Reservoirs in South Australia to Visit with Kids

Reservoir Reserves Open for Public Access in South Australia for a Fun Family Day Out.

Some of South Australia’s reservoirs are now much more accessible and feature scenic walking and cycling trails, or access for kayaking and fishing. Other reservoirs offer amazing views and picnic areas. 

Many reservoirs are located within a one hour drive from Adelaide and are a great destination for a day trip.  With more than just spectacular views on offer, getting back to nature at a reservoir reserve is an enjoyable family outing for all ages, and the best part – it’s completely free.

Read about what each reservoir has to offer below.

Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve

Happy Valley Reservoir

Opened on 11 December 2021

Just 35 minutes from the city, Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve is located in Adelaide’s southern suburbs. 

The reservoir offers views across the water to the Adelaide Hills plus walking trails a grassy  picnic area with shelters and BBQs, and easy access to the water for fishing.

Discover hidden bays and shorelines from the water while kayaking and canoeing or test out one of the trails with your mountain bike.  READ OUR REVIEW

Happy Valley | map link


Hope Valley Reservoir

Hope Valley Reservoir in Adelaide’s north eastern suburbs will open to the public for the first time in its 150-year history from Sunday 13 December 2020.  A range of land-based recreational activities such as walking, cycling and picnicking will be available, with plans for the reservoir to include numerous picnic spaces, walking and cycling trails, fitness equipment and a nature play area. Supporting infrastructure such as car parking, toilets, fencing and signage will also be built.

Hope Valley | map link

South Para Reservoir

South Para is the second largest reservoir and offers a network of walking and mountain bike trails linking to Warren Reservoir Reserve and Williamstown. The area is also suitable for kayaking/canoeing and fishing along the shore or from your kayak. 

Williamstown | map link

Mount Bold Reservoir

Mount Bold, the largest reservoir in South Australia, is about 45 minutes drive south of Adelaide. You can view the reservoir with access via a public road. Walking across the dam wall, you can view a historic swing bridge downstream of the dam wall, and take in the scale of the state’s largest reservoir. READ OUR REVIEW

Please note the swing bridge is not accessible.

Mount Bold Reservoir, Mount Bold | map link

Myponga Reservoir

Situated an hour’s drive south of Adelaide, the Myponga Reservoir Reserve offers a trail suitable for walking, running and cycling. There is also a lookout above the Myponga dam wall on the western side of the reservoir and picnic tables along the trail. 

Update 31 January 2021:  Myponga Reservoir now has more trails to explore and fishing zones expanded. In the coming months, there will also be on-water access for kayaking and fishing. READ MORE HERE

Myponga Reservoirs, Myponga | map link

Warren Reservoir

Warren Reservoir has two trails within the reservoir reserve for walking and cycling. The 5.5km West Warren Loop and the 8.8km North Warren Loop.

The West Warren Loop also forms part of a link trail to South Para Reservoir Reserve, over a total 4.5km trail, while the North Warren Loop walk links into more than 20km of trails to take hikers through Mt Crawford Forest, adjacent South Para Reservoir and on to Para Wirra Conservation Park.

Fishing is allowed with a permit and there are two launch areas at Warren for kayaking and canoeing. 

There is also a dam wall lookout only a short walk from the western car park and three picnic areas. One is fully accessible and has toilet facilities. 

Warren Reservoir, Williamstown | map link

Bundaleer Reservoir

Bundaleer Reservoir Reserve is a 40-minute drive from Clare. There are 4.6km of unsealed trail loops around the reservoir suited to walking, running and cycling. Fishing is allowed with a permit and Kayaking and canoeing are also permitted. There are also several picnic areas along the Bundaleer loop trails.

Bundaleer Reservoir, Spalding | map link

Barossa Reservoir

Tod River Reservoir

The Tod River Reservoir is 27 km north of Port Lincoln and has a barbeque, tennis court and public toilets. While you’re there you can learn about the dam wall construction in the early 20th century and visit the lookout. There is also a picnic area and museum which tells the story of water services and SA Water in the local area and is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am until 4pm.

Tod River Reservoir, Port Lincoln | map link


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Reservoirs SA website.

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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