The Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail

Map of the Wild South Coast Way, the Heysen Trail along the southern coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula

The Wild South Coast Way is a project to upgrade 80km of the iconic Heysen Trail and connect the parks that run along the breathtaking southern coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula. This section of the 1,200km Heysen Trail begins at the Cape Jervis trailhead, and passes through Deep Creek National Park and Newland Head Conservation Park before reaching Victor Harbor.

The trail upgrade will attract more visitors, promote accessibility for all, and provide opportunities for private sector investment in nature-based tourism.

The project, announced in 2019, is an initiative of the South Australian government, in partnership with the Friends of the Heysen Trail, First Nations, Yankalilla District Council, City of Victor Harbor, park users and the private sector.

The project will create a five day, four night hike and other high quality trail-based experiences.

The visitor experience at Deep Creek National Park will be enhanced and expanded with a new day visitor facility, a universally-accessible walking trail, and upgrades to existing campgrounds and amenities. The project will also support new, and enhance existing, nature-based experiences in the tourism sector.

It’s expected that the reinvigorated experience will be complete by 2023, but aspects will open in stages.

Open Year-Round

The Wild South Coast Way will be open all year round, except that it will be closed on days of catastrophic fire danger. Trail users should check the Parks website on days of extreme or total fire bans.

Parks protocols for fire danger season will apply: Fires and BBQs – National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia.
Department of Environment & Water Management Practices, including Fire Danger Season – Management Guidelines for Parks will apply across the Wild South Coast Way:

  • No camping on private land
  • No gas or solid fuel fires on private land
  • Camping permitted only at designated sites on public land
  • Public land campsites – gas fires only during Fire Danger Season
  • Gas fires only all year in Newland Head Conservation Park
  • No fires, including gas fires, on days of Total Fire Ban
  • Deep Creek National Park and Newland Head Conservation Park closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger
  • Fuel build-up and buffer zones assessed prior to each Fire Danger Season as part of asset protection

Campsites

As campsites and other facilities are upgraded, the new locations will be listed on the Accommodation section of the Friends website.

Bookings for the campsites will be made through a dedicated website currently being set up by Parks SA.

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You can find out the latest news on the project and subscribe to the project e-newsletter at parks.sa.gov.au/park-management/wild-south-coast-way