Fleurieu Peninsula Fun for Parents (With Activities for the Kids Too!)
From wineries and breweries with extras for the little ones, to nature exploration and delicious eats – read on for some family getaway inspiration.
Sometimes you just need to do a little something for yourself, you know? But that doesn’t necessarily mean you can find a babysitter! That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best activities for adults on the Fleurieu, that also includes something to keep the kids entertained.
After all, if they’re busy then you can relax!
There are a bunch of cool wineries to explore on the Fleurieu, but there are a few in McLaren Vale that we particularly want to mention for their family-friendly activities.
Woodstock Wine actually has a wildlife sanctuary on site, with daily scheduled feedings at 11.30am featuring their tamer locals. Wallabies, kangaroos, koalas and a friendly emu named Maverick will all be there for the kids to spot!
Visit ‘The Stocks’ Tasting Room and the Coterie Wine Bar & Kitchen for delicious tasting platters, shared plates and Flammekueche (that’s a traditional pizza-like base with toppings that hails from the region on the French-German border – yum!). Keep in mind kids can’t visit the cellar door though.
Meanwhile Maxwell Wines features a real-life hedge maze and picnic grounds. The kids can quite literally get lost, while you enjoy a relaxing glass of wine with a picnic package.
They also have a cellar door with the option of wine tasting and canapes session, a fine dining restaurant for weekend visits and a mushroom picking tour if that takes your fancy! Groups of 8 or more require a booking.
Finally, check out Gemtree Wines at McLaren Flat – their ecotrail lets you explore the restored native landscape and has BBQ facilities and a playground to keep everyone happy.
You can also pick up a local produce picnic pack or barbecue pack and a bottle of wine from the tasting room to enjoy while you’re there. The large open lawn area is perfect for spring and summer, and there’s heating on the deck in autumn and winter while you take in the views of the vineyard down to the sea.
In a similar vein, you can also visit McCarthy’s Orchard.
Complete with rope swing and boat for the kids to play in, the cellar door offers wine and cider tastings (as well as fancy coffee), and you can order cheese boards with seasonal fruit from the farm.
And the toasties! Have you ever had an apple or pear toastie? Well McCarthy’s does both, and they sound delicious.
Open on weekends from 12pm to 4pm, an afternoon here will suit the whole family.
Woodstock Wine. Image courtesy of South Australian Tourism Commission
For the beer lovers, Swell Taphouse is a must-visit.
Taste their epic craft beers and enjoy a delicious menu from Friday-Monday each week, and the kids can keep themselves entertained running around the huge lawn.
Their burgers in particular will have your mouth watering (perfect taphouse food!).
And they’re open until 9pm on a Friday night to get the weekend started off right.
Bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment.
The Smiling Samoyed Brewery is a family-owned brewery that is both child and dog friendly so the whole family can come along!
The food menu is sure to satisfy featuring many of the family favourites including pizza, wings and arancini. For the parents, all of the beer is made and packaged on site and you can even see the brewery through the window of the dining room.
The brewery is also conveniently located next to the Myponga Reservoir. Spend the day exploring, walking, cycling, fishing or kayaking before enjoyed a well-earned drop at the brewery. Note that your furry friend won’t be able to enter the reservoir area.
Smiling Samoyed Brewery. Image courtesy of Meaghan Coles
Bombora on the River is situated in Goolwa with a waterfront location designed for ultimate relaxing. This is the perfect spot to unwind with a glass of wine while the kids play on the grass. The menu features fresh local seafood and seasonal produce and of course a kids menu!
Last but not least, Glacier Rock (also known as Selwyn’s Rock, the first European to record its existence in 1859) in Inman Valley is actually a 500-million-year-old boulder shifted from the vicinity of Victor Harbor by a glacier.
Yes, you read that right – time to teach the kids about geology and history all in one!
It’s free, can be found just a fifteen-minute drive from Victor Harbor and attracts geologists from all over the world.
The Belicious Café, literally just next door, will satisfy all the hunger pangs once you’ve finished exploring. Their specialty is Belgian Waffles and crepes, so ensure to bring your appetite.
Boats in Goolwa. Image courtesy of Graham Scheer