Waitpinga Cliffs

spice up your life with a clifftop walk on SA's south coast

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Wildflowers, rocky coves, and vertiginous sea cliffs await you on the spectacular one-way day walk – you’ll need to car shuffle – along South Australia’s south coast. A moderate leg of the long-distance Heysen Trail, the Waitpinga Cliffs walk snakes 13km along rugged Southern Ocean shore line. Starting at Waitpinga Beach, an unpatrolled surf beach also popular with fishers, it ends at boulder-strewn King Beach, immediately south of Encounter Bay.

The well-signed track cuts through ground-hugging coastal heath often awash with bush peas, grevilleas and multiple other colourful blooms; the cutest are yellow-and-brown donkey orchids. It passes  grass trees and eucalypts contorted by salty southerlies. And it brings you to the brink of walls of black rock plunging into foaming ocean that present still-your-feet views of sea and shore. Lucky walkers will see migrating southern right whales June to November.

As you go, watch too for peregrine falcons, the fastest birds on earth, and the pair of magnificent white-bellied sea eagles that nest on the cliffs.

At A Glance

(618) 8212-6299
Year round, although the trail is exposed to extremes of winter weather.

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