At a Glance

  • Open 7.30am - 5pm (standard time), 7.30am - 8pm (daylight saving time). Closed on Total Fire Ban Days and for operational activity (gates will be closed).
  • Walking/running
  • Cycling
  • Picnicking
  • Wildlife and birdwatching
  • No dogs

Activities and facilities

Before visiting, please check the conditions of access.


Walking/running/hiking

More than 3km of paths through native bushland and gentle rolling hills, including a 2km loop trail, provide an exciting addition to the local green spaces for nearby residents and the local community.

A lookout offers visitors a sweeping view across the reservoir towards the dam wall and down the valley.


Navigate the reserve with the free Avenza app

Download the Little Para Reservoir Reserve map


Cycling

Little Para offers cyclists a great side-track for adventure, with more than three kilometres of both easy and intermediate skill level shared trails to explore. Families looking for a picturesque spot to cycle together will also enjoy the trails and opportunities to stop and discover the local birds and wildlife.


Navigate the reserve with the free Avenza app

Download the Little Para Reservoir Reserve map


Picnicking

Little Para Reservoir Reserve provides trail seating and picnic areas, all perfect for enjoying a bite to eat. Or find a quiet grassy spot with views of the water to lay out your blanket for lunch.


Getting there

The entrance to Little Para Reservoir Reserve is located at the end of Para Valley Road Greenwith, next to the Tea Tree Gully motocross track. This can be accessed by walking or riding through the adjacent Greenwith Little Para Reserve park,using one of the several entry points.

Little Para Reservoir Reserve has been designed for the local community to access on foot or by cycling, rather than by a vehicle. Limited parking is available.

Free offline maps

Use the free Avenza app to navigate around the reservoir reserve, record your GPS tracks or enjoy other features. Download the map to your mobile device and you can access it even without mobile coverage.

Download the Little Para Avenza map here.

Little Para map

A print-friendly version of this map can be downloaded here.

What sets Little Para apart

Capacity: 20.8 gigalitres (that’s almost 21 billion litres) - enough to fill more than 10,400 Olympic swimming pools.

Built: 1979

Little Para Reservoir collects and holds water which is then filtered and treated at the Little Para Water Treatment Plant before being supplied to customers north of Adelaide, including Hillbank, Para Hills and Burton.

The surrounding catchment area is relatively small, so the water supply from Little Para Reservoir is often supplemented by water from the Murray River via the Mannum to Adelaide water pipeline.

You can check current reservoir levels at SA Water's website.

Water quality

Little Para Reservoir is one of 16 across the state that help supply water to more than 1.7 million South Australians.

Water from Little Para flows is treated by SA Water at the Little Para Water Treatment Plant onsite before being supplied to customers north of Adelaide, including in Hillbank, Para Hills and Burton.

Treating drinking water before it’s supplied to homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and more, is important to make sure it is clean and safe to drink straight from the tap. You can learn how SA Water treats water and maintains the quality its customers value and rely upon.