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Warren Conservation Park

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Published July 24th 2022
Just 50 kilometres from Adelaide
warren conservation park
Fire watch tower

Located in the Adelaide Hills, Warren Conservation Park has a diverse blend of flora and is home to wildlife such as kangaroos, echidnas and lizards. Kangaroo poo can be seen literally everywhere near the fire watch tower, but unfortunately, only two of the leaping marsupials decided to grace us with their presence yesterday morning. Regardless, our visit was well worth it when we were treated to a dramatic landscape of the magnificent Barossa and South Para at the lookout.

warren conservation park
At the lookout

The best way to explore the park is by following its nine-kilometre track through relatively steep terrain and some sections of exposed rock. There's a boardwalk over the wet area at the start, a bridge across the creek after checkpoint W2 and two stiles within the forest reserve. Some of the plants you might come across include the golden wattle, tufted grass tree, hakea, maiden hair fern and pink gum.

warren conservation park boardwalk

At checkpoint W3, be sure to head east as the western track leads to South Para Reservoir instead. Nothing wrong in visiting the reservoir, but I guess you could save some time by just driving there later. Toilets can be found at the reservoir, which is a bonus, as there are none in the park. The seats here are rather welcoming though and so we decided to stop for morning tea. Another great place for a lunch break is, of course, at the lookout. However, if you're afraid of the cold, you might want to pack a warm jumper to shield yourself from the wind.

warren conservation park checkpoints
Checkpoint W3

The park is approximately 50 kilometres northeast of Adelaide and can be accessed via Watts Gully Road in Mount Crawford. There's a small roadside parking area about three minutes drive from the South Para Road intersection. You will see a clearly marked pedestrian entrance. Entry is free.

warren conservation park
Lunch with a view

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Why? Just 50 kilometres from Adelaide
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Where: Watts Gully Road, Mount Crawford
Cost: Free
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