Frequently Asked Questions

When do tours depart?

Our tours for the Southern Ocean Walk depart every Monday between 1 March and 31 October at 8.30am. 

Departures for A Taste of the Southern Ocean Walk are every Wednesday between 1 April and 30 September at 9.30am.

Where do tours depart from?

Our tours depart from the Deep Creek Homestead, Tapanappa Road, Deep Creek Conservation Park. 

If you are flying into Adelaide from interstate or overseas transfers from selected pickup points in the CBD to our destination are available through our preferred suppliers (contact us for details).  The journey to the start of the Southern Ocean Walk takes just under 2 hours depending on traffic conditions.  Most interstate and overseas guests choose to arrive the night prior and stay at one of our Ridgetop Retreats to ensure a relaxed start the following morning.

How fit do I need to be?

Our walk is graded as a moderate walk.  The terrain features sandy shorelines and gentle slopes but also includes some steep climbs and descents in more rugged terrain.  You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness and feel comfortable with 4-6 hour walks each day.  As part of your preparation we would recommend undertaking several half day walks a week or commit to a similar swim or cycle regime a few months prior to your tour. That way you can completely focus on enjoying the extraordinary environment you will be in.

What type of shoes will I need?

For your enjoyment and that of others it is essential that you wear solid footwear preferably with ankle support.  Closed toe walking shoes or full cut hiking boots that have been worn in (but not worn out) are ideal.  Sport shoes, running shoes or trainers are not suitable.

What do I need to bring?

For a full list of essential items you need to bring please refer to the packing list. It is important that you pack each of the items listed as this will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the walk. 

What do I have to carry each day?

We provide you with a high quality adjustable ventilated day pack in which you’ll only be required to carry up to 2 litres of water, a weather proof jacket, lunch and any personal items such as a hat, sunglasses or camera.

What happens in bad weather?

Apart from extreme weather events we walk come hail, rain or shine.  With the right clothing changing weather conditions often add to the experience rather than detract from it.  We strongly advise you to bring a rain jacket with storm hood and over pants both made from waterproof breathable fabrics. (For more details refer to our packing list)

Can I do this with a pre-existing medical condition?

If you have a pre-existing medical condition and are unsure you should consult your GP prior to commencing the walk.  In most cases this should not preclude you from joining us but it is important that we are advised of any pre-existing conditions at the time of booking.

Are you able to accommodate solo walkers?

Travelling solo is a common phenomenon which offers you a great opportunity to share your experience with like-minded people.  Unless requested otherwise you will be paired with another single traveller of the same sex at no additional cost.  If you prefer your own room a 40% single supplement to the twin share fee will apply.

Do you cater for special dietary requirements?

Provided we are given sufficient notice we are able to cater for most dietary requirements.  We pride ourselves in sourcing local foods wherever possible and by incorporating these in our meals seek to highlight the reputation our region has for fine food.

Are shampoo, conditioner and hair dryers provided?

Yes, we provide all shower products as well as hair dryers.

Will I have mobile coverage and can I charge my devices?

Due to the rugged terrain and semi-remote location mobile coverage varies from full signal strength to none.  Arrangements have been made for emergency phone calls where necessary.  Your devices can be charged at our accommodation.