The coast south of Adelaide leading into a large peninsula is called the Fleurieu Peninsula. It makes an ideal day trip and has splendid beaches for swimming and surfing. Victor Harbour is the main town on the Fleurieu Peninsula, looking out onto Encounter Bay. Farmland and Conservation areas are inland along with McLaren Vale, home to many vineyards. In addition, there are a number of small historic towns, including Port Elliott, Goolwa, and Willunga.
The eastern coast of the peninsula is called Gulf St Vincent, and hosts some fabulous swimming beaches. The best beaches are to the north including Christies Beach, Maslin Beach, Moana, Port Noarlunga and Seaford and make up part of Onkaparinga. Further south from Aldinga Beach the coastline gets a bit rocky, although both Carrickalinga and Normanville are good beaches towards the southern point of the peninsula.
Although many cynics believe it is just rising damp, other residents of Yankalilla just south of Normanville believe that the image of Jesus and Virgin Mary has appeared on the wall of the Anglican Church, see for yourself. At the point of the peninsula is Cape Jervis, where you can catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island. It is also the start of the Heysen Trail which heads all the way up through the Fleurieu Peninsula, heading through the dairy area of the Inman Valley and many national parks along the way. There are also several other walking trails at Cape Jervis situated within the Deep Creek Conservation Park.
Heading along the eastern side of the peninsula you will come across Goolwa, Port Elliot and Victor Harbour. Port Elliot is a seaport on Horeshoe Bay, which makes up a part of Encounter Bay. Horseshoe Bay offers a great swimming beach, although if you are looking at going surfing head to Boomer Beach or Middleton Beach.
Destinations within Fleurieu Peninsula
|Other Fleurieu Peninsula Destinations|
|Port Elliot||Rapid Bay||Second Valley|