One of the most frequently asked questions we hear is “When is the best time to join you on the Southern Ocean Walk?” Based on many years of experience we have limited the walking season to the six months from April to September. That way guests are ensured optimal walking conditions. When to come within this period is a personal choice as different experiences are featured at different times of our walking season. For guests who prefer autumn colours and warmer temperatures April is a good time to come. Late afternoons and evenings are often very still with splendid sunsets during this time.
As we transition towards winter the scenery slowly transforms into a deep green landscape. During the months of May, June and July a wide variety of fungi are on display. After countless tours along this magnificent trail we are still in awe of the diversity in shape, size and colour of fungi that will stop you in your tracks. Deep Creek Conservation Park is somewhat of a hotspot for fungi with one small area in the Park boasting more diversity of fungi than anywhere else in the State.
Winter is of course also a time when the many creeks and waterfalls are flowing at their best having benefitted from catchments up stream. In stark contrast to the tranquil sounds of a secluded waterfall is the rugged splendour of the Southern Ocean. Few things a more cleansing than to witness the awesome power of a wild sea along a remote beach. Although early mornings can be crisp walking temperatures are ideal and the prospect of a toasty warm wood fire waiting for you back at the Homestead is something to look forward to.
Later in the walking season wildflowers are on display as we enter Spring. For those who have a keen eye for native flora including an array of orchids August and September are popular times to undertake the Southern Ocean Walk. No matter which time you choose there is always something on display and at day’s end the sights and discoveries we’ve experienced are celebrated over pre-dinner canapes!