It’s a haven from the city, just one and a half hour’s drive from the heart of Adelaide and yet so many South Australians have no idea that Deep Creek Conservation Park is just waiting to be discovered. The park at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula has spectacular views across Backstairs Passage to Kangaroo Island. It contains some of the last remnants of native stringybark forest and is a haven for wildlife.
Thankfully, the farmer who first established Deep Creek Homestead found the going pretty tough and decided against clearing more land. It’s why so much natural scrub still exists today. Now the homestead is one of several accommodation options available to us all under the Southern Ocean Retreats banner.
Barry and Jane Duykers spent years renovating the homestead – a comfortable four bedroom hideaway for those wanting to explore the park’s endless walking trails. Here you’re guaranteed an authentic natural experience in a landscape that’s continually changing.
But if lounging by the fire, within sight of grazing roos is more your scene, then the bush cabin feel of Goondooloo Cottage maybe more your thing.
The couple have been showcasing the marvels of Deep Creek for twenty-five years now. They discovered the delights of this place in the nineties while camping. They’re determined you don’t have to do the same. Their latest offering – the Max Pritchard designed Ridgetop Retreats are something special. Our tip – ask for Ridgetop Retreat Number One.
The park is located at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula. For all of the Southern Ocean Retreat, options head to their website.