Stories of the Sturt River

The Sturt River ‘Warripari’ was a meandering stream, winding its way through Marion for thousands of years and supporting an abundance of life.

Discover the stories about the river and the people who have relied on it and built Marion into the place you see today.


Sturt River before drain
A snapshot of living communities

This project captures a snapshot of living communities telling contemporary stories through their own voice.

Local history and stories were explored and recorded at workshops involving local community members.

Sound recordings blend voices and atmospheric sound including didgeridoo, Kaurna language, children plaing in the river, kookaburras and old trucks.


Where is the Sturt River Linear Park Interpretive Trail?

Sturt River Linear Park Trail MapSturt River Linear Park Trail Map

The Sturt River Linear Park Interpretive trail begins along the Sturt River Linear Park at Warriparinga and follows the trail to Oaklands Reserve in Oaklands Park.

View the map to the right for locations of the interpretive signs along the trail.

Sign 1: Located along the Sturt River Linear Park trail at Warriparinga heading north towards Sturt Road.

Sign 2: Located along the trail between Warriparinga and Maldon Ave Reserve.

Sign 3: Located along the trail at At Maldon Ave Reserve.

Sign 4: Located at Oliphant Ave Reserve, just off the Linear Park Trail adjacent to Oliphant Ave.

Sign 5: Located along the Sturt River Linear Park trail near the railway crossing at Bombay Reserve.

Sign 6: Located along the Sturt River Linear Park trail at Oaklands Reserve adjacent to the Warradale Army Barracks.


Virtual interpretive signs

Come on a journey through time to discover the history and stories of the Sturt River.

Haven't walked the trail yet? That's ok, you can take a virtual stroll with us right here!

Explore the stories of the Sturt River in the below articles...

1920s: The Garden of Adelaide

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1930 to 1950s: Almond Blossom Fairyland

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Until the 1970s: an idyllic but temperamental stream

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Warripari - An important travel route for the Kaurna people

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1950 to 1960s: The growth of Marion

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1838 to 1870s: Early Marion - A natural place for Settlement

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