Starting from the car park near the Park Headquarters off Tapanappa Road, Deep Creek National Park, this walk takes you on a circuit through a remnant stringybark forest via the Stringybark Loop Walk. Deep Creek National Park protects the largest portion of remaining native vegetation on the Fleurieu Peninsula, providing habitat for a diverse range of native wildlife, including western grey kangaroos, short-beaked echidnas and over 100 bird species. This gentle, family-friendly walk winds through a magnificent old-growth stringybark forest that forms a shady canopy above delicate fungi, ferns and yakkas, with interpretive signs detailing the local environment and vegetation. The remnant stringybarks provide nesting hollows for a variety of birds, such as yellow-tailed black cockatoos and sulphur-crested cockatoos, and walkers may even spot an echidna along the way. The walk begins near the Stringybark Campground, which is suitable for tents, caravans, camper vans and camper trailers and has toilets, hot showers, picnic tables and fire pits. This loop consists of narrow, gently undulating walking trails, with uneven natural surfaces, suitable for most fitness levels. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn slight left onto Main South Road and drive for another 14.6 km
Turn sharp left onto Main Street and drive for another 5.2 km
Turn right onto Torrens Vale Road and drive for another 3.7 km
Turn right onto Parawa Road and drive for another 6.3 km
Turn right onto Range Road and drive for another 13.4 km
Turn left onto Three Bridges Road and drive for another 1.6 km
Turn left onto Tapanappa Road and drive for another 1.6 km
Turn left onto Backhouse Road and drive for another 35 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the car park near the Park Headquarters off Tapanappa Road, Deep Creek Conservation Park, head along the walking trail, passing a 'Stringybark Trails - Stringybark Loop Walk' informative sign (to your right). After passing a boot cleaning station and crossing a wooden bridge, you'll reach a junction in the trail, marked with another informative sign. From there, head along the trail to your left and continue the Stringybark Loop Walk (clockwise).....
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Stingly Bak Walk & Backhouse Road Start heading along Stingly Bak Walk (a walking track).
Find the car park at the start.
After another 6 m veer left, to head along Stingly Bak Walk.
After another 790 m veer left, to head along Stingly Bak Walk.
Continue another 45 m to find at the intersection of Backhouse Road & Stingly Bak Walk at the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Stringybark Loop Walk
10 min to 15 min
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)