Located an hour south of Adelaide,
the Fleurieu Peninsula has spectacular cliffs, surf
and pristine sandy beaches.
The Fleurieu Peninsula was named after
the French politician, Comte de Fleurieu by Nicolas
Baudin, who along with Matthew Flinders was one of
the early explorers to travel the South Australian
The local food and wines make this one of the favourite regions of the local
South Australians. There are vineyards located all over the peninsula with
50 cellars open to the public in McLaren Vale alone.
McLaren Vale is the most famous wine
region in the Fleurieu Peninsula, but there's also
Southern Fleurieu, Currency Creek and Langhorne Creek
Along with its fabulous wines, the
Peninsula is famous for its olives, almonds and cheeses.
Local fresh seafood from the Southern Ocean and Murray
River , regional lamb and venison are served at many
of the great restaurants in the region.
Produce stalls and markets complete
the ultimate food and wine experience.
This old township was settled in the mid-1800s and includes many interesting
buildings and an old cemetery.
This wide sandy beach is good for swimming and has boat-launching facilities.
The boardwalk offers fabulous views of the coastline. Off shore there is
a unique unique aquatic reserve which contains a rare reef formation which
is ideal for diving. Read More
Goolwa is an attractive sea side town
located at the mouth of the Murray River on Lake
Alexandrina. Once a thriving river port Goolwa is
the ideal fishermen's vacation resort with both fresh
and salt water. For boating enthusiasts Goolwa is
a starting point for a day or multi-day trip into
the Coorong National Par or the Lake Alexandrina
area. For water sports enthusiasts as well, Goolwa
has it all. Read
McLaren Vale is an attractive, historic town located on the Fleurieu Peninsula
south of Adelaide in the heart wine growing district. The McLaren Vale consistently
produces some of South Australia's finest wines including Shiraz, Cabernet
Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Read More
Maslin beach became the first nudist beach in Australia
in 1975 and hosts the “Nude Olympics” in
January each year. Maslin Beach has a protected cove,
high cliff face and long expanse of clean white sand. Read
Middleton provides kilometres of easily accessible, scenic coastline, year
round surfing beaches and historical buildings. The low coastal cliffs around
Middleton offer a wonderful location for watching the majestic Southern Right
whale from June to September. Read More
The charming historic port town of Port Elliot reflects its 19th Century heritage
in its architecture including The Strand, an historic shopping precinct well
known for its cafes, antique and gift shops. Read
Port Willunga is known
for its white sandy beaches eroded limestone cliffs
and black rock
reefs. Swimming, fishing, snorkeling and scuba
diving are popular here. The "Star of Greece" a
three masted, iron cargo ship which ran aground here
on Friday 13th of July 1888 offers scuba divers a
fabulous place to dive. At low tide the famous wreck
is partly exposed as well as pylons from the old
port facilities, destroyed by 1915 storms. Read
Settled in 1839 it has retained a lot of its Scottish heritage. There are antique
shops, cafes and galleries housed in heritage buildings. The Police Station,
Court House Museum, old school and the gasworks are all worth a visit.
Cruise from Goolwa to Coorong National Park. This unique 120-kilometre strip
of coastal wilderness is home to numerous waterfowls and waders. Parts of
the park are only accessible by boat.
The former Navy ship HMAS Hobart was scuttled off the Fleurieu coast near Yankalilla
in November 2002. You can explore the engine room, smoke stacks and gun turrets.
Located on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula this beautiful town has
numerous historical attractions, natural wonders and wildlife. It offers
wonderful shopping opportunities, art galleries, history, fine local food
and wines. It is the ideal destination for the water sports enthusiast offering
surfing, swimming, scuba diving, fishing and boating activities. Read
The rich soils and temperate climate
produce great food and wines. Seafood is also bountiful
in this region.
From June to October the magnificent Southern Right Whales can be seen at Granite
Island near Victor Harbour. Granite Island is also home to Little Penguins,
dolphins and an oceanarium.
Wetland birds abound in the Coorong
and mouth of the Murray River which is located on
the eastern side of the peninsula.
Deep Creek Conservation Park offers
numerous opportunities to see echidnas, kangaroos
and sea eagles. The park is located in the rugged
southern coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
The Fleurieu Peninsula has a Mediterranean
style climate with cool winters and warm to hot dry
summers. Sea breezes are a common occurrence.
Fifty percent of the annual rainfall
occurs from April to July.
Average winter temperatures 10-18 degrees
Average summer temperatures 24-35 degrees Celsius.
Distances and Driving Times
Adelaide to Victor Harbor 83 kilometres 1 hour 15 minutes.
Adelaide to Cape Jervis 107 kilometres 2 hours.
Adelaide to Goolwa 83 kilometres 1 hour 15 minutes.
Adelaide to Mclaren Vale 39 kilometres 40 minutes.
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