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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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
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.
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.
Southern Ocean Retreats 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
Concept plans complete and priorities for investment set
By December 2020
Construction activities commence
Wild South Coast Way gateways open
By June 2021
Opening of hike-in and upgraded campgrounds
By December 2021
Upgrade of vehicle access to the Wild South Coast Way
By June 2022
Open new day visitor site in Deep Creek
Open new universally-accessible trail in Deep Creek
Complete Deep Creek campground upgrades