Sturt Gorge Recreation Park is internationally recognised as an area of conservation and geological significance. The park is also home to a rock formation, known as sturt tillite, that is believed to have been formed from glacial material dropped from ice floating in the ocean that covered South Australia 800 million years ago! WOW!

Sturt Gorge Recreation Park is located 13km south of Adelaide. Entry to the park is on foot, with with a number of pedestrian entry points readily available around the perimeter. For example, you can enter from Broadmeadow Drive, Black Road and Bonneyview Road in Flagstaff Hill, The Boulevard in Bellevue Heights and Craigburn Road in Craigburn Farm

You can ride your bike on roads open to the public or use the specific mountain bike trails and tracks on offer in the Sturt Gorge Recreation Park. Or walk among the steep slopes and shrubland, look out for the diverse range of native animals which come to drink at the waterholes along the Sturt River.

With winter in its last month ; If you’re lucky enough to visit the park a few weeks after a soaking rain, you will be rewarded with ephemeral wildflowers and the sound of frogs in flowing creeks.


There are no facilities in the park. Please ensure you carry sufficient water, food and supplies for your entire visit. It is also a good idea to let a responsible person know of your intended movements and when you expect to return.

Although you cannot camp in the park you can explore many great bush walking hikes from moderate to hard from 15 minutes to 4 hours. There is also intermediate bike tracks from 400 m to 8 km.Te

The Ran

We have picked the brains of our park rangers to find out what they would recommend you see and do whilst visiting this park.

Hiking along the River Trail through the Sturt River and discovering the rugged beauty of Sturt Gorge.

Taking a stroll around the lake away from the hustle and bustle.

Getting out with the family and enjoying nature, be sure to look out for the diverse range of native animals.

Riding your bike and experiencing a bit of everything the mountain bike trails have to offer.

Exploring significant geological history and discovering rock formations believed to be 800 million years old.

Visiting Craigburn Farm and admiring the magnificent views whilst riding your bike or taking a walk.

Finding yourself submerged amongst nationally threatened greybox woodland along the Lomandra Trail.

Riding your horse along the Surf and Turf Trail and enjoying the views of both the old pastures and of the sea.

Walking your dog through the park (remember dogs must be on a lead at all times).