Starting near the Old Noarlunga Uniting Church on Malpas Street, Old Noarlunga, this walk takes you on a circuit along the Onkaparinga River via the Pipeline Track and Old Coach Road. This hike crosses the bridge and climbs the grassy hill following the pipeline before descending steeply back to the river. Massive river gums and thick bush fill the valley, and the river is visible through the foliage. Keep a lookout for birds and other wildlife along the way. This hike includes one rock scramble and some narrow walking trails through overgrown sections. There is a short and challenging ascent about halfway through, followed by a steep descent. The rest of the walk undulates gently on well-formed tracks, and there is clear signage throughout. 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.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn left onto Patapinda Road and drive for another 920 m
Turn right onto Malpas Street and drive for another 75 m
Turn left onto Malpas Street and drive for another 60 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started Starting from the spot with a yellow “SLOW POINT” sign at the end of Malpas Street and the start of Paringa Parade, head towards the metal bridge along the concrete footpath.Pass by the green informational signs and veer left to get on the fenced metal bridge. Get across the bridge, then turn sharp left and head towards the green signpost downhill along the dirt path. Pass by the signpost keeping it to your right as the path narrows down and forms a track, moving parallel to the river. Follow the dirt track to continue along Old Noarlunga Circuit.....
Directions & comments
After another 30 m turn left.
After another 15 m cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
After another 300 m veer right, to head along Old Coach Road.
After another 270 m pass the cemetery (175 m on your left).
After another 1.1 km continue straight, to head along Pipeline Track.
After another 400 m (at the intersection of Pipeline Track & Tea Tree Track) continue straight, to head along Pipeline Track.
After another 650 m (at the intersection of Old Coach Road & Pipeline Track) turn right, to head along Old Coach Road.
After another 940 m continue straight, to head along Old Coach Road.
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Old Coach Road.
After another 185 m pass the cemetery (175 m on your right).
After another 285 m turn right.
After another 30 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Old Noarlunga Circuit
1 h 15 min to 2 h
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)