Park of the Month
Para Wirra Conservation Park

Para Wirra Conservation Park is the National Parks SA Park of the Month for May 2018.

With its extensive grassy areas, relaxing lakeside, and beautiful bush setting, Para Wirra Conservation Park is a well-loved gathering place for family and friends.

The park has recently been upgraded, with upgraded trails, a nature play area, upgraded picnic areas and a new camping area.

During May on the Devils Nose Hike check out a new ceramic art installation called ‘Clay Impermanence’ by Ang Walford Ceramics.

On-leash dogs are welcome in the park.

Below we’ve outlined the hikes and trails in the park.

13 great hikes in Para Wirra Conservation Park

Gawler View Nature Loop, Para Wirra1.

Gawler View Nature Loop

Easy walk, 1km, 30 mins

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for those with mobility issues including wheelchairs Walk suitable for dog walking Trail shared by mountain bikers

Explore the Nature Play Forest shared-use paths through the Gawler View picnic area and playground. Keep your eyes peeled for bush birds, scurrying lizards and maybe even an emu or kangaroo. Suitable for prams. Some limited mobility access may be possible if assisted.


Lake Discovery Walk, Para Wirra2.

Lake Discovery Walk

Easy walk, 1km, 30 mins

Walk suitable for prams and strollers Walk suitable for those with mobility issues including wheelchairs Walk suitable for dog walking Trail shared by mountain bikers

This popular short trail is great for families where you can soak up the tranquil setting of Para Wirra’s lake. Great for walking with small kids as they ride their bikes.

The trail is suitable for prams and wheelchairs: National Parks SA recommends starting from the East Lake carpark and follow the trail in a clockwise direction. The trail loops around the lake on a hard packed gravel trail with a few slight rises that may require some assistance.


Victoria Hill Circuit Hike, Para Wirra3.

Victoria Hill Circuit Hike

Moderate hike, 1.5km anticlockwise loop, 45 mins

Walk suitable for dog walking

A walking loop exploring the former mine workings of Victoria Hill. Interpretive signs provide information about mine shafts, mine workings & the former town that was once here.


Phoenix Circuit Hike, Para Wirra4.

Phoenix Circuit Hike

Moderate hike, 5km anticlockwise loop, 2.5 hours

Walk suitable for dog walking

A walking loop exploring the former mine workings. Interpretive signs, mine shafts, mine workings and tramway tunnels.

Please note that as the old gold mining tramway tunnel and approach is currently closed due to safety reasons.


Lady Pearce Circuit Hike, Para Wirra5.

Lady Pearce Circuit Hike

Moderate hike, 5km anticlockwise loop, 4 hours

Walk suitable for dog walking

This circuit hike explores the former mine workings of Victoria Hill, a scene of much activity in the late 1860s, and descends into the South Para River. The lower sections of the trail, in the south near the South Para River, are particularly rewarding.


Scenic Loop, Para Wirra6.

Scenic Loop

Moderate hike
3.2km / 1h 30m loop, or
4.5km / 2hr return

Walk suitable for dog walking Trail shared by mountain bikers

Whether you walk or ride to The Knob you’ll find yourself immersed in valleys of bushland surrounded by high hills, miles away from city life. Follow the shared use Knob Lookout Track down to the small rounded hill of the Knob. Return along the same track or Scenic Drive. Alternatively, return along a section of the South Para Grand and Lizard Rock hikes.


Lizard Rock Hike, Para Wirra7.

Lizard Rock Hike

Moderate hike, 1.6km, 45 mins

Walk suitable for dog walking

Experience an easy walk to the Lizard Rocks, a collection of large boulders that provide views into the valley of Wild Dog Creek.


Hissey Hike, Para Wirra8.

Hissey Hike

Moderate hike, 2.4km anticlockwise loop, 1 hour loop

Walk suitable for dog walking

Walk around the main Lake and along the shaded Wild Dog Creek.


Tree Creeper Loop, Para Wirra9.

Tree Creeper Loop

Moderate hike, 5km, 2 hours

Walk suitable for dog walking Trail shared by mountain bikers

An easy walk that meanders through the open scrub of the park. The walk is generally flat and along fire track.

Although the trail is quite flat, it is a shared-use trail with mountain bikers. As such it is also suitable for prams.


Horseplay Trail, Para Wirra10.

Horseplay Trail

Moderate hike, 11km, 4 hours

Walk suitable for dog walking Trail shared by horse riders

Enjoy a 11km hike along shared-use fire tracks around and through the Mack Creek section of the park that is available for hikers and horse riders. It may be more desirable for walkers to begin on the Mack Creek Hike from the Mack Creek Hike Carpark, and when reaching the Ruins Track (a fire track) follow the Horseplay Trail.


Devils Nose Hike, Para Wirra11.

Devils Nose Hike

Hard hike, 4.4km return, 2 hours

Walk suitable for dog walking

Enjoy this hike out along a long ridge to Devils Nose Lookout, with views along the ridge and lookout.

During May as part of the Park of the Month celebration check out a new ceramic art installation called ‘Clay Impermanence’ by Ang Walford Ceramics. The installation is at Devils Nose.


Mack Creek Hike, Para Wirra12.

Mack Creek Hike

Hard hike, 7.5km, 4 hours

Walk suitable for dog walking

Follow the walking trail downstream along Mack Creek through a valley of magnificent river red gums. Look out for the beautiful orchids flowering in late winter and spring.

Some of the trail is shared with horse riders.


South Para Grand Hike, Para Wirra13.

South Para Grand Hike

Hard hike, 10km clockwise loop, 4.5 hours

Walk suitable for dog walking

Descend into Wild Dog Creek at the northern end of this hike, and glimpse views of Devils Nose from below as you gradually countour around on the ascent to the lookout. The Hissey Trail walks around the main Lake.