Get out your bright red crayon and circle next Sunday, September 18, then write Para Wirra Family Fun Day.
The National Park will be opening the gates to everyone, all day, for free and from 10am to 3pm, there will be six hours of fun in the park. You can meet the Rangers, join a guided tour of the beautiful South Australian treasure that is the Para Wirra Conservation Park and meet native animals including the many kangaroos and emus who reside in the park.
Walking trails around the park can be linked to make a longer walk. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
There will be food stalls selling local food and drinks, live music and so much more to enjoy. The kids can become Junior Rangers. Just complete the 20 Things to Do in Para Wirra activity sheet and present to a Ranger to receive your Junior Ranger Badge. Where else can you get this much fun and activity for free?
The lake is home to ducks and birds and a great place for a picnic. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
Para Wirra Conservation Park has been a favourite park with generations of families since 1962. With picnic, barbecue and toilet facilities available, the park is the perfect place for gathering with family and friends. If you head over to the lake area, you'll have great views over the water as you enjoy your lunch or a snack. Alternatively, the Gawler View picnic area has flat grassed areas, a playground and an oval for energetic ball games, together with free barbecue and toilet facilities, including toilets with disabled access. The Wirra picnic area also has free barbecues and toilet, including disabled facilities. Picnic areas, situated all over the park are favourite haunts for emus who are often very interested in your lunch. You aren't supposed to feed the animals, but if you aren't careful, the emus will help themselves.
Check out the tunnel in the Goldfields at the Para Wirra National Park Open Day. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
Exploring the park will reveal a variety of nature and history based activities. Look out for wild orchids along the wildflower lined paths during spring on the short 30 minute Lake Discovery Walk or take the 4.4km return, Devil's Nose Hike to find panoramic views of the Barossa Range, the South Para Gorge and Misery Farm. You can visit the remains of the Barossa Goldfields and the Bowden Cottage Museum, where the lives of miners and their families from the 1860s are explained in the interactive signs.
If you want a longer walk, many of the eleven trails in the park can be linked to challenge the fittest walkers.
The Goldfields walks will take you through the old gold mining area, with ruins, tunnels and old mines, there is plenty to see.
Located 40 km north east of Adelaide, you can access the park via Humbug Scrub road in One Tree Hill, just 20 minutes from Golden Grove or Hillbank.
Normal park fees apply on other days, so take advantage of this great opportunity to mingle with the wildlife, learn more about the park and enjoy some well deserved down time. You can even bring your dog, as long as it stays on a lead.
If you want a sneak peak of Para Wirra National Park, click here to watch the video.
For more information: Contact the Gawler Natural Resources Centre on 8523 7700