6 Incredible Fleurieu Peninsula Experiences To Have On Your Big Lap

by Cailin and Luke Wigg

1. Get On Your Bike

The Fleurieu Peninsula is a cyclist’s playground. Don’t have your own bike? No worries! You can hire bikes for free across the Peninsula. Try the Encounter Bikeway which takes you along  the stunning coastline and the Heritage towns of Goolwa, Port Elliot and Middleton.

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2. Dive & Snorkel

You might be surprised to learn that this region is home to some unique snorkeling and diving opportunities. Ex HMAS Hobart Dive Site in Yankalilla Bay (permit required), Adelaide’s Underwater Heritage Trail and swimming with Bluefin Tuna in Victor Harbor are just a few ways to enjoy the abundant marine life. Don’t forget about Kangaroo Island. You can swim with wild dolphins or head to the clear waters of one of the many snorkeling sites. Tip: head to the reef just east off Western River Cove beach to see tons of colourful fish.

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3. Spot Penguins & Other Wildlife

You don’t have to look hard to see wildlife at every turn! Look for penguins on Granite Island, take a whale, seal and dolphin watching tour or spot seals at Kangaroo Island’s Seal Bay. Tip: Head to one of the many National Parks and explore the trails, you’re bound to see cool wildlife.

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4. Have a Tipple

There are more than 100 cellar doors across the Fleurieu, many with unique and interesting offerings. Be sure to check out the D’Arenberg Cube, an impressive 5 story experience designed to delight the senses. You can try mead at Maxwell Wines (made by fermenting honey), take a biodynamic wine tour at Gemtree, become a wine connoisseur at Hugh Hamilton Wines or play outdoor games at Penny’s Hill Wines.

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5. Sample Local Produce

This region isn’t just known for good wine, olive groves are a prominent fixture in the countryside vistas here. Stop at Llyod Brothers for spectacular olive oil products. Then, follow your nose to the other local producers in the area: the Menz FruChocs shop or Bracegirdle’s for chocolate in McLaren Vale, Emu Bay Lavender Farm (KI), or Harry’s Deli at Wirra Wirra. If you’re feeling a little fancy, head to Maxwell Wines for lunch in their limestone cave!

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6. Embrace History and Heritage

This region is steeped in history. On Kangaroo Island, you’ll find evidence of Aboriginal and European inhabitation and settlement, shipwrecks and lighthouses. Hope Cottage Museum and Penneshaw Maritime & Folk Museum are worth checking out but by simply exploring the island, you’ll discover remnants of the past. 

The same can be said for the Peninsula too. There are a number of significant Dreaming sites for the Kaurna and Ngarrindgeri Peoples along the coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula. You can visit The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre to delve deeper. For something a little different, try The Fleurieu Distillery and Steam Exchange Brewery, The Strathalbyn and District Heritage Centre and Victor Harbor Horse Tram.

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