Fun for the whole family
The Fleurieu Peninsula is a year round destination that offers many activities that are suitable for families with children of all ages. Known as Adelaide's Playground, its easy to see the appeal that the Fleurieu Peninsula has a place to go during school holidays, but also when trying to have quality family time.
From Goolwa, Port Elliot and Victor Harbor, Normanville and Port Noarlunga, there are plenty of natural areas to entertain the children.
Things to do include:
A sure winner for kids of all ages, Victor Harbor has mini golf and a wildlife park to keep them occupied.
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, like the Coast to Vines Rail Trail which takes you from Marino Rocks all the way to Willunga.
SteamRanger's Cockle Train
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.
Jubilee Park Adventure Playground, Port Noarlunga
For the ultimate adventure playground experience, head to Port Noarlunga or Goolwa, or let your kids clamber over the old 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.
Kids surfing, 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 like that of Port Noarlunga, or learn to sail with other great water-based activities available in Goolwa, Clayton Bay and on Hindmarsh Island. Give yourself an adrenalin rush whilst diving with Southern Bluefin Tuna at Oceanic Victor in the waters of Encounter Bay.
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.