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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
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Published December 15th 2016
One of life's little pleasures in the Adelaide Hills
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Take a Break on the Sturt River Linear Park


The Sturt River starts in the leafy Upper Sturt area of the Adelaide Hills, and meanders down through three local council areas in Adelaide and the Sturt Gorge Recreation Park before reaching the Patawalonga at Glenelg North. This division of council responsibilities has led to a curious side effect - there is more than one Sturt Linear Park.

The City of Marion manages the Sturt River Linear Park from Warriparinga Reserve and Wetlands to Glenelg which you can find on this map.

The City of Onkaparinga manages a stretch of the Sturt River trail at Coromandel Valley off Main Road, sharing responsibility with the City of Mitcham as described here. The linear park is also mentioned in Mitcham's a historical guide to Coromandel Valley.

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Shared Use Path by the Winns Road Ford


This article is about the section of the Sturt River in Coromandel Valley, where a scenic walking trail follows the river as it winds through the valley. The shared use path is not a long or difficult walk, but allows a glimpse of the creek in a natural setting without being constrained by vast concrete walls.

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Admire the Flora and Fauna as You Go


Much of the Adelaide Hills has managed to retain its character and a good deal of the native vegetation, and this has helped to keep a diversity of bird life that is far less common in the suburbs south of Adelaide.

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A Magpie Lark Has a Late Lunch in Sturt Creek Coromandel Valley


While traffic noise along nearby Main Road is audible at times along the Sturt River Linear Park, it isn't overly intrusive, making the park a pleasant place to walk. I saw other groups of friendly walkers enjoying the walking trail as I took my dogs along for some exercise.

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Coromandel Valley Heritage - Former Murray Biscuit Factory


Other than two sheltered areas with seating there are no other facilities in this part of the Sturt Linear Park, but that isn't normally an issue due to its modest length.

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The Duck Inn and Coromandel Valley Bakery - Handy for Coffee and Cake


While it doesn't fee like it, you're never that far from civilisation along the Sturt River trail. There's the Duck Inn pub and a bakery a short distance away from the central part of this shared use path. They are perfectly situated if you want a refreshment break, or coffee and cake on your stroll.

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Coromandel Valley Institute


The City of Mitcham Coromandel Chronology includes a map of a heritage walking trail between the old Coromandel Institute building, and the Coromandel Valley Primary School. It's a handy guide as you walk the Sturt River Linear Park, showing many photos and highlights of Coromandel Valley history. If the walk is too long for you, it's easy to see on a bike.

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Colourful Locally Made Glassware


At the southern end of the Sturt River trail the 1881 Coromandel Valley Institute building is attractive and well restored. It currently houses Big Dog Studio and glass artist Sheryl Glassmith. There were some very colourful examples of her work outside the studio when I passed.

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Coromandel Valley Post Office


The old Post Office building nearby was marred many years ago by the addition of a shop at the front, but the original building can still be seen. Next door is a disused service station whose former owner never failed to wave at passing cars for many years.

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Biscuit Factory Heritage Signs By the City of Onkaparinga


The original Murray's biscuit factory has now been converted into a private home, but there are heritage signs to inform visitors about the area's history, and you can see the building from a lookout.

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Watchman House: Home of Coromandel Valley & Districts Branch National Trust


You can enjoy walking or cycling the Sturt River Linear Park at Coromandel Valley from either end. Find one end at the Franks Smith Park and wetland, and the other end near the Coromandel Institute, or use any of several entrances along the way. An easy place to park is at Watchman House where the Coromandel Valley & Districts Branch National Trust welcome visitors.

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Ducks in the Creek on the Sturt River Trail


The City of Onkaparinga has a handy map of the shared use trail highlighting some of the many Coromandel Valley attractions.

It's a pleasant place to visit, listening to the native birds, watching the wildlife, or chatting to strangers along the path. Whether you start at the Frank Smith Park or the Coromandel Valley Institute, it's a lovely walk. Try it - you will enjoy it.

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Shared Use Path on the Boardwalk by Sturt River


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Nice one Dave, very thorough and informative.....
by James Newcombe (score: 2|359) 1689 days ago
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everybody.

I wouldn't recommend some of the locations on high bushfire warning days.
Gum Trees can also be a hazard in hot weather. They tend to drop branches or blow over during hot dry weather, even more so when windy. SES always dread people being trapped because of them.
by r.eng (score: 2|284) 340 days ago
I agree with your sentiments Dave.This stroll beside the creek is particularly good after heavy rains, as the water rushes over mini falls in a few places.There is a possibility I believe the walk will be extended eventually.Merry Christmas.
by noelp (score: 3|1166) 341 days ago
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