Although classified as a moderate hike, the Lizard Rock Hike loop trail has fairly easy grades which would suit most ages and fitness levels. Our group of twenty consisted of both children, as young as five years old, and seniors, beyond the age of seventy. Everyone successfully completed the 1.5-kilometre hike in under two hours, including time taken to stop and admire the native plants and rock formations along the way. It was a sunny day when we were there, but, after rain, some of the rough surfaces could possibly be slippery. Also, do watch for potential tripping hazards as you walk.
One of the trail highlights is, of course, the Lizard Rock itself. However, the challenge is to see if you can actually spot it! I admit that I was not the first to notice it. In fact, it was pointed out to me before I could recognise the lizard's head. But, yes, the shape of Lizard Rock is indeed like a lizard's head, and you've got to see it for yourself. I'll give you a tip though - try walking pass the rock and then looking back.
Other highlights along the trail include a smorgasbord of bush foods and bush medicines. The most intriguing, for me, is the native currant shrub. Its small dark purple berries are succulent and edible out-of-hand, and the best way to collect them is by gently tickling the plant from beneath. Feel free to have a go whenever you come across these shrubs while walking.
The area surrounding the trail is also home to short-beaked echidnas. Unfortunately, we did not spot any roaming around, but we did find plenty of their diggings. I believe echidnas are rather shy creatures!
Between the car park and the start/end of the trail is a very well maintained picnic area with barbecues, picnic tables, shelters and toilets, as well as a nature-play forest for the children to explore. We enjoyed our lunch there before embarking on the walk.
Located approximately 40 kilometres north of Adelaide, the Lizard Rock Hike loop trail is accessible from the Gawler View section of Para Wirra Conservation Park. Para Wirra, which means "the forest where a creek flows", is still an important place for the Peramangk, Ngadjuri and Kaurna nations today. Hence, a cultural interpretation of the park, including the Lizard Rock Dreamtime story, is currently being developed in partnership with National Parks and Wildlife Service.