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Located 100km south west of Adelaide, on the Fleurieu Peninsula, the park is home to 18 kilometres of rugged coastline with sandy beaches, and accessibility more suited to a 4WD. Alternatively, the park provides some of the most scenic and challenging walking trails in South Australia. The network of trails, ranging from 30 minutes to 7 hours duration, offer coastal views, waterfalls, and beaches and bush land. Home to an abundance of wildlife, including western grey kangaroos, short beaked echidnas and the rare southern brown bandicoot, together with a large number of birds, walking through the Stringybark forests of Deep Creek offers an exceptional chance to explore the natural environment.
Accessible from Blowhole road, the 3km return walk from Cobblers Hill Picnic area to Blowhole Beach will take about 2.5 hours, providing stunning views of Backstairs Passage and Kangaroo Island. The trail winds down the steep hill to the beautiful sandy beach known as Blowhole Beach. The beauty of the beach can be inviting but it is potentially hazardous for swimming, due to the prevalence of rocks, reefs and rips. Fishing is a popular pastime on the 120m beach, fishermen are rewarded with salmon, snapper and sweep.
Blowhole Beach, Cobbler Hill and Marrano Creek Loop Walk
Moderate fitness is required for the 6.7km walk starting from either the Cobblers Hill Picnic area or from Cobblers Hill Campground. From the picnic area, the first section travels down to Blowhole Beach, joining a section of the Heysen Trail, crossing the Marrano Creek, toward the Cobbler Hill Campground. Walking along the main road will return walkers back to the Cobbler Hill Picnic area in around 2.5 hours. The rewards for the steep climbs are excellent views of Kangaroo Island and The Pages Islands.
Following part of the Heysen Trail, views of Kangaroo Island, The Pages Islands and Tunkalilla Beach are features of this 7.3km walking trail. The trail begins at Tappanappa Ridge, which can be accessed by following the road toward the Tappanappa campground, 16km southeast of Delamere, turning left before reaching the campground. On a small but steep departure from the trail, walkers can clamber over rocks to reach Boat Harbor beach, a rock-strewn cove, bordered by steep cliffs where Boat Harbor Creek enters the Southern Ocean.
In the heart of the Conservation park is Deep Creek Waterfall. Surrounded by large rocks, the scenic waterfall area invites walkers to take a break, relax with a snack, admire the view or snap a few photos. The 3.5km return trail from Tent Rock Road or the 7km return trail starting at Tappanappa Lookout will lead you through a variety of native trees and plants to the year round waterfall. From Tent Rock Road car park, this 2-hour trail has some steep sections as it winds though the bush land, delivering views of the densely wooded hills. For experienced walkers, looking for a more challenging trail, the 3-hour walk from the Tappanappa Lookout journeys 6km through some rugged terrain and thick vegetation.
Camping is allowed in the park at the designated campsites including 16 sites at the Stringybark site, 25 sites at the Trig campground, 17 at Tappanappa and 6 at Cobblers Hill. Fees are payable to Parks SA for entering and camping in the Deep Creek Conservation Park.
Facilities are limited, with toilets available at the campsites; mobile phone coverage can be intermittent. Pack a picnic lunch and plenty of water, as there are no opportunities to purchase food in the park.
The Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri people, being the traditional custodians of the land, illustrate a deep spiritual connection with the natural environment in the area through dreaming stories from both groups representing the creation of their land and their relationship to the country.
Whether it's a day, a weekend or longer, the Deep Creek Conservation Park is a great place to take the family or friends for a close up encounter with nature and the beauty of South Australia.
These great photos bring back fond memories.Some of the tracks are steep and only suitable for those with strong legs and lungs/heart.Magnificent coastal/hills scenery.Dangerous in parts!Obey the signs!
It would be so helpful if these recommendations could include information about whether or not dogs are allowed - on or off lead. I would love to visit so many of these places but cannot risk having to abandon a visit because I cannot take my dog. I am not prepared to leave a dog in the car, especially when it is warm.