Eat & Drink
Quality local produce and wine options make a visit to the Fleurieu Peninsula an experience to savour.
Wine lovers have four distinct wine regions to explore, including McLaren Vale nearby Langhorne Creek, Currency Creek and Southern Fleurieu - all offer superb wine and intimate cellar door experiences.
You will also have the opportunity to taste the diversity in this progressive food region. Visitors can choose from cafés, vineyard restaurants or charming country pubs – or just put together your own delicious picnic feast from food and produce available at one of the many farmers markets.
Along the way, be impressed by the warmth, hospitality and passion of the people who create these exciting food experiences, drawing inspiration from the region’s Mediterranean climate and seasons.
We invite you to Eat & Drink the flavours of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
There are a number of ways to explore, discover and experience the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Whether you prefer the freedom of a self-drive tour, or a full escorted tour there are plenty of options.
You can take the time and at your leisure enjoy a number of trails throughout the region.
Sharing Flavors of the Fleurieu is a food and wine trail that will take you on a tasty adventure of culinary delight.
The Fleurieu Arts & Culture Guide will expose you to the many talented artists across thereion. You can meet the locals and participate in artisitic workshops.
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Art, Heritage, Culture
The Fleurieu Peninsula has been an inspiration to creative people for many, many generations – from the strong and distinctive weaving traditions of the Ngarrindjeri, to sculptors, painters, weavers, glass workers, craftspeople, printmakers and performers who engage their talents in an ongoing tradition that is distinctively ours. You will find that many restaurants, wineries and other venues regularly feature live music by local musicians.
The Fleurieu Arts & Culture Guide is a great way to explore some of the best galleries and studios across the region.
The peninsula has inspired some of the great names in Australia's visual arts and a visit to national and state galleries and museums will find our landscape in the works of Hans Heysen, Dorrit Black, John Olsen, Horace Trennery and Kathleen Sauerbier. Early painters included G.S. Angas and William Light. A drive along the coastal Fleurieu Way interpretive route will help you to understand their inspiration. READ MORE +
The artistic environment continues to flourish with individuals and cooperatives in many of the region's towns and communities. A stroll down the main streets of Willunga, McLaren Vale, Normanville and in the laneways of Port Noarlunga leads to several art cooperatives and small galleries, stained glass workshops and the quirky finds of curio and antique shops.
There are galleries attached to many of the area's restaurants, wineries and the visitor centres that regularly host local and touring exhibitions.
In Yankalilla, Port Elliot, Middleton, Goolwa and Strathalbyn you will discover several private and public art spaces. Some specialise in wildlife, others combine good coffee and a browse, while others provide the ambience of historic public buildings to exhibit their works, such as the South Coast Regional Arts Centre in Goolwa.
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Fun for the whole family including, Adventure Parks, Camel and Pony Rides, Cycling and Blading, Historic Cockle Train, Horse Drawn Tram, Narnu Farm, Penguin Tours, Playgrounds, PS Oscar W, Skating, Sun, Sand & Surf, Water Sports Fun, Wilderness Adventures and Whale Watching. READ MORE+
Camel and Pony Rides
Feel like royalty riding a camel on the beach at Victor Harbor or live out your John Wayne fantasies and saddle up your horse for a beach ride at Normanville.
Cycling and Blading
Hop on your bike or roller blades and enjoy the Encounter Bikeway, a shared, sealed track running between Goolwa and the Bluff, past Victor Harbor. Or try one of the other cycling trails that criss-cross throughout the region.
Historic Cockle Train
Jump aboard the historic Cockle Train for a coastal journey to remember, travelling from Goolwa to Victor Harbor.
Horse Drawn Tram
Take the Horse Drawn Tram across to Granite Island from Victor Harbor. You can even collect a business card from the horse that pulled you across – there are seven to collect.
Better than Old MacDonald's Farm, at Narnu Farm the kids will love feeding the animals and horse riding on this award-winning farm. Located on Hindmarsh Island, they also have self-contained cottages.
For the ultimate adventure playground experience, head to Port Noarlunga or let your kids clamber over the steam train locomotive near the causeway at Victor Harbor. Great playgrounds and parks can be found in most towns.
PS Oscar W
Enjoy this one-hour historic paddle steamer river cruise on the PS Oscar W departing from the historic Goolwa Wharf.
Visit the skate ramps in Yankalilla, Goolwa, Victor Harbor, Strathalbyn and Sellicks Beach or one of the other sites located throughout the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Sun, Sand & Surf
Spend a day swimming, building sandcastles, collecting shells and body surfing at one of the many beaches in the Fleurieu Peninsula. Horseshoe Bay at Port Elliot provides sheltered, safe swimming and a chance to boogie board, while white sand stretches as far as the eye can see at Normanville.
Water Sports Fun
Hop on a boat cruise and discover Coorong National Park, snorkel in clear waters over shallow reefs, or learn to sail with other great water-based activities available in Goolwa, Clayton Bay and on Hindmarsh Island. Fleurieu Adventures offers all sorts of options for adventure seekers.
Spot wildlife or go hiking in one of the regions numerous nature parks such as Deep Creek Conservation Park or the Onkaparinga River National and Recreation parks.
One of the best places to see Southern Right Whales is along the coast between Victor Harbor and Goolwa (May–October). Call into the SA Whale Centre at Victor Harbor to learn more about these spectacular creatures and other marine life. Ask about the School Holiday Program or visit the 3D Theatre.
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Sport & Adventure
Sailing, kite surfing, jet skiing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, wind surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving – if there is a sport on or in the water, you're bound to find it in a region surrounded by the ocean and criss- crossed by waterways. READ MORE+
From gentle walks to hikes up steep slopes in the beautiful conservation parks, get up close to nature and breathe in the fresh Fleurieu air. Place your trust in a length of sturdy rope as you abseil down Onkaparinga Gorge or the Bluff at Victor Harbor.
In the Air
Scenic joy flights to extreme aerobatics provide the ultimate buzz from the cockpit of an historic plane. Or feel the rush of wind on your face in a microlight aircraft – similar to a motorised hang glider. Why not take a scenic flight over the Fleurieu Peninsula from the seat of a helicopter. Or watch the world wake up from a hot air balloon's wicker basket, gliding quietly over the rolling hills around Strathalbyn.
Cruising and Sailing
Take a guided boat cruise of the wild internationally recognised waters of the Coorong National Park or sail the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula coastline aboard a luxury ketch. If you're up for adventure, explore inaccessible areas of the coastline in an inflatable boat and, if you're lucky, beautiful seabirds, dolphins, seals and whales may all come out to play.
Declare war on your mates and pelt them with paintballs in a bushland setting.
The Fleurieu Peninsula is an angler's paradise, offering beach, riverbank and estuary fishing from rocks, jetties and sand. With so many great fishing spots to choose from, you should come home with a tale or two about the fish you caught, rather than a story about the one that got away.
If you own a boat there are a number of towns that offer launching facilities or for beginners, let one of the many fishing charter companies show you some of the best spots to drop a line.
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There are a number of public golf courses across the Fleurieu Peninsula that offer challenge, relaxation and outstanding views. Easy to get to from Adelaide and with a wide selection of quality courses a day on the greens in the Fleurieu is appealing to all golf levels.
Victor Harbor Golf Club, Victor Harbor
A par 72 and 18 hole 5962 metre course, the Victor Harbor Golf Club is the oldest course in the Fleurieu Peninsula but is still one of the most scenic. The first tee takes full advantage of the magnificent views of Encounter Bay, the sparkling waters of the Southern Ocean and the grandeur of Granite and Wright islands.
Goolwa Golf Course, Goolwa
The Goolwa Golf Course has nine holes over 4936 metres, with a par 60 and Australian Course Rating of 64. The course is gently undulating and incorporates areas of natural semi coastal heath and woodlands together with areas of native grasses.
Fleurieu Golf Course, Mt Compass
Modelled on the links-style courses of Scotland and England, the international-standard 6116 metre long Fleurieu Golf Course has 18 challenging and interesting holes, with a par 72.
McCracken Country Club, Victor Harbor
Only minutes from the centre of Victor Harbor, the McCracken Country Club is a great 18 hole, 6021 metre long course, with a par 72. Designed by renowned golf course architect Tony Cashmore, this is a fun but challenging course with five memorable par threes and is a fine driving course.
South Lakes Golf Club, Goolwa
The relatively flat terrain of the South Lakes Golf Club makes the 5784 metre course a pleasant walk with a background of waves crashing on the beach. The 18 hole, par 70 course is not long but still provides a challenge to the low handicappers as accuracy is the priority.
The Links Lady Bay, Normanville
An 18 hole course with par 72, The Links Lady Bay course is 6116 metres and provides coastal views and kangaroos, as well as great golfing – just an hour's drive south of Adelaide. This is a St Andrews-style, sand-based links course among the best in South Australia.
Willunga Golf Course, Willunga
Willunga Golf Course is considered one of South Australia's best public courses, with 200 year old gum trees, creeks and great views.
Wirrina Cover Golf Course, Wirrina Cove
With magnificent sea views and coastal cliffs, Wirrina Cove Golf Course offers an 18 hole PGA standard course. The 5697 metre, par 70 course offers excellent bent grass greens and couch fairways and is challenging for golfers of all abilities.
Yankalilla Golf Club, Yankalilla
The 18-hole Yankalilla Golf Club is a friendly well-maintained community golf course.
Beaches and Waterways
Long sandy beaches, rugged cliff scapes and sheltered coves introduce a range of year round activities on the Fleurieu Peninsula that include fishing, surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, swimming and winter whale watching.
The Fleurieu Peninsula has a long and varied coastline that includes secluded beaches rarely visited by humans, as well as fiercely weathered limestone cliffs and headlands that take the full force of the Southern Ocean.
It has surf beaches that attract surfers from around Australia, fishing beaches, sailing beaches – and reefs and wrecks for scuba divers to explore. READ MORE +
Quaint little fishing shacks can be found tucked behind beaches and sand hills, tiny ports have fishing jetties and country pubs, while sheltered bays and coves provide moorings for fishing and sailing boats.
There's no shortage of places in which to stay overnight, with cottages and apartments for rent, and caravan parks and conservation park campsites with million dollar ocean views.
Click here for a Surf Guide with full details and amenities nearby.
To take your surfing to the next level, download the eBook "Livin' the Dream" written by Luke Talbot-Male of Surf & Sun.
Go bush camping less than two hours from the city, take a hike with spectacular coastal views and spot whales and Leafy Sea Dragons in the water.
Family camping adventure
Deep Creek Conservation Park is a favourite with bushwalkers, nature lovers and campers. The valleys of dense bushland and rugged coastline offer an extensive network of walking trails and some of the best coastal views in the country. Deep Creek is the only national park within 100 kilometres of Adelaide that offers bush camping – and with 2WD accessible campgrounds, it’s ideal for a family adventure. READ MORE +
Keen hikers will want to tackle the Fleurieu Peninsula section of the famous Heysen Trail which runs for 1200 kilometres from Cape Jervis to the Flinders Ranges. The Fleurieu section introduces you to dramatic coastal cliffs, sandy beaches, lush dairy country, native forests and pine plantations. If you only have a few hours to spare, head for Deep Creek Conservation Park which offers short walks from Tapanappa Campground to Boat Harbour Beach and from the Tapanappa Lookout to Deep Creek Waterfall pass. The Fleurieu Peninsula is also host to The Kidman Trail, a 225 kilometre route which stretches from the coast inland to the Clare Valley. This trail is open to horse riders, cyclists and walkers and provides a sustainable, safe and scenic trail that highlights the natural beauty, cultural history and major points of interest along the Mount Lofty Ranges.
Encounter unique marine life
Stretching from Port Noarlunga’s iconic reef around to the Murray Mouth at Coorong National Park, Encounter Marine Park protects our iconic species such as the Leafy Sea Dragon and is home to some of Australia’s best dive sites such as Aldinga Reef. Take on surf breaks at Newland Head Conservation Park and watch whales from Granite Island Recreation Park, Basham Beach or the cliffs at Waitpinga Beach.
Fishing is very popular within Encounter Marine Park – try your luck at the Murray Mouth, Waitpinga Beach and off Wirrina. Remember, you can fish in marine parks, just not in the sanctuary zones. To find out where you can fish, visit www.marineparks.sa.gov.au
Keep on walking
Follow Newland Head Conservation Park’s walking trails along rolling hills and rugged cliffs for panoramic views of Encounter Bay, The Pages in Backstairs Passage and Kangaroo Island. Cox Scrub Conservation Park is a haven for bushwalkers and birdwatchers located 70 kilometres south of Adelaide. The park’s open scrub and tall shrub land provides habitat for a range of birdlife, including honeyeaters and Yellow-tailed Black cockatoos. For a special treat, visit in spring when the park’s native wildflowers are in full bloom.
Discover a significant Aboriginal cultural site
Moana Sands Conservation Park, 35 kilometres from Adelaide, is a significant Aboriginal cultural heritage site. The park’s coastal dunes are important in the cultural traditions of the Kaurna people who made their summer camp in the sand hills by Pedler Creek. Many archaeological artefacts, including burial sites, hearths and shell middens - some dating back more than 6000 years - have been found where the overlying sand has blown away.
Pay for entry and book camping and accommodation for Deep Creek Conservation Park at www.parks.sa.gov.au before entering the park. Agents in towns surrounding the park also sell entry and camping permits.
The Fleurieu Peninsula is one of the state's most popular and accessible whale watching regions. With its picturesque coastline, it is the place to get up close to one of the world's most majestic mammals – the Southern Right Whale. Southern Right Whales, named for being the right whale to hunt, are definitely the right whale to watch. They are slow moving, come very close to shore (often within 30 metres) and can stay in the same area for weeks at a time. With impressive vantage points from Victor Harbor to Goolwa, the chances of seeing a whale are good.
For more information on whales, sightings and the local marine environment visit the South Australian Whale Centre located in Victor Harbor. The Centre hosts an interpretative centre and provides whale watching maps and sighting information to visitors.
Visit SA Whale Centre or call the SA Whale Information Hotline on 1900-WHALES (1900 942 537).
Dolphins & Seals
When looking out for whales, keep an eye out for playful dolphins and sea lions. Both the Common dolphin and the Bottlenose dolphin, along with Australian sea lions and fur seals, can often be seen cruising in a peaceful bay, riding the bow wave of a local boat or even dropping in on surfers riding the waves.
The world's smallest penguin lives in the waters around Victor Harbor and Granite Island and at dusk, after a long day feeding at sea, they retreat to their burrows on the edges of Granite Island, where they live socially in pairs for most of the year.
A number of these penguins can also be seen throughout the day in the Penguin Interpretive Centre on Granite Island, where they are permanently housed.
Leafy Sea Dragons
Divers come from all over the world for a face-to-face encounter with the Leafy Sea Dragon. This rare, delicate creature, with the body shape of a sea horse and covered with leaf-like membranes, can only be found in the southern waters of South Australia and Western Australia. Regarded as one of the most spectacular and mysterious of all marine fish, it can best be seen
Back on land, there's a wealth of wildlife. Some of it's quite shy but not the Western Grey kangaroo that, at certain times of day, can be seen in mobs grazing like sheep in paddocks. One delightful place where they can be reliably seen is around Tent Hill in Deep Creek Conservation Park, one of the best places on the Peninsula for wildlife. The 4500 hectare park has many less obvious inhabitants also worth seeking out, such as the Short-beaked echidna, Ring-tailed possum and Yellow-footed antechinus. Urimbirra Wildlife Park, near Victor Harbor, is another good place to experience local wildlife, home to more than 400 Australian native animals and bird species.
Bird lovers will feel like they have found paradise, with about 230 species of birds
The Coorong National Park is famous for its migratory waders and Onkaparinga River Estuary, Aldinga Scrub and areas around Mount Compass, Goolwa, Milang, Strathalbyn and Hindmarsh Island are also rewarding for bird watchers. Located adjacent to Hindmarsh Island, is a hidden gem called Mundoo Island which offers a variety of tours including birdwatching.
The wetlands and lagoons of the lower Murray River also teem with birdlife, with black swans, egrets and many species of ducks thriving in the shallow waters and river reeds. The Peninsula's national parks house extensive birdlife, with up to 100 species recorded in some of them – many easily spotted when walking. Species of high conservation importance include the Southern Emu wren, Yellow-tailed Black cockatoo, Glossy Black cockatoo, Peregrine falcon, White-bellied Sea eagle, Painted Button quail, Chestnut-rumped heathwren, White's Thrush, Elegant Parrot, Lewin's Rail, Latham's Snipe, Sooty Oyster Catcher and Hooded Plover.
Information on National Parks.