The Department of Environment, Water and
Natural Resources (DEWNR) is currently formulating a Trails Master Plan for the Sturt
Gorge RP to assess existing trail opportunities, identify the suitability of
existing trails, and any actions required to make them sustainable for
future use. Although DEWNR is undertaking and funding the trails plan, the
Friends of Sturt Gorge RP are playing an integral role in assisting this
The Friends of Sturt Gorge regularly
undertake Trail Maintenance on behalf of DEWNR. Most recently a new management
plan was gazetted for the park and whilst mountain bike riding has not been
permitted in the past, it is DEH's aim to allow bikes into the park as
cycling is one of the most popular forms of unstructured active recreation
in South Australia. This is supported as there are linear trails that allow
bikes that join the boundary of the park on two sides. Given current trends
within the park and an increased residential population on the boundary of
the park the need for properly maintained trails for walkers and cyclist is
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One trail maintenance
team has worked extensively at the Horner's Bridge site on Murray's Hill
Road / Coromandel Parade (UBD Map 166 Ref. M1), slashing the
blackberries, olives and broom.
See our photos here.
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There has been a need
for many years for all weather river crossings to connect trails on the
North and South sides of the river. After much campaigning by the
Friends several of these crossings are now in place.
Warri Parri Track:
Lark rocks were moved
by DEH for this river crossing. More
were installed across the river at Ctenotus Track in June 2008. The
"stones" have been made to look like natural rocks and blend
in quite nicely.
Thanks to the
enthusiasm of FOSG volunteers and the help of Brenton Collins from Trail
Solutions Australia we’ve had 2 additional working bees to rock armour
sections of trail in the Sturt Gorge adjacent to Bushland Drive at
Bellevue Heights. (23rd August and Sunday 1st Nov).
On the 2nd working
bee the weather was against us reaching 35 degrees but we still had 7
people attend and all worked past our planned 12:30pm finish to 2:00pm.
A great effort, thanks to all those who attended and also helped with
planning and getting materials on site in the weeks prior to each
The purpose of
the working bees was to fix erosion of the trail where water is
expelled from storm water outlets off Bushland Drive.
Unfortunately Sturt Gorge has many storm water outlets exiting
into it causing erosion of trails and gullies. A rock ford is an
effective way of strengthening the trail against storm water flow
while still maintaining the natural look and feel of the Gorge.
These same techniques can be used to stop this sort of trail
erosion in other places around the Gorge.
for Rock Armouring (i.e. rocks) can sometimes be difficult to
obtain. Brenton Collins donated the rocks for both projects and
Bob Grant was able to obtain some used concrete culverts from the
railways for the 2nd project.
complete with hydraulic lift was required to get the culverts to the
work site. While strengthening the trail we were also able to make
improvements to stop the trail damaging and undermining the roots of 2
Grey Box trees.
summaries of the trail work can be found via the following links:
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