Peninsula Loop, South Para Reservoir

Walking Trail Facts
Distance
5.7 km circuit
Duration
2 hour circuit
Suitable for
Walking, Hiking, Trail Running, Mountain Biking
Trail Class
Grade 3, Moderate Hike
Terrain
Undulating
Curated Collection
Southern Barossa Linkage Trails
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
South Para Reservoir
Region
Adelaide Hills
Trail manager
Reservoirs SA (SA Water)
Download maps & GPS files
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Photos
12 photos
Travel options
  1. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
1 hour or less
Peninsula Loop, South Para Reservoir

About the Walking Trail

South Para is the second largest reservoir in South Australia and the surrounding reserve is home to a range of adventure activities. Just minutes drive or a leisurely 30 minute nature walk from Williamstown in the southern Barossa Valley, this reservoir reserve is for outdoor enthusiasts keen to explore a rugged environment.

You can explore the network of trails through the beautiful reservoir surrounds and now linking to Warren Reservoir Reserve and Williamstown in your hiking boots or on your mountain bike. Pack a picnic and make the most of water views deep into the reserve.

Trails within South Para Reservoir

Trailhead Signage

Signage at the carpark trailhead may not reflect the new named, waymarked trails. We expect carpark trailhead signage will be updated during 2024.

Once you start walking, the trail is well marked along the way with coloured, named waymark signs.

The two loop trails in the reservoir reserve, and connections to the Southern Barossa Linkage Trails:

  1. On this page:
    Peninsula Loop, 2h 5.7km loop (marked in orange on maps.)
    The Peninsula Loop follows fire tracks. It is a Grade 3 trail (Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Trail sign posted. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Trail route may have short, steep sections and rough or rocky surfaces that can be slippery after rain.)
    The trail is a shared-use trail for both walkers, trail runners and mountain bikers (rated for mountain bikes as Intermediate – suitable for riders with a moderate level of skill and fitness.)

  2. Forest Loop, 2h 5.1km loop (marked in purple on maps.)
    The Forest Loop follows fire tracks. It is a Grade 3 trail (Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Trail sign posted. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Trail route may have short, steep sections and rough or rocky surfaces that can be slippery after rain.)
    The trail is a shared-use trail for both walkers, trail runners and mountain bikers (rated for mountain bikes as Intermediate – suitable for riders with a moderate level of skill and fitness.)

Trail Connections

From this trailhead you can access some of the Southern Barossa Linkage Trails network, which links to Warren Reservoir Reserve, Mt Crawford Forest, Para Wirra Conservation Park, Warren Conservation Park and Williamstown.

Some hiking experience and planning for the longer journeys is recommended.

  1. Walk into South Para Reservoir from Williamstown on the Williamstown Link Route, 30mins 1.7km (marked in blue on maps)

  2. Connection to the South Para Reservoir Reserve to Warren Reservoir Reserve Trail (marked in black on maps.) Use this trail to connect into the Dam Wall Loop in Warren Reservoir, or to the Warren to Para Wirra via South Para (marked in orange on maps.)

About the Peninsula Loop, South Para Reservoir

The Peninsula Loop starts at the main carpark at South Para Reservoir on South Para Road (B31), Williamstown SA 5351, 2km south of Williamstown.

Walk along the reservoir’s winding shores, taking in stunning views of the water and lands beyond. Keep an eye out for waders, cormorants and pink eared ducks, rarely seen in the Mount Lofty Ranges.

The Peninsula Loop is an unsealed trail following fire and access tracks. The trail is shared-use for walkers, runners and mountain bikers, so respect other trail users.

There are picnic tables and accessible toilets located in the carpark. There is a BYOB Bring your own bottle drinking fountain at the trailhead.

Getting there

Start the trail from the main carpark at South Para Reservoir on South Para Road (B31), Williamstown SA 5351, 2km south of Williamstown. There is only one carpark and trail access point. You can also walk into the South Para Reservoir Reserve from one of the Southern Barossa Linkage Trails.

Trail opening hours

Dates Times
During Daylight Saving Time: (October to March) 7.30am – 8pm
During Standard Time: (April to September) 7.30am – 5pm
Total Fire Ban Days (generally occur between October and April – check on cfs.sa.gov.au) Closed
During reservoir operational activity (check on reservoirs.sa.gov.au) Closed (gates will be closed)

Dog walking not permitted

Dogs are not welcome at reservoir reserves as they can carry harmful organisms that can easily contaminate the water and present a risk to the safety of the drinking water. Assistance animals are accepted.

Downloads

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