There is much to see and do in the many towns on the Fleurieu Peninsula. I have listed some of the best places to visit whether your a family or solo. Whether you spend a day, weekend or longer, I'm sure you won't be disappointed in this part of South Australia.
About an hours drive south of Adelaide is the small township of Myponga. Here you will find the Reservoir walk, a 3.3km track, which is not only good for walking but biking as well.
There is plenty of birdlife along the way, and you may even spot the local Kangaroos depending on the time of day you visit.
If you don't want to take a walk, you could go to the lookout. From the main road watch for the signs for the turnoff to get views over the reservoir and Fleurieu countryside.
There is limited parking and dogs are not permitted. If you would like to fish, you need a fishing license which you can find out about on this website.
In Yankalilla is the Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre. Here you will find all the information you need more on exploring this area.
Passing through these twin towns, you could grab something to eat at the local bakeries to take on a picnic down to the beach, or enjoy fish and chips down at the Normanville Jetty.
From here you could go for a walk along the beach, taking in the changing tides and sand.
Just 10kms from Normanville, down a gravel road, is the popular waterfall, Ingalalla.
Only a couple of hundred metres from the large car park, the waterfall is impressive, especially after rain.
There are large rocks to climb for a better view, or you can take a steep track up the back to see the upper cascade.
If there has been too much rain, the creek crossing can get very wet, as the rocks will be covered.
Enjoy a picnic beside the creek, or take a walk on one of the many trails in the forest.
Just off the main road south, is the lookout over Lady's Bay and the HMAS Hobart memorial. The HMAS Hobart was sunk off the coast in 2002 and houses a diverse array of marine life for those wishing to dive.
Second Valley is a great place whether you're on the land or sea. Walking, fishing, swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving are popular here in these calm waters.
There are many rocky outcrops to explore as well as a small jetty to fish off.
Fishing, walking, kayaking and birdwatching are popular activities to do here. Just a 10-minute drive from the main road south, Rapid Bay offers a place to get away from the crowds.
There is a grassy campground on the beachfront where you can base yourself while you explore this part of the coastline. There is a small fee, and water and toilets are available, but no hot showers.
Home to the ferry across to Kangaroo Island, Cape Jervis is also the starting point of the Heysen Trail.
This trail not only covers the Fleurieu Peninsula but takes you as far as the Parachilna Gorge, 1200km away.
If you don't have the time or the fitness to make the whole trail, you can do sections, like this one from the Kangaroo Island Ferry terminal to Fishery Beach, 4km.
Cape Jervis is the start of the trail which takes you along the coastline. From here you have great views across to Kangaroo Island and maybe even see a pod of dolphins.
The track follows the coastline most of the way with it sometimes going into the bush. It is an excellent path but is narrow in places and as it's made of sand doesn't get too muddy or slippery.
About an hour and a half out of Adelaide, you will find Victor Harbour. Still part of the Fleurieu Peninsula, it offers many activities, especially for kids and those kids at heart.
This coastal town is a pleasant way to spend a day with a lot of activities to keep the kids entertained.
Just outside of Victor Harbor is The Bluff, also known as Rosetta Head. It's a popular place to visit to take in the views of the South Australian coastline.
There are plenty of car parks dotted on the Bluff where you can then start your journey up the tracks.
From the top, you have views across Victor Harbor and looking south down the rugged coastline. Depending on your fitness, it will only take 20-30 minutes to reach the top.
From here you can also park to do the next activity, the Victor Harbor Heritage Walk.
Starting from the third car park on the Bluff at Petrel Cove, the Victor Harbor Heritage Walk takes you south along the Fleurieu coastline. This walk is also part of the Heysen Trail.
The track takes you along the clifftops and beaches between Petrel Cove and Kings Beach, Waitangi, which is 6.5km one way. Information boards are not only at the beginning but along the way as well. They describe life back when the area was being settled.
It's another nice coastal walk on a sunny day, and you get to learn about the history of the area at the same time.
One for the kids and those with interest in marine life is the South Australian Whale Centre.
The centre is only a small area but is packed with so much information on the marine life in the Australian and South Australian waters. You can learn about sharks as well as looking straight into his mouth.
The Sea Shepherd organisation has an exhibit here where you can learn all about the work they do around the world as well as protecting the whales in the Southern Ocean.
Family: $27.00 (2 adults, 2 children)
Open 7 Days (Excluding Christmas Day): 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Using the causeway, you can cross over to Granite Island where you can explore the natural wonders of this rocky outcrop.
You can either cross over on foot or take the horse and tram.
There are many trails to wander as you climb over the granite rocky outcrops as well as tours to take in such as Dolphin and Whale-watching, spotting Little Penguins, swimming with the Tuna or a Big Duck Boat Tour.
Along the coast from Victor Harbour, Port Eliot has the Harbourmasters trail along the coastline which is popular with locals and visitors.
From the car park at the Freeman Lookout, you can take a stroll back along the coastline towards Victor Harbor. You will see sheltered bays such as Horseshoe Bay, the aptly named Rocky Bay, with waves crashing up from the Southern Ocean, and see the surfers try to catch the waves at Knights Beach.
There is also the Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum in the area to visit.
Glacier Rock is a popular walk, especially on weekends and holidays.
The rock is a boulder 500 million years old, that was dragged across the landscape by glacial action.
Glacier Rock is a short stop on the road between Victor Harbor and Yankalilla. It's only a couple minute walk to the lookout, or you can walk down the stairs, to the creek and boulder.
Still, technically part of the Fleurieu, Mt. Compass has a couple of special interest walks for the whole family.
There are two wetland swamps to explore in Mt Compass, and neither is very big.
The first one is off Sam Court behind the IGA.
At the entrance to the Swamp Wetlands are one of the 26 sculptures that make up the Hills Sculpture Trail. This trail is a popular one through the Adelaide Hills.
One of the many Hills Sculptures dotted around the Adelaide Hills, at the entrance to the Swamp Wetlands
A 730m boardwalk takes you around the swamp wetlands with information boards explaining this fragile ecosystem.
Mt Compass is a lovely little town to take a break, and as the walks aren't long, it wouldn't take too much time out of your day to complete them.
I hope that you enjoy the Fleurieu Peninsula if you get down to this part of the world. There is so much more to see than I have written, but hopefully, this will inspire you to visit.
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