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“Revisited After Decade”

Para Wirra Recreation Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

The Park had free entry for the Adelaide Cup Long weekend. There is usually a fee of $8-10 per vehicle. We had most of the Park to ourself for the day. We took part in a 1 hour walk with a ranger and volunteers. The walk was a pleasant stroll through natural bushland.

On this visit we saw a family of magpies, one emu, wattle birds and honeyeaters. It was hot, and the facilities are basic. Bring a picnic. It can get quite hot, so bring plenty of water and a hat.

The main building was open with a display, but there is not much else. The peace and quiet, and bush outlook is a highlight. The toilets were clean, and a free gas bbq helped us warm up our picnic food. The lake had two Pacific Black ducks. A decade ago I recall seeing lots of emus.

There is a need for more signage. I wanted to understand more about the features of interest.

A nice Park, but not what it used to be.

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Reviewed 15 March 2016

This park has been visited by me many times over the years, with a recent visit on a free open day (normally there will be a fee per car).
I like coming here for a nature fix, however I feel that the park has lost its way.
The park is well serviced with toilet facilities, but there is not much else here. There are some barbecue facilities. There is no food or drinks to be purchased here.
There did used to be tennis courts, but these are long gone, and native vegetation restored.
If the office is open, do go and have a look, there are some interesting educational displays such as bird nests, skulls of animals etc

Any time I've visited there were always friendly emus wandering around the picnic areas, however none were seen today. No kangaroos were sighted also.
The walking trails are inadequately signposted and you could easily be lost in the bush, unless you have functional GPS system, but phones will probably not work in here. What was once a very bustling park with many people visiting and wildlife, is now very, very quiet. Thankfully some friendly magpies said hello and sang very nicely for us.

Thank lindatAdel
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Reviewed 10 October 2015

A beautiful & maybe slightly forgotten about park about 20 mins out of the suburbs.
We saw emus wandering around, loads of birds, a couple of roos, but no koalas. We also spotted a snake slithering off into the undergrowth. There are hiking trails & paths:we just wandered around the lake after visiting the slightly intriguingly named Knob Lookout!
There are picnic/Bbq areas & you can camp overnight by prior arrangement, & there is a $10 per car entry/parking permit by the park entrance. If you're walking take plenty of water & wear boots & long trousers.
A peaceful park where you can't hear any sounds of the city at all!

Thank Ducatibabe
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Reviewed 4 October 2015

Have been going here since the 70's great place for get togethers bbq's picnics, good long walks and lots of nature and wildlife. Kangaroo's and emu's roaming around really great place.

Thank Karen H
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Reviewed 23 August 2015

Para Wirra has been a family favourite for decades, close to the suburbs but still feels remote, it has numerous walking trails and picnic spots.
Well maintained thanks to the efforts of the Rangers, Friends and Volunteers (including quite a few local Scouts :) )
Camping and fun/activity days available on special occasions, see their website.

Thank Paul L
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