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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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Published October 23rd 2022
Take a walk on the wild side
There's no shortage of walking trails on the Fleurieu Peninsula and I'm gradually ticking more off my long list. Having walked, on a previously sunny day, from Kings Beach towards Waitpinga, I recently walked in the opposite direction.

The distance between Kings Beach and Waitpinga is around 11kms. If you walk the entire distance, you will find yourself at the other end with no transport home. The return journey is 22kms. If, like me, you feel this is too far for one day, a good option is to break it into two more manageable walks.

Of course, two walks are better than one, especially when there are spectacular views involved.

Wild South Coast Way
Follow this coastal path and be rewarded with incredible views

The walk from Waitpinga to Kings Beach is just a short section of the Wild South Coast Way which stretches around 80kms between Cape Jervis and Victor Harbor. I started walking at the Waitpinga Campground which is adjacent to Newland Head Conservation Park.

Waitpinga Campground
The walk starts here

There are actually numerous trails accessible from here including HeysenTrail, Coast Cliffs Loop Hike, Campground to Beach Hike and Ridgeway Hill Loop Hike.

HeysenTrail, Coast Cliffs Loop Hike, Campground to Beach Hike, Ridgeway Hill Loop Hike
A choice of walking trails

The longest of these is the 1200km Heysen Trail and many of the shorter tracks cross its path.

A short section of the HeysenTrail

This section of the Wild South Coast Way begins with an uphill sandy path.

Waitpinga to Kings Beach
Sandy section

The sandy path narrows into a clear track with a few rocky obstacles to clamber over along the way.

rocky path, Wild South Coast Way
Wild South Coast Way

There are plenty of walking markers. I would have liked to have seen distance indications too. Knowing that I'm getting closer to a destination keeps my feet moving.

Wild South Coast Way trail marker
Trail marker

I spotted chirpy parrots in the scrub and saw a few sleepy lizards scuttling across the path in front of me.

Sleepy Lizards
Sleepy Lizards

I also saw different varieties of wildflowers and the vibrant colours of Pigface flowers that made a stunning contrast to the azure of the sea.

Pigface flowers
Pigface flowers

The endless Southern Ocean views from the track are magical. Kangaroo Island can be seen quite clearly to the south-west.

Clifftop views
Clifftop views

Up ahead, towards the east, The Bluff and West Island can be seen as well as glimpses of Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay.

The Bluff
Views to the Bluff

While walking, I figured out a plan to walk with like-minded friends and start at opposite ends. The plan involves them leaving their car at Kings Beach while I leave mine at Waitpinga. We head off towards each other, meet halfway for a picnic and swap car keys. After continuing in our respective directions, we eventually drive each others' car to an arranged location and drink cold beverages while discussing the walk before swapping back cars and keys. Clever, hey?
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Where: Wild South Coast Way, The Heysen Track
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Your Comment
Incredible landscapes and beautiful photos.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5716) 34 days ago
This is indeed a truly beautiful part of South Australia.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10096) 30 days ago
looks great, thanks Karen :)
by maxyb (score: 0|6) 34 days ago
looks great, thanks Karen :)
by maxyb (score: 0|6) 34 days ago
Looks like a beautiful part of the country to explore!
by Heidi Cee (score: 1|33) 33 days ago
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