Located 40 minutes South of Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula offers some of South Australia's finest coastal, scenic and culinary experiences.
The region is home to the internationally renowned McLaren Vale - the home of sustainable wine production, world-renowned labels and unparalleled gastronomic experiences.
Sip Mclaren Vale's renowned wine in a giant rubik's cube (The d/Arenberg Cube) or head Down The Rabbit Hole for a tasting in a double-decker bus, or embark on the ultimate foodie adventure along the Epicurean Way road trip.
There is so much to do on the Fleurieu Pensinsula, including many restaurants, cafes and local pubs offering amazing foods made from local produce. Below we have listed some favourite locations to check out during your stay in South Australia.
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
Come Down The Rabbit Hole into one of the most magical new cellar doors in McLaren Vale. Fleurieu Peninsula locals, Elise and Domenic, have returned to South Australia after spending two years travelling to the farthest corners of Australia in their kombi van, sharing and showing their McLaren Vale wines as they went. They spent many long roads dreaming up a place they'd love to create and share with people, and upon return began building it together, with the help of a few friends. One of their adventures was driving a vintage double decker Leyland bus back to South Australia, which they've now converted into their tasting room. Step aboard to taste a drop or two, and hear a few stories, before you venture to the cellar door bar, or the coffee hut, grab a picnic, and throw down a rug. They'll top up your glass wherever you roam and have you feeling right at home.
Surrounded by picturesque vineyards that date back to 1893, Maxwell Wines is an idyllic location for an unforgettable food and wine experience in the heart of McLaren Vale. Set in a stunning Limestone building, enjoy lunch at one of the best regional dining experiences in Australia. Sample from an impressive line-up of locally sourced seasonal produce, pick fresh herbs and vegies from their garden or put together a cheese board from the cellar door and relax with a picnic down near the vines. If you have an extra special event to celebrate, Maxwell Wines offers the perfect unique subterranean setting – a cave dug 50 metres into a limestone hill tucked away behind the winery. Available for group pre-bookings, the cave is a magical and intimate space where you’ll unearth some of the best food and wine in the region.
SA WHALE CENTRE
SA Whale Centre - Victor Harbor and surrounds, is a natural haven to Southern Right and Humpback Whales and many use this area as a nursery. Whale watching season is usually May to September each year but can run longer.
COCKLE TRAIN & STEAM RANGER
Goolwa to Victor Harbor
Cockle Train and Steam Ranger Heritage Railway - The Cockle Train travels along the oldest steel railed railway in Australia dating back to 1854 when it was constructed to provide a link between the River Murray and the ocean wharfs at Pt Elliot and later at Victor Harbor. Why is this icon journey called the "Cockle Train"? In early days of settlement the local residents would take a horse drawn train to Goolwa to collect Cockles from the sandy beaches near the Murray mouth. It was a great day's outing and thus gained its name.
DEEP CREEK CONSERVATION PARK
Deep Creek Conservation Park - come and experience a wide range of activities such as bushwalking on an extensive network of trails, camping in five campgrounds and viewing the spectacular scenery of Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island and the rugged Deep Creek valley.
WILLUNGA FARMERS MARKETS
Willunga Farmers Markets - Willunga Farmers Market was the first farmers market to be established in South Australia and is now considered one of the best, awarded Most Outstanding Farmers Market at the delicious Produce Awards in 2019.
THE d’ARENBERG CUBE
A giant Rubik's Cube seemingly floating above the vineyards beckons curious wine lovers to the d’Arenberg Cube - one of the most iconic cellar doors in Australia. Set among the rolling hills of McLaren Vale on the largest biodynamic winery in Australia, the Cube features a new tasting room, several bars, a casual dining restaurant and private tasting rooms with 360 degree views over five levels. Spend an afternoon sampling a selection of d’Arenberg’s best drops or blend and bottle your very own wine during a blending bench masterclass.
Take to the skies for a birds-eye view of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s most breathtaking landscapes. Soak in epic views of lush rolling hills, vineyards, beaches and coastline on a scenic Helivista helicopter tour. Flight options are available for winery hopping, beer flights or 30-minute scenic flights - you can even choose to be picked up from a selection of accommodation options in Mclaren Vale and dropped off at a local winery for lunch!
Jaw-dropping limestone cliffs towering above pristine sandy white shores, sparkling turquoise water spilling out to the ocean beyond. Secluded coves, seaside caves, and abundant aquatic life. The Fleurieu Peninsula’s beaches are among the best in the world. One of the best spots to kayak in South Australia, drift through secret ocean grottos and explore a labyrinth of caves, coves and rock pools in Second Valley, picnic in the insta-famous seaside caves of Port Willunga, or float cliff-side in the calm waters of Port Noarlunga South’s inlet. Drive right onto the beach and spend the day lounging on sandy shores at Sellicks Beach, then head to Rapid Bay to snorkel and dive in the crystal-clear waters of Gulf St Vincent and the chance to glimpse the rare Leafy Sea Dragon. Here’s our guide to the best Fleurieu Peninsula beaches.
GRANITE ISLAND & HORSE-DRAWN TRAM
Granite Island and Horse-Drawn Tram - hop on the iconic Horse-Drawn Tram at Victor Harbor and travel across the Causeway to Granite Island, home to Fairy Penguins, amazing granite rock boulders, and a quirky art installation. You may even see some fur seals, dolphins or whales during whale-watching season.
THE OSCAR W. PADDLE STEAMER
The Oscar W. Paddle Steamer - go back in time by seeing The Oscar W. Paddle Steamer. The Oscar W. is a steam driven wood fired authentic working paddle steamer built at Echuca, Victoria in 1908. Now located at the the historic Goolwa Wharf Precinct, Goolwa, South Australia.