Fleurieu Peninsula

Ultimate guide to things to do in Fleurieu Peninsula with kids

Known as Adelaide’s playground, The Fleurieu Peninsula is South Australia’s most popular tourist region.  A year-round destination right on the capital’s doorstep, the area is packed with endless activities for families.  

From white sand beaches, rivers and pretty coastal towns to lush vineyards and rural landscapes, it is all about the great outdoors in The Fleurieu Peninsula. 

The hills of McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Currency Creek and Strathalbyn offer a host of great family friendly farm gates and vineyards, while the coastal towns of Goolwa, Middleton, Port Elliot, Victor Harbor, Port Noarlunga, Port Willunga and Cape Jervis are perfect for watery adventures including fishing, surfing, sailing and swimming. Scuba and snorkeling are also popular activities for active families.

Pack your snorkelling gear for Port Noarlunga. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission/ Adam Bruzzone

Out of the water, cycling and blading along the Encounter Bikeway between Goolwa and the Bluff are popular pastimes, as are hikes and trail walks though some of the state’s most stunning landscapes. Deep Creek Conservation Park is one of the best places for wildlife spotting and incredible views of Backstairs Passage and the Pages Islands. 

Animal lovers will find The Fleurieu Peninsula to be one of South Australia’s best whale watching regions with Southern Right Whales coming quite close to shore during migration season. There are also plenty of playful dolphins, Australian sea lions and fur seals to spot. Some of the area’s most popular residents are its Little Penguins, and the best place to spot them is from the Penguin Interpretive Centre on Granite Island.

Top things to do in Fleurieu Peninsula

From beautiful beaches to wildlife and vineyards, there is plenty to entertain families here.

  1. Surf, swim or snorkel at one of the many beaches 
  2. Ride a camel on the beach at Victor Harbor 
  3. Enjoy the wild beauty of Coorong National Park 
  4. See the Little Penguins at the Penguin Interpretive Centre on Granite Island
  5. Visit Oceanic Victor’s undersea observatory to see Australian marine life
  6. Go Whale watching during the migration season 
  7. Taste the flavours of the Fleurieu at over 100 cellar and farm doors
  8. Ride on the Heritage Cockle train – one of Australia’s oldest trains
  9. Visit the Wilunga Farmers Market
  10. Explore the South Australian Whale Centre

Things to do in Fleurieu Peninsula with...

Port Willunga is great for family photos! Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission/ Adam Bruzzone

Best time to visit Fleurieu Peninsula as a family

With four distinct seasons and an array of activities all year-round, the Fleurieu Peninsula is perfect any time of the year. In fact, you may find yourself coming back time and again to experience every season.

Wildlife is plentiful all year round but if you wish to see the majestic Southern Right whales during their migration, the months from May to October are the best. For those that like birds, Coorong National Park is famous for its migratory waders and another 230 migratory birds that travel annually from Siberia, Alaska, Japan and China to this stunning national park.

Spring, winter and autumn are best for hiking and camping. During autumn the pretty colours of the trees add another dimension to Mother Nature’s picturesque palette of ever-changing colours.

Peak season is during school holidays and summer when people flock to this beautiful region to unwind, explore and rejuvenate. If you’re looking for a bargain, it is best to do so outside these times.

Horseshoe Bay. Credit: SA Media Gallery

Family-friendly places to eat in Fleurieu Peninsula

The Mediterranean climate makes this region a great one for dining all year round.  Spoiled by the bounty of the Southern Ocean, the Fleurieu Peninsula boasts a variety of delicious prawns, oysters, lobsters, fish and other seafood delicacies, and inland you will find a huge variety of fresh farm produce.

With the best of the best from land and sea, Fleurieu’s farmers, chefs, and provedores deliver amazing food made from quality local produce and foodie families are spoiled for choice with everything from café delights and high-end pub meals to fine dining. Wine lovers too can taste the best of four distinct wine regions – including McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Currency Creek and Southern Fleurieu.

For the ultimate gourmet experience, take the food and wine trail from Mount Compass to catch your own rainbow trout, taste cheese and buy olive oil straight from farm gates.

Walk along the boardwalk to Middleton Beach. Credit: Bound Round

Things to do for free in Fleurieu Peninsula

  • With an abundance of things to do for free, you will want to be extending your stay and exploring the diversity the Fleurieu Peninsula has on offer.
  • There are beaches with fabulous surf, snorkelling, diving and fishing opportunities, let alone the leisurely walks along the sandy beaches. Middleton Beach has some of South Australia’s best surf for those that like to ride or paddle a board.
  • For those that like to see nature below the waterline, people come from around the world to view Leafy Sea Dragons, a rare and delicate creature that calls the waters around the peninsula home, plus the world’s smallest penguins live around Victor Harbour, but these are only two. There are birds, whales, dolphins, seals and more.
  • Port Willunga, one of the oldest settlements in Australia is worthy of a visit. The Farmers markets here are a great place for fresh produce.
What’s on?

Annual events for families in Fleurieu Peninsula

January – Bungala Bridge Fun Fun

Run, walk or jog at this fun family event.

April – Festival Fleurieu 2019

With more than 100 artistic events there is something for all the family at this festival.

August – Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival

Tap your toes at this family friendly, multi-day music event.

November – Yankalilla Cruise Weekend

See hot rods, classic cars, listen to rock and roll music and enjoy the many activities for all the family.

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