Sunset on the Fleurieu

We think the Fleurieu Peninsula has some of the most beautiful scenery in Australia – from stunning seascapes to rolling vineyards, there are plenty of places to sit back and enjoy the view. Of course, sunset is prime time viewing… which is why we’ve put together a list of places to check out!


Pick a beach, any beach!

Second Valley, Myponga, or Christies Beach?

Head along the west side of the peninsula to enjoy the sunset over one of these stunning beaches. The orange cliffs turn magically golden and the ocean sparkles until last light. 

The caves and old jetty of Port Willunga also make for a spectacular setting to see out the remainder of the day.

Perhaps you can pull your car up on Silver Sands or Sellicks beach and watch from inside, or sit back in a couple of camp chairs. Locals tip: take a portable BBQ or picnic dinner and settle in for an afternoon of living your best life.

If the beach is not your scene, head a little way inland and settle in at the Myponga Reservoir. You’ll still have remarkable water views and it's the perfect spot to relax with a few nibbles.


Myponga Reservoir at sunset

Port Willunga. Image courtesy of Carly Kruger

Feed me...

There’s nothing better than relaxing with friends and food as the sun goes down. Just a short drive from the Adelaide city centre is Port Noarlunga – think dreamy pinks and purples while enjoying fish and chips on the beach! Grab your fish and chips from Port Noarlunga Fish and Chips

You can also book in at one of the local restaurants along the beachfront. How about Ampika’s Kitchen for Thai? Or Hortas for succulent award winning seafood! Both have views over the water while you enjoy a tasty meal.

Head further down the coast to The Star of Greece at Port Willunga for more spectacular ocean views and gourmet food.

If you are seeking more of a chill vibe why not savour a pub meal perched on a hill at the Victory Hotel. Or perhaps Forktree brewing is your location of choice, with a grassy outdoor area for sunset viewing and a classic bar bites menu on offer.

If you are a golf enthusiast why not have a hit at Links Lady Bay in Normanville. This golf course is the number one resort course in South Australia and offers stunning ocean views. The restaurant has great sunset views for when you've worked up an appetite. 

If you still can't get past the fish and chips, Normanville Kiosk and Cafe is located right on Normanville beach and is open until 4pm in winter and late during summer.


Hortas Seafood Port Noarlunga

Hortas Restaurant. Image courtesy of Hortas Restaurant


There are a wide array of lookouts you can pull up at along the coastline to watch the sun go down. Follow the esplanade between South Port and Moana and find a car park that suits! Other places to enjoy the view include Carrackalinga lookout, Cape Jervis lookout and The Bluff, Encounter Bay.

Take a picnic rug and your favourite person and just let the world go by...


Sellicks Hill sunset over the ocean

Sellicks Hill. Image courtesy of Megan Crabb


After the sun goes down continue the adventure with Backyard Universe and join a Wirrina Cove night sky tour. Wonder at the starry sky and learn about the constellations with an experienced astronomer. See the stars, moon and planets up close through a telescope and listen to the interpretations of Indigenous cultures. 

Or if you're hoping to spot the furry native wildlife join Softfoot Nocturnal tours and explore the 600 acre sanctuary by foot and 4WD buggy. Species you might see include Long Nosed Potoroos, Tammar Wallabies and Red Bellied Pademelons.


Night Sky Fishery Beach Cape Jervis

Fishery Beach. Image courtesy of Jessica Macrow

These are just some of the many places you can enjoy a sunset on the Fleurieu Peninsula – and who knows, maybe you’ll even get up early enough for a sunrise too!

If you do check out any of these spots, make sure you tag us in your photos on social media and use #fleurieupeninsula.


Header image: Horseshoe Bay Jetty. Image courtesy of Jesse Ehlers.