The rugged landscape of Deep Creek Conservation Park will be in the spotlight in April during Park of the Month activities.
The Fleurieu Peninsula park is about 100km south of Adelaide and has the largest remaining section of natural vegetation in the area.
Senior ranger Simon Oster said autumn was an ideal time to visit the park and take in some of the events.
“There is a four-hour ranger-guided walk on April 4 that is aimed at novice walkers who want to learn more about bushwalking,” he said. “It includes a section of the Heysen Trail and will have moderate inclines but will suit people of average fitness, including children over 14.”
Art in the Park on April 7 offers a chance to learn to draw with local artist Gilbert Dashorst.
Yoga devotees can combine their passion with hiking on April 13 during a one- hour hike and yoga session with Big Heart Adventures.
Also on April 13 is a demonstration of the TrailRider, an all-terrain wheelchair available from Yankalilla Council that allows people with limited mobility to explore the trails of the Fleurieu. National Parks SA has produced a new map showing accessible trails for the Stringybark to Eagle Waterhole section and has widened access points around some gates to allow better wheelchair access.
And on April 17, Natural Resources AMLR ecologist Elisa Sparrow and ranger Simon Teagle will run an informative walk to share the secrets of the mammals and ecology of the park.
Festival Fleurieu, one of the region’s biggest events, will be on from April 13 to 22 and the Deep Creek rangers will be there on the first day to meet visitors.
Park of the Month events are free but bookings are necessary for most.
The park has 15 walking trails that offer spectacular views of Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island and the Deep Creek Valley. As well as the Park of the Month events, there’s plenty to see and do whenever you visit.
You can see kangaroos feeding at dusk at Tapanappa Ridge or along the Aaron Creek hiking trail, or camp under the stars at one of the bush campgrounds.
There’s also two 4WD tracks – Boat Harbour and Blowhole Beach – that take you to coastal views across the eastern and western sections of the park.
There’s Park of the Month prizes on offer through the National Parks SA Facebook page and Parkapiki. People who visit Deep Creek Conservation Park during April can go in the draw to win one of two overnight stays at Southern Ocean Lodges’ award-winning Ridgetop Retreats nature-based holiday accommodation.
The prize is for a one-night stay valid from Sunday–Thursday in non-school holiday periods. It is valued at $245 each and will be awarded as a voucher with a 12-month expiry date.
Parkapiki has used GPS technology to create a virtual boundary around the park. All you need to do is visit Deep Creek during April and when you’re there, open the competition page on your smart-phone or tablet, fill in the form and leave a creative comment about the park. [The page is updated with a new park each month.]
Don't worry if you’re out of mobile range: you can enter the competition by loading a digital photo you've taken in the park when you're back in range.
People who can’t visit the park can enter via Facebook for a chance to win one of the overnight stays. Keep an eye out for the post at www.facebook.com/parkssa.
Get details of April events and to make a booking on our park of the month page.