Adventure therapy


All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking – Frederick Nietzsche


Popular wisdom has it that being immersed in nature is good for us but did you know

that there is now a scientific basis to support that claim?

Professor David Strayer, a cognitive psychologist from the University of Utah

has found that after a few days off grid surrounded by nature our brains show

a significant functional improvement in tasks such as problem solving.

Our digital lifestyle constantly taxes and over-stimulates the pre-frontal cortex

of our brain which deals with problem solving.  This often leads to fatigue and

so it’s no surprise then that a few days with nature improves our capacity to think clearly.


In awe and blissfully relaxed after a few days with nature


It was Nietzsche who said that “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking”

By measuring brain waves of participants who had been in beautiful natural surroundings

for 3 days Prof Strayer was able to demonstrate that different neuronal networks

became active when out in nature that are suppressed in our urban environment (the “3-day effect”).


The soothing sound of cascading water


After a few days the senses re-calibrate and you start to smell and hear things

you didn’t before, producing a transformational change.

So it’s official; being surrounded by natural environments is not just incredibly

enjoyable and rewarding, it’s actually good for your physical and mental well-being.

Surely that is an offer too good to refuse!


Can you think of a better way to re-calibrate the senses?


 If you feel like some adventure therapy be sure to visit Deep Creek Conservation Park

or better still, why not join us on the Southern Ocean Walk.


Spotted donkey orchid in Deep Creek Conservation Park


One of the great joys of walking in Deep Creek Conservation Park is the diversity

of flora you can encounter along the way. Of special note are the native orchids.

There are more than 350 native orchids in South Australia and a

significant number can be found in Deep Creek.


Purple Cockatoo Orchid


What makes these orchids rather special is that they do not grow on trees or other host plants

as is common but directly in the ground.  Although you’d think this would make them easier to spot

many orchids are easy to miss.  Their small and delicate size means that a keen eye is required.

However, once you know what to look for it is surprising how many you suddenly notice!


Spider Orchid (Caladenia Bicalliata)


Did you know they are also a good indicator of the health of our environment?

Orchids are sensitive to weeds, soil disturbance, and pests as well as fertilizers

and other chemicals so there presence in our conservation parks is a joy.


Sunflower orchid


During the past few months our guests have spotted many stunning orchids at different points in

Deep Creek and Newland Head Conservation Parks and we have shown a sample here.

Given our temperate climate and relatively reliable rainfall it is possible to find

orchids in flower on the Fleurieu Peninsula during most months of the year.


Blink and you miss it…a Wallpaper Donkey orchid in Deep Creek



October Long Weekend Activities on the Fleurieu

The October Long Weekend is always a popular time to venture out, get away for a few days or visit one of the many events and festivals on offer.

On the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula we have the following events taking place between 4-6 October:


Yankalilla Show – 5 Oct Corner Jervois Road & Main South Road, Yankalilla. Always a popular outing this annual event brings together many aspects of life on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula.  See here for more details.


Field Good Festival – 5 – 6 Oct Alma’s Hem Amphitheatre, 123A Prouse Rd Inman Valley.  Now in its second year this intimate music and arts event is set in a natural amphitheatre in the picturesque township of Inman Valley. For more details click here


McLaren Vale’s Spring Affair Festival – 6 Oct  A roaming tour of 5 of McLaren Vale’s best know wineries as well as a pub tour.  For more details click here


Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct Street Party – 4 Oct Ocean Street, Victor Harbor.  A celebration of Stage 2 of the Main Street upgrade with stalls, food, live music and activities for the kids.  Click here for details.


Launch of new web site and special offer

We recently launched our new web site and visitors

will notice a dramatic change in layout and content.


Comprehensive property descriptions and pictures of each room make choosing the right place for you easier than ever and we have incorporated a ‘Book Now’ button for 24hr convenience.

Ridge Top Retreat


However, the new site is so much more than a place to book accommodation as we have tried to create a reference source for information on Deep Creek Conservation Park and the region in general.

For example, we have included a list of suggested itineraries both in and around the park.  All of the key walks are listed and maps and brochures are available in a downloadable pdf format.



For those wanting to explore the adjoining region we have also included some of the key attractions of the Fleurieu Peninsula as well as the best places to eat.

Still unsure as to how to fill your days? Don’t worry.  We’ve highlighted a range of activities from adrenalin filled adventure pursuits to the reflective calm of outdoor art, photography and bird watching.



To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Ridgetop Retreats and the launch of our newsletter we would like to offer past guests a 3 for 2 offer. Book a Ridgetop Retreat between Sunday and Thursday during non-school holiday periods until 30 March, 2017 and receive 3 nights for the price of 2. 

As a past visitor you would appreciate that this is a wonderful opportunity to explore the many attractions that Deep Creek offers at your leisure.  To take advantage of this offer simply call us on Tel 8598 4169 so that we can check for availability.



We would love to get your feedback on the new site or if you know someone who would like to subscribe to our newsletter let us know.

Jane and Barry

Southern Ocean Retreats

Take a walk on the mild side



Earlier this year the Second Valley Heritage Trail was

launched as part of South Australia’s History Festival.  This

is a self-guided tour and a trail brochure is available from

the Second Valley Progress Association.


The walk commences at the picturesque Leonards Mill in the

heart of historic Randelsea.



Highlights include the lookout over Second Valley and the

Statue of Fanny Lipson (find out why she was important).  It

then follows Finniss Vale Drive with sweeping views across

the valley towards the coast.  The trail concludes along the

spectacular geological feature that overlooks the bay and

jetty.  This is an easy and rewarding walk.  It gives you a

wonderful insight into early settlement life as well as the

beautiful scenery for which this area is renowned.