South Para to Warren Trail, Southern Barossa Linkage Trails

Walking Trail Facts
Distance
5.6 km one way
Duration
Allow 1 hr from the Forest Loop in South Para Reservoir to the Dam Wall Loop in Warren Reservoir West
Suitable for
Walking, Hiking, Trail Running, Mountain Biking
Trail Class
Grade 4, Hard Hike
Terrain
Undulating
Curated Collection
Southern Barossa Linkage Trails
Park/s (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
South Para Reservoir
Warren Reservoir
Region
Adelaide Hills
Trail manager
Reservoirs SA (SA Water)
Download maps & GPS files
  1. 1 map PDF
  2. 2 GPS files
  3. 5 website links
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Photos
4 photos
Travel options
  1. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
1 hour or less
South Para to Warren Trail, Southern Barossa Linkage Trails

About the Walking Trail

The South Para to Warren Trail is sometimes known as the “South Para Reservoir Reserve to Warren Reservoir Reserve Trail”.

Joining the West Warren and South Para Reservoirs, this trail is part of the Southern Barossa Linkage Trails network, which links South Para Reservoir, Warren Reservoir, Mt Crawford Forest, Para Wirra Conservation Park, Warren Conservation Park and Williamstown.

This route offers some great views of the landscape. This route contains some steep, challenging terrain.

The connecting links of the Southern Barossa Linkage Trails, such as this South Para to Warren Trail, start and end when they meet smaller trails within the reservoirs and reserves. So follow those local smaller trails within the reservoirs until you meet with the trail markers of the connecting links.

The trail is Grade 4 so is recommended for experienced bushwalkers. Some hiking experience and planning for this trail is recommended.

Trail connections

No access at South Para Bridge

There is no access to the South Para Bridge from the South Para to Warren Trail.

You cannot start or finish the trail at this bridge. The trail goes under the bridge, near the water’s edge.

However, you can cross South Para River about 2km east of the bridge, on a connecting trail.

Access under the South Para Bridge is dependent on water level: at low levels it’s quite easy to walk along the shoreline of the reservoir, when the water is higher you may need to scramble along a loose track under the bridge. When the water level is very high access may not be possible.

The South Para to Warren Trail is marked in black on maps.

As these connecting links of the Southern Barossa Linkage Trails start and end when they meet smaller trails within the reservoirs and reserves, you can start the link trail from the trailheads of the smaller trails:

  1. This link trail starts/ends when it meets the Forest Loop in South Para Reservoir, 2h 5.1km loop (marked in purple on maps.) The Forest Loop starts at the South Para Reservoir carpark on South Para Road (B31), Williamstown SA 5351, 2km south of Williamstown.

  2. This link trail starts/ends when it meets the Dam Wall Loop in Warren Reservoir, 2h – 2h 30min 5.7km loop (marked in orange on maps. On some maps the trail is marked in purple or dark green). The Dam Wall Loop starts at the Warren Reservoir Northern Car Park, located off of Warren Road (B34), Mount Crawford SA 5351, 4.5km south of Williamstown. Of the two carparks, this one is closer to Williamstown.

  3. Connection to the middle of the Warren to Para Wirra via South Para (marked in orange and marked in teal on maps) which connects Warren Reservoir, the southern bank of South Para Reservoir, Mt Crawford Forest, Para Wirra Conservation Park.

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.

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