The Fleurieu Peninsula is a diverse and popular destination within close proximately to Adelaide. From the infamous wine region of the McLaren Vale to the Western beaches and Eastern coastal towns, the peninsula has a ton of really cool and unique spots waiting to be explored. The intrepid traveller will have no shortage of fun things to do while discovering the hidden gems of the area. The short video above highlights my first week on the Fleurieu. I hope you like it!
I am a bit of an adventure junkie and see the Fleurieu as an adventure sports mecca. From skydiving, surfing, hiking, jet boating, diving, trail running, and mountain biking, there is something for all outdoor sports enthusiasts and a place for all skill levels. I very much look forward to visiting again soon and starting my skydiving A License certificate, not to mention getting better at surfing. Middleton is the surf capital of the Peninsula and has a couple of great small surf schools available for people (like me) who are just beginning to get into the sport. The point is the availability of outdoor activities is everywhere and the Peninsula offers a lot of choice, which is nice.
The Fleurieu also supports the massive and incredibly important Coorong and delta/mouth of the mighty Murray River. The Murray stretches some 2,500km and as Australia’s longest river, finally spilling out to sea at the border with Coorong National Park. The Coorong is a giant wetland which provides vital habitat for birds, seals, and fish. It is a protected area supporting beautiful sand dunes and vast stretches of beach, one of which is 150km long with no break and no development. Amazing! Apparently it is possible to drive it, but you wouldn’t want to get bogged. The best way to see the Coorong and Murray River mouth is by kayak. There are areas which a car can simply not access and having the maneuverability of a kayak or small boat is a must. There is a great small business offering this excursion which is highlighted below.
Another fun activity on the Fleurieu is food and wine touring. The amount of cellar doors (tasting rooms at vineyards) is overwhelming, especially in the McLaren Vale, not to mention breweries. The peninsula is known for its quality wines and the Vale takes this to an international scale of excellence. It is truly a wonderful place to visit and made even better by great people, fantastic food, and stunning scenery. Sound like somewhere you’d want to be? The peninsula truly does not disappoint and is an area of South Australia you could spend weeks exploring. I highly suggest seeing the McLaren Vale and paying a visit to the aptly named visitors centre for great info on the valley, the Peninsula and its highlights.
The Fleurieu has off road driving tracks, lots of coastal activities like swimming, diving, surfing, jet boating, and wildlife viewing, not to mention all the adventure sports I highlighted earlier in this post. It is a fun adventurous destination…. yet is also still overtly family friendly with a number of people passing vacation homes on from one generation to the next. I know a number of people that grew up vacationing down on one of the Fleurieu’s many beaches. It is truly a warm inviting area that still has its knack for adventure and raw travel experience. If you’re reading this and our interested in any of the above mentioned activities please have a look at the following sites. These guys will be sure to help make your visit to the Fleurieu one to remember.
Skydiving – http://www.saskydiving.com.au/
Surfing – http://www.surfandsun.com.au/
Jet Boating / Wildlife Viewing – http://www.thebigduck.com.au/
Canoe the Coorong + amazing local food – http://www.canoethecoorong.com/
Off Road touring + Wineries and great Food – http://www.offpistetours.com/news/entry/index.html
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