City of Onkaparinga / Heart Foundation Walk – April 2010
On April 18th, a memorable walk took place, led by the Friends of Sturt Gorge and organized by the City of Onkaparinga in collaboration with the Heart Foundation. Over 150 enthusiastic participants gathered at Renwick Street to embark on this exciting adventure.
The event kicked off with FOSG volunteers preparing to guide the walks, as captured in these photos by Amy Blaylock and Larry Resch.
Heart Foundation regular walkers were also in attendance, showcasing their commitment to maintaining an active lifestyle.
The participants were given the option to choose between a 1-hour or 2-hour walk, catering to different preferences and fitness levels.
Both walks commenced behind the Kindergarten at Renwick Street, tracing the picturesque paths of Kikuya and Gorelon Tracks before descending alongside Spring Creek to reach the majestic Sturt River.
The shorter walk took the walkers upstream along the Sturt River, while the longer route followed the Ctenotus track downstream, eventually intersecting with a newly constructed section of the Flinders University at Tillite track.
Despite the warm and sunny weather, the previous night’s rain had blessed the air with freshness, making certain sections of the track slightly slippery. However, the abundant water in the Sturt River enhanced the overall ambiance of the walk.
Although the terrain proved rougher than anticipated by some participants, the chosen route offered one of the most accessible and gentle approaches to the gorge. This allowed visitors to revel in the park’s wonders that would otherwise be challenging for them to explore.
The walk revealed breathtaking sights of ancient remnant eucalyptus trees, as beautifully captured by Amy Blaylock’s camera.
Additionally, the trail showcased striking outcrops of glacial deposits known as Sturt Tillite, as photographed by Bob Grant.
Amidst the tranquil shade provided by the trees along the flowing Sturt River, the walkers experienced a serene journey.
To conclude the event, a light morning tea was served, providing an opportunity for participants to relax and reflect on the day’s adventures.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone who joined us, and we sincerely hope you enjoyed this memorable day. We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about the Friends of Sturt Gorge and the valuable work we do.
If you would like to become a member, please visit our “membership page” for further details.