The Fleurieu Peninsula is full of surprises. Wander along spectacular coastal cliffs, go whale watching, and indulge in excellent local produce.
This is Wine Country
At the northern end of the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula, stop at McLaren Vale, known for its equally stunning wine.
McLaren Vale is just a 45 minute drive from the capital city of Adelaide. It has more than 60 cellar doors and hundreds of excellent wine varieties, making it a firm favorite among South Australians locals.
The area is bordered by ocean on one side and hills on the other, resulting in a warm climate that produces excellent Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Other varietals causing considerable excitement among winemakers in the region include Vermentino, Barbera, Montepulciano, Fiano, Ner d'Avola and Tempranillo.
McLaren Vale is a must-stop place on your trip along the Fleurieu Peninsula, or you can take it in as part of the Epicurean Way road trip.
Beach Culture at its Best
The Fleurieu Peninsula has a real Australian beach culture. Surfers jog down to the water each morning with boards under their arms. Families lay on the sand, eating fish and chips. Enjoy the sun, food and wine in this little slice of heaven.
Visit cellar doors, explore the mouth of the mighty Murray River, or learn how to surf. During whale season (July to September each year) watch whales and their calves play in the ocean from the shores.
Never go Hungry
On the Fleurieu Peninsula you’ll find upmarket restaurants and cafés serving a wide range of fresh, local produce. Then there are the pubs. Many boast sommelier service and food of exceptional quality.
You’ll find restaurants on cliff tops, cafés on wharves and good old fish and chip shops on main streets. Most sell calamari, prawns and delicious, freshly-cut chips.
The Fleurieu Peninsula’s green hills are bordered by jagged cliff tops. Below lie beaches, coves and the winding Murray River which pans out and forms a beautiful, calm pool at Goolwa.
Sit on the wharf and watch boats cruise under the Hindmarsh Bridge. Sail up to the Coorong and watch as pelicans glide through the water in search of their next feed.
Between May and October, whale watchers flock to the Fleurieu Peninsula to watch the giant southern right whales before they head back to Antarctica with their newborn calves.
Port Elliot, Middleton and Victor Harbor provide some excellent vantage points.
For more information, please visit the Fleurieu Peninsula website.