When we arrived, it was dry and hot and we were surprised that the park wasn’t closed due to extreme fire danger. The rangers at the park headquarters were extremely friendly and offered suggestions on where to camp and what to see.
Deep Creek Conservation Park covers 4452 hectares and is the largest portion of natural vegetation on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The coastline of Deep Creek is mainly rocky cliffs with the occasional pocket of sandy beach or rocky cove. The forest within the boundaries of the park has a variety of flora and fauna, including endangered emu-wrens, glossy black cockatoos, grey kangaroos that bound through your campsite in the morning, stringybark eucalyptus trees and tall yaccas or grass trees.
A section of the Heysen Trail, a 1200km path from Cape Jervis to the Flinders Ranges, weaves through the park and includes the hike to the Deep Creek waterfall. This 3.5km return track starts off easy then plunges 800m into the valley. Unfortunately, the waterfall was only a trickle and the walk back up the mountain was quite a workout.
Another walking trail that we conquered was the Deep Creek Cove track, which is a 6.7km return trek over a ridge that leads into the valley that the Deep Creek follows. The cove is where the creek meets the ocean and it is a rocky beach with polished grey stone. The colours are fantastic and we ate breakfast as we watched the waves crash against the rocks.
There are five campsites in the park – we stayed at Trig Campground. It had 25 sites with fire pads that are only allowed to be used outside of fire restriction months. It is relatively quiet, if you don’t count the noisy magpies, there were drop toilet facilities, a rainwater tank with tap, and generators are NOT ALLOWED, which is awesome.
Camping is at around $13 a night, plus a $10 entry fee into the park, but if you get a Parks Holiday Pass for $70, that takes care of all entry and camping fees to National Parks for two months.