THINGS TO DO | FLEURIEU PENINSULA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Situated just over an hour south of Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula offers some of the best food, wine, wildlife watching and lifestyle events in South Australia.
As a peninsula, water plays a major part in recreational activities. Long sandy beaches, rugged cliff scapes and sheltered coves introduce a range of year-round holiday activities including fishing, surfing, diving, snorkelling, sailing and swimming.
With family fun activities such as animal farms, adventure parks, boat tours and whale watching, the Fleurieu Peninsula is truly Adelaide's playground! This year-round destination offers a wide selection of things to do like surfing, 4WD tours, sky diving, golfing, hiking, fishing and cycling - there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Life’s an adventure
There are many reasons why people holiday on the Fleurieu Peninsula: surfing, fishing, diving, snorkelling, sailing, art, wine, food, golf, whale watching, hot air ballooning, historic biplanes, steam engines, kayaking and many, many more.
If you surf (or have always wanted to), head to Middleton and Goolwa for lessons. These beaches are also great for the more experienced, along with Southport, Boomer Beach and Waitpinga.
The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to some fantastic surfing beaches. Grab your board and hit the swells or watch the kids have a blast while you get some well-deserved R&R on the beach.
Cast a line
Fishing on the Fleurieu Peninsula is great with no shortage of places to drop a line. Drive to a beach, a riverbank, an estuary, some rocks or a salt-crusted jetty. Bring your own boat or let a charter boat take you right to where the fish are biting.
Cape Jervis is a popular spot, as are the beaches between Carrickalinga and Normanville. Search for pipis (cockles) at Goolwa and go fishing at the Murray Mouth.
Spot a whale
It’s beautiful to see whales slapping their tails and playing in the waters off Port Elliot, Middleton and Victor Harbor. They travel past on their way back to Antarctica in late winter and early spring.
The South Australian Whale Centre at Victor Harbor has a sightings information line and a wealth of information about whales and whale watching.
Prepare to dive
Dive through the wrecks of the Star of Greece, which sank in 1888, or the ex-HMAS Hobart, which was scuttled in Yankalilla Bay in 2002. Unlike other scuttled ships around Australia, most of the ship is accessible to divers. It's only a 10-minute boat ride from Marina St Vincent at Wirrina Cove.
Divers will find an array of marine flora and fauna and a declared marine reserve. Nearby is one of the best locations to view the famous leafy sea dragon, which is unique to the waters of South Australia. There are also reefs off Port Noarlunga, Aldinga, Second Valley and Victor Harbor that are perfect to explore.
Hit the links
There are more than a dozen golf courses to choose from, including top rates courses with million-dollar views and other picturesque courses dotted around Fleurieu Peninsula towns.
The Links Lady Bay course is a St Andrews-style, sand-based course which is rated the leading country golf course in South Australia. Other local favourites include Victor Harbor Golf Club, the oldest in the region, as well as the course at McCracken Country Club, also in Victor Harbor boasting an international championship standard 18 hole course.
For the mini-golfer in your family, head to Dunes mini Golf on the Victor Harbor foreshore for a nautical themed course with beautiful sea views.
Tour the galleries
Art is another drawcard for the Fleurieu Peninsula. It attracts many artists and their works are displayed in the local galleries. Collect your copy of the Fleurieu Peninsula Art Trail brochure from a local Visitor Information Centre, gallery or studio, and follow the self-drive route. You'll discover more than 60 of the region's top art spots on five different trails.
There are always changing exhibitions and art displays, so keep an eye out for the distinctive purple Art Trail flags as you travel through the region.
Walk (or ride) a Mile
Feeling active? The Fleurieu Peninsula has some great trails for walking, cycling and horse riding. Walk or ride the Coast to Vines Trail stretching from the coastal cliffs at Marino to the vines of McLaren Vale.
Ride your horse along The Kidman Trail which continues on through to the Barossa, or hike sections of the Heysen Trail which starts at Cape Jervis, traverses the stunning cliffs at Balquhidder to Waitpinga and through the Deep Creek Conservation Park.