12 things to do in the Fleurieu Peninsula in 2023
1st September 2023
The Fleurieu Peninsula – what’s the fuss about?
Things to do in the Fleurieu Peninsula
Enjoy a day in Victor Harbor
During a visit to the Fleurieu Peninsula, don’t miss a visit to Victor Harbor. Nestled on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, this sweet little seaside town is a must-visit destination for tourists. Blessed with a stunning coastline, vibrant local culture, and a plethora of outdoor activities, visitors here can enjoy breathtaking views, encounter wildlife, and enjoy plenty of activities for children. Take a ride on the historic Horse-drawn Tram to Granite Island, spot whales and dolphins on a wildlife cruise, or simply relax on the beautiful beaches. Don’t forget to stop by for a coffee, meal or just an ice cream – you won’t regret it!
Go surfing at one of the world class beaches
Bring your surf board to the Fleurieu Peninsula! Surfing here is a thrilling experience for surfers of all levels. Middleton Beach, located near Victor Harbor, is renowned for its consistent waves and is a popular spot for beginners and intermediate surfers. Otherwise, further south, Waitpinga Beach offers more challenging breaks, attracting experienced surfers seeking bigger swells and powerful waves. Other notable surf spots in the region include Parsons, Goolwa, and Moana. Not into surfing? It’s also great fun to head to Middleton Beach during the weekend and watch surfers as they master the waves.
Go and find the whales
Perhaps one of the most exciting things to do in the Fleurieu Peninsula is to search for whales! The region’s coastline offers prime vantage points to witness the majestic annual migration of Southern Right and Humpback whales. Encounter Bay, near Victor Harbor, is a hotspot for whale sightings, with these gentle giants often coming close to the shore. However, anywhere you go along the coastline from Victor Harbor to Goolwa, you have a chance to spot these creatures during the winter months. Visitors can also embark on whale-watching cruises, where knowledgeable guides provide insights into the behaviour and biology of these magnificent creatures. Try Big Duck for a guaranteed great experience (even if you don’t spot whales, you’ll most likely see dolphins and maybe even penguins).
Visit a wildlife park
Visit the Fleurieu Peninsula with kids? Urimbirra Wildlife Park in Victor Harbor is a must-visit destination for animal lovers (whether they’re little ones or adults!). This family-friendly park offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of Australian wildlife. From kangaroos and koalas to emus and wombats, visitors can observe and interact with these fascinating creatures in a natural and safe environment. The park also features informative talks and feeding sessions, providing educational insights into the animals’ behaviors and habitats.
Taste some Fleurieu Peninsula wine
Brace yourself for a wine journey of a lifetime! The wineries in the Fleurieu Peninsula offer a delightful experience for wine enthusiasts visiting the region. The renowned McLaren Vale wine region, located within the peninsula, boasts a plethora of wineries, each offering a unique tasting experience hosted by talented and passionate staff. From boutique family-owned vineyards to large-scale producers, tourists have a wide range of options to explore. Visitors can indulge in wine tastings, where they can savor the rich flavors of world-class Shiraz, Grenache, and other varietals. Many wineries also offer guided tours, allowing visitors to learn about the winemaking process, stroll through vineyards, and enjoy stunning views of the picturesque landscapes. Start with d’Arenberg, Wirra Wirra, Hugh Hamilton and Coriole Vineyards and you won’t be disappointed!
Discover some charming Fleurieu Peninsula towns and villages
As a tourist visiting the Fleurieu Peninsula, there are several cute towns and villages worth exploring. Each offering great amenities like bakeries, shops, restaurants and cafes, the little towns make for a great place to stop and take a break from exploring. Here are a few recommendations:
Goolwa, a charming coastal town in South Australia, offers a delightful blend of natural beauty, historic charm, and water-based activities. Explore the Murray River and enjoy beachside fun.
Taste some of the best food in SA
The Salopian Inn
The Star of Greece
d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant
Explore the natural beauty with some Fleurieu Peninsula hiking
If you’re not from South Australia, you may not know that the Fleurieu Peninsula is a haven for hiking enthusiasts, offering a multitude of stunning trails to explore. From coastal cliffs to rugged bushland, the region provides diverse landscapes that cater to all levels of hikers. The Heysen Trail, which actually begins here in Cape Jervis (ending in the Flinders Ranges), winds its way through the peninsula, offering breathtaking views and encounters with native wildlife. Enjoy a section of the renowned trail and enjoy coastal views. Deep Creek Conservation Park is another highlight, with its extensive network of trails leading to dramatic coastal cliffs and secluded beaches. Fortunately, whether you’re seeking a leisurely stroll or a challenging trek, the Fleurieu Peninsula provides endless opportunities for hiking – and the views are always fantastic!
Go to a market
There are a few markets you can visit in the Fleurieu Peninsula. Try the Victor Harbor Market; a vibrant and lively market, offering a diverse range of stalls selling fresh produce, local crafts, delicious food, and unique treasures. Otherwise, head to Port Elliott and browse the numerous aisles of vendors selling local products. Perhaps the best market in the region and maybe in the whole of South Australia is the Willunga Farmers Market. Soak up the bustling and vibrant atmosphere here of local producers and artisans. With an array of fresh seasonal produce, gourmet treats, handmade crafts, and live music, it offers a delightful shopping experience.
Take a dip at one of the region’s best beaches
Let’s not forget that one of the main attractions of the Fleurieu Peninsula is its phenomenal beaches. This coastal paradise boasts some of the most breathtaking beaches in South Australia and the country. From pristine stretches of sand where sunbathing is hard to resist, to rugged cliffs and hidden coves, the region offers a diverse array of coastal landscapes. Some of the best spots we know of are, Rapid Bay, Second Valley, Maslin Beach, Middleton, Port Elliot, Parsons, Waitpinga and so many more! Whether you seek relaxation, water sports, or simply a scenic stroll, the Fleurieu Peninsula’s beaches are sure to captivate and leave lasting memories.
Explore Deep Creek Conservation Park
You’ve never seen anything like Deep Creek Conservation Park. This natural wonderland on the southern side of the peninsula showcases the region’s diverse flora and fauna in an awe-inspiring setting. Spanning over 4,000 hectares, this stunning park offers a plethora of hiking trails that wind through rugged landscapes, towering cliffs, and lush bushland. Visitors can immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature, spot native wildlife like kangaroos and echidnas, and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the coastline. Simply head on over, pick a trail and maybe a lookout and enjoy the views.
Explore the coastline by bike on the Encounter Bikeway
Not much of a hiker? That’s no problem, because there’s a way to enjoy the coastline from Victor Harbor to Goolwa on a bike. The Encounter Bikeway is a scenic coastal cycling path that stretches for 31-kilometres and offers cyclists breathtaking views of the sparkling ocean and rugged cliffs. With its well-maintained paths and gentle gradients, the Encounter Bikeway caters to cyclists of all levels, from beginners to experienced riders. Along the way, riders can stop and explore charming coastal towns, enjoy picnics on picturesque beaches, and soak up the beauty of the Fleurieu Peninsula on this unforgettable cycling adventure.
Book your stay at The Anchorage in the heart of Victor Harbor
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The Anchorage Hotel in Victor Harbor is a coastal gem that offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. With its prime location overlooking the ocean, it provides breathtaking views and easy access to the town’s attractions. The hotel boasts comfortable rooms and friendly service, making it an ideal destination for a memorable seaside getaway.
Whilst you’re here, don’t forget to enjoy a meal at the restaurant where the tastiest classics are served alongside local drinks.
Book your room at the Anchorage and receive 10% off your stay using the code SAWE10.