Dry Creek trails

Take a trip back in time

An ancient tributary of the Glenelg River once flowed through the native grasslands of the Dry Creek Native Forest Reserve. Now dry, the creek bed can be explored via two marked trails.

The trails begin at either end of the Dry Creek car park and picnic area and are clearly marked with arrows and map plates. They are suitable for all ages and are marked with a variety of points of interest along the way, making Dry Creek the perfect spot for a family day out.

The area is teeming with wildlife. Keep a look out for swamp wallabies, kangaroos, wombats and the elusive bristle-bird along the journey.

Local heritage

The Dry Creek Native Forest Reserve is home to several sites of cultural significance.

The nearby Glenelg River and the rich local food supply supported a relatively intensive occupation of the Boandik people, the traditional owners of the area. Early settlers once reported seeing 400 Boandik people camped near the area.

The historic horse-drawn coach route, which once linked Mount Gambier and Port MacDonnell with Portland via McLennan’s Punt, is still recognisable by ruts worn into the limestone by iron wagon wheels. This can be seen on the Wagon Trail Loop.

How to get there

The Dry Creek Native Forest Reserve and trails can be accessed via the Princes Margaret Rose Caves Road and Dry Creek Road, about 25 minutes drive from Mount Gambier.

The forest is closed to the public on declared Total Fire Ban days. To report a fire, call 000.

For fire ban information phone 1800 362 361 or visit the CFS website. Being aware of a Total Fire Ban is your responsibility.

Fire is prohibited on ForestrySA land and Forest Reserves between November 1 and April 30 in any year. (These dates may be extended in areas where high fire danger persists).

Dry Creek Trail

Distance: 5km loop walk
Allow: 2 hours for walkers, more for slower paced adventure
Terrain: A shady forest walk with reasonably flat ground, with small rocky steep sections into the creek bed

The Dry Creek Trail meanders through herb-rich woodland shaded by swamp gum, manna gum and stringy bark. It passes through the dry creek bed,  where native wildlife can be found. Keep an eye out for mushrooms and flowers though the Mossy Forest, Grassland and Wildflower Gully. Can you spot the cliff paintings as you take in the scenic views of the Glenelg River? Take the Rock Pool Fire Track and admire the colours of the little pools and the dry creek bed from above.


Wagon Trail Loop

Distance: 1.2km loop walk
Allow: 45mins for walkers, more for a slower-paced adventure
Terrain: Mainly open grassland, with some steep inclines and rocky surfaces.

Take a trip back in time and explore the dry creek bed which was once a tributary of the Glenelg River. Explore the Castle Rocks, imagine horse drawn coaches travelling this route to get to Portland via McLennan’s Punt. The caves along the trail have bones of animals no longer found in the area and are home to the critically endangered southern bent wing bat.