Located within 45 minutes of the city centre, the Para Wirra Conservation Park is perfect for immersing yourself in nature.
Autumn is the perfect time to visit the park, especially as it’s being celebrated as National Parks and Wildlife Service’s (NPWS) Park of the Month in May.
The park has numerous walking trails, picnic areas and a campground where you can enjoy the night sky while sitting around a campfire.
There is great opportunities to see native animals with over 100 species of birds living in the park, including the cheeky emus you’ll see patrolling the picnic grounds.
You’ll often see kangaroos grazing at dawn and dusk, and on a warm day bearded dragons and sleepy lizards bask in the sunshine. If you’re in luck you might also spot a short-beaked echidna, a shy creature whose diggings can be found throughout the park.
NPWS Senior Ranger Tammy Leggett has been patrolling the park for the past five years.
“Para Wirra Conservation Park is a hidden gem,” she said.
“Adelaide is so lucky to have park like Para Wirra that is close to the city, where people can come for a picnic, bushwalk, bike ride or even spend a weekend camping in nature.
“During May, we’ve planned a number of events to showcase this beautiful park and we would love for you to come join us.”
- Connect with Country on a guided walk with a First Nations Elder
- Ranger guided sunset walk to the Devil’s Nose Lookout
- Campfire stories with rangers
- Mother’s Day Family Nature Walk with Nature Play SA
- Expert guided birdwatching walk
- Improve your hiking skills guided walk with Walking SA
- Discovering the pioneering heritage of the Barossa Goldfields at Bowden Cottage Open Days
- Learn smartphone photography skills with a local photographer
For more information about these and other events and to book a place at an event visit: www.parks.sa.gov.au/park-of-the-month