Reconnect with your teenagers on an exciting Fleurieu Peninsula adventure
It can seem difficult to get your kids (and yourself) off the phone these days, but a holiday or day-trip is the perfect way to spend some quality time together.
Here on the Fleurieu Peninsula we have a plethora of choices to suit your family – whatever their interests are. From surfing and quad biking to kayaking and abseiling, or a more sedate boat cruise or fishing charter, take a look at some of our recommended activities. They’ll get you out and about and having fun as a family!
What better way to get active with the kids than surf lessons? Not only is it a thrilling activity, but it gives them an opportunity to laugh at you!
The Fleurieu Peninsula has the perfect beaches to learn how to surf – Middleton, Moana and Goolwa Beach are novice friendly and great for all ages, keeping you and your kids safe in the water.
Surf & Sun offer group lessons for the whole family at Moana and Middleton, where you can also find Kombi Surf (they offer private surf lessons too). And 80 minutes south of the Adelaide CBD at Goolwa Beach you’ll find Ocean Living Surf School, where you can take group and private lessons.
Canoe the coorong
If surfing isn’t quite your speed, or the kids refuse to be seen with you if you’re going to try surfing (honestly parents are embarrassing), what about kayaking instead?
It’s a little easier on the body, but it still gets you all up and moving and you get to take in some beautiful sights as you go.
Canoe the Coorong offers multiple tours for all ages, including overnight camps and multi-day expeditions.
Forcing them to spend four days in a row with you is definitely one way to reconnect!
Canoe the Coorong. Image courtesy of South Australian Tourism Commission
The Big Duck Boat Tours
You’ll need keen eyes instead of muscles for this one – if your kids are even remotely interested in wildlife, The Big Duck Boat Tour is a must-do.
Challenge the kids to spot fur seals, sea lions, seabirds, dolphins and perhaps even whales during whale season.
They might even learn something about the whaling history in the area!
The Big Duck Boat Tour. Image courtesy of South Australian Tourism Commission
Waitpinga Farm Quad Bike Adventures
Now this is something even teenagers can get excited about! Just fifteen minutes from Victor Harbor is Waitpinga Farm, where you can take a quad bike tour to really get the heart pumping.
With the Adventure Tour and the Scenic Tour to choose from there’s something for everyone – and you’ll get to check out a real farm.
This one is just for those aged 12 and above – so a proper teenager activity – and it might even score you some brownie points!
Whether your kids are passionate fishermen or barely know which end to the whole the rod by, there’s always something thrilling about hooking a big one (or a little one, no judgements here).
The only trouble with fishing is if they just aren’t biting – ‘when can we go home’ becomes a chorus!
Sidestep this issue by taking a trip with an expert and join a fishing charter.
Take a full day or half day trip and try your luck at catching something worth taking a photo of!
Kayak or Fish at Myponga reservoir
If you'd rather keep your feet on land why not take the teens to the scenic Myponga reservoir to drop a line. From March 28th 2021 you will be able to fish and kayak in the reservoir.
There is also a 3.3km loop trail for hiking and cycling. After all the activity sit back and enjoy a picnic and watch the world go by. Just don't forget your fishing permit! A three day recreational reservoir fishing permit is just $10.
Myponga Reservoir Reserve. Image courtesy of Nick Bellotti
Maybe heights don’t bother you, or maybe you’re looking for a challenge – abseiling is the perfect bonding experience either way! Plus, the views are pretty spectacular.
Off the Bluff Abseiling offers a two-hour experience abseiling off the bluff near Victor Harbor, with an elevation of 97m!
It’s also run by the people behind Surf & Sun, so you can book it through a surfing and abseiling package.
This is the sort of thing you probably won’t get to do with your kids when they’re adults, so make the most of it while you can and get the adrenaline pumping.
Waitpinga Cliffs. Image courtesy of Tourism Australia
Cruise the Coorong
Have you been to the Coorong National Park? Encourage your kids to learn more about the bush with a Cruise the Coorong boat cruise.
The tours, both the 6 hour and 2.5 hour options, are suitable for all ages and showcase the best of the Lower Murray River, Goolwa Lakes and the Coorong.
Departing from the Goolwa Wharf, you’ll get to experience the National Park up close and see the local seal colony, as well as dig for cockles and experience a guided bush tucker walk.
Sounds like a rather relaxing way to reconnect with the kids, doesn’t it?