Recently we needed to getaway for a couple of days for a break and wanted to find something close to home so we could leave after school pickup and be setup before dinner. Where did we end up going?
Just over 30km North East of Adelaide CBD is Para Wirra Conservation Park, adjacent to Mount Crawford Forest and South Para Reservoir. Even though we live South of the City in beautiful Port Noarlunga it only took us approximately 1.5 hours during peak hour, and once we arrived we were a world away.
Another 10 minutes after arriving and our camper trailer was fully setup, and another 10 minutes later dinner was cooking for the kids!
The Para Wirra Camp Ground is relatively new and very well setup. It is accessible 24 hours a day through a combination locked gate once the Conservation Park is closed, allowing for arrival at any time.
Situated on a rise, the camp ground is well spaced and provides many options for tents, camper trailers and caravans with easy access and several sites providing good privacy and lovely bush views.
The camp ground also offers an awesome camp kitchen with gas bbq’s and a sink, as well as flushing toilets. You will need to be self sufficient for power though as there is no power at all or any water apart from rainwater at the kitchen and toilets.
Those of you with Dogs will be pleased to find that this is a local Conservation Park where you can bring your mate along, on a lead of course.
From the campground there are several walking trails that wander through the gum scrub. Our kids were easily able to navigate these tracks on their pushbikes.
The Conservation Park itself offers a few great spots for some exploration including several great walking trails, a Lake which provides a great spot for a lunch picnic, a scenic drive to a lookout with amazing 360 views and an awesome Nature Playground that the kids could’t get enough of.
The Nature Playground is well spaced, has several gas BBQ options in stone huts and includes a flying fox, creek beds, rope climbs, “fire” circles, sand pits, bridges and plenty of natural stick cubbies to build and modify. It was pretty cool to hang out in this playground with emus wandering through.
The Park is well placed for some local exploration too, being right adjacent to Mount Crawford Forest and South Para Reservoir. It is only just down the road from the Barossa Reservoir where you can find the Whispering Wall which is definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been before, it is surprising how clear you can hear someone talking to you from the other side of the wall.
Of course just a little bit further and you are on the doorstop of the Barossa Valley Wine area.
We found it surprising how we were essentially so close to civilization whilst in the Park, but could have been much further away being surrounded by the natural bush land of the area. This really helped us get into relax mode very quickly.
If you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway we’d definitely recommend Para Wirra Conservation Park. We’d say stay a minimum of 2 nights so you at least get one full day relaxing and taking in the Park.
Why not look at Hiring one of our awesome fully equipped Caravan’s or Camper Trailers for a trip to Para Wirra? All of our rigs are perfectly suited for this location being setup for off-grid camping.