No shops, but on the cusp of the Shiraz Trail, and with plenty of tasty holiday home rentals Carrickalinga, Fleurieu Peninsula, is about finding peace in unspoilt paradise, number 50 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Justine Henschke, sixth-generation winemaker.
When your last name is Henschke and you live in a state of oenophiles, it’s a guarantee there’ll be some days you just need to escape.
The quiet beach town of Carrickalinga, which is filled with holiday homes to rent of all types and sizes, always delivers, says Justine Henschke.
“It has no shops and is only residential, meaning you have the most peaceful existence possible.”
Just far enough from Adelaide to never be crowded, even on a hot summer’s day, it’s an unspoilt patch of paradise, she says.
“It has the most gorgeous blue–green, clear water,” she sighs. “But you can also walk to Normanville for coffee/breakfast, or drive the short way to the Victory Hotel for lunch/drinks/dinner, which has an incredible view.”
Being a Henschke, there’s one more recommendation she can’t resist: “Hire bikes and ride the Shiraz Trail”.
An easy eight kilometres of sealed paths past vineyards, olive groves and gum trees, from McLaren Vale to Willunga, the trail is the perfect way to spend a lazy, balmy day, she says.
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