Spend some time in nature's playground. Surfing, snorkeling, sailing, dining, drinking and whale watching: do it all on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Fun on your doorstep
With everything from whale watching to wine and beer tasting; beautiful beaches to biplane acrobatics; the Fleurieu Peninsula is Adelaide’s coastal playground.
Beach culture is embedded in the Fleurieu Peninsula. Surfers jog down to the water each morning with boards under their arms. Families walk along the sand collecting shells and constructing sandcastles. Grab some fish and chips
and watch the waves or indulge in award-winning wine as you watch the sun set over the ocean.
Fish and chips, beaches galore and whale watching make for a great family holiday on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
The Fleurieu Peninsula’s green hills are complemented by clifftops, beaches and the winding Murray River. You can sit on the wharf at Goolwa and see boats cruise under the Hindmarsh Bridge. Sail up to the Coorong and see pelicans tilt their heads, watching you as you pass their nests.
Get close to kangaroos in conservation parks. Watch little penguins come ashore at Granite Island. Feel the sand between your toes as you hunt for cockles. Take a charter trip and hook a fish. Cycle along the coast or stop by the wineries and find that special drop.
The Fleurieu Peninsula is a hive of activity in summer with a relaxed laid-back feel. There’s a different atmosphere in winter but it's just as beguiling. Watch the wild, thundering seas and see whales slapping their tails in the water. Warm-up beside a cellar door’s crackling fireplace and talk to the winemaker as you try their wines.
Spot a whale
It’s beautiful to see these creatures breaching and waving their fins as they play in the waters off Port Elliot, Middleton and Victor Harbor. They travel past on their way back to Antarctica in late winter and early spring.
The South Australian Whale Centre at Victor Harbor has a sightings information line and a wealth of information about whales and whale watching.
If you are whale watching and want to take that perfect photo – here's a tip. Count how many blows the whale takes before it dives away as they repeat the same number every time. The last blow in the sequence is often the best to photograph, as they lift themselves higher out of the water.
Self-drive and experience more
The Fleurieu Peninsula is featured in several self-drive itineraries. Given its close proximity to Adelaide, it's so easy to jump in the car and explore.
If you do have some more time, it's worthwhile trying the Nature, Sea and Vines Trail across four days. The Epicurean Way road trip, which features McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills, Barossa and Clare Valley, highlights the best of the State's food and wine experiences.
Ask a local
The Visitor Information Centres located at Goolwa, McLaren Vale, Strathalbyn, Victor Harbor and Yankalilla are open seven days a week and the friendly staff are always on hand to help you with your plans, so drop in and say hi.
Visit the Fleurieu Peninsula website for more local information.
Alpha Box & Dice in McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula, is a winery that likes to do things a bit differently and take a few risks and have fun while they're doing it.
Step into our backyard where wildlife reigns supreme. Walk our city laneways or pluck oysters fresh from the sea. Start your holiday in Adelaide, and get closer to the real Australia.