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Pictures from hiking the Heysen Trail in South Australia. Nature Photography.

Heysen Trail Part V – Waitpinga to King’s Beach

The far southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula is just about the best place to escape the city without having to go far. 45minutes beyond Sellicks Hill lies some beautiful and varied coastline, fields, bush and scrubs.

This leg started at the Waitpinga campground and was fairly easy going. The Waitpinga cliffs are breathtaking – photos can’t do them justice. One day I’d love to hire a boat and eat dinner at the base of the cliffs.

After making it to King’s Beach Aki and I drove back to Waitpinga Beach, and we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves! We made curry on a gas stove and stargazed. Was amazing!

Photos were taken on a D700 with 28mm AI-s f2.8 or 100mm f2.8 macro lens.

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Heysen Trail Part IV – Balquhidder West Campsite to Waitpinga Beach

My sister accompanied me. It was a different walk to the previous 3 Heysen trail legs. The landscape wasn’t as rigid and [probably because its winter] there were less animals and pretty much no flowers present. The trail passed through rolling hills and included Parsons Beach.

The leg took 2.5 hours, which is significantly shorter than previous legs. This was partly due to it being shorter, but mainly due to my sister setting a frenetic pace as she was afraid of arriving in Waitpinga after sunset and having to drive in the dark. She did stop briefly twice; once to swig her water, and once the save a suicidal inch ant from entering the surf on Waitpinga Beach.

For the photographers reading this, the wide angle shots were taken with a 28mm MF ai lens and the bird ones with macro 100mm. Wish I had a 600mm f/4 for the birds 😀

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Parsons Beach

Beach panorama - Parsons Beach South Australia

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Parsons Beach panorama landscape

Waitpinga view from clifftop

Beach abstract lighting

suicidal inch ant save by Eve

Waitpinga Beach surf

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Waitpinga Beach landscape boardwalk

Clouds after sunset

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Heysen Trail Part III – Tappanappa Campsite to Balquhidder West Campsite

My wonderful wife Aki joined me for this leg of the Heysen Trail. Thank you Grandma and Wob for looking after the little ones.

We did this section in reverse – starting at Balquhidder and heading down the hill to Tunkalilla Beach for 4.5kms along the sand and then a 6km climb back up to Tappanappa. This leg wasn’t as hard as the previous, but doing it the “right” way would have been a nice reward for getting through Deep Creek. It took us about 4.5hrs.

For much of the way we were escorted by frolicking butterflies and the views were once again magnificent. Aki couldn’t stop proclaiming, “This is HEAVEN”. Although Aki was on the constant lookout for koalas (head pointed towards treetops) on this day we only came across kangaroos, crows, other birds including a kite, a small lizard and a handful of bluetongues.

For the photographer readers – I used a D700 with 100mm macro for most shots and a 18mm 2.8 prime for some shots down the beach.

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (1)

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Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (5)

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Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (7)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (8)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (9)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (10)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (11)

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Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (14)

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Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (17)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (18)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (19)

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Heysen Trail Part II :: Cobbler Hill Campsite to Tunkalilla Campsite – Deep Creek Conservation Park

This is the second leg of the Heysen Trail (starting from the southern most point). This leg stretches from Cobbler Hill Campsite to Tunkalilla campsite. I walked a bout a km further to the Tunkalilla Lookout and then up Tankalilla road where I was picked up by my wonderful supporter, also known as my wife Aki.

This leg is tough! You go down 5 or 6 valleys and come straight back up – sometimes literally straight up the side of a mountain. The path is well worn and the signs are easy to find and follow. However, for the first 2 hours I was all alone and only saw the backs of some other hikers as they turned off the path going towards the beach near Eagle Hole Campsite.

The trail follows a creek (now I know why it’s called Deep Creek) for parts – and past a great waterfall, winds through forest and scrublands and showcases a variety of flowers – blossoming in July. There’re plenty of animals – I even came across an echidna who seemed happy to be photographed. A multitude of birds fly around and there are plenty of kangaroos hoping about – or may be I kept seeing the same one bounding in front of me and then sitting down to rest only to be rediscovered and run away againnature South Australia photography by wedding photographer Joel C (1) nature South Australia photography by wedding photographer Joel C (2) nature South Australia photography by wedding photographer Joel C (3) nature South Australia photography by wedding photographer Joel C (4) nature South Australia photography by wedding photographer Joel C (5) nature South Australia photography by wedding photographer Joel C (6) nature South Australia photography by wedding photographer Joel C (7)

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Heysen Trail Part I :: Cape Jervis to Cobbler Hill Campsite

One of the world’s great long distance walking trails, South Australia’s 1,200km Heysen Trail extends from Cape Jervis, on the rugged south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, to Parachilna Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges. It passes through some of SA’s most diverse & breathtaking landscapes, traversing coastal areas, native bushland, rugged gorges, pine forests and vineyards, as well as rich farmland and historic towns. Taken from http://www.heysentrail.asn.au/ .

I walked the first leg from Cape Jervis to Cobbler Hill with 2 good friends. The scenery is stunning, the trail being 90% along coastal cliffs. Kangaroo Island can be seen across the ocean from most parts, there’s rugged rocks, beach alcoves, awesome green fields and plenty of wildlife.

The going isn’t too tough, the climbs are fairly short lived and the paths are mostly well walked/signed. At one point we did reach a ‘do not enter’ sign guarded by a fierce-looking sheep. But the sheep eventually let us through and we soon found the official ‘Heysen’ arrows again.Once you get to Blowhole Beach, however, the walk becomes quite tough – first scaling cliffs and then a solid climb up to Cobbler Hill Campsite.

My guidebook (the official Heysen one) states this leg is 10km, however signs along the way argue it’s more like 16km.

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