Top 10 Things to do on the Fleurieu Peninsula

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Just 45 minutes from Central Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula offer visitors culture, adventure, food and wine, beaches and wildlife experiences to keep everyone happy.
If you drop by this spectacular region, here is our list of Top 10 Things To Do On The Fleurieu Peninsula:

1. Wildlife encounters
The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to 20 National Parks, as well as animal parks so you can step into the natural habitats of diverse wildlife.
Hand feed kangaroos, cuddle up to koalas or marvel at penguins at dusk.
Wildlife encounters aren’t just limited to land, the coastline surrounding the peninsula is the playground of various marine species like seals, dolphins and whales (seasonal).

2. Events
Year-round events dot the calendar of this thriving region including sporting fixtures, art exhibitions, food and wine festivals or music extravaganzas.
Line up for the Strathalbyn Cup (horse racing), local farmers markets selling chutneys, cheese and olive oils, Coast to Coast, or the Kangaroo Island FEASTival.

3. Kangaroo Island
Undoubtedly one of the main drawcards for South Australian tourism, visit Australia’s version of the Galapagos Islands where you can experience unique animals, stunning beaches and artisan food products.

4. Wine tasting
With 4 distinct wine regions and over 100 cellar doors, wine buffs can’t go wrong visiting the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Try excellent Shiraz, earthy Cabernet Sauvignon or cool climate Pinots.
If you’ve dreamt of visiting the famous Barossa Valley, Adventures Beyond can take you there on a enjoyable 1-Day Wine Tour that includes visits to 3 wineries and an Australian BBQ lunch.

5. In or on the water
Fleurieu Peninsula has stunning beaches and coastline perfect for sunset beach walks, swimming, surfing, fishing, boating and water sports.
Enjoy a cruise on the Coorong, try kayaking or learn to surf Middleton beaches.

6. Cycling
It’s no wonder the Australian Institue of Sport (AIS) bases itself in Adelaide to train elite cyclists as the nearby Fleurieu Peninsula offers scenic cycle tracks and quiet roads.
Cyclists not up to world-championship level can still hit the pedals in the region – try the Encounter Bikeway, the Coast to Vines Rail Trail or ambitious cyclists can conquer the Kidman Trail.

7. Hiking
Amazing scenery awaits keen hikers on local trails that cater for different fitness levels. Grab a trail map for the Deep Creek Conservation Park, the short (but scenic) Harbourmasters Walking Trail or the Heysen Trail, judged one of the Top 10 coastal walks in Australia.

8. Aerial adventures
Don’t just discover the Fleurieu Peninsula from the ground – there are some excellent options to appreciate the beauty of the region from above.
Book a sky diving trip, perform loops in a biplane or float over the vineyards in a hot air balloon.

9. Heritage and culture
The history of Fleurieu Peninsula dates back thousands of years to the Kaurna, Peramangk and Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal groups.
Visit Camp Coorong, and the Warriparinga Wetlands and Living Kaurna Cultural Centre for displays and information about the importance of the region to the Kaurna people.
Fleurieu Peninsula is also significant to European heritage. Stop by the Encounter Coast Discovery Centre at Victor Harbor to learn about the establishment of settler towns and whaling stations.

10. Family activities
Take the kids fishing or kayaking, or pack a picnic and visit one of the many animal and adventure parks such as Narnu Farm, Greenhills Adventure Park or Urimbirra Wildlife Park.

These are just some of the great things to do in Fleurieu Peninsula, so by the time you enjoyed these activities, don’t forget to stop for an ice-cream or a cream kitchener bun from a local bakery.