A 40 minute drive south from the Adelaide central business district will find you in the City of Onkaparinga, one of South Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. Enjoy stunning sea views of some of the nation’s finest beaches or travel down memory lane breathing in history on one of the region’s many heritage walks.
With pristine gulf waters, our picturesque coastline offers abundant choice for the beach-lover. Christies Beach and Port Noarlunga are ideal for family-friendly bathing whilst keen surfers can test their skills at Southport, Trigg Point, Seaford, Gull Rock and Moana. Not only fabulous for swimming and surfing, the South Coast is a hot spot for divers. In particular the Port Noarlunga reef and the Aldinga ‘Drop-off’ offer spectacular experiences. These clear southern waters are home to many unique species of marine life, such as the famed Leafy Sea Dragon. Fishing enthusiasts will be keen to note that boat launching access is available from a number of locations.
With over 60 local wineries to choose from throughout the McLaren Vale and Willunga region, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to taste, smell and savor some of the best wine and produce available in the country. A stunning combination of rich local soils and mild, Mediterranean climate have made this region the ‘produce basket’ of Adelaide. The Willunga Farmers’ Market can also supply you with the freshest organic fruit and vegetables, locally made jams, sauces and confectionery. All this quality produce finds itself into several of the region’s restaurants regarded as among Adelaide’s finest. The popular “Sea & Vines Festival” held in June is another great opportunity to head down south and sample the best food, wine and music that Onkaparinga has to offer.
Arts, Crafts & Galleries
The Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga, is the focus for cultural activity in the southern area, featuring both contemporary and traditional art by well known and emerging artists. Local theatre groups also haunt the historic building and these productions are well supported by regular lovers of the arts. Down in the McLaren Vale region local artwork can be found within The Barn Restaurant at McLaren Vale and is available for purchase.
The traditional custodians of the Onkaparinga region were the Kaurna and Permangk people, whose Aboriginal culture is the oldest and most continuous on earth, stretching back tens of thousands of years. This ancient past has created a landscape which is rich in cultural heritage and home to several significant Aboriginal sites that can be explored along the Tjilbruke Trail. Tjilbruke, an ancestral warrior, was a Dreamtime character who journeyed through ‘Tandanya’ – the place of the red kangaroo, leaving his mark where he rested. By far the dominant culture to emerge in this area came with the pioneer settlers from Great Britain who settled here from the 1830s onwards. Bringing with them their English language, laws, customs, building styles and farming techniques, they cleared the land and established townships.
Parks & Reserves
The City of Onkaparinga has numerous parks, gardens and open spaces dotted throughout the region. Many of these include playgrounds and seating, while a number also have barbeque facilities. Be sure to check out the Onkaparinga Community Playground at Port Noarlunga! Several reserves have community tennis courts installed, while others have basketball keyways and cricket nets.
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