Wineries & Vineyards
You won’t go thirsty in the Fleurieu Peninsula. Home to two of Australia’s premier wine regions, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek, the peninsula has countless cellar doors and wineries to choose from.
Top picks in McLaren Vale are Kay Brothers, Wira Wira and Fox Creek Wines. For Instagram fodder, head to d’Arenberg Cube, a building that appears to be floating above a vineyard. Inside, you’ll find a tasting room, several bars and a restaurant, all with spectacular views of Willunga. The cellar door at Maxwell Wines is housed in a beautiful limestone building, while the one at Down The Rabbit Hole is in a vintage double-decker Leyland bus. In Langhorne Creek, consider the cellar doors at Bremerton Wines, Kimbolton Wines and Angas Plains Wines.
Prefer not to self-drive? Join a half-day, full-day or hop-on-hop-off winery tour. Bike tours, winemaking tours and private tours are also offered across the two wine regions.
You won’t go hungry here either – in addition to its many restaurants, the peninsula is filled with regular food markets. Willunga Farmers Market, the first-ever farmers market in South Australia, is on every Saturday morning. Victor Harbor Farmers Market, located in Grosvenor Gardens, is also on Saturday mornings. Victor Harbor Beachside Market on The Esplanade is on every other Sunday. Goolwa Wharf Rotary Markets, Port Elliot Rotary Market and Strathalbyn Treasure Market are also in the area.
Nature & Beaches
When you’ve finished sipping and swirling at the cellar doors and stocking up on local treats at the markets, it’s time to discover the Fleurieu Peninsula’s great outdoors. Chase waterfalls at Ingalalla Falls, Deep Creek Waterfall and Hindmarsh Falls, or a gorge at Onkaparinga Gorge, which can be reached by a 4.2-kilometre-return river hike. Kayak, cycle or walk at 250-hectare Myponga Reservoir. Or hike to Glacier Rock outside Victor Harbour in Inman Valley. Also known as Selwyn’s Rock, the 500 million-year-old boulder was the first European recorded discovery of glaciations in Australia.
Beach-wise, check out Southport Beach (be sure to snap a photo yourself descending its picturesque stairs), Blowhole Beach and Second Valley. Horseshoe Bay in Port Elliot is great for families. And Waitpinga Beach and Parsons Beach in Newland Head Conservation Park will appeal to surfers. Catch a sunset at Port Willunga Beach.