Wondering what to do in the Fleurieu Peninsula? Try McLaren Vale's food and wine, go whale watching. Discover the rest, plan your trip today.
Life’s an adventure
There are many reasons why people holiday on the Fleurieu Peninsula: surfing, fishing, diving, snorkelling, sailing, art, wine, food, golf, whale watching, hot air ballooning, historic biplanes, steam engines, kayaking and many, many more.
If you surf (or have always wanted to), head to Middleton and Goolwa for lessons. These beaches are also great for the more experienced, along with Southport, Boomer Beach and Waitpinga.
The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to some fantastic surfing beaches. Grab your board and hit the swells.
Cast a line
Fishing on the Fleurieu Peninsula is great with no shortage of places to drop a line. Drive to a beach, a riverbank, an estuary, some rocks or a salt-crusted jetty. Bring your own boat or let a charter boat take you right to where the fish are biting.
Cape Jervis is a popular spot, as are the beaches between Carrickalinga and Normanville. Search for pipis (cockles) at Goolwa and go fishing in the Murray Mouth.
Spot a whale
It’s beautiful to see whales slapping their tails and playing 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.
Walk (or ride) a mile
Feeling active? The Fleurieu Peninsula has some great trails for walking, cycling and horse riding. Walk or ride the Coast to Vines Trail stretching from the coastal cliffs at Marino to the vines of McLaren Vale. Feeling adventurous? Take a motorcycle tour across the Fleurieu with Twisted Throttle Escapes.
Ride your horse along The Kidman Trail which continues on through to the Barossa, or hike sections of the Heysen Trail which starts at Cape Jervis, traverses the stunning cliffs at Balquhidder to Waitpinga and through the Deep Creek Conservation Park.
Prepare to dive
Dive through the wrecks of the Star of Greece, which sank in 1888, or the ex-HMAS Hobart, that was scuttled in Yankalilla Bay in 2002. Unlike other scuttled ships around Australia, most of the ship is accessible to divers. It's only a 10-minute boat ride from Marina St Vincent at Wirrina Cove.
Divers will find an array of marina flora and fauna and a declared marine reserve. Nearby is one of the best locations to view to famous leafy sea dragon, which is unique to the waters of South Australia.
There are also reefs off Port Noarlunga, Aldinga, Second Valley and Victor Harbor that are perfect to explore.
Hit the links
There are more than a dozen golf courses to choose from, including top rates courses with million dollar views and other picturesque courses dotted around Fleurieu Peninsula towns.
The Links Lady Bay course is a St Andrews-style, sand-based course which is rated the leading country golf course in South Australia. Other local favourites include Victor Harbor Golf Club, the oldest in the region, as well as the course at McCracken Country Club, also in Victor Harbor. It boasts five memorable par threes and a fine driving course.
For the kids, there’s a minigolf course with lighthouses, whales and boats on the foreshore at Victor Harbor. Or take them to Greenhills Adventure Park for a fun day out.
Tour the galleries
Art is another drawcard for the Fleurieu Peninsula. It attracts many artists and their works are displayed in the local galleries.
Collect your copy of the Fleurieu Peninsula Art Trail brochure from a local Visitor Information Centre, gallery or studio, and follow the self-drive route. You'll discover more than 60 of the region's top art spots on five different trails.
There are always changing exhibitions and art displays, so keep an eye out for the distinctive purple Art Trail flags as you travel through the region.