Wirra Campground is a brand new campground located within Para Wirra Conservation Park.
Nestled deep within 1,417 hectares of wilderness in the Adelaide Hills, Wirra Campground offers an easy way to get-away and go camping. With so many activities and trails nearby, campers can take their time and spend a day or two exploring the area.
Para Wirra Conservation Park has been an enduring family favourite for years. Families have come to picnic, to hike, to catch up with friends and family and to enjoy the flora and fauna of this pristine part of the hills. There're over 100 species of birds in the park including the usual cheeky emus. You'll see kangaroos grazing at dawn and dusk, while on warm days bearded dragons and sleepy lizards will come out to bask in the sunshine. You might also spot the secretive echidna!
There's plenty to see and do in the park, you can go for a hike on a wide range of picturesque trails, enjoy a picnic, visit the nature play forest with the kids, play games on the bush oval or visit the lake (particularly at sunset or sunrise), for the best chance of spotting the most wildlife.
Wirra Campground is on Wirra Road inside the park, you'll soon come across it on the right, and it is well signposted. There's excellent signage within the campground and you'll find your numbered site easily. Each site has a car park and a cleared area for your tent. A fire pit is provided for winter season campers who bring their own firewood. Each site is fenced off from others, however, access trails snake around the sites and link them all to the central buildings of the campground.
The central area has sheltered tables, sinks and gas barbecues. A well-maintained toilet block is available nearby. One half of the campground is for campers in tents, while the opposite side has larger sites suitable for camper vans and the like. While the park is only open from sunrise to sunset, 24 hour access is maintained for campers via the Eastern gate entrance of the park.
There is washing water here but bring your own drinking water. There is mobile service in patches around the park and (don't tell the kids) at the campground. Dogs are welcome, with some rules.
Overall, this is an ideal spot to introduce new campers to the joys of camping. You're close enough to civilisation to not be isolated, but far enough away to be able to bask in the quiet majesty of the bush. It's a great place to base yourself for a weekend of exploring the wilderness but if you crave a little sophistication, you're not far away from the iconic Barossa Valley.
The other new campground addition to the Adelaide Hills region is down south at Pink Gum campground at Onkaparinga River National Park, you can check it out here, and book here.