Coastline of Deep Creek National Park

Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail

Upgrading the Heysen Trail and parks along the Fleurieu Peninsula

Enhancing the Heysen Trail and connecting Fleurieu parks will attract more visitors, promote accessibility for all, and provide opportunities for private sector investment in nature-based tourism.

The creation of the Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail will connect the parks that run along our breathtaking southern coastline and become a beacon for locals and tourists alike, driving sustainable economic growth in the region.

This exciting project will upgrade sections of the iconic Heysen Trail from Cape Jervis to Victor Harbor to create a five day, four night hike and other high quality trail-based experiences.

The visitor experience at Deep Creek Conservation Park will be enhanced and expanded with a new day visitor facility, a universally-accessible walking trail, and upgrades to existing campgrounds and amenities. The project will also support new, and enhance existing, nature-based experiences in the tourism sector.

It's expected that the reinvigorated experience will be complete by 2023, but aspects will open in stages from late 2020.

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The investment

An investment of $6 million over four years will enhance and connect the parks that run along the southern coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula, including Deep Creek and Newland Head conservation parks, and Granite Island Recreation Park.

The Heysen Trail will be upgraded from Cape Jervis to Victor Harbor to become one of South Australia’s premium coastal walks. This will include the development of a high quality five day, four night hike, construction of accessible trails to cater for people with limited mobility, and other immersive trail-based experiences.

A new precinct will be developed in Deep Creek Conservation Park to attract and cater for people visiting for the day. Existing campgrounds will be upgraded to cater for growing demand, and roads will be upgraded.

  • Upgraded Heysen Trail from Deep Creek to Victor Harbor
  • New and improved hike-in campgrounds between Cape Jervis and Victor Harbor
  • New day visitor facilities at Deep Creek Conservation Park
  • Upgrade roads in Deep Creek Conservation Park
  • Upgrade existing Deep Creek Conservation Park campgrounds
  • New universally-accessible Class 1 walking trail in Deep Creek Conservation Park
  • Activation of nature-based tourism experiences
  • Upgraded signage

Improved accessibility

This investment into the Heysen Trail and Fleurieu Peninsula parks will inspire and enable better access to nature and open space – essential for the health and wellbeing of the community. Sections of the trail network and new facilities will be designed and constructed so they can be used by all people regardless of their age or ability.

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Delivered in partnership

This project will be 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. We will strive for partnerships that deliver ecologically-sensitive business opportunities, drive nature-based tourism activities and support local operators and regional economies.

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Indicative timeline

  • 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 July 2021
    • Goondooloo day visitor facilities open
  • By August 2021
    • Eagle Waterhole walk-in campsite opens
  • By November 2021
    • New walk-in campsite near Tapanappa, Deep Creek Conservation Park opens
  • By September 2021
    • Walk-in campsite at Balquidder opens
  • By January 2022
    • Walk-in campsite at Newland Head opens
  • By February 2022
    • Tapanappa day visitor facilities open
    • New universally-accessible trail in Deep Creek opens
  • By July 2023
    • Completion of Trig Campground upgrades
  • By 2022-23
    • Completion of Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail

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