Starting from the Gate 39 car park near the Tapanappa Lookout at the end of Tapanappa Road, Deep Creek National Park, this walk takes you to the Deep Creek Waterfall and back via the Deep Creek Waterfall Hike from Tapanappa Lookout. 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 moderately challenging hike takes walkers down to Deep Creek Waterfall, a secluded waterfall and waterhole oasis nestled in the heart of the park, between the Trig Campground and the Tapanappa Lookout. There are spectacular bushland and coastal views along the way, with steep steps leading to the base of the waterfall towards the end. The waterfall generally only flows in winter and after rains, but the waterhole is permanent. The walk begins near the Tapanappa Campground, which is suitable for tents, small camper vans and camper trailers. The campground also has toilets, picnic shelters and fire pits. This hike consists of narrow walking trails, with uneven natural surfaces and short steep hills, 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 29.7 km
Turn left onto Tapanappa Road and drive for another 7.3 km
Turn sharp left onto Tapanappa Road and drive for another 5 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the Gate 39 car park near the Tapanappa Lookout at the end of Tapanappa Road, Deep Creek National Park, head north along the walking trail located to the right of the gate, passing a 'Deep Creek Waterfall' directional sign. Follow the trail ahead for about 290m, until you reach a signposted junction. From there, head along the trail to your left and continue the Deep Creek Waterfall from Tapanappa Lookout Track.....
Directions & comments
Tapanappa Lookout (about 30 m back from the start).
After another 315 m turn left, to head along Heysen Trail.
After another 3.1 km continue straight.
After another 40 m come to "Deep Creek Waterfall".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 3.4 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Deep Creek Waterfall from Tapanappa Lookout
2 h to 3 h
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)