Para Wirra Recreation Park
is one of the major recreation parks in the Mount Lofty Ranges of South Australia. The Devil's Nose is one of the best lookouts within the park with breathtaking views of the forest floor below.
Most of the 1,409 ha park is covered with forests of eucalyptus, Long-leafed Box, Pink Gums, Blue Gums and scattered native pines, yuccas, heaths, Golden Wattles and wildflowers.
There are more than 100 species of native birds, emus, galahs, rosellas, lorikeets, fantails, thornbills and wrens. Native animals include Western Grey Kangaroos, Short-beaked Echidnas, Bearded Dragons, Sleepy Lizards and Striped Skink Lizards.
Para Wirra was the site of a thriving gold mining community over a hundred years ago and many historic relics of that time remain, including mineshafts, tunnels, equipment and ruins. In March 1898, 1,500 tons of ore had been stockpiled, but the first crush was an economic disaster and operations ceased in 1898.