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Deep Creek Conservation Park
4,030 hectares Deep Creek Conservation Park is on the southern coast of Fleurieu Peninsula, not far from Cape Jervis. It consists of rugged hills, from which flow streams that water the valleys where native orchids and ferns luxuriate. Vegetation varies from tall forest to wind-blown heath and the park is rich in birdlife and native animals. Where Deep Creek meets the coast, high cliffs Provide stunning vistas across Backstairs Passage to Kangaroo Island. Only occasionally are the cliffs broken by small coves. The Heysen Trail and other walking paths wind through the park and simple camping grounds have been set aside.
The famous Heysen Trail, at 1,500 kilometres the world's longest walking trail, begins near Cape Jervis on its path north to the Flinders Ranges. The Fleurieu Peninsula section of the trail is excellent for both day treks and longer walks and takes you through some superbly varied terrain. From Cape Jervis, the trail follows the coast to Newland Head, where it pushes inland up Newland Hill and on to Myponga Conservation Park, It then turns north-east for Mount Compass and northwards through the Mount Lofty Ranges. The trail is marked with orange triangles, wherever possible, in the tops of pine posts. While close to Adelaide, access to the trail from public transport is generally not available . Some sections of the trail, require bushwalking experience, and, advice should be sought from the Recreation Institute.
Maps are available from the State Information Centre, Plaza level, 25 Grenfell Street, Adelaide.