30/06/2021

A reservoir in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs and South Australia’s largest reservoir in the Adelaide Hills will be the next two to be open for recreational access.

Little Para Reservoir Reserve and Mount Bold Reservoir Reserve will both be open by the end of the year for land-based recreational activities such as hiking and family picnics.

Little Para  will be accessed through Greenwith and provide residents of the north-eastern suburbs with a new space for daily exercise and introduce visitors to the region’s natural beauty.

Construction works will soon get underway and include establishing a trail network and car park, installing fencing and signage, planting native vegetation, and ensuring the sustained protection of important drinking water assets.

Mount Bold Reservoir’s opening will see a more than 12-kilometre trail network established for hiking, running and walking, a new lookout and viewing platform with views across the dam wall and Mount Lofty Ranges, and a new car park, toilets and facilities for picnicking.

Mount Bold lookout concept

Concept view of Mount Bold's new lookout path.

Unlocking access to the southern section of the reserve enables the new trails to connect with the Kidman and Heysen walking trails, along with the Onkaparinga National Park and Willunga Basin Trail, as well as capturing views over the reservoir and the reserve’s diverse terrain – offering a leisurely stroll, through to a more rigorous hiking experience.

Commissioned in 1979 with a water capacity of 20.9 billion litres, Little Para Reservoir supplies SA Water’s nearby water treatment plant, which provides drinking water to customers in Hillbank and Para Hills, and as far west as Burton.

Completed in 1937, Mount Bold Reservoir was built to increase the water supply for metropolitan Adelaide during a period of rapid growth, functioning as a storage for water which is diverted to Happy Valley Reservoir.

You can view the concept plan for Little Para Reservoir Reserve here, and for Mount Bold Reservoir Reserve here.