Welcome to the Fleurieu Peninsula, home to Rapid Bay and Second Valley
See Second Valley and Rapid Bay on a three-day road trip through South Australia’s coastal playground: the Fleurieu Peninsula. Just over an hour's drive from Adelaide lies South Australia’s coastal playground, the Fleurieu Peninsula. Here you’ll find some of our very-best beaches, plonked mere minutes away from world-famous restaurants and multi-award-winning wineries. Treat your senses to our three-day itinerary for the ultimate mix of food, wine and coast.
Arrive in McLaren Vale
Arrive at Adelaide Airport or pack your bags at home, then drive just 45 minutes to the Fleurieu Peninsula’s beautiful McLaren Vale wine region.
Check into Inkwell Wine's Hotel California Road
Check into Hotel California Road at Inkwell Wines, made-up of three luxury vineyard suites, nestled in a secluded valley near South Australia’s famed McLaren Vale wine region. Each private suite features a huge soaking tub overlooking rows of vines as well as floating king-size beds, large private decks and dual showers and vanities.
Soak up the sun at Sellicks Beach
Post-wine, it’s time to hit the beach. Bundle into the car and in 22 minutes, you’ll be at beautiful Sellicks Beach. Sellicks is one of the few beaches in South Australia where you can drive right onto the sand. Bring your bathers in summer for a dip in crystal-clear Fleurieu waters or take a stroll below moody, rolling green hills in winter.
Dig into succulent seafood at Star of Greece
Dinner is cooking just 12 minutes away, at Port Willunga’s award-winning Star of Greece restaurant. Here, you’ll dig into South Australia’s most succulent seafood, overlooking towering cliffs, taking-in iconic views of Gulf St Vincent.
Sip and savour McLaren Vale's best wine
Start the day picking up locally grown produce from the Willunga Farmer's Market, from fresh fruit and vegetables to jams, sauces, cheeses and baked goods.
Who says it’s too early for wine? Spend the rest of the morning cellar door strolling, visiting some of McLaren Vale’s finest wineries. Take your pick from some of our favourite McLaren Vale wineries.
Chill out at Second Valley
Situated on the rugged southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, Second Valley offers ocean eye candy aplenty. Swim, dive, snorkel or kayak in the crystal-clear waters of Gulf St Vincent. Spend the rest of your afternoon exploring a labyrinth of caves, coves and rock pools.
Dine at Coriole's Gather restaurant
Freshen up at Hotel California Road, then drive to your dinner destination: Gather at Coriole. Gather's menu changes with the seasons, showcasing South Australia’s finest produce, no matter what time of the year you visit.
Enter the otherworldly d'Arenberg Cube
Next, set your coordinates for the otherworldly d’Arenberg Cube, just a nine-minute drive away. Spend a day navigating the five storey multi-functioning wine centre, featuring a wine sensory room, 360-degree video room and beautiful panoramic tasting area. Top it off with lunch at the Cube’s restaurant; the first in Australia to create food using a 3D printer.
Spend the day at Rapid Bay
Spend your last afternoon at Rapid Bay, nestled between long sandy beaches and towering cliffs. It's a paradise for divers and snorkelers, with dramatic shipwrecks and stunning marine life aplenty, including the famed leafy sea dragon.
Make a final stop at Beresford Wines in McLaren Flat, stock up on the region's finest, then hop in the car for a one-hour drive back to Adelaide's CBD.
Three days is just enough time to soak up the Fleurieu Peninsula, but there’s so much more to explore. Check out our Fleurieu Peninsula essentials below and extend your stay.