Heysen Trail Deep Creek Walking Tour – 20 AUG 2021


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5 DAYS | 4 NIGHTS | 20 AUG 21

Challenge | Discover | Fulfil


SA | Heysen Trail Fleurieu (Ramindjeri)

Join Big Heart Adventures as we capture the beauty and challenge of the Heysen Trail on the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula.

In this ultimate challenge trek we offer the opportunity to go off the grid and carry all we need to be self sufficient, camping along the first five sections of the iconic Heysen Trail.  We follow coastline from Cape Jervis through farmland, cliff tops and along white sandy beaches alongside the wild Southern Ocean all the way to Encounter Bay, Victor Harbor.

We share with you the most spectacular and rugged sections of the Heysen Trail also to be known as the Wild South Coast Way, connecting you to Ramindjeri Country, deeply immerse you with Mother Nature and include all meals, trail snacks and comfortable camping.

Our Leaders will be with you the entire way to guide and take care of all the detail, so you can relax and absorb the unique surroundings.  Choose to join us for 3 days or 5 days!

Bring your comfortable walking boots and an adventurous spirit for this unique and iconic South Australian trail.


Small group guided walking tour with all meals and trail snacks included and comfortable camping each night.

  • Date: 20/8/21 – 24/8/21
  • Destination: Heysen Trail Deep Creek
  • Type: Challenge Trek for Men and Women
  • Group Size: Max 8 plus leaders
  • Investment: $1599 incl GST per person
  • 5% Discount for WWW Gold and Silver Members JOIN HERE

Fitness Requirement

  • A high level of hill fitness and experience in multi day pack carrying hiking is required on this trip.
  • We will be walking carrying 65 litre backpacks weighing 16-18kg.
  • You should be able to walk on a variety of surfaces: very steep trails, rocky paths, uneven terrain and soft sand.
  • Our longest walking day is 16km and we walk 5 consecutive days on this adventure.


Day 1 | Depart Adelaide - Heysen Trail - Cape Jervis to Cobbler Hill (14km)

We depart from Adelaide at 8am to head south of Adelaide towards Cape Jervis on Ramindjeri – Ngarrindjeri Country for our first day of walking the Heysen Trail. We call in to the Yankalilla/Normanville for a morning tea and coffee stop before making our journey to the start of the Heysen Trail. Don’t be fooled by the 14km distance, we expect to be walking for most of the afternoon with a picnic lunch enroute as the trail meanders through private property and Deep Creek Conservation Park on undulating trails along coastline and cliff tops.  We spot spaceship accommodation before popping out onto Blowhole Beach, cross a tidal creek and start our biggest climb of the day up to Cobbler Hill carpark.  Here we arrive to our home for the night setting up our tents and enjoying a stove top dinner and campfire.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, Dinner, Dessert
Distance: 14km

Day 2 | Heysen Trail Fleurieu - Cobbler Hill to Tapanappa (13km)

From Cobbler Hill we complete 13km to Tapanappa campground via the Deep Creek waterfall.   We will definitely need our hill legs today as we venture deep into a valley over a small creek and seasonal waterfall past the gorgeous hut at Eagle Waterhole before uphill to fire track that opens out the landscapes and skies above.  This area is regularly burned to reduce to fire risk and can be in a constant state of regrowth and regeneration.  The hills dominate this section with steep declines and inclines and rocky terrain to overcome on the challenging contours of Deep Creek Conservation Park.  We break at Trig for lunch before enjoying a slightly easier second half of our walk today downhill and over the creek if passable and to Deep Creek waterfall.  Our final push uphill is gradual and with a few switchbacks to break the undulations for us, we will make camp at Tapanappa after a hilly day.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, Dinner, Dessert

Distance: 13km

Day 3 | Heysen Trail Fleurieu - Tapanappa to Balquidder (15km)

After a good rest and big breakfast, today we conquer another challenging section of the Heysen Trail with 15km of fun from Tapanappa to Balquidder.  Along inland coastal scrub trail we descend and rise on a trail hugging the hillside with bracken forest and grass trees.  We head downhill steeply onto Boat Harbour Beach with rock hopping and creek crossings before climbing up and leaving Deep Creek Conservation Park and onto rolling clifftops all the way to Tunkalilla Beach.   Soft sand makes this section of our journey a tough one and will give your legs a different kind of work out after the trails covered so far.  There is only one way off this beach and that is up!   The steepest climb of our entire adventure follows a fence line and may define calf muscles as we leave the coast behind us and onto rolling hills and farmland for the final part of our trek today.  We hit our finish point on country roads at Balquidder to a stunning campsite surrounded in green with a seasonal flowing creek.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, Dinner, Dessert
Distance: 15km

Day 4 | Heysen Trail Fleurieu - Balquidder to Waitpinga (15km)

Today we leave from Balquidder weaving our way through a creek lined valley to the coastline once more.  We have two sections of beach walking today and again we cross cliff tops to link beach to beach along some remote and wild sections of Southern Ocean.  Rolling hills and a few creek crossings await before we cover Parsons and Waitpinga beaches both popular surf spots for locals.  After the challenges and climbs of yesterday, our walk today is a little more leisurely but no less stunning with the chance to spot dolphins, whales and a variety of bird life.  As part of caring for our beautiful coastline, we collect any removable rubbish with us.  Tonight we fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves at Waitpinga Campground.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, Dinner, Dessert
Distance: 15km

Day 5 | Heysen Trail - Waitpinga to Victor Harbor (15km) - Return to Adelaide

We head out early to finish our Heysen Trail adventure on a high today, enjoying the most spectacular section of clifftop walking from Waitpinga to Victor Harbor in Newland Head Conservation Park.  You may see echidnas today and dolphins and seals playing in the waves as well as fish traps used by First Nations Ramindjeri people at Kings Beach. The trail has some gentle undulations today and a few short steep bits as we wind our way oceanside along dramatic cliffs and beachy sections towards the Bluff at Encounter Bay.  We walk towards this stand out land formation steeped in cultural and maritime history where we will be taken to our celebration lunch.  We head back to Adelaide via McLaren Vale arriving back to the city early evening feeling accomplished and fulfilled after completing 72km of this magnificent 1200km trail.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Trail Snacks, Celebration Lunch
Distance: 15km

Please contact us before booking flights if you are joining us from interstate.

Important Info

  • Read terms and conditions before booking
  • Itinerary and price subject to change at any time
  • Travel Insurance is recommended – click here for a quote from Covermore
  • Single tents are offered and if travelling with a friend/partner, the option to share is available
  • Note weather, group member welfare and a range of circumstances outside our control can mean last minute changes to our itinerary are necessary once on tour
  • Private transport to and from the Fleurieu Peninsula is included from Adelaide
  • Please contact us before booking flights if you are joining us from interstate

Gear you will need:

  • Rainproof jacket and pants (this is a must if wet weather is forecast)
  • Water bottle/hydration kit
  • Personal medications
  • Clothing suitable for bushwalking that is quick drying, warm layers if chilly
  • Sun protection such as hat, sunglasses and suncream, insect repellent (head/hat nets are good for the flies!)
  • Sleeping attire
  • Head torch
  • Toilet kit
  • Hiking poles are recommended

A minimum of 5 participants are required for this trek to depart.
See travel terms and conditions here



Backpacks 60-75 litre
Stove & Fuel
Sleeping Mattress

Crockery and Cutlery

1 night single tent or 2 person tent for couples


Comfortable private transport

Support vehicle at campsites


All meals as per the itinerary – note meals may include dehydrated foods

B x 4 | L x 5 | D x 4


4 nights comfortable camping


Guided walks on Heysen Trail Fleurieu Peninsula, Celebration Lunch

  • Big Heart Adventures ioMerino hiking top and head sock
  • Big Heart Adventures trip specific training sessions and or program
  • Big Heart Adventures discount card for pre-departure purchases at Scouts Outdoor Centre (15% off)
  • Big Heart Adventures journal
  • 4 nights comfortable camping
  • Comfortable private transport for the duration of the tour
  • All meals and snacks as mentioned on the itinerary
  • Celebration Lunch in Victor Harbor
  • Support vehicle at campgrounds
  • Professionally led walks by our leaders qualified in Bushwalking Leadership and Remote Area First Aid
  • Group First Aid kit and emergency communication device
  • National Park entry fees
  • Tent (1 and 2 person) or bring your own
  • Backpacks 60-75 litre
  • Cooking stove & fuel
  • Sleeping roll (mattress)
  • Full packing list will be provided
  • A charity contribution to our Give Back program


  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance
  • Sleeping Bag and liner (please ask us if you cannot source this item)
  • Rain-proof clothing & warm layers, and/or sun protective gear depending on the weather forecast.
  • Items of a personal nature such as medications
  • Compulsory items included in packing list (head torch, rain protective gear etc)

Your Host/s

Lisa Murphy

Ian Murphy

We have a ratio of 1 leader per 4 walkers on this experience. To find out more about us and our walking tours click here