THE FLEURIEU PENINSULA
Within an hours drive of Adelaide it offers opportunities from whale-watching to surfing, from wine tasting to nude bathing; and from golfing on some of South Australia's most popular courses to peaceful bushwalks through native forests to reservoirs and waterfalls.
The casual visitor will find a day trip is not sufficient to enable full appreciation of the many natural and man-made attractions. You could easily spend a full day just driving around the coast visiting the many beaches and parks.
To accommodate the extended holiday there are many bed and breakfasts, farm cottages, guest houses, hotels, motels and caravan parks offering excellent facilities and personal service.The many fine restaurants and cafes provide excellent fare and specialise in serving local produce and wines.
A highlight of your visit could be a day exploring the Southern Vales wineries around McLaren Vale, There are more than fifty wineries in the area, some more than a century old, and all producing premium wine.
The quaint and historic atmosphere of McLaren Vale, nestled between the ocean and the mountains, blends beautifully with the depth of rich, aged ports and muscats sipped in front of an open fire.
The southern Adelaide Hills, around Clarendon, Yankalilla and Ashbourne have an atmosphere of their own. Well restored, the historic buildings of Clarendon house country bakeries, art galleries and bric-a-brac shops full of interesting items. Further south Victor Harbor is a regular visiting place for Southern Right Whales which come to birth and nurture their calves in the warmer waters. Granite Island is a popular attraction reached by foot and by horse-drawn tram across an historic causeway. Seals and penguins can usually be seen on the Island and nearby Urimbirra Wildlife Park has a variety of native animals on view.
Nearby Goolwa, near the mouth of the mighty River Murray, was once a busy river port servicing upriver towns and stations in South Australia. Victoria and New South Wales, many hundreds of kilometres away. Today Goolwa's main activity is catering for the thousands of visitors who come each year to enjoy thehistoric atmosphere, play golf and utilise the river and coastal waterways.
Along the west coast of the Peninsula are the popular beaches of Moana, Sellicks and Carrickalinga and the nude beach at Maslins. Further south the Wirrina Resort near Normanville offers tennis, golf and a host of other recreational activities, while at the tip of the Peninsula is Cape Jervis. From Cape Jervis visitors can board the car ferry to Kangaroo Island, which, with the Coorong, is one of South Australia's premier ecotourism destinations. Almost whatever you want to do or see can be found on Fleurieu Peninsula, We trust this and other area guides will assist you to enjoy your visit.
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HOW TO GET THERE:
By road from Adelaide via the Freeway and Mt Barker or via Morphett Vale and