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Fleurieu Peninsula
  • Sunset in the glorious Fleurieu Peninsula
  • Steam Ranger Heritage Railway
  • Goolwa Beach
  • Enjoy world-class wines and gourmet restaurants

To the south of Adelaide is a beautiful peninsula with dozens of towns scattered along hills, coasts, and vineyards. Stretching from Aldinga to Delamere, and all the way across to Strathalbyn and Goolwa – Fleurieu covers a massive area and has plenty of holiday options for everyone. Whether you are after a quiet retreat to get away by yourself, or want an action-packed holiday with friends, you’ll be sure to find the perfect break.

Wine and dine
The region is famous for its excellent produce, world-class wines, and gourmet restaurants. With more than 75 different vineyards, there are many boutique wines and emerging vineyards to sample – you may find a new favourite. Tours are available, or you can drive to the different vineyards for tastings on your own.

Getting back to nature
Coorong National Park is a must see when you visit the Fleurieu Peninsula. This is one of the few national parks in Australia you can explore by both foot and boat. Try one of the many walks, ranging from 20 minutes to two days, and you’ll be in awe of the flora and fauna you encounter along the way. Be sure to take a camera and don’t be surprised if a furry marsupial leaps out to take a peek. If you prefer to explore by water, try drifting along in a kayak or a canoe. It’s a truly breathtaking experience you’ll never forget.  

Another must-see is the Granite Island Nature Park in Victor Harbour. Here, you can watch the penguins surf in after a hard day’s fishing, before they waddle off to their burrows for the night.

Strap into a fighter jet and prepare for combat!
Okay – this doesn’t really fit in with the whole romantic winery/beach/nature feel, but who hasn’t felt the occasional ‘need for speed’? This is, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime experience (one you’ll need to save up for, because it has a once-in-a-lifetime price tag!). You can fly in an L29 jet fighter trainer as though you are in combat. For booking details, head over to Virgin Blue.

When to go
The region is gorgeous throughout the year. If swimming is on your agenda, you’ll want to visit during the spring, summer, or autumn months. If you’re interested in exploring the towns, galleries, and vineyards you’ll have a great time during any season. Alternatively, you may like to plan your break around one of the many Fleurieu Peninsula festivals and events.

How to get there
It takes less than an hour to drive to the northern towns of the peninsula, and then up to two hours to get to the southerly towns. A car is a great way to get around and see the region. If you don’t have wheels, there are also buses from Adelaide leaving several times per day, and many go between the towns.

If you believe “getting there is half the fun” you might like to try the Steam Ranger Heritage Railway from the Adelaide Hills. You can also get around Victor Harbor, Goolwa, and Port Elliot by Cockle Train. Click here to find more information about either of these train services.

Where you rest your head at night can be every bit as interesting as the places you see during the day. Adorable cottages, sandstone villas, beach homes, bed and breakfasts, and luxury boutique hotels abound. Whether you’re after romance, a fun family holiday home, or a friendly place that will welcome your dog as well, you’ll find them all in the TakeABreak's® Fleurieu Peninsula accommodation listings.

Ideal length of visit
With more than twenty towns nestled along hundreds of kilometres of coastline, and plenty to see and do in each one, you could easily spend a lifetime on the peninsula. You can have a lovely weekend break by visiting one town, or enjoy a week or weeks exploring the whole area on a holiday.

Further information
Before visiting the region, be sure to check out the official travel website for Fleurieu Peninsula. You’ll find plenty of ideas for things to do, places to see, and dates and locations of special attractions and events.

About the Author
Kylie-Jane Degeling is a freelance writer who has lived in Adelaide, Yulara (Uluru), Alice Springs and Canberra, as well as five different countries throughout the world. After backpacking around Australia, she worked as a tour guide in Central Australia, before training for her Commercial Pilot License and working as a flight instructor, scenic flight and charter pilot. She later worked as a travelling IT trainer for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which involved spending time in each of their 16 District Offices around the country on a rotating basis.

Having experienced Australia as a backpacker, tour guide, pilot and business traveller, Kylie now enjoys family holidays with her husband Alex, and children Jezzy and Jordan. She says, “I have been lucky to see Australia from a variety of perspectives, and as a travel writer can use this experience to inspire others to find holidays they would enjoy.”  Kylie currently works as a travel writer in addition to being a government writer and columnist for two parenting magazines.

About the author
Find out more about Kylie at http://bit.ly/h_experts

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