Shipwreck Hiking Trails - Slackpacking

Experience the jewel of the Sunshine coast.  Offering unique and unspoilt beaches, riverine and farmland environments.

Hike in crocs/flip-flops along the beach, but boots are required for the riverine hike. This trail has 3 slackpacking options; or carry your backpacks if you prefer.

Start hiking with daypacks from Port Alfred, and head for Milkwood Hut. Leave the coast and head up Riet River valley to the Tree Houses in yellow-wood trees.

Next day, head back to the coast to Three Sisters Hut, and spend time at 3 Sisters Rocks swimming or fishing. On the 4th day head for Kleinemonde West River mouth for your 8km paddle to Lily Pad Hut, with a 4km hike though Nyala Game Reserve.  Birdwatchers will enjoy the kingfishers, fish eagles, Knysna loeries, and many more birds along the way.

Catch a glimpse of giraffe, nyala, zebra, impala, waterbuck, wildebeest, kudu, red hartebeest and families of warthog. Enjoy sundowners on the deck at Lily Pad hut and listen for the Narina trogon and forest weavers.  Nocturnal birds and animals will be heard towards evening. Next day, return to the canoes and paddle back to the river mouth to start the hike to Stone Cottage; built in 1848.  Close to Clayton Rocks you may find pieces of porcelain and shells in the rocky bays.  After stopping for lunch climb the sand dunes and look for the markers that lead to the hut.     


On the last day, leave Stone Cottage to head back to the coast and Fish River mouth via the Lighthouse. This last section of the trail has unspoilt beaches all along the way, until reaching Fish River Mouth.  Head up and over the Fish River bridge and finish the 6 day adventure with a delicious homemade sit-down meal at the Fish River Diner.