FLEURIEU PENINSULA -BEACHES, VINES & 'DEEP CREEK'
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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JOURNEY: Adelaide, Yankalilla, Deep Creek CP, Rapid Creek
WEATHER: 18 degrees at noon
We have been in Adelaide 6+ weeks and have to admit we were itching to go bush again. Both of us need extensive dental treatment so our time here in Adelaide is dragging on to mid June. A gap between appointments gave us 5 days to head south to the lovely Fleurieu Peninsula and specifically Deep Creek Conservation Park, about 100kms from Adelaide.
It is an easy run through some pretty towns. We headed straight to the Stringbark Campground and found site 11 was private, scenic and reasonably flat for comfortable sleeping. We looked for ranger Donna but she was not on site so we unpacked and set up outdoors- table, chairs and gas cooker. As the sun set, the temperature dropped and we regretted not buying some firewood to make a fire.
The paperbark trunks and grass trees glowed with colour and a family of Western Grey kangaroos came by.
Birds, mostly tiny, were impressive, especially the scarlet robin, whose scarlet breast shone in the last light of the day. The superb wren, iridescent blue flitted around on the forest floor while the raucous cockatoos screamed overhead.
We enjoyed a delicious pasta meal with a fabulous McLaren shiraz (we are not far from the McLaren Vale here) and sat outside under the clouds, no stars visible until it was too cold to appreciate the night air. A kookaburra kept watch to catch a morsel but had no success tonight. Into the van with good reading material for a while and then to sleep for a silent night in this beautiful place.
A a noisy neighbour with a loud voice retired early and noone stirred until 8.30 the next morning. And that's probably because it was barely 5 degrees. Sticking to our morning walk routine we headed off along Tapanappa Road, gravel but hard and flat, and accomplished the hour trek without really warming up.
The road passes adjoining farms and we were amazed at how green the pastures were here; the sheep were not inclined to be friendly and ran off every time Kath approached to take a picture.
After breakfast, hoping to finally warm up, we added another 5.5kms to our mileage and hiked the Spring Wildflower trail and yes we know it's autumn and not spring but we did come across some unexpected beauties along the way.
The tiny maroon flowers growing precariously in the hard gravel was spectacular and we are happy that the photo catches the magic of the miniscule specimen.
This was a lovely trail and we stoped frequently to enjoy the far vistas that gave glimpses of the coast and sea. We felt happy to be here.
Back at camp we ventured over to the amenities block to wash dishes; wow, we had hot water in the kitchen sink and in the beautifully maintained showers. This was 5 star camping but we never did have a shower, instead appreciating the kitchen sink's hot water to wash our dishes and pots squeaky clean.
We tackled the short walks- Forest Circuit and Stringybark Loop and admired the beautiful old stringybark trees which are some of the oldest in SA. The screaming cockatoos broke the silence of Deep Creek.
By Friday night the camp ground was close to full and we felt deprived when most of the campers warmed themselves by their fires.
On Saturday morning we drove off to Tapanappa Lookout and checked out the camping area there; it was more exposed than Stringybark but it was just a short stroll to some magnificent views and the Deep Creek Coastal walks- next time.
A trip to Victor Harbour was not too exciting but we did buy our favourite "Weekend Australian" newspaper and a very delicious "sour cherry crumble" to devour with our coffee as we sat by the pretty beach at Victor.
On our way back to camp we stopped at the tiny town of Delamare to buy some firewood and guess what? they had sold their last bag a few hours ago!!!
Oh well we had a tasty BBQ dinner of lamb cutlets and spicy pork spare ribs to accompany the usual red wine and we were content.
Saturday night is always a risky night to camp because of noisy, party groups and we had a few here but luckily we were further enough away from them not to be affected by the late sounds.
We enjoyed 3 lovely nights at Deep Creek Conservation Park- Stringybark- and please if you are in the area, don't miss it!!!!