Deep Creek Waterfall from Tapanappa Lookout
Starting from the Gate 39 car park near the Tapanappa Lookout at the end of Tapanappa Road, Deep Creek National Park, this walk takes you to the Deep Creek Waterfall and back via the Deep Creek Waterfall Hike from Tapanappa Lookout. Deep Creek National Park protects the largest portion of remaining native vegetation on the Fleurieu Peninsula, providing habitat for a diverse range of native wildlife, including western grey kangaroos, short-beaked echidnas and over 100 bird species. This moderately challenging hike takes walkers down to Deep Creek Waterfall, a secluded waterfall and waterhole oasis nestled in the heart of the park, between the Trig Campground and the Tapanappa Lookout. There are spectacular bushland and coastal views along the way, with steep steps leading to the base of the waterfall towards the end. The waterfall generally only flows in winter and after rains, but the waterhole is permanent. The walk begins near the Tapanappa Campground, which is suitable for tents, small camper vans and camper trailers. The campground also has toilets, picnic shelters and fire pits. This hike consists of narrow walking trails, with uneven natural surfaces and short steep hills, suitable for moderate fitness levels. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.