As part of the creation of the new Glenthorne National Park in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, ten new trails are now ready for walkers, runners and mountain bikers to explore at O’Halloran Hill.
The 13 kilometres of new trails reach around O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park and provide spectacular views over Gulf St Vincent and Adelaide city.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the new trails are the first significant investment in new visitor infrastructure as part of the creation of Glenthorne National Park.
“The new trails at O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park will bring the total trail network in the park to 24 kilometres,” said Minister Speirs.
“The new trails vary from simple and wide for walkers, prams and beginner riders, to advanced technical rocky trails for mountain bikers and trail runners.
“Glenthorne will be Adelaide’s second major metropolitan national park and will see large tracts of open space preserved and revitalised for future generations.
“While the new national park will take decades to bring to life in full, our initial investment in the park such as today’s announcement, is focused on providing basic infrastructure including amenities for visitors, walking and cycling trails and a destination which is expected to draw people from far and wide.
“The Glenthorne precinct is so close to Adelaide city, and will allow more people to get into parks on their bikes and with their dogs to enjoy our beautiful scenic state.
“Open days in April saw 3,500 people tour the site and take part in a huge engagement process to help shape the master plan for the site.
“The master planning process is being led by the Glenthorne Partnership, a group of community representatives who have a taken on a governance roll in caring for and shaping the broader national park precinct.
“There is massive momentum around Glenthorne and works are being planned to open the park in full by 2021.”
The Glenthorne National Park will include the Glenthorne property, O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park, Marino Conservation Park, Hallett Cove Conservation Park, Happy Valley Reservoir and areas of the Field River Valley.
The $275,000 trail expansion was funded by the $12.5 million Glenthorne National Park project.
For more information visit www.glenthorne.sa.gov.au