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National Park of the Month – Parra Wirra Conservation Park – May 2019

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Nature Play SA and National Parks SA have joined together to provide a range of fun & free events to be held at various National Parks around South Australia. Each month will feature a new park to discover, and the Park of the Month for May is….PARA WIRRA CONSERVATION PARK

A bit about Para Wirra Conservation Park

Hello Nature Lovers! This is a perfect park for immersing yourself in nature – for walking, camping, picnicking, and observing native animal life. The park is also home to the Barossa Goldfields, where you can discover the ruins and the history of a once thriving mining operation.

There are over 100 species of birds living in the park, including the cheeky emus you’ll see patrolling the picnic grounds. You can see kangaroos grazing at dawn and dusk, and on a warm day bearded dragons and sleepy lizards bask in the sunshine. If you’re in luck you might also spot a short-beaked echidna, a shy creature whose diggings can be found throughout the park. 

Where is Para Wirra?

Located less than one hours’ drive from Adelaide, this park is the perfect destination for a day trip or weekend getaway. It’s popular with groups of families and friends who enjoy the park’s wildlife, picnicking, mountain biking, walking and camping opportunities.

What can I do at Para Wirra?

There’s a walk to suit everyone, whether it is a leisurely stroll on the Lake Discovery Loop, a hike through the spectacular gorges on the Devil’s Nose Hike or embarking on the South Para Grand Hike.

You’ll love the recently upgraded facilities at the park including a nature play forest, picnic areas, car parks, signage, shared and disability access trails and disability access toilets. Bikes are now allowed on some trails, with grades suitable for families.

at Gawler View and enjoying the Nature Play Forest with the young ones. Afterwards, take a family hike along the Lizard Rock Hike.


Spend a night under the stars at the Wirra campground, one of the closest camping spots to metro Adelaide. Be sure to bring a good torch to look for wildlife active at night. Situated at the eastern end of the park, in amongst the pink gums, grass trees and hop bush this brand new campground has 19 campsites, including six that are suitable for small campervans, camper trailers and caravans, a toilet (including disabled access), a basic camp kitchen, gas barbecues and fire pits in each camp site for use outside the fire ban season. Click here to book online

Don’t forget your…

Bikes! Because there is lots of trails! Specifically designated shared-use trails in the main Central area of the park allow families to explore the park at an easy pace. They also provide links to the most popular features of the park, including the lake, nature play forest, Gawler view picnic area, The Knob Lookout and Wirra Campground.

Sporting Equipment – Play a game of cricket or football on the bush oval, then cooking a barbecue at the Gawler View picnic area.

Furry Friends – They are welcome on a lead!

Torch – to look for active wildlife at night

During the month of celebrating Para Wirra Conservation Park as the ‘Park of the Month’ this May. Take a ranger-guided walk, learn to master smartphone photography and join in the fun of Auskick! Check out all the events available.

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