StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesGoolwa
FinishMcLaren Vale
DifficultyDifficulty 1/5
Suitable For4WD AWD 2WD Caravan Camper Motorhome Bike 
Distance178.77 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed61.02 km/hr
Travel Time2 hrs 55 mins
Page Updated: 25 Jul 2013


This trek begins in Goolwa, more or less at the beginning of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Goolwa itself is quite a big town near the mouth of the Murray River, basically situated on a big inlet with a new bridge connection to the mainland to Hindmarsh Island.

From Goolwa its approximately 17kms to Victor Harbour, a pretty town with quite a lot of history and a good spot for whale watching between June and October. It’s also a good place to stock up on fuel and food before continuing on.

16kms from Victor Harbour, you come to Newland Head Conservation Park and Waitpinga Beach and Parsons Head. Waitpinga has a good campground (cheap site fees apply per night run by SA Parks) for tents but not so good for camper trailers/caravans. Its also a good spot for surfing and well recognised as an excellent salmon fishing beach. From Newland Head the road continues inland and we're heading for the turn-off to Deep Creek Conservation Park, 26kms along a sealed road. The unsealed road continues west and a day pass for Deep Creek CP is required unless you intend to camp. Tapanappa Hill is the first turn-off you come to followed by the turn-off to Tent & Cobblers Hill, approx 5kms from the Tapanappa turn-off. The drive is quite a pretty one passing through a shady forest section.

Once at the turn-off to Tent and Cobblers Hill, you head south. If you're looking for a place to camp, Trig (at Tent Hill) camp was the best option with more shade and a couple of good walks to Deep Creek Cove and Deep Creek Waterfall and cheap daily site fees apply. None of the camps have access to the coast without a few kms walk and the eastern side is really the "wild" side of the peninsula. There are good views across to Kangaroo Island from here.

Our trek heads from the Deep Creek CP (where the unsealed road ends) out to Cape Jervis approx 14kms away. Cape Jervis is one of the ferry points to Kangaroo Island and is the western most tip of the peninsula. From here you may want to extend your trek to Kangaroo Island.

From Cape Jervis we head to the western side of the peninsula. It’s 11kms from Cape Jervis to Delamere and then only another 1km to the turn-off to Rapid Bay. Rapid Bay is a little town with a small council camping ground but has probably the best (definitely the longest) jetty you're likely to find on the peninsula. Back on the main road, you wind your way back out to the coast and its 25kms to Normanville. Normanville is a pleasant seaside town catering to tourists, so it has the usual shops/bakery etc and a couple of nice caravan parks situated right on the water's edge. This is a really good place for families and boats as the water is really lovely and calm and a good place to relax for a while.

From Normanville, passing a few smaller wineries on the way, the trek heads past Willunga and ends approx 40kms later at McLaren Vale. As good a spot as any to finish a trek and enjoy some wine tasting!

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The environment experienced during the trek is predominately rural dairy cattle farming, mild to hot in summer months and cool to cold in winter.


No specific preparation required. The trek should be regarded as a “day trip” excursion, primarily on sealed (bitumen) roads. It is within easy reach from Adelaide requiring a drive to Goolwa of less than a couple of hours.

Route is suitable for 2WD vehicles, however in extremely wet conditions the unsealed section via Deep Creek may present problems. An alternative route on sealed roadways to Cape Jervis is available.


Newland Head and Deep Creek Conservation Parks require day pass. If intending to enter Deep Creek CP, a once off Park Entry fee (car) is applicable plus camping fees if planning to stay overnight. Self registration stations are located at various access points and the Ranger's Headquarters. Travelling along the trek route does not require any fee payment at all.

More information is available from the National Parks SA website.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel SymbolCape Jervis.
4cyl 25 litres4cyl 29 litres4cyl 36 litres
6cyl 27 litres6cyl 32 litres6cyl 31 litres
8cyl 27 litres8cyl 30 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Mid winter may bring brisk conditions along the coastal regions. In extremely wet conditions the unsealed section into Deep Creek CP can be bypassed by staying on the sealed highway.

Closest Climatic Station

Kuitpo Forest Reserve
Distance from Trek Mid Point 21.28km N
Mean Max. °C26.125.923.019.715.813.012.313.616.218.321.823.5
Mean Min. °C14.114.212.511.
Mean Rain mm22.622.938.956.985.9111.5100.284.673.
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

The following locations have various services And supplies:Cape Jervis


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What to See

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From Cape Jervis you might like to consider a side trip to Kangaroo Island. Be aware that the cost of the vehicular ferry is high so be sure to plan ahead and book accommodation/camping on the island. For example, t's not a cheap exercise - for example, the cost for a couple in a car is $192 per return, or $286 if you have a trailer, or for a family of 4 with a camper trailer you'll fork out $336. You can find the prices on the Sealink website. There are day packages from Adelaide, which maybe a cheaper option if you're just going for the day.

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If you are a visitor to the area, consider a one or two night stay at Goolwa to explore this town and environs. Several days could be spent in and around Victor Harbor with a leisurely walk or horse drawn trip across the causeway to Granite Island and whale watching excursions in season.

There is a wide range of choices to choose, be it hotel/motel, Bed & Breakfast, or camping. The Beach Huts at Middleton provide a unique and alternative method of accommodation. Camping is available in all the major tourist areas, or for a more secluded stay, Deep Creek Conservation Park has several campground areas to choose from and great walking trails to explore the flora and fauna of the area.

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Goolwa to Beach Huts
Driving: 5.42 km
Heading: 265°
Avg Speed: 69.01 km/hr
EST Time: 04:42
Beach Huts to Middleton
Driving: 0.18 km
Heading: 304°
Avg Speed: 31.74 km/hr
EST Time: 00:20
Middleton to Port Elliot
Driving: 5.51 km
Heading: 239°
Avg Speed: 65.33 km/hr
EST Time: 05:03
Port Elliot to Lookout - Granite Island & The Bluff
Driving: 4.02 km
Heading: 253°
Avg Speed: 49.57 km/hr
EST Time: 04:51
Lookout - Granite Island & The Bluff to Victor Harbor
Driving: 1.87 km
Heading: 230°
Avg Speed: 48.5 km/hr
EST Time: 02:18
Victor Harbor to Waitpinga Beach
Driving: 16.73 km
Heading: 230°
Avg Speed: 62.72 km/hr
EST Time: 16:00
Waitpinga Beach to Deep Creek CP Ranger's HQ Access
Driving: 39.59 km
Heading: 278°
Avg Speed: 65.02 km/hr
EST Time: 36:32
Deep Creek CP Ranger's HQ Access to Main South Rd (B23) & Three Bridges Rd
Driving: 8.48 km
Heading: 269°
Avg Speed: 58.76 km/hr
EST Time: 08:39
Main South Rd (B23) & Three Bridges Rd to Cape Jervis
Driving: 7.45 km
Heading: 271°
Avg Speed: 60.26 km/hr
EST Time: 07:25
Cape Jervis to Main South Rd (B23) & Three Bridges Rd
Driving: 7.45 km
Heading: 91°
Avg Speed: 60.26 km/hr
EST Time: 07:25
Main South Rd (B23) & Three Bridges Rd to Delamere
Driving: 5.5 km
Heading: 40°
Avg Speed: 72.31 km/hr
EST Time: 04:33
Delamere to Rapid Bay
Driving: 5.47 km
Heading: 351°
Avg Speed: 57.65 km/hr
EST Time: 05:41
Rapid Bay to Lady Bay
Driving: 21.41 km
Heading: 57°
Avg Speed: 65.1 km/hr
EST Time: 19:43
Lady Bay to Normanville
Driving: 3.41 km
Heading: 39°
Avg Speed: 70.02 km/hr
EST Time: 02:55
Normanville to Yankalilla
Driving: 3.14 km
Heading: 111°
Avg Speed: 56.3 km/hr
EST Time: 03:20
Yankalilla to Myponga
Driving: 14.01 km
Heading: 54°
Avg Speed: 66.19 km/hr
EST Time: 12:41
Myponga to Main South Rd (B23) & Biscay Rd
Driving: 15.01 km
Avg Speed: 69.62 km/hr
EST Time: 12:56
Main South Rd (B23) & Biscay Rd to Victor Harbor Rd & Aldinga Rd
Driving: 6.03 km
Heading: 88°
Avg Speed: 72.05 km/hr
EST Time: 05:01
Victor Harbor Rd & Aldinga Rd to Willunga
Driving: 1.56 km
Heading: 85°
Avg Speed: 52.58 km/hr
EST Time: 01:46
Willunga to McLaren Vale
Driving: 6.53 km
Heading: 350°
Avg Speed: 67.42 km/hr
EST Time: 05:48
Distance is GPS recorded distance based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.


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