DIGITAL detox ideas in the ALEXANDRINA REGION ON THE FLEURIEU
Posted: June 2019
FEELING A BIT TIME-STRETCHED AND IN NEED OF A good BREAK? LET THE MAGIC OF the LAKE ALEXANDRINA region RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES and soothe your soul. SO CLOSE TO ADELAIDE CITY ...YET FEELS LIKE A WORLD AWAY!
This is the place for nature lovers to have a digital detox and relax into the serenity of coastal bliss. From gorgeous beachside and country towns, to rivers and the waterways of the Coorong National Park – all within 1.5 hours drive of Adelaide – this is the ultimate outdoor destination. Now’s the time to pack up the car, grab the swag and head out for an adventure. Don’t forget the marshmallows for the fire!
Here are some of our favourite outdoor spots in the area:
The river port of Goolwa may be rich in history, but you might be surprised by just how vibrant the Goolwa Wharf Precinct is today! It’s a foodie’s paradise – home to many great pubs, a microbrewery, cute cafés and restaurants serving amazing seafood. Take a scenic day trip to Victor Harbor on a heritage steam train, and explore the waterways on an eco-cruise or an authentic paddle steamer. Then dine on the wharf overlooking serene water views, browse a contemporary art exhibition at the Signal Point Gallery or step back in time at the local museum. The perfect combination of indulgence and coastal relaxation.
Read more about Goolwa.
Goolwa Wharf, South Australia
2. HINDMARSH ISLAND
Hindmarsh Island is just a stone's throw away from Goolwa, over the commanding bridge, where the family can enjoy a farm stay at Narnu Farm. Your children will love the chance to get involved at feeding time and take one of the horses for a ride. A highlight of any journey across to the island is to marvel at the mouth of the Murray River – where the river meets the sea!
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Narnu Farm on Hindmarsh Island
Unique and award winning place to spend a few nights is the Middleton Beach Huts. Centrally located between Port Elliot and Goolwa, these boutique cabins are the perfect place to base yourself for a weekend adventure. You can catch a wave at the Middleton beach, or go out for the day to the local markets, chocolate shop or catch a ride on the Steam Ranger cockle train. Everything is so close at hand!
Read more about Middleton.
Middleton Beach Huts
4. PORT ELLIOT
The seaside village of Port Elliot, based on Horseshoe Bay, is protected by several little islands not far off shore where whale sightings are a regular attraction in winter. The beach is popular all year round, as is the water-front cafe and restaurant. There are plenty of family-friendly bakeries and cafés in Port Elliot and the children will love playing at the beachfront reserve and playground. One of our favourite things to do is take the cliff top walking path for stunning coastline views across the bay and watch the surfers glide into shore.
Read more about Port Elliot.
The Flying Fish Cafe at Port Elliot
5. COORONG NATIONAL PARK
You’re right on the doorstep of the beautiful Coorong National Park – a 130km stretch of saltwater lagoons protected from the Southern Ocean by sweeping sand dunes. It's a nature lover and camper's paradise and is absolutely stunning year-round. The serenity, the sheer diversity, and the proximity to Adelaide make it the perfect place for a weekend escape.
Grab the binoculars and head off for some long walks through the sanctuary known for its abundant birdlife. In winter, there are whole fields of grazing black swans and loads of opportunities to 'embrace the brisk' while cruising, canoeing or kayaking along quiet waterways, or 4WDing across the wild beaches.
Kids love it here too because there's just so much to do! From bird watching and fishing to boating and kayaking – you can fill your days in the great outdoors and then as the sun sets, snuggle up in front of your campfire and under a blanket of stars. If you fancy exploring during the day but like the comfort of a proper bed and a hot shower, you may prefer to stay in nearby Goolwa.
Find out more about the Coorong National Park.
Coorong National Park
6. STORM BOY COUNTRY
The movie Storm Boy was filmed in and around the Goolwa and Coorong areas. If you’re planning a Mr Percival-inspired journey of your own on the Fleurieu Peninsula, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Find out more about the making of the movie Storm Boy.
The movie Storm Boy was filmed in around the Goolwa and Coorong area.
7. WINE COUNTRY
Fancy combining your outdoor adventure with a little tipple? Then head north to Langhorne Creek, and nearby Currency Creek, for the best of both worlds! These areas are home to a number of wineries and cellar doors where you can sample wines from Australia's largest premium red grape growing region and one of the most awarded wine regions.
With the oldest recorded Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the world and families that have been making wine for five generations or more, it's fair to say wine is in the blood in Langhorne Creek. What makes the area truly special is its blend of the old and the new, drawing on its proud heritage to create exciting wine styles that are not afraid to break the rules.
Cellar door at Currency Creek. Image by Michael Waterhouse Photography.
Pack a picnic to enjoy on the banks of the River Angas in the charming township of Strathalbyn. It's a popular spot for lovers of antiques and collectables and frankly, one of the prettiest towns in South Australia with plenty of places to eat, shop, and stay. Think village green, ducks on the river, rose gardens, galleries, cafés and delightful picnic spots, plus an abundance of highly regarded antiques and secondhand shops to discover a treasure or two!
Find out more about Strathalbyn.
START PLANNING YOUR TRIP
Refresh your mind, body, and soul this winter!