Region: Fleurieu Peninsula

The picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula is located 30 minutes south of Adelaide in South Australia. With its central highlands and coastal fringes, the Fleurieu Peninsula offers wine, wildlife and water in delightful abundance. Wildlife presents itself to the visitor throughout the year. Little Penguins return to nests on Granite (Penguin) Island every evening of the year.

Kangaroos are seen on the hillsides in most of the 20 or so national parks, in particular in Cox Scrub, Newland Head and Deep Creek.

The Coorong National Park is famous for its migratory waders and the Onkaparinga Estuary, Aldinga Scrub and areas around Mount Compass, Goolwa and Hindmarsh Island reward bird watchers.

Being a peninsula, water plays a major part in the recreational activities of locals and visitors alike. Long sandy beaches, rugged cliffscapes, and sheltered coves introduce a range of year round holiday activities that include fishing, surfing, scuba and snorkelling, sailing and swimming.

Winter migrations of the Southern Right whales are seen along the coastlines of the Peninsula, particularly along Encounter Bay. Winter and springtime wildflowers and orchids delight the keen observer.

How To Get There

Drive south from Adelaide via the South Eastern Freeway and Princes Highway to Murray Bridge, or the coastal route via Main South Road (Cape Jervis) or Victor Harbour Road.

Best Time To Go

The climate is typically Mediterranean with cool winters May to August ranging through 10-18 degrees, and warm to hot dry summers November to March ranging through 24-35 degrees. In the summer months, the area to the west of an imaginary line drawn between Port Elliot and Yankalilla is milder in temperature than the northern and eastern areas.

Being bounded on both sides by the Southern Ocean, this region is affected by sea breezes. Coastal areas tend to have minimum winter temperatures that are several degrees warmer than those recorded by the inland regions.

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