Creating the Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail
South Australia’s multi-day walking experience along the Fleurieu Peninsula
Walk the Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail now.
Sections of the iconic Heysen Trail from Cape Jervis to Victor Harbor have now been upgraded to create a five day, four night hike and other high quality, shorter trail-based experiences.
The trail is open now for walking in its entirety (with campsites to be booked online prior to departure) with construction set for completion in 2022.
The coastal walking experience provides newly constructed ‘walk-in only’ campgrounds (coupled with existing campsites that can be reached by both and vehicle), two new picnic areas (each including a universally-accessible walking trail) and an upgrade to existing Trig Campground.
New interpretation along the trail will assist walkers with knowledge of of the area and highlight key features.
Finishing touches are currently being made to the newly created Tapanappa Ridge Lookout and Picnic Area (which is currently restricted but set to open mid-year) and the upgrade to Trig Campground is slated for late 2022.
Interactive map of the Wild South Coast Way
To help plan a journey along the Wild South Coast Way, use the below interactive map by clicking on icons for more information or to book individual campsites. Due to walk-in campsites being under construction, you will not be able to book these sites until they become available.
About the trail
The Heysen Trail has been upgraded from Cape Jervis to Victor Harbor to become one of South Australia’s premium coastal walks. A high quality five-day, four-night hike has been created including areas with accessible trails to cater for people with limited mobility and places to gather in small groups to picnic and enjoy surrounding landscapes. The trail has been designed to accommodate those who wish to walk shorter sections and in either direction.
Walkers will be able to experience the parks that run along the southern coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula, that include Deep Creek National Park, Newland Head Conservation Park, and Granite Island Recreation Park.
Highlights include new precincts at Deep Creek National Park which can be enjoyed by those who want to visit for the day. One of these, the Goondooloo Picnic Area, opened in September 2021. Tapanappa Ridge Lookout and Picnic Area is the next and final precinct to be completed and offers ample space for multiple groups to enjoy facilities against the backdrop of the the southern coastline.
The new ‘walk-in only’ campgrounds have been built and are available for booking now. The existing Trig Campground is being upgraded later in 2022 to cater for growing demand.
The new campgrounds are:
- Wuldi Krikin Ngawanthi (located at the former Eagle Waterhole Campground and pronounced Wool-dee Krik-ren Ngah-wun-thee) in Deep Creek National Park
- Yapari Ngawanthi (Cliffs Campground and pronounced Yah-pah-ree Ngah-wun-thee) in Deep Creek National Park
- Kurri Ngawanthi (Creek Campground and pronounced Koor-ee Ngah-wun-thee) in Ballaparudda Creek Recreation Park
- Natunyuru Ngawanthi (Sand Dunes Campground and pronounced Nut-un-yoo-roo Ngah-wun-thee) in Newland Head Conservation Park
Interactive mobile phone Tour App
For those walking the trail, a new SA National Parks Tour App has been developed using technology built into a walker’s mobile device to deliver curated content at locations along the trail. Options for visually or hearing impaired visitors include voiceover, audio transcripts and image descriptions. Multilingual support is also provided, with 27 languages supported.
The app showcases Ramindjeri and Ngarrindjeri stories, a traditional welcome and farewell to Ramindjeri Ruwi country as well as reflections and meditations on traditional life.
Insights on the unique plants, animals and experiences along the trail are also explained.
Walkers can opt-in to alerts for when content is available.
The project was made possible by working closely with the Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal Corporation (NAC) and Ramindjeri and Ngarrindjeri artists.
Goondooloo Picnic Area
The project enables better access to nature and open space – essential for the health and wellbeing of the community. Sections of the trail network and facilities have been designed and constructed so they can be used by all people regardless of their age or ability.
Delivered in partnership
This project is being delivered in partnership with First Nations, Yankalilla District Council, City of Victor Harbor, The Friends of the Heysen Trail, park users and the private sector.
- By July 2019
- Establish stakeholder consultation group
- By December 2019
- Commence planning for new/upgraded facilities
- Engage private sector to identify business opportunities
- By June 2020
- Preliminary concept plans complete and priorities for investment set
- By December 2020
- Construction activities commence
- By September 2021
- Goondooloo day visitor facilities open
- By March 2022
- Ballaparudda Creek walk-in campground opens
- By April 2022
- Eagle Waterhole walk-in campground opens
- New walk-in campsite near Tapanappa, Deep Creek National Park opens
- Walk-in campground at Newland Head opens
- By June 2022
- Tapanappa day visitor facilities open
- New universally-accessible trail at Tapanappa in Deep Creek opens
- By late 2022
- Completion of Trig Campground upgrades*
- By end of 2022
- Completion of Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail
*subject to change.