Balquhidder ‘walk in’ site

Accommodation Option on the Heysen Trail

Balquhidder tank and platform Oct 2019.
Balquhidder tank and platform Oct 2019.
Road (left) and campsite (far right) shown relative to each other. Campsite seen by the 3 orange tents
Road (left) and campsite (far right) shown relative to each other. Campsite seen by the 3 orange tents
The stile shows some tent icon signs (GR 642 554)
The stile shows some tent icon signs (GR 642 554)
Water tank and shelter under construction 2012.
Water tank and shelter under construction 2012.
View from site of shelter (GR 641 554)
View from site of shelter (GR 641 554)
Shelter (small),
'Walk-in' site,
Water Tank
Mapsheet 1B, Tunkalilla Beach to Victor Harbor
Southern Guidebook, chapter 1, map 4
By creek next to Mount Scrub Road. Water tank and shelter across from the junction of two creeks (GR 641 554), 125m north of the stile (GR 642 554) on Mount Scrub Road.
Grid ref: 641 554
Longitude: 138.3955304769
Latitude: -35.6165758726
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Campsite. Water tank, small platform and small shelter.
Photos of the construction of the shelter & water tank from December 2011:
The basic hike-in site installed by Friends of Heysen volunteers is having a major upgrade with construction underway from May to July 2021. An interim site is being established by Parks SA in the same area but closer to the road. This remains a free site with water tank for use by Heysen through hikers. Please note the tank water may be limited although the creek is currently flowing. The Heysen Trail route is not affected. The good news is that this will deliver upgraded hiker camping facilities as part of the new Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail This project reflects SA Government investment delivered through collaboration between National Parks, Friends of the Heysen Trail, Yankalilla & Victor Harbor Councils.

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10 thoughts on “Balquhidder ‘walk in’ site

  1. Checked with National Parks regarding the upgrade and was advised the below on the 16/09/21:
    The upgrade of the Balquidder campground (now called Ballaparudda Creek Recreation Park), is planned to be finished by late October.
    The small water tank has been temporarily relocated to the eastern side of the reserve, away from the construction works. Note that the water is untreated and should not be relied upon for potable water.

    Also asked if once opened whether there will be a booking system:
    Yes, there will be a booking system. We are still working on the exact detail.
    There will also be new hike in campsites at Tapanappa in Deep Creek and at Newland Head. Eagle Waterhole in Deep Creek is also being upgraded.

  2. S2N E2E There on 5 April.
    It’s a pity the workers improving the existing site did not establish the temporary site before closing the existing site. When we got there there was a small tank lying on the ground beside the style leading to the temporary site and a plastic box with two water 10L? containers under a tree. The one with a tap was empty but the ‘jerry can’ was full. When the 3 of us left there was probably about 3L left.
    Hopefully the workers will keep them topped up until the tank is installed. No picnic table like at the temporary Eagle Waterhole, no seat, no toilet…. hardly a level camp site.
    On the Victor Harbour for a rest day. This section was not easy with two ‘ dangerous parts…. the goat track along a ‘cliff’ walk before Tunkalilla Beach and the verticle climb up along a barbed wire fence when you exit the beach.

  3. Is there any chance one might turn up to this site and find that it is full? A friend and I are planning to hike in September.

    • Hi, Very unlikley, there’s plenty of room, though not that great for pitching a tent, land a bit slopey.

      Please note that the Dept of Environment & Water have just commenced construction work on an upgraded as part of the Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail. The expanded campsite should be completed well before September.

    • Hi Mark, sorry, the campsites in national parks, and this one, are not dog-friendly.

      Dogs are generally not permitted on the Heysen Trail. So that includes in national parks or private land, but they are permitted on the Trail along public roads and in Forestry SA pine plantation forests.

  4. I didn’t have any trouble finding after my second hard (oh, so hard) 31km day on my thru-hike, 18 May 2019. Look for the Heysen Trail and a tent sign by the fence. Nice spot set off road. Not very level ground for tents made more challenging that the best sites were taken by a couple of walkers who beat me there! I found a level spot down past the creek and enjoyed having company. Water tank was nearly full.

  5. very hard to find in the dark as the tank is located about 100m down the hill from where you climb the fence with the post indicating the tent. you actually have to cross the creek to get to it, but great tank and very full, campfire setup, had to walk a bit further along the creek to find a flat spot though

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