Starting from the Goondooloo Ridge Day Visitor Area off Blowhole Beach Road, Deep Creek National Park, this walk takes you on a circuit past Aaron Creek Cove and the Goondooloo Ridge Lookout via the Aaron Creek Hike. 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 challenging hike initially meanders through revegetated and remnant native bushland past the Eagle Waterhole Campground, then descends through eucalypt forest to Aaron Creek. An optional return side trip follows the creek towards the coast, ending with a steep rock scramble down to a small rocky cove. After passing a small seasonal waterfall, the hike climbs past the newly-built lookout and picnic area at Goondooloo Ridge, which offers spectacular views of Aaron Creek Valley, Backstairs Passage and Kangaroo Island. On a clear day, the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse can be seen on the island's easternmost point. The walk begins at the Goondooloo Ridge Day Visitor Area, which has picnic tables and accessible toilets. This loop consists of wide and narrow walking trails, with compacted natural surfaces, uneven natural surfaces, steep hills and rock scrambling sections, suitable for moderate 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 39.9 km
Turn left onto Dog Trap Road and drive for another 4.5 km
Keep right onto Blowhole Beach Road and drive for another 760 m
Turn left and drive for another 45 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the Goondooloo Ridge Day Visitor Area off Blowhole Beach Road, Deep Creek National Park, head along the walking trail to the right of the small building, passing an 'Aaron Creek Trails' informative sign (to your right). Shortly ahead, you'll reach a junction in the trail. From there, head along the trail to your right and continue for about 95m, until you reach a gate with a 'Walking trail access through revegetated area' sign. Head through the gate and continue ahead for about 750m, until you reach a signposted junction in the trail. From there, head along the trail to your left and continue the Aaron Creek Beach Track (clockwise).....
Directions & comments
After another 75 m veer right, to head along Goondaloo Ridge Track.
After another 820 m continue straight, to head along Goondaloo Ridge Track.
After another 1 km (at the intersection of Heysen Trail & Goondaloo Ridge Track) turn right, to head along Heysen Trail (a footpath).
After another 290 m come to the "Eagle Waterhole Campsite" (15 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This is the out & back part where you'll go down to the beach (a small rocky cove). Involves steep rock scrambling but is worth the extra effort for many. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 690 m (at the intersection of Heysen Trail & Aaron Creek Hike) continue straight, to head along Heysen Trail.
After another 430 m turn sharp right.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 600 m pass the sign (5 m on your right).
After another 8 m come to the "Goondooloo Ridge Lookout" (7 m on your right).
After another 1.2 km continue straight, to head along Goondaloo Ridge Track.
After another 820 m veer left.
After another 75 m come to the end.
This is the out & back part where you'll go down to the beach (a small rocky cove). Involves steep rock scrambling but is worth the extra effort for many.
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Aaron Creek Hike & Heysen Trail Start heading along Aaron Creek Hike (a footpath).
After another 2 km come to "Aaron Creek Beach".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 2 km to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Aaron Creek Beach
3 h to 4 h
Quality of track
Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)