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The Heysen Trail – a world class walking adventure

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Heysen Trail Walkers at Waitpinga
The spectacular cliffs of Newland Head, part of the Southern Ocean Walk

There are many walking trails in Australia but perhaps none so majestic as the Heysen Trail.  The trail is named in honour of the artist Hans Heysen who became famous for his depiction of the Australian landscape, especially his water colours of gumtrees.

The walk commences at Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula and concludes at Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges.  At 1200kms it is recognised internationally as one of the world’s great long distance walks.

 

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The Heysen Trail – Australia’s longest walking trail

 

Many enthusiasts and volunteers were involved in the formation of this iconic walk but none more so than Warren Bonython AO and Terry Lavender.  Both men had the vision, determination and commitment to map out the walk in stages and successfully negotiate access with private landowners and a range of government agencies over many years.

 

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Stringybark forest in Deep Creek Conservation Park

 

As you’d expect from a world class walk such as this the trail traverses many landscapes along the way but it also requires a major commitment to complete from end to end!  Not least of which are the logistics of supplies, transfers and accommodation, not to mention time!.

 

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Deep Creek Waterfall – Southern Ocean Walk

 

Fortunately, we have selected some of the most spectacular and accessible sections on the Fleurieu Peninsula and created a very ‘do-able’ 4-day visual feast.  Our walk commences at the start of the Heysen Trail at Cape Jervis and follows it through Deep Creek Conservation Park and Newland Conservation Park to Victor Harbor.

 

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A snug cove along the Southern Ocean Walk

 

For much of the journey the Southern Ocean will be your companion as we traverse diverse landscapes ranging from wind swept cliff tops with endless panoramas to dense forests, all year water falls and secluded sandy beaches.

 

 

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Time to reflect at Waitpinga Beach – Southern Ocean Walk

 

If you are really pressed for time we even have a 3-day option showcasing Deep Creek Conservation park. Whichever walk you choose, you’ll enjoy the same comfortable accommodation each night with delicious meals sourced from local growers as well as a range of wines from the famous McLaren wine region.

 

 

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If you have a question or require more information please feel free to contact us at enquiries@southernoceanwalk.com.au

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