Deep Creek Conservation Park

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Declared a conservation park in 1971, Deep Creek protects the rugged coastal terrain between Cape Jervis and Waitpinga Beach. The ridged spine of the park is the southern end of the Mount Lofty Range, and the land slopes steeply towards the sea, carved by streams emptying into the ocean at sheltered rocky coves such as Blowhole and Deep Creek. The Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri people have spiritual links with this area.

Native plants are prolific – 406 species recorded – along with an unusually high diversity of fungi in the stringybark forests. The ridges support majestic old-growth forests of messmate stringybark. Pink gum and cup gum grow lower down, with woodlands of drooping she-oak on some of the steeper rocky slopes; closer to the coast is an array of flowering heaths. Abundant wildlife includes western grey kangaroos, western pygmy-possums, short-beaked echidnas, rare southern brown bandicoots, and a large number of birds – crescent and singing honeyeaters, superb fairy-wrens, scarlet and hooded robins, yellow-tailed black-cockatoos and wedge-tailed eagles.

For bushwalkers, the Heysen Trail starts here and heads north for 1200 kilometres. Three easy walks lead from Stringybark campground among beautiful stringybarks and spring wildflowers. Walks with scenic lookouts include Marrano Creek Hike (6.7 km), Aaron Creek Hike (11 km), Deep Creek Circuit (10.4 km) and Deep Creek Cove (6.4 km). Other walks head to waterfalls or secluded coves. Anglers will find that Blowhole Beach (4WD access only) has great fishing for salmon, snapper and sweep. Cottages can be rented at Deep Creek Homestead, Ridgetop Retreat, Goondooloo and Glenburn (08) 8598 4169 or there are five unpowered camping grounds.

Fact file


Camping at Stringybark, Cobbler Creek, Trig, Eagle Waterhole and Tapanappa; fees apply


110 km south of Adelaide via Normanville on Main South Rd; 42 km south-west of Victor Harbor via Fleurieu Way

Park information

  • Parks SA (08) 8204 1910
  • Deep Creek CP (08) 8598 0263
  • Parks SA Victor Harbor (08) 8552 3677


4500 ha

Visitor information

Victor Harbor 1800 557 094

See Also


Cobbler Hill camping area

Ridgetop camping on the park’s western boundary sits above wonderful Blowhole Beach, accessible by a steep 4WD track or walking trail. The campground is on Blowhole Creek Rd, 12 km south of Delamere, and is on the... Find out more

Eagle Waterhole camping area (walk-in camping)

Offering secluded bushland camping along the Heysen Trail, this walk-in site 2 km east of Cobber Hill also has a simple bushwalker’s shelter. Bring a gas stove, water, and a permit from the self-registration... Find out more

Stringybark camping area

Deep Creek’s main camping area is sheltered by delightful stringybark forest, a feature of the park’s higher ground. It’s a comfortable base camp for daytrips and walks on Tapanappa Rd, 9 km south-east... Find out more

Tapanappa camping area

There are fantastic views along Tunkalilla Beach and over to Kangaroo Island from this lofty ridgetop campground on the Heysen Trail. It’s also a staging post for challenging bushwalks to Deep Creek Cove and... Find out more

Trig camping area

This popular location in the heart of the park is sheltered and leafy, with good access to walking trails. It’s at the end of the steep Tent Rock Rd, 12 km south of Delamere. Bring wood and pick up a permit from... Find out more

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