Parks SA’s Park of the Month is Deep Creek Conservation Park
Located less than two hours drive from Adelaide, Deep Creek Conservation Park is the perfect destination for a day trip or weekend getaway. It is popular with groups of families and friends who enjoy the park’s wildlife, walking and camping opportunities.
Deep Creek Conservation Park is the largest portion of remaining natural vegetation on the Fleurieu Peninsula and is home to an array of native wildlife such as western grey kangaroos, short beaked echidnas and 100 species of birds that can be heard and seen while walking in the park.
The 15 walking trails in the park provide spectacular scenery of Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island and the rugged Deep Creek Valley. All ages and abilities are catered for with walks ranging from easy to very difficult. The walking trail network in Deep Creek Conservation Park includes sections of the famous Heysen Trail.
Five campgrounds are dotted throughout the park with four of them accessible by 2WD vehicles. The other campground is ‘hike-in’ only and situated on the Heysen trail, making it an ideal environment for a family adventure. Southern Ocean Retreats also offers places to stay for those who prefer a roof over their heads, including cottages, a homestead and retreats nestled into the surrounding stringybark forest.
What’s on for families
Virtual bushwalk with Google Street View
If you can’t make it to Deep Creek Conservation Park this month you can still enjoy the beauty of this spectacular park wherever you are. Park rangers have teamed up with Google to capture the parks walking trails, campgrounds and roads using a Google Street View Trekker.
This is an especially great tool if you have accessibility needs, are visiting with people of varying ages or fitness levels or are pushing a pram and want to view a trail before leaving home.
If you are planning to visit Deep Creek, here are 10 ideas to explore on your next trip, prepared for you by Park SA’s passionate rangers and Nature Play SA:
- Watch the sunset over Kangaroo Island from Cobbler Hill Picnic Area, and keep an eye out for wildlife that become active at dusk, such as ring-tailed possums, bats and western grey kangaroos.
- In late autumn and early winter take a stroll along the Stringybark Loop and spot a variety of fungi, such as coral fungi, dye balls, and little bleeders.
- Following the end of total fire ban in late autumn, book a site such as Tapanappa Campground and toast marshmallows over a campfire.
- For those up for a day-long challenge, venture the Deep Creek Circuit Hike (11 km return), which offers amazing views of the park and plentiful encounters with wildlife such as echidnas and bluetongue lizards.
- From Cobbler Hill, Tapanappa, or Trig Campground, or as a daylong endeavor, find a part of the Heysen Trail to walk in the early morning and spot the resident birds, such as the superb fairy-wrens and white-browed scrub-wrens.
- Head to Tapanappa Lookout and walk either the Deep Creek Cove Hike that leads down to the beach, or the Deep Creek Waterfall Hike for a view of the stunning waterfall.
- In the evening, just before sunset, find a spot around your campground to sit and watch the sky for bats as they become active. You may also get a glimpse of the yellow-footed antechinus or the elusive southern brown bandicoot.
- On a calm day head down to Blowhole Beach via Blowhole Beach Hike, or get there with your four wheel drive, to explore the shoreline and see what natural treasures have washed up, such as cup sponges, cuttlefish and different types of seaweed.
- On a clear night find somewhere around your campsite to watch the night sky, spot the Milky Way and Southern Cross – stargazing smartphone apps are available to help.
- On a foggy morning, stroll along the Forest Circuit Walk and experience how different the forest feels in these conditions.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Parks SA website
What: Parks SA Park of the Month – Deep Creek Conservation Park
When: June 2020
Where: Deep Creek, Fleurieu Peninsula | map link
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Image Source: Parks SA website
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