Named after Aaron Bennett, one of the early European settlers to this area the Aaron
Creek Cove Hike commences from the car park not far from Goondooloo Cottage.
For guests staying at Goondooloo Cottage, there is the added bonus of just being
able to strap on a backpack and walk out the door to commence the walk.
The first thing you will notice on this journey is the abundance of western grey kangaroos
grazing the open woodlands (the first of many photo opportunities). After about 30 minutes
you will reach the lookout at Goondooloo Ridge which offers wonderful views
across the gullies towards Cape Willoughby. This is a great spot to have a rest
and catch your breath on the return leg of your journey.
At the half-way point, the trail passes the Aaron Creek Cascade, a small waterfall that
flows generously in winter but is reduced to a trickle during the warmer months.
The trail then follows the gully floor as it winds its way out to sea crossing the banks
of the creek many times. Along this section of trail you will notice an abundant presence of
the Arum lily, a native to Southern Africa that has invaded large sections of Aaron creek.
As the trail approaches the coast it briefly ascends to the top of the ridge giving
commanding views of Backstairs Passage. Once at the Cove you will notice
the bright orange lichen on the rock formations of the cliff face which are typical
of many parts of the coast along the Fleurieu Peninsula. The Cove is
the obvious choice for morning tea or lunch before commencing your return journey.
For those in a hurry, the hike can be completed in less than 4 hours. However, to do it justice,
absorb the views, take photos and stop for refreshments you should allow more time.
A reasonable level of fitness and proper footwear that offers full ankle support are essential.