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Deep Creek Conservation Park in the spotlight in April

The rugged landscape of Deep Creek Conservation Park will be in the spotlight in April during Park of the Month activities.

Deep Creek Conservation Park in the spotlight in April
A number of activities are planned in Deep Creek Conservation Park in April when it features as Park of the Month.

The Fleurieu Peninsula park is about 100km south of Adelaide and has the largest remaining section of natural vegetation in the area.

Department for Environment 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.

For details of April events and to make a booking, search online for ‘Deep Creek park of the month’ or visit: https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/get-inspired/park-of-the-month.