Starting from the Stringybark Campground off Tapanappa Road, Deep Creek National Park, this walk takes you on a circuit through a remnant stringybark forest via the Forest Circuit 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. Fogs frequently settle amongst the trees during late summer and autumn. 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 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 760 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the Stringybark Campground off Tapanappa Road, Deep Creek Conservation Park, head through Gate 22, opposite site 10, passing a 'Stringybark Trails - Forest Circuit Walk' informative sign (to your right). After about 30m, you'll reach a junction in the trail. From there, head along the trail to your right and continue the Forest Circuit Walk (clockwise).....
Directions & comments
After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 990 m turn right.
After another 920 m turn right.
After another 325 m turn right, to head along Stringybark Campground.
After another 65 m pass the toilet (35 m on your left).
After another 60 m come to the "Stringybark Campground - Deep Creek Conservation Park" (30 m on your left).
After another 120 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Forest Circuit Walk
30 min to 45 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)