot. The views from the Onkaparinga river are truly magical, considering this land was stepped on and inhabited by so many generations.

Onkaparinga river, Old Noarlunga
Walk through the bridge to hike around the bush


The main oval has all picnic and BBQ facilities. Why not pack up some food and enjoy a day out with the family! The kids will have plenty of room to run around and a little playground to amuse themselves. In the mean time, you can sit back and enjoy the tranquil views of the river and perhaps even sink a line in and see if you catch anything!

Onkaparinga river, Old Noarlunga
Walk through the main or back streets to discover historic homes.

Take a walk through the back streets and main road - you will often find several cottages and buildings dating as far as 1840!

If you are keen on learning more about this ever green place, visit The Onkaparinga website and see what these buildings used to be and who lived in them - the history of this place really is fascinating.

Onkaparinga river, Old Noarlunga
View from the main oval.

Although Old Noarlunga is often overlooked by tourists and visitors heading towards the southern wine regions, it is a must do if you happen to be in the Southern suburbs of Adelaide. Who knows, you could find your new favourite spot here!
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I live in Old Noarlunga, it is my favourite spot!
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