The Sturt River Linear Park is a continuous open public space along the Sturt river, between Glenelg North and Coromandel Valley. A 6.5km shared bicycle/pedestrian path has been completed from South Road, Darlington to Glenelg North (four sections). The Linear Park is composed of eight sections in total, with sections 5 and 6 of the shared path north of South rd still to be finished.
A trapezoidal concrete channel was constructed to line the river from Sturt Road to the Patawalonga Basin in 1965 to mitigate flooding.
The Sturt River Linear Park links to the 9km Westside Bikeway (route back to the City) and the 19km Southern Veloway (alongside the Southern expressway) providing an almost non-stop bicycle route from Glenelg to Willunga. Urbanisation and agriculture have taken their toll, with the river suffering a degradation in water quality, and a loss of biodiversity, visual and recreational value. In 2005 the Sturt River Linear Park Master Plan was established to address these problems.
Some artistic graffiti can be found in Section 2 between Morphett rd and Maxwell tce.
There are many excellent reserves, parks and playgrounds dotted along the way. The track passes by the Warradale Army Barracks, former market gardens, an industrial estate, schools and wetlands making this an interesting and picturesque journey.
Section 3: The path follows the line of the Sturt river concrete culvert.
The Sturt river itself (or Sturt creek) flows into the Patawalonga at North Glenelg, and was used by the indigenous Kaurna people as a link between the hills and the sea. It is also significant in Kaurna dreaming, particularly the area known as Warriparinga, where the river leaves its gorge and crosses the Adelaide Plains.
The Linear Park changes to a more bushland setting in the section 4 from Sturt to South rd known as Warriparinga.
Warriparinga Wetlands was opened in 1998 and covers almost two hectares of native vegetation and waterways. Secluded walking trails, boardwalks and wetland ponds provide an opportunity to observe the native wildlife. Warriparinga is also home of the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre.
Section 4 (Warraparinga wetlands) looking north to Main south rd.