Starting from the Stringybark Campground off Tapanappa Road, Deep Creek National Park, this walk takes you on a circuit through a regenerating sclerophyll forest via the Spring Wildflower 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 meanders through a regenerating sclerophyll forest, passing along a section of the park's northwestern boundary, with glimpses of the surrounding farmland along the way. During late winter and early spring, a beautiful array of wildflowers can be seen in the forest. The walk begins at 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 wide, gently undulating walking trails, with compacted 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.
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Torrens Street and drive for another 550 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Victoria Street and drive for another 870 m
At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Bay Road and drive for another 1.8 km
Turn right onto Tabernacle Road and drive for another 70 m
Keep left onto Tabernacle Road and drive for another 60 m
Keep left onto Tabernacle Road and drive for another 45 m
Turn slight left onto Waitpinga Road and drive for another 3.4 km
Continue onto Range Road and drive for another 37.6 km
Turn left onto Three Bridges Road and drive for another 1.6 km
Turn left onto Tapanappa Road and drive for another 1.4 km
Turn right onto Stringybark Campground and drive for another 690 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the Stringybark Campground off Tapanappa Road, Deep Creek National Park, head through Gate 21, opposite site 9, passing a 'Stringybark Trails - Spring Wildflower Walk' informative sign (to your right). Follow the fire track ahead, crossing Black Bullock Creek after about 400m, then continue ahead for about 700m until you reach Gate 14. After heading through the gate, you'll reach a signposted junction. From there, head along the Backstairs Track (to your left) and continue the Spring Wildflower Circuit (clockwise).....
Directions & comments
There is a toilet (about 65 m back from the start).
Stringybark Campground - Deep Creek Conservation Park (about 55 m back from the start).
After another 105 m continue straight.
After another 1.1 km (at the intersection of Backstairs Track & Black Bullock Road) turn left, to head along Backstairs Track.
After another 290 m (at the intersection of Bandicoot Track & Backstairs Track) turn right, to head along Bandicoot Track.
After another 560 m cross the ford.
Continue straight, to head along Bandicoot Track.
After another 340 m (at the intersection of The Crossing Track & Bandicoot Track) turn right, to head along The Crossing Track.
After another 440 m (at the intersection of Black Bullock Road & The Crossing Track) turn sharp right, to head along Black Bullock Road (a vehicle track).
After another 970 m (at the intersection of Black Bullock Road & Backstairs Track) continue straight (a vehicle track).
After another 1.1 km continue straight.
After another 50 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Spring Wildflower Circuit
1 h to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one -56 m back from the start.