Warren to Para Wirra via South Para, Southern Barossa Linkage Trails

Walking Trail Facts
Distance
20.4 km one way
Duration
Allow 6.5 hours each way
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
11 photos
Travel options
  1. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
1 hour or less
Warren to Para Wirra via South Para, Southern Barossa Linkage Trails

About the Walking Trail

Sometimes known as the Para Wirra Link Trail.

Joining the Para Wirra Conservation Park to South Para Reservoir, and on to Warren Reservoir, 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.

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

The Warren to Para Wirra via South Para Trail is made up of two parts:

  1. South Para to Mt Crawford Forest (sometimes known as South Road to Mt Crawford), 10.9km one-way (marked in orange). Joining the North East Warren and South Para Reservoirs, this route offers some great views of the landscape. This route contains some steep, challenging terrain. You can start this trail at the Warren Reservoir Southern Car Park (Old Bridge Hub – of the two carparks, this further from to Williamstown and closer to Mt Pleasant) or from Rocky Paddock Campsite in Mount Crawford Forest.

  2. Para Wirra Conservation Park Link via Cattleyard Track, 9.5km one-way (marked in teal). Enabling a connection across the public space, this trail route traverses a mix of plantation and native forests. This route contains some steep, challenging terrain. The trail is shared use so be mindful of mountain bikers. You can start this trail from the Wirra Campground trailhead in Para Wirra Conservation Park.

  3. Please ensure you review the below section titled No access at South Para Bridge which includes notes on access dependent on reservoir water levels.

The trail connects three campsites, so can make an ideal two-day end-to-end hike or multi-day return hike. You can connect in with other trails within the Southern Barossa Linkage Trails network to extend your hike/s. The middle campsite is a hike-in or ride-in only campsite. Camping at two of the three campsites is only permitted between 1 April to 30 November.

  • Karrawirra-tya-illa Campground in Old Kersbrook ForestMid campsite: Karrawirra-tya-illa Campground in Old Kersbrook Forest.

    Nestled within native bushland between Native Forest Reserves, this remote campground is accessible by hikers and cyclists using the Para Wirra Link via Cattleyard Track.

    No vehicle access is available. There is a large shared shelter with rainwater, toilet and 15 campsites. Camping is permitted permitted between 1 April to 30 November, book online. This is a ‘No fires’ campground – fuel stoves only.

    The campsite is located about 15km from Rocky Paddock Campsite, and about 4.5km from the western trailhead at Wirra Campground trailhead in Para Wirra Conservation Park. Use the connecting 3.6km trail to reach the campsite (the walk off the main trail to the campsite is either 1.5km or 2km depending on which route you take), this connecting trail is marked in black on maps.

  • Rocky Paddock Campsite in Mount Crawford ForestEastern campsite: Rocky Paddock Campsite in Mount Crawford Forest.

    Set among old pine plantation and unique rocky outcrops in Mount Crawford Forest, this campground is open to anyone driving, walking or cycling in.

    It offers 30 campsites, toilets, picnic tables and fire pits. Camping is permitted between 1 April to 30 November, book online.

    The campsite is located about 3km from the eastern trailhead in at the Warren Reservoir Southern Car Park (Old Bridge Hub – of the two carparks, this further from to Williamstown and closer to Mt Pleasant.) Use the connecting 700m trail to reach the campsite which is marked in gray on maps.)

  • Western end campsite: Wirra Campground in Para Wirra Conservation Park.

    Situated on the eastern side of the park amongst the pink gums, grass trees and hop bush, this campground is open to anyone driving, walking or cycling in.

    It offers 19 campsites and toilets. Camping is permitted throughout the year, book online.

Trail connections

No access at South Para Bridge

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

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. There is a photo of the trail under the South Para Bridge, the photo was taken when water levels were just over 50%. You can view the current reservoir water level at sawater.com.au

You can connect this trail with other trails in the Southern Barossa Linkage Trails network.

  1. A river crossing on the South Para to Mt Crawford Forest section connects to the South Para Reservoir Reserve to Warren Reservoir Reserve Trail (marked in black on maps)

  2. This link trail starts/ends in the same carpark as the River Loop in Warren Reservoir (marked in green on maps. On some maps the trail is marked in rose pink or yellow)

  3. Connection to Rocky Paddock Campsite marked in gray on maps)

  4. Connection to Karrawirra-tya-illa Campground marked in black on maps)

  5. Wirra Campground in 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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