Our Top 6 Fleurieu Peninsula Walks
20th April 2023
Fleurieu Peninsula on foot
Come rain or shine, the Fleurieu Peninsula is a stunner. Made up of undulating hills, sprinkled with eucalyptus trees and wineries, the region also boasts a whopping coastline which entices South Australians and interstate tourists year round. Boasting great wine, world-class beaches, quaint towns and lots of hiking opportunities, there’s not much the Fleurieu Peninsula lacks.
In this article, we cover six incredible Fleurieu Peninsula walks. Of different lengths and difficulties, the following walks should offer you and your group the variety you need to enjoy and uncover the best of the region.
3. Aaron Creek Circuit Hike (Deep Creek)
It’s undoubtable that one of the most incredible parts of the Fleurieu Peninsula is Deep Creek. Deep Creek is a picturesque national park boasting stunning coastal views and magnificent wildlife. It is for this reason that the Aaron Creek Circuit Hike makes it onto this list of Fleurieu Peninsula walks.
A somewhat hidden gem amongst Deep Creek National Park, Aaron Creek Circuit starts out in a picnic area near Goondooloo Cottage on Blowhole Beach Road. From here, you’ll head straight out to the coast where you’ll find spectacular views of the Southern Ocean waves crashing into the rocky cove below. On your way, you might also see a cascading waterfall (in winter) as well as whole load of native wildlife.
In total, this walk is about 5.5 kilometres in length, making it a great morning out or afternoon activity following a lunch at one of Victor Harbor’s best restaurants.
4. Punchbowl Lookout Trail (Onkaparinga National Park)
Moving away from the coastline, another Fleurieu Peninsula walk which steals the hearts of its hikers is the Punchbowl Lookout Trail in Onkaparinga National Park. Opened in 2017, the trail is short and easy but boasts some truly spectacular views of Onkaparinga River Gorge.
Beginning from a car park on Piggott Range Road, the one-kilometre trail takes hikers through woodland before arriving at a lookout platform. It is here that you will gain a near 360-degree view of the beautiful gorge. Punchbowl Waterhole lies below. You might also be pleased to hear that from here, you will be able to reach the waterhole itself, using a somewhat steep trail which takes you down the cliff.
6. Myponga Reservoir Reserve
Nestled near the township of Myponga on the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula (about an hour’s drive south of Adelaide), is the Myponga Reservoir Reserve. Those looking for a walk not too far from a town will love this spot for its wildlife, bird life and very user friendly paths. People – both tourists and locals – flock here for runs or with families to enjoy a wander and a picnic. You might also like to head to the lookout and take in the scenic surrounds whilst you’re here.
Beautiful Myponga is home to 10.5 kilometres of unsealed trails. The south eastern loop takes its walkers through open plains, forested areas and native vegetation. Meanwhile, the 3 kilometres trail is a little steeper, has some uneven surfaces and is a little more like ‘bushwalking’.
Accommodation in the Fleurieu Peninsula
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After enjoying one of the many Fleurieu Peninsula walks, you’ll want a place to enjoy a hearty dinner as well as a comfortable place to lay your head.
The Anchorage is a popular accommodation option located in Victor Harbor, the heart and soul of the Fleurieu Peninsula. The seaside hotel offers comfortable rooms, stunning views of the ocean, and easy access to attractions such as Granite Island (it’s a two minute walk away!). The Anchorage is a great choice for those looking to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Fleurieu Peninsula.