Deep Creek – Park of the month in March

Boatharbour Cove panorama

A panoramic view of Boatharbour Cove


‘Park of the Month’ is an initiative that has been running across

South Australia’s national and marine parks since 2015.

  It encourages people to visit, explore and connect with nature.

 One park is chosen each month with a range of guided activities

and ideas of things to do for people over those 4 weeks.


Park Ranger Simon Oster in Deep Creek Conservation Park

Park Ranger Simon Oster at home in his ‘office’ in Deep Creek Conservation Park


Activities include ranger walks as well as activities specific to each park

such as; wildflower walks, planting days, kayaking, snorkelling, and bird watching.

For each park Nature Play SA create a ‘40 things’ to do resource, together

with 10 great ideas to encourage people to connect with parks each season.

Deep Creek will be Park of the Month in March this year with a number of events

planned including  ranger guided walks, talks presented by ecologists, and yoga in the forest.



Yoga in the Park? Zen again, why not.

Yoga in the Park?  Zen again, why not.


As part of these activities Southern Ocean Retreats is offering the chance

to win a stay at one of our properties.  For further information check out

the Park of the Month web page here or Parks SA Facebook page here.



Goondooloo Cottage

Goondooloo Cottage, a perennial favourite with our guests

Summer offer for our subscribers

Blowhole beach

The turquoise waters of Blowhole beach are irresistible

We know from past experience that our readers love special offers

and so we are happy to announce one for this summer.

Between 15 January and 28 February 2018 anyone staying 3 nights with us

will receive the 4th night free of charge.  This is a great opportunity

to extend that summer break at no additional cost.

To take advantage of this offer bookings must be made directly with us by telephone only.

To secure your preferred dates call us on Tel 8598 4169 and we will check for availability.

Go on, explore those beaches both in and near Deep Creek

Conservation Park you’ve always wanted to visit but never had the time to.



Second Valley Beach

Relax on Second Valley Beach, voted best beach in SA.

Gift vouchers


Need to buy a gift for the person who has everything?

Perhaps you are struggling for ideas or simply can’t get to a shopping centre.

We all leave things to the last moment sometimes and might even run out of inspiration.

Help is at hand!  Ever considered a gift voucher?

We often receive requests for gift vouchers for all manner of occasions.

Birthdays, wedding anniversaries and Christmas presents are a popular choice.

Vouchers can either be for a certain number of days at a particular cottage

or for a set dollar value.  Gift vouchers are valid for 12 months and the

lucky recipient simply needs to ring to check for availability.

 Bookmark this idea.   You’ll be amazed how handy it can be!

4WD Offer

The descent to Blowhole Beach in Deep Creek Conservation Park

The descent to Blowhole Beach in Deep Creek Conservation Park


Although Deep Creek Conservation Park is characterized by rugged

coastal terrain the vast majority of the Park is accessible by conventional vehicle.

Yes, the unsealed roads can get a bit corrugated at times but generally, there are no issues with



 There are only 2 exceptions to this rule; the track from Cobbler Hill to Blow Hole Beach

and the Boat Harbour track.  The descent from the top of the Cobbler Hill car park to

Blow Hole Beach offers spectacular views across Backstairs Passage towards Kangaroo Island.

 Once at the car park a short walk takes you to this beautiful beach.


Aerial view of Blowhole Beach - South Australian Tourism Commission

Aerial view of Blowhole Beach – South Australian Tourism Commission

Similarly, the Boat Harbour track winds its way through messmate forests and

switch backs to eventually reveal a wonderful view to the Pages Islands.

A 10 minute walk leads to the secluded Boat Harbour beach

from where you can often spot dolphins cruising by.



Boat Harbor Road in spring

Boat Harbor Road in spring

If you would like to explore these parts of the Park but don’t own a four wheel drive we can help.

During the months of June and July we will provide complimentary transport

to either of these locations from your cottage for guests with conventional

vehicles staying with us between Sunday and Thursday.

For full terms & conditions please contact us on Tel. 8598 4169.


Your carriage awaits

Your carriage awaits


Special offer for guests at Deep Creek Homestead

Deep Creek & Tunkalilla Beach

Picnic in Deep Creek overlooking Tunkalilla Beach


Looking for a midweek break with a little extra thrown in to add to your pleasure?

Guests who book the Deep Creek Homestead between 1 April and 31 May will receive

a bottle of McLaren Vale wine, a picnic hamper, and a cappucino from Delamere Store*.



Delamere Store Art Wall

Art wall at Delamere Store

How you use these goodies is entirely up to you but we would recommend;

grabbing a cappuccino to wake you up at the Delamere Store

where you can check out the local “wall of art”,

followed by a walk to Boat Harbor Beach where, with a bit of luck,

you might spot the local dolphins, and to finish it all off

take the picnic hamper to Tapanappa Ridge to watch

the kangaroos feed against an autumn sunset

and Tunkalilla Beach in the background.



Tapanappa Deep Creek

Picnic at Tapanappa in Deep Creek

Interested? Give us a call on Tel. 8598 4169 to secure your little midweek getaway.

 *The offer is valid from Sunday to Thursday for new bookings

made between 1 April 2017 and 31 May 2017.

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