The Fleurieu Peninsula is packed with scenic walking and hiking trails. These range from short walks, lookouts and leisurely strolls through historic townships, to more serious hikes in the region’s beautiful conservation parks.
Regardless of your hiking ability, there’s a walk in the Fleurieu with your name on it – so lace up your boots and start planning. The Fleurieu is waiting to be explored on foot!
Keen hikers will want to tackle the Fleurieu Peninsula section of the famous Heysen Trail which runs for 1200 kilometres from Cape Jervis to the Flinders Ranges. The Fleurieu section introduces you to dramatic coastal cliffs, sandy beaches, lush dairy country, native forests and pine plantations.
If you only have a few hours to spare, head for Deep Creek Conservation Park, which offers short walks from Tapanappa Campground to Boat Harbour Beach, and from the Tapanappa Lookout to Deep Creek Waterfall pass.
The Fleurieu Peninsula is also host to The Kidman Trail, a 225 kilometre route which stretches from the coast inland to the Clare Valley. This trail is open to horse riders, cyclists and walkers and provides a sustainable, safe and scenic trail that highlights the natural beauty, cultural history and major points of interest along the Mount Lofty Ranges.
Follow Newland Head Conservation Park’s walking trails along rolling hills and rugged cliffs for panoramic views of Encounter Bay, The Pages in Backstairs Passage and Kangaroo Island.
Cox Scrub Conservation Park is a haven for bushwalkers and birdwatchers located 70 kilometres south of Adelaide. The park’s open scrub and tall shrub land provides habitat for a range of birdlife, including honeyeaters and Yellow-tailed Black cockatoos. For a special treat, visit in spring when the park’s native wildflowers are in full bloom.
Discover a significant Aboriginal cultural site. Moana Sands Conservation Park, 35 kilometres from Adelaide, is a significant Aboriginal cultural heritage site. The park’s coastal dunes are important in the cultural traditions of the Kaurna people who made their summer camp in the sand hills by Pedler Creek.
Many archaeological artefacts, including burial sites, hearths and shell middens - some dating back more than 6000 years - have been found where the overlying sand has blown away.