Deep Creek and Coorong Explorer
Explore Deep Creek Conservation Park by foot and the beauty of the Coorong National Park by kayak on this small group, overnight adventure and oh so close to Adelaide! Just an hour from the city will see you frolicking on the southern beaches of the Fleurieu Peninsula and staying overnight in an Aussie bush style camp. Dinner here means dining on a clifftop overlooking the ocean as the sun sets, with kangaroos grazing right by you. Just magical!
Adventure goes hand in hand with a little activity so come along and hike to a secluded waterfall, keeping an eye out for native wildlife along the way. Keep moving and kayak through the tranquil Coorong to spot a myriad of birds and lazy sunbathing seals. Walk over sand dunes to the wild southern ocean and learn about local bush tucker. If you have ever wanted to experience what South Australia really has to offer then this one is for you!
Take the coastal route and stop at the pristine Port Willunga beach
Hike to Deep Creek’s year round waterfall
Dine with kangaroos on a clifftop overlooking the ocean
Relax over a glass of wine or beer while stargazing
Camp in style in our canvas bell tents
Explore the Coorong by kayak, hike sand dunes and discover bush tucker
All inclusive, small group, locally sourced meals
Minimal travel time means more time exploring!
2 Days 1 Night
Tour runs September to May
Departs | 08.30am
Returns | 04.30pm (+1 day)
Small Group Tour
from AUD $679 per person
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Experienced pureSA guide
National park fees
Morning tea at Pt. Willunga beach
Local produce picnic lunch
Guided Deep Creek Waterfall Hike
Gourmet BBQ dinner on a clifftop
Glass of wine or beer
Cooked camp style breakfast
Guided kayak tour of the Coorong
Bush tucker walk through the dunes
Lunch in the Coorong
All camping equipment and bedding
Return transport from Adelaide
Itinerary Day 1
Departing from Adelaide we take the scenic coastal route to one of our beautiful southern beaches – Port Willunga. This old grain port is one of South Australia’s most photographed beaches due to the remains of an old jetty jutting out of the sand. Use this free time to explore the small caves in the cliffside, take a refreshing dip or simply lounge in the sun before enjoying a light morning tea.
Then a short drive to reach our camp site in Deep Creek Conservation Park. This conservation park is the largest area of native vegetation on the Fleurieu Peninsula. This provides plenty of habitat for native wildlife including over 100 species of birds, western grey kangaroos, echidnas and even whales cruising along the coast June-October. You’ll be awe-struck with the view that lies just a few metres from your tent. Take in the rolling cliffs and expansive Southern Ocean as you breathe in the fresh sea air. After you’ve had a chance to enjoy the view it’s time for everyone to chip in and set up camp. Don’t worry if you’ve never camped before, our expert guide will provide all the help you need and your spacious 4×4 metre tent will be up in no time!
After lunch and camp is set up it’s time to put on your walking shoes and hike to Deep Creek Waterfall. Follow your guide and the Aussie bush trails winding along the ridgeline. Listen for bush birds and spot lizards lounging lazily in the sun. As you come upon the clearing you can hear the sound of the waterfall cascading over the rocky creek bed. Take a moment in this secluded setting and recharge before the return hike back to camp. At camp you have some free time to rest or explore more of the park. Take a book and sit on the cliff top or just sit and chat to your fellow campmates.
We know you’ve worked up an appetite on your hike and dinner is well worth the wait. We’ve reserved a table under the stars in the best spot in the park overlooking the beauty of the ocean. Kangaroos graze next to you on the grassy cliffside and the atmosphere is just magical. A gourmet BBQ is on the menu tonight accompanied by a glass of local wine or beer. Wind down and try a spot of stargazing or sit around the campfire (seasonal) and toast marshmallows. It’s an early night tonight to be ready for a full day of adventure in the morning!
Itinerary Day 2
Let the morning sounds of the Australian bush gently wake and inspire you for the exciting day ahead. Fuel up on a hearty cooked breakfast and then take some time to pack down your little home away from home. Then its everyone on the bus for a short drive to the spectacular Coorong National Park. This wetland is of international importance and home to many endangered species. The Coorong is also the setting of the iconic novel and movies “Storm Boy” that feature the magnificent pelicans of the region.
Meet your expert kayak guide to hear your orientation for the day. Then it’s time to get out on the water and explore this beautiful environment and its sheltered lagoons. The relaxing pace and multiple stops will allow you to really absorb the serenity and give you the best chance of spotting wildlife along the way. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the area and there are always plenty of seals swimming about! Pick the brains of your local guide to learn about the uniqueness and current state of this key ecological area.
Pull up on the sand and take a walk across the pristine dunes to the Southern Ocean. Your guide will then take you on an informative and hands on ‘bush tucker’ walk to discover the native food of the region. After teasing your taste buds it’s time to relax over a local produce lunch while admiring the views of this unique national park.
Back in the kayaks for the last leg of your journey and paddle to the Murray Mouth, the point at which the Murray River meets the Southern Ocean. From here it’s goodbye to your kayak guide and aboard the bus for a scenic country drive back to Adelaide!
This tour is available from September - May with departures on the first Wednesday of each month. Please note January 1st 2020 is replaced with January 8th due to a public holiday.
Departure | 8.30am - Central Adelaide
The start location for this tour is at the pureSA office at The Joinery, 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide. Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow time for check in and loading of luggage. Pickup on request from selected Adelaide city hotels may also be available and will be confirmed by email following receipt of your booking.
Return | 4.30pm the following day - Central Adelaide
On arrival back to Adelaide, you will be returned to the main departure point or hotel.
Important Tour Notes
- Bring your sense adventure. This is an outdoor activity and you will be subject to the elements including some of nature's small creatures!
- This tour requires a average level of fitness and good mobility.
- Camp facilities are basic and it is expected that all guests pitch in for setup, cleaning and pack down of camp as this is all part of the experience.
- This tour is Twin Share - 2 persons per tent. Individual bookings will be paired with participants of the same gender. Doubles are also available on request.
- Please bring adequate clothing including enclosed walking shoes. Don’t forget a small day pack to carry personal items, your camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, sunhat, sunglasses and raincoat!
- Hike - please note the Deep Creek hikes contain some steep sections, rocky and uneven surfaces. The hike will be approximately 3 hours and is graded moderate to hard.
- Kayak - please note that no experience is necessary as all techniques will be demonstrated. Participants will need to know how to swim and be comfortable sitting in a Kayak for extended periods (over 30 minutes). Kayak weight limit of 120kg applies.
- This tour is not available for children under the age of 15
- All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a fare paying adult
- Please note: A luggage limit of 1 bag per person applies