Deep Creek Conservation Park
Deep Creek Conservation Park is a well known destination, popular for camping and hiking, just 108km south of Adelaide in South Australia.
Not only does Deep Creek Conservation Park provide 5 different campgrounds, it also has private cottages or retreat accommodation. It has an abundance of hiking trails varying in length and difficulty including sections of the Heysen Trail, has 4wd tracks, two fishing beaches and stunning views of along the rugged coastline including Kangaroo Island.
Edwin and I have been to Deep Creek in the past but just recently spent the October long weekend camping there with friends. Needless to say it was absolutely packed with campers. Not only because of the great weather and the public holiday but it was also school holidays.
To really appreciate the tranquility and wildlife, I would recommend finding a time during the year that does not include holidays. The Adelaide locals frequent this place because of its close proximity to the city.
My favourite campground in Deep Creek would have to be Tapanappa Campground. It hosts 18 sites, all flat, each with a fire pit, surrounded by bush and therefore surprisingly private, long drop toilets and the start of some favourite walking trails.
The most popular campground to camp at would be Trig Campground which hosts 25 sites, long drop toilets, an oval, car park and picnic area and also the start of some popular walking trails.
Our favourite hike so far is the Deep Creek Cove hike, a 6.4km return from Trig picnic area. It took us just over 2 hours walking at a leisurely pace.
In my experience, the camp ground is always tidy and well kept, rangers do frequently check permit fees have been paid and it never fails to provide a display of wild life including kangaroos and wild flowers. It has dirt roads once inside the park but they are manageable for all cars.
A few things to keep in mind when you visit Deep Creek Conservation Park, you can not book sites, it works on a first come, first served basis. Fees do apply for entry and for over night stay. To see prices and some more detailed information about the park including fire and rain water information visit Deep Creek Conservation Park.
If you are local and haven’t made a visit into Deep Creek Conservation Park yet i would highly recommend it. If you are an overseas visitor, this will not fail to impress you with plenty of Australian bush and animals to be seen.