With a length of approximately ten kilometres, the Onkaparinga Estuary extends all the way from Old Noarlunga northwest to its mouth at Port Noarlunga. Fresh river water meets and mixes with salty sea water, providing a unique landscape for the variety of plants and animals found here. Wattles, eucalypts and open woodlands can be seen in low-lying areas. And, you can spot black swans feeding on aquatic vegetation in the deep waters while white egrets foraging for fish in the mudflats.
The estuary is great for walking along the boardwalks, cycling on the shared use trails, kayaking the calm waters and fishing in the river, or simply as a place to relax and unwind. We recently did a 13-kilometre walk around the area and it was truly rewarding. Many others were on their bikes and canoes while we were there. If you've never been before, I would recommend starting at Perrys Bend accessible via River Road at Noarlunga Downs. There are toilets, BBQs, picnic tables and car parking for your convenience.
Onkaparinga Estuary is only a 45-minute drive from Adelaide, so be sure to check it out and make a day of it with the family.