River, Wattle and Lomandra Trail Loop
Starting from the car park at the end of Edgar Street, Bedford Park, this walk takes you on a circuit around Sturt Gorge Recreation Park via the River, Wattle and Lomandra trails. Sturt Gorge Recreation Park conserves the threatened grey box grassy woodlands and contains a spectacular rugged gorge with major geological significance, as well as cascading waterfalls, rockpools, creeks, and a large network of shared-use trails. This challenging hike begins by entering the park and following the River Trail into the gorge along the Sturt River, with several river crossings, passing a Kaurna camp oven in a small cave before climbing above the flood control dam. Near the park's southern boundary, the hike follows the Wattle Trail and explores some of the park’s historic routes, then heads through sheoak and grey box woodland along the Lomandra Trail, which runs parallel to Broadmeadow Drive, with views over the Adelaide Plains. This loop consists of well-signposted fire tracks and walking trails, suitable for moderate fitness levels, with some uneven surfaces and short steep hills. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a leash. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.