12 things to do in the Fleurieu Peninsula in 2023

Welcome to the Fleurieu Peninsula! Arguably one of South Australia’s most beautiful and diverse regions, this incredible destination is a place where you can see dramatic cliffs and rugged wilderness, but you can also taste wine and enjoy the vibes of seaside towns. There are so many things to do in the Fleurieu Peninsula, you just have to know where to look. In this article, we offer a fantastic overview of this gorgeous SA tourism destination and let you know what you should be seeing and doing there in 2023.

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The Fleurieu Peninsula – what’s the fuss about?

The Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia is a breathtaking destination. Sprinkled with a tonne of sites and a multitude of attractions for tourists, during a visit here you can enjoy striking natural beauty, outdoor adventures, and a taste of local culture (of course we’re talking about great food and wine). With its stunning coastline, picturesque vineyards, charming towns, and diverse wildlife, the Fleurieu Peninsula is a paradise for pretty much anyone.

Of course one of the highlights of the Fleurieu Peninsula is its pristine beaches and coastline. From the golden sands of Port Elliot to the rugged cliffs of Victor Harbor, visitors can enjoy swimming, surfing, or simply relaxing by the crystal-clear waters. The region is also home to the magnificent Encounter Marine Park, where visitors can witness dolphins, seals, and even migrating whales during the winter months.

For wine enthusiasts, the Fleurieu Peninsula is also a haven. The world renowned McLaren Vale wine region, its green valleys and incredible wine culture, boasts over 80 cellar doors, offering visitors tastes of endless award-winning wines. Visitors can indulge in wine tastings, tour the vineyards, and learn about the winemaking process while enjoying stunning views of rolling hills and vine-covered landscapes.

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But there’s more! The Fleurieu Peninsula is also dotted with charming towns and villages, each with its own unique character. Places like Goolwa, Willunga, and Port Willunga offer a glimpse into the region’s rich history, with beautifully preserved buildings, local markets, and delightful cafes and restaurants serving fresh, regional produce.

Love a hike? Nature lovers will appreciate the diverse range of national parks and conservation areas in the region. From Deep Creek Conservation Park to Coorong National Park, there are ample opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and exploring the region’s unique flora and fauna.

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Things to do in the Fleurieu Peninsula

With its natural beauty, outdoor activities, world-class wines, and warm hospitality, the Fleurieu Peninsula is an idyllic destination that captivates the hearts of tourists.

Ready to explore? In the rest of this article, we’ll outline all the best things to do in the Fleurieu Peninsula in 2023.

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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.

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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.

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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:

McLaren Vale

Known for its world-class wineries, McLaren Vale offers a charming village atmosphere, with cellar doors, gourmet food options, and beautiful vineyard landscapes.


This historic town is famous for its farmers’ market, held every Saturday, where you can find fresh local produce and artisanal products. The town also has quaint cafes and galleries to explore.


This small town is home to the Myponga Reservoir, a popular destination for picnics, walks, and birdwatching. You’ll also find charming country pubs here and a heritage railway.

Second Valley

Nestled in a picturesque cove, Second Valley is a hidden gem with a stunning beach, rugged cliffs, and a historic jetty. It’s perfect for a relaxing day trip!


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.

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Taste some of the best food in SA

There’s no trip to Fleurieu Peninsula without the amazing restaurants and eateries that make it what it is. Here are some of the best known and most incredible:

The Salopian Inn

This renowned local restaurant in the sweet town of McLaren Vale offers a unique dining experience with its innovative menu inspired by local produce. With a focus on sustainability and seasonality, The Salopian Inn showcases the best of Fleurieu Peninsula’s flavors in a warm and inviting setting. Enjoy creative dishes, attentive service, and a charming atmosphere.

The Star of Greece

Located in Port Willunga, The Star of Greece offers breathtaking ocean views and a menu that celebrates fresh seafood and local ingredients. This iconic beachfront restaurant is known for its relaxed ambiance, friendly service, and beautifully presented dishes.

d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant

Situated at d’Arenberg Winery in McLaren Vale, d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant is a culinary gem. With its panoramic vineyard views and a menu that showcases seasonal produce, this restaurant offers a truly memorable dining experience. The combination of exceptional food, attentive service, and a stunning setting makes it a must-visit destination for food and wine lovers in the Fleurieu Peninsula.


At Muni Restaurant, you can indulge in a degustation menu infused with Pan Asian flavors, meticulously crafted using fresh local ingredients. Although the wine list is compact, it is thoughtfully curated, highlighting exceptional locally produced wines for your enjoyment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Whilst you’re here, don’t forget to enjoy a meal at the restaurant where the tastiest classics are served alongside local drinks.

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