Southern Barossa Alliance support SA Water to officially open South Para Reservoir to recreational uses

Historic South Para Reservoir, outside Williamstown, officially opens up to recreational activities from this Saturday. Photo: SA Water
Historic South Para Reservoir, outside Williamstown, officially opens up to recreational activities from this Saturday. Photo: SA Water

Southern Barossa Alliance members are thrilled to see the opening of the South Para Reservoir for a range of recreational public uses from this Saturday.

They will assist SA Water to host the free community event to celebrate the grand opening at the reservoir, outside Williamstown, from 9am-1.30pm.

Members co-ordinate the provision of food stalls at the opening and arrange for local young, talented musicians to perform on stage in front of an expected large crowd.

Excited for this new era is SBA chairman Simon Taylor who said the outcome builds on the great success of the opening of the Warren Reservoir, January 2018.

"It is time to peel yourself away from your phone, tablet and computer and enjoy the outdoors in the place we love to live," Mr Taylor said.

As well as providing improved access to outdoor recreational activities for locals, it adds increased recreational and adventure tourism opportunities, diversity to the 'Barossa Experience' and stimulation of the prosperity and health and wellbeing in our region.

"This exciting event gives the people in the Barossa and surrounding regions the opportunityto check out what is in our backyard," Mr Taylor added.

The South Para is perfect for adventure lovers, as it will offer a range of experiences including kayaking/canoeing and fishing, as well as a 10km network of trails suitable for walking, running or cycling - where you can explore the winding shoreline and enjoy picnics with stunning scenic vistas.

A great day of family outdoor fun and adventure is expected with the following activities organised by SA Water:

  • Trail running event with Trail Running SA
  • Family friendly activities with Nature Play SA, including kite flying, recycled materials play and children's nature art and crafts
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Kayak and mountain bike tours with Wilderness Escape - book via links to secure your spot
  • Walking tours
  • Local musicians on stage
  • A variety of food and drink stalls
  • Community displays and information

To date, Saturday's weather is set to be sunny with mid to high 20s predicted and no rain forecasted.

All public invited to attend.

For more details, visit www.reservoirs.sa.gov.