Amazing Places To See On The Fleurieu Peninsula

The Fleurieu peninsula is located just forty minutes South of Adelaide. It has beautiful beaches, scenic coastal drives and delicious food and wine. This region is easy to visit as a day trip from Adelaide but there are so many things to see you’ll want to stay for a few days. Click here to see some amazing day trips from Adelaide.

Cactus Canyon

The Cactus Canyon is one of the most spectacular views on the Fleurieu peninsula. The canyon is found just south of the Sellicks main beach. Follow the esplanade up to Sellicks Hill and you will arrive to this beautiful view point.

Sellick’s Beach

Is one of the beaches in the region that has car access for 4WD and 2WD. Vehicle access is permitted on Aldinga, Moana, Sellicks and Silver Sands beaches between the hours of 5.30am and 12 midnight. Cars can only access the beach if drivers show a current beach permit or pay the vehicle access fee of $8. The City of Onkaparinga website has all the info.

Myponga Resevoir

The Myponga Reservoir Reserve is a great place for outdoor activties. There is no shortage of things to do around or on the reservoir such as walking, biking, canoeing/kayaking and haveing a picnic. We rode along the long loop which is 7km circuit through the forest and along the resevoir. There is many beautiful view points along the way and the trail is well sign posted.

The Bluff

The Bluff is the headland out from the town of Victor Harbor. The Rosetta Trail is an 800-metre loop around the top of the bluff with panoramic views of the surrounding ocean and landscape.

Granite Island

Granite Island is found just 630 metres from the shoreline at Victor Harbor and it is connected by a causeway. Take the Kaiki walking trail for a 1.9km loop around the island. The rock formations are beautiful and there are a couple of lookout points to take in the scenery.

Deep Creek Conservation Park

You can visit Deep Creek as a daytrip from Adelaide but there are also 5 campgrounds – 4 accessible by 2WD and one is hike in. There are 15 walking trails of varying difficulty. The Deep Creek circuit is a grade 5 hike and although it’s only 12km due to the serious incline in sections expect to take up to 4-7 hours. Click Here for a day at Deep Creek Conservation park

Visit one of the Many Beaches

Port Willunga

Port Willunga beach is a little different with being a smaller beach. In the cliff there are about 7 little caves that have been carved out of the limestone. You will also see remnants of an old jetty, with only a collection of pylons, also known as “the sticks” standing tall in the ocean. These pylons are all the remain of an old coastal village that once used to operate as a grain port along the peninsula

Port Noarlunga

Port Noarlunga south beach has a huge sand bar, that gets bigger and smaller depending on the tide throughout the day. The Okaparinga River (also know as Ngangkiparri) runs from inland on the peninsula, around the sand bar and out to the ocean, giving the beach a mixture of blues and greens in it’s water colour. It’s very interesting to see the river running out one way, and the ocean pushing waves in the other. You can take a walk down the boardwalk stair case to really get a glimpse of the beach in all it’s beauty from the rocks on the shore.

Maslin Beach

Maslin Beach has been called one of the prettiest beaches in South Australia. There are tall white limestone cliffs that stand tall along the beach. You can take a walk along the 3km white sandy beach.

Rapid Bay

Has a jetty on one side and a cave on the other end. You can really see the crystal clear water walking along the jetty. There also is a campground right near the beach where you can camp at it is $12.50 per adult per night. Although there isnt much around it is a great place to visit and explore.

Carrickalinga Beach

You can go for a walk along the walking trail that takes you to Normanville for some beautiful views over the ocean, or walk and explore the rocky part of the beach, where the cliffs end, to find hidden rock pools.

Mclaren Vale Region

A great way to see McLaren Vale is by bike. Along the Shiraz Trail which leads through the vineyards from McLaren Vale to Willunga. Hire a bike or take a guided tour Click Here for more information. Bike hire from $80 per day.

D’arenberg Cube

The Cube is an iconic South Australian attraction. Featuring a gallery full of curiosities, wine-tasting and a restaurant the d’Arenberg cube is a must when visiting McLaren Vale. The cube has 5 levels to tantalize your senses including a wine sensory room. Entry is $15 including a wine tasting or $10 without the tasting experience.
Admission to the Salvador Dali Sculpture exhibition is $25 for adults & $20 for kids.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Coast To Vines Trail

 This is one of the most scenic rail trails in South Australia located on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The trail is 37km begins at the coastal town of Marino, through the McLaren Vale wine region and finishes in Willunga. The Shiraz Trail is a sealed cycling and walking path, which is an extension of the Coast to Vines Rail Trail, connecting McLaren Vale and Willunga. This section is 9km one way.

The trail split into 6 smaller sections. Marino Rocks to Hallet Cove shopping center 4.5km. Hallet cove to Old Reynella 3.5km. Old Reynella to Hackman 8km. Hackman to Onkaparinga river 4km. Onkaparinga river to McLaren vale 6km McLaren vale to Willunga 7km. The trail from Mariono Rocks to Old Reynella is away from the old rail trail line so is quite steep in sections. Click Here for the rail trail map.

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