The Ngarrindjeri people were the native inhabitants and called the place “Toondilla.” The Onkaparinga River (“ women’s river” in Kaurna aboriginal stories) was a site for corroborees held by the Ngarrindjeri people on their way into Adelaide to collect blankets for the winter.
These grounds once were the home of the Legacy Camp and later the YMCA Camp. When the site closed the Community Association took on the challenge (in 1978) of establishing the area as a natural park in a glorious river bend setting . With the natural amphitheatre of the cliffs, and the sweep of river gums and natural riparian landscape, it has become an Australian natural river bend haven for wildlife and tourists alike. The ford across the river gives easy access to the main street and can be used by emergency vehicles.
Once River Bend Park was established a special area was set aside. Inspired by local artist Noela Hjorth, the circle of trees and shrubs, sculpture and pavers created by the local school children make this a pleasant spiritual area.