Prepare to embark on a thrilling adventure in 2024 as we journey through a coastal paradise celebrated for its dramatic and unique shoreline. Get ready to revitalise your spirit as you traverse the rugged beauty of the Fleurieu region, creating lasting memories and forging connections with nature and fellow trekkers.
The 35km adventure begins with a single-file rocky trail, so watch your step on those loose pebbles and take it slow. Soon, you'll descend onto the soft sands of Waitpinga Beach, covering approximately 1.5km, which might include a potential wet shoe zone. You can choose to protect your shoes with plastic bags, take them off for a brief sandy stroll, or dance your way through – the choice is yours!
The next 15km will lead you through narrow, undulating bush trails along the renowned Heysen Trail. These trails will treat you to breathtaking vistas of this coastal wonderland. Keep in mind that access points in the first third of the route are limited, with support crew locations at Waitpinga Campground, the carpark at the end of Kings Beach, and Rosetta Head carpark.
20km Event (35km route, keep reading…)
The 20km journey kicks off at Kings Beach trail head. Wind along the narrow, undulating bush trail for 2km before reaching The Bluff. At the top of Rosetta Head, savor panoramic views of Encounter Bay before making your way towards Victor Harbor. Cross the narrow causeway to Granite Island, a unique ecological attraction famous for its granite formations. Marvel at the crashing waves, spot native flora and fauna, and soak in the stunning coastal panoramas.
Continue your journey along the Fleurieu coastline, where you'll discover charming villages nestled in the hills and historic townships hugging the picturesque shores. Immerse yourself in the rich history and natural beauty of this remarkable region.
But what about the sand, how much sand?!
35km event – approx. 2.5km of sand walking
20km event – approx. 800m of sand walking.
Please be aware that there are very few water and toilet stops along this entire section of the route. It's crucial to refill your water bladder EVERY TIME you encounter a water refill station (at Luv Stops), even if you believe you have enough left. During training, these water points won't be available, so make sure to carry extra water with you while training on the route.
Please keep in mind that all Coastrek routes are subject to change, but we strive to stick to the advised route as closely as possible. Nature sometimes presents circumstances beyond our control, such as tides or fallen trees, which may require slight route alterations. Rest assured that any adjustments will be clearly marked and communicated on the event day.