Sun-drenched, unspoilt, and only a stone’s throw from Adelaide – the remarkable Fleurieu Peninsula is the highlight of South Australia’s impressive coastline.
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Visit the Fleurieu Peninsula and it almost seems too good to be true – lush, vine-covered hills that roll down onto untouched beaches, quaint and welcoming seaside towns, and an abundance of country hospitality. It’s not though, and this veritable paradise, just outside of Adelaide, has something for everyone.
European settlers arrived to the peninsula in 1839, and the region was named after French wanderer Charles Pierre Claret, Comte de Fleurieu, and their influence is still evident in many of the towns. It didn’t take long for the peninsula to become a popular holiday destination, with the region now welcoming thousands of tourists each year.
Blending natural wonders, culture, and a touch of coastal luxury, make sure you’re not the last person to discover the wonder that is the Fleurieu Peninsula.
The Fleurieu Peninsula may only be 45 minutes from Adelaide - making it the perfect day trip destination - but you’re kidding yourself if you think you can see everything this incredible region has to offer in a day.
The Fleurieu Peninsula has a staggering number of attractions, appealing to both young and old. There’s plenty to see and do, whether you’re into hiking, swimming, diving, fishing or simply lazing around on the beach. As the peninsula is the place where the mighty Murray River drains into the ocean, it’s easy to see this is the ideal destination for a vast array of water-based activities.
History abounds on the Fleurieu Peninsula too, thanks to the early European colonists, so there is plenty to offer history-buffs keen to expand their knowledge of the local area. With four distinct wine regions to explore, and a progressive food scene as well, it’s fair to say foodies are also catered for on the peninsula.
It’s no wonder many visitors return again and again to discover yet another beautiful section of this magic destination.
For an experience of a different kind, head out to Deep Creek Conservation Park, one of the most spectacular parks in South Australia, providing a habitat for an amazing array of wildlife. Western grey kangaroos, short-beaked echidnas and 100 bird species call this protected bushland home. Bushwalking is the best way to explore this natural haven, with a choice of 15 walking trails, differing in length and difficulty.
If you own a 4WD, the short but exhilarating 4WD trip to Blowhole Beach is an absolute must. The scenery is breathtaking − you’ll be rewarded with extensive views towards Kangaroo Island. A short walk down takes you to spectacular Blowhole Beach, which is usually deserted and yours to enjoy.
An absolute must-see is the quaint town of Strathalbyn, also known as the antique capital of South Australia. Home to one of the country’s most impressive and photographed churches, St Andrews, this settlement will surprise in more ways than one.
The heritage-listed Soldiers’ Memorial Garden, situated along the banks of the tranquil Angas River, is the perfect spot for a bite to eat with the southern Mount Lofty Ranges providing a stunning backdrop. The Strathalbyn Art Trail is a favourite for art lovers, with the historic Railway Station, the venue of the Station Master’s Art Gallery, showcasing local and regional artists.
If you’re a fan of farmers’ markets, Willunga is the place to go. The popular Willunga Farmers Market, held every Saturday, is the perfect place to stock up on fresh primary produce. South Australia’s farmers’ markets originated here and it draws people from all over the state. Willunga also organises an annual Almond Blossom Festival, which takes place every July.
From the Adelaide CBD, the drive to the Fleurieu Peninsula takes a cruisy 45 minutes along the Princes Highway – which means there is no excuse for not having visited the peninsula earlier!
A number of bus operators run daily services to all major towns on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Travellers to the Fleurieu Peninsula – rejoice! With a Mediterranean-style climate that creates mild winters and hot, dry summers, there’s never a bad time to visit! An average daily temperature of 23°C means blue skies and no wind, perfect for getting out and exploring the natural beauty of the region.
The weather conditions also create the perfect climate for the Fleurieu Peninsula’s vineyards to flourish, so whether it’s a world-class red in winter, or a crisp white in summer, you’ll be guaranteed the perfect drop to accompany your trip!
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