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 again …
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