No trip to the Fleurieu Peninsula would be complete without a stop in our friendly towns and precincts.
Aldinga is a historic village a few minutes east of Aldinga Beach that today accommodates shopping, cafés, restaurants and services for locals and visitors, all centred around its busy and popular hotel.
This is one of the few beaches in Australia where cars are permitted to drive on sections of the broad sand, making access to the beach (renowned for its safe swimming and impressive surf) especially easy.
A small community nestled in a lovely valley at the intersection of Bull Creek and Finniss River, Ashbourne is famous for the fresh produce that can often be bought from roadside stalls.
Cape Jervis is the departure point for the daily car and passenger ferry service to Kangaroo Island, where you can embark on a 45 minute journey across Backstairs Passage that reveals the rugged and spectacular coastline
A popular holiday retreat for Adelaide residents attracted by its white sandy beach and great views over Roma Mitchell Bay and Yankalilla Bay.
Christies Beach is one of the most popular family beaches in the Fleurieu Peninsula, providing safe swimming for all ages and a large foreshore reserve for picnics, gatherings and other outdoor activities.
Some visitors stop here just for the popular bakery but this picturesque village in a deep valley rewards a longer stay.
This secluded, riverside town bordered by Murray River cliffs offers great camping, a restaurant café, boardwalk, boat ramp and mooring sites.
Now a well-established wine region with several popular wineries and cellar doors, Currency Creek's earliest claim to fame was that it was once proposed as the site for the South Australian capital.
Now just a tiny hamlet at the junction of Main South Road and Range Road leading eastward to Victor Harbor, Delamere provides a pit stop on the way to Cape Jervis and Kangaroo Island.
Australia's first Cittaslow Town, Goolwa was once a thriving river port – the last on the Murray River before it reached the Southern Ocean.
This is where the old meets the new, with a monument at the island's highest point symbolising where Captain Charles Sturt and Collet Barker stood when he identified and mapped the Murray Mouth.
This is a vital part of the wonderful journey that leads to Yankalilla. Midway between Victor Harbor and Yankalilla, the Inman Valley Road is lined with huge gum trees and provides a contrast between the ocean environment and the bushland scenery.
On the northern edge of the Peninsula close to the Adelaide Hills, Kangarilla is an outpost of the McLaren Vale wine growing area with several highly reputed wineries and vineyards.
Five kilometres south of historic Normanville is beautiful 'Lady Bay', the colloquial name given to a settlement of shacks built half a century ago.
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.
One of the prettiest beaches in South Australia and maintained in almost pristine condition, the southern end of 'Maslins' has the distinction of being Australia's first legal nudist beach.
On the road between McLaren Vale and Kangarilla, the McLaren Flat township is where the Adelaide Hills come down to meet the vales.
Not only is McLaren Vale an internationally acclaimed wine district, the town also offers beautiful scenery, with local restaurants and cafés serving up delicious regional produce.
Although increasingly popular as a holiday destination, Middleton's smooth, open beaches still provide the sort of natural solitude that could turn anyone into a beachcomber.
In the late 19th century, Milang was the largest inland port in South Australia, providing a busy trade and produce hub for road transport from Melbourne.
Norfolk Island pines dominate the foreshore of this popular beachside town, which is noted for its summer swimming, year-round fishing, snorkelling and coastal walks.
A popular service stop for those travelling to Victor Harbor, this is an authentic rural hub surrounded by rolling hills, meandering country roads and a bounty of local produce that range from blueberries and strawberries to cheese, pheasants and venison.
A rapidly expanding grape growing area within the Southern Fleurieu wine region, Mount Jagged has a couple of cellar doors for tastings and sales, as well as a cheesewright.
Myponga and Myponga Beach
Head to Myponga via Carrickalinga and enjoy views of the coast from the hilltop lookouts – some of the best in South Australia.
Leave the main Victor Harbor Road at Mt Compass and explore beautiful valleys containing some of the Peninsula's loveliest country hamlets.
Established as the second major regional shopping centre in the state and the largest shopping and commercial precinct in the region, it boasts over 400 speciality shops.
Normanville is a popular seaside resort town with long sandy beaches, good camping and other accommodation choices. Stroll along the white sands to nearby Carrickalinga or Lady Bay.
Set on a bend of the Onkaparinga River, the village of Old Noarlunga became an important focus for local industry after it was founded in 1841.
Old Reynella and Reynella
Old Reynella is full of living history and a great place to stop on the way south from Adelaide. Walk, cycle or drive past restored historic cottages on Corn Street, picnic by the picturesque creek or sit back and enjoy a coffee.
On the northern edge of the Fleurieu Peninsula, six kilometres from Meadows, Paris Creek is now more associated with biodynamic dairy products than the original Paris family who settled the town in the 1860s.
A big future was envisioned for Port Elliot when it was earmarked in 1854 as the major Encounter Bay outlet through which the rich agricultural bounty shipped down the Murray River would be exported.
An old port township at the mouth of Onkaparinga River, Port Noarlunga is now a popular family holiday destination a convenient 33 kilometres south of Adelaide.
The rotting timbers of the remains of the Star of Greece, a three-masted, iron cargo ship, wrecked here in 1888, provide a poignant reminder of the storms that can sometimes disturb this normally placid coastline.
Another incentive to take to the back roads are places like Prospect Hill that was settled as a farming district by English, Scottish and Irish immigrants around the middle of the 19th century.
Easily overlooked (but that's all part of the charm), Rapid Bay hasn't yet succumbed to the flurry of beachside development seen elsewhere.
The main road into this tiny coastal port is marked by the old mill, now converted to more modern uses. The town itself is reminiscent of a Cornish fishing village, hugging the edge of Yankalilla Bay.
The big, prominent hills of Sellicks Hill Range roll down towards Gulf St Vincent and the broad sandy beaches run north towards Adelaide.
Strathalbyn was settled in 1839 by Scottish immigrants on the plains surrounding the Angas River at the base of the Southern Mount Lofty Ranges.
It was the local spring-fed creeks that gave this area its name, derived from an Aboriginal word for 'much water'.
Nestled on a wide, sandy arc of Encounter Bay, Victor Harbor has been the summer holiday choice for generations of South Australians.
Waitpinga, an Aboriginal name meaning home of the wind, is about 10 km southwest of Victor Harbor. It is well known for its fishing, mostly salmon and mullet, and also popular for its surfing.
At the junction of the Murray River and Lake Alexandrina, Wellington is the gateway to some of Australia's largest freshwater lakes.
These days Willunga is identified by almonds (make sure you come to the annual Almond Blossom Festival in late July) and increasingly vineyards and olives, which have taken over from the original industries of wheat and mixed farms.
With spectacular hills plunging into kilometres of pristine coastline, Wirrina Cove is the ideal place to holiday and do business.