Devil's Nose, Lizard Rock and Hissey Circuit

3 h to 4 h 30 min
1 h 30 min to 2 h 15 min

9.8 km
circuit

↑ 289 m
↓ -289 m

Moderate track
Starting from the Devil's Nose Track carpark on Para Wirra Drive, Para Wirra Conservation Park, this walk takes you on a circuit via the Devil's Nose, Quarry and Knob tracks. This hike extends the Devil's Nose Hike from a return 5.0km to a 10.5km circuit hike by including the Lizard Rock Nature Walk and the Hissey Walk. Descend towards the South Para River at the northern end of this hike, and glimpse views of the unique sandstone outcrop of Devil's Nose from below as you head towards the lookout. From the lookout atop Devil's Nose there are stunning views towards Gawler and the South Para River gorge. After enjoying the views, take the Quarry Track through a landscape dotted with old gold mining shafts and tunnels. Take care when walking in this area. The trail ascends gradually towards the small rounded hill of the Knob, where you'll find picnic tables nestled in peaceful surroundings. From the Knob, the trail goes past North Oval and along the Lizard Rock Nature Walk. This scenic walk takes you through stands of Pink Gum, Golden Wattle and Native Cranberry to a large granite outcrop known as Kadno or Lizard Rock, that provides views into the valley of Wild Dog Creek. Following Wild Dog Creek upstream, the hike ends with the Hissey Walk along the edge of the lake, leading back to the carpark. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Devils Nose Track & Para Wirra Drive (-34.6916441,138.8220619)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Main North Road, A20
  • Turn on to then drive for 2.4 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Yorktown Road and drive for another 1.5 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Yorktown Road and drive for another 3.7 km
  • Turn left onto Black Top Road and drive for another 3.7 km
  • Turn left onto One Tree Hill Road and drive for another 360 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Humbug Scrub Road and drive for another 4.5 km
  • Turn left onto Para Wirra Drive and drive for another 1.1 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
Starting from Para Wirra Drive(725 metres northeast of intersection with Humbug Scrub Road), head towards the picnic table in the car park area along the dirt path, moving directly away from the road. Pass by the picnic table keeping it to your left, and follow the formed track into the woodland to continue along Devil\'s Nose, Lizard Rock and Hissey Circuit.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Devils Nose Track & Para Wirra Drive Start heading along Devils Nose Track (a footpath).
After 35 m pass the car park (15 m on your left).
After another 440 m continue straight, to head along Devils Nose Track.
After another 440 m (at the intersection of Devils Nose Track & Bagshaw Track) turn right, to head along Devils Nose Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A little side trip to the Devil's Nose Lookout, providing you with views over South Para River. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.5 km turn sharp right.
After another 95 m come to the "Devils Nose" (80 m on your left).
After another 1.5 km veer right.
After another 45 m turn right, to head along Quarry Track.
After another 1.1 km (at the intersection of Scenic Drive & Quarry Track) continue straight, to head along Scenic Drive (a service road).
After another 230 m (at the intersection of Knob Track & Scenic Drive) continue straight, to head along Knob Track (a footpath).
After another 740 m pass the shelter (20 m on your left).
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Para Wirra Drive & The Knob Lookout Track) continue straight, to head along Para Wirra Drive.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Oval Track & Para Wirra Drive) veer right, to head along Oval Track.
After another 310 m turn right.
After another 65 m pass the playground (65 m on your right).
After another 90 m turn right, to head along Lizard Rock Nature Walk.
After another 6 m pass the shelter (on your left).
After another 1.1 km veer right.
After another 730 m turn right.
After another 220 m veer left.
After another 760 m turn right, to head along Lake Road West.
After another 45 m pass the car park (7 m on your left).
After another 150 m continue straight, to head along Lake Road West.
After another 115 m (at the intersection of Para Wirra Drive & Lake Road West) turn right, to head along Para Wirra Drive.
After another 60 m come to the end.

A little side trip to the Devil's Nose Lookout, providing you with views over South Para River.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 15 m veer left.
After another 45 m come to the end.
About 10 m past the end is "Devils Nose".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 60 m to the main route.

A highly recommended side trip to The Knob Lookout, for more panoramic views over the land.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Scenic Drive & Quarry Track Start heading along Scenic Drive (a service road).
After another 310 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 310 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Devil's Nose, Lizard Rock and Hissey Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 9.8 km
Time 3 h to 4 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There are 2 on route, on average they are 3.3 km apart with the largest gap of 6.1 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
6.1 km[shelter]
Shelter
6.7 km[shelter]
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