- 20.4 km one way
- Allow 6.5 hours each way
- Suitable for
- Walking, Hiking, Trail Running, Mountain Biking
- Grade 4, Hard Hike
- Curated Collection
- Southern Barossa Linkage Trails
- Park/s (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
- South Para Reservoir
- Warren Reservoir
- Adelaide Hills
- Trail manager
- Reservoirs SA (SA Water)
- Download maps & GPS files
- 1 map PDF
- 2 GPS files
- 5 website links
- 11 photosJump to Photos section
- Travel options
- Travel time from Adelaide
- 1 hour or less
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:
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.
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.
- 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.
Mid 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.
Eastern 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.)
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.
You can connect this trail with other trails in the Southern Barossa Linkage Trails network.
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)
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)
Connection to Rocky Paddock Campsite marked in gray on maps)
Connection to Karrawirra-tya-illa Campground marked in black on maps)
Trail opening hours
|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)
|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.