Fleurieu Peninsula – Where the vines meet the sea
Everything is within easy reach on the Fleurieu Peninsula. An easy 45 minute drive South of Adelaide you’ll find picturesque undulating hills dotted with orchards, farms and vineyards, rolling down to breathtaking beaches and a rugged coastline.
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1 Horse drawn tram
Horse drawn tram
The Victor Harbor to Granite Island horse-drawn tram is a living piece of South Australian history. Spot stingrays gliding under the causeway or seals playing in the waves as you clip-clop past.Add to wishlist
2 Whale Watching
Between May and October whale watchers flock to Port Elliot, Middleton and Victor Harbor to watch the giant southern right whales before they head back to Antarctica with their new born calves. View from the land or tours are available.Add to wishlist
3 Coorong National Park
Coorong National Park
Experience this special place of wetland wilderness, wildlife, and Aboriginal and European history on a Spirit of the Coorong Murray Mouth, Adventure or Discovery cruise. 2, 4 or 6 hour ecologically focused cruises depart from Goolwa.Add to wishlist
4 Cheese & Wine Trail
Cheese & Wine Trail
Starting at Blessed Cheese in McLaren Vale, the trail consists of a progressive picnic matching the finest artisan cheeses with the regions best wines. AUD$30 per couple gets you started with a selection of four local cheeses, olives, dried fruit, almonds and crackers.Add to wishlist
5 Ride the Cockle Train
Ride the Cockle Train
Jump on the famous Cockle Train for a trip along the oldest steel railway in Australia, dating back to 1887. The journey takes you from Victor Harbor to the seaside township of Goolwa and back. The journey is 30 minutes each way and departs every Wednesday and Sunday.Add to wishlist
6 Wine Tasting
Try top shelf reds from the celebrated wine regions of McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek. Youll even find wineries in McLaren Vale that offer gourmet cooking weekends, or enjoy a meal at one of the many great cellar door restaurants.Add to wishlist
7 Follow the Art Trails
Follow the Art Trails
Follow one of the region's art trails that take you through galleries, working studios and exhibitions. Many trails meander through wineries and other places of interest.Add to wishlist
8 Willunga Farmers Market
Willunga Farmers Market
Don't miss the Willunga Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, it's a great place to get a taste of the regions best food and wine. Its very popular with visitors and locals alike, so be sure to get there early.Add to wishlist
9 Fantastic micro breweries
Fantastic micro breweries
Discover original and much-loved brews from micro-breweries like Vale Ale in McLaren Vale, Myponga Brewery in Myponga and the Steam Exchange Brewery in Goolwa.Add to wishlist
10 Star of Greece Cafe
Star of Greece Cafe
At the end of the day theres nothing better than catching the setting sun from the Star of Greece Caf, high on the Port Willunga cliffs over looking the Gulf St Vincent.Add to wishlist
Beaches along the Fleurieu Peninsula’s coast range from family-friendly shallows to rugged coves perfect for surfing. Cape Jervis, at the bottom of the peninsula, is the departure point for the Sealink Ferry to Kangaroo Island. You’ll find restaurants on cliff tops, cafés on wharves and even places where you can go whale watching while you dine (in late winter and spring).
Food and Wine
Whatever your favourite wine you’ll find it on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Try top shelf reds from the celebrated wine regions of McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek. Renowned as a boutique wine region where “the vines meet the sea”, McLaren Vale is best known for its great vineyard restaurants and relaxed coastal lifestyle. It’s also a region of outstanding fresh produce, including its famous almond groves – all of which can be tasted at the popular Willunga Farmers market. Visit Producers of McLaren Vale for their hands-on food and wine workshops, including cheese making, vineyard walks, olive grove tours and sparkling wine making. You’ll love the food at the Victory Hotel, or for pizza made from the freshest regional produce visit Russell’s Pizza – but plan your visit in advance, they’re only open on Friday’s and Saturday’s and are very popular!
Parks and Wildlife
The Heysen Trail boasts some of the state’s most spectacular landscapes, passing through national parks, state forests, vineyards, orchards and historic towns. But at 1200km you may choose to walk just a section of it! The Deep Creek Conservation Park is a fantastic place to hike on trails that take in stunning coastal views of Kangaroo Island. Urimbirra Wildlife Park features more than 70 species of Australian fauna in their natural surroundings – see kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, emus, dingos and wombats in their natural environment among the giant gum trees. Out on the lake you’ll see pelicans, spoonbills and Cape Barren geese. It’s a photographers’ delight.
The Fleurieu Peninsula is dominated by vineyards and the ocean, and there are all kinds of accommodation options within reach of both. Choose from hosted bed and breakfasts, or charming self-contained cottages and farm stays. In the towns, you can stay in hotels and motels, while caravan parks and camping facilities are also available.
Fleurieu Peninsula offers a wide range of events and festivals year round, whether it’s a food and wine festival, a showcase of local art or a music festival. Every year in June the whale watching season kicks off with the ‘Whaletime Playtime Festival’, followed by the popular BankSA Sea and Vines Festival. The McLaren Vale Harvest Festival and Santos Tour Down Under cycling event happen in January, and if you love hunting for antiques, don’t miss the Strathalbyn Craft Fair in May.
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