Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

Just after Christmas but before the new year begins there is always a gap where I don’t know what to do with myself. Even remembering what day it is has always been a struggle during this time when I normally hang around at home snoozing off all the food I have just consumed and watching movies for days. Earlier in the year I had planned a road trip down the coast but had to cancel it due to bad weather so with both my brother and I on holidays with nothing much planned we decided to go.

South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula is so easily accessible from Adelaide and the things to see and do are limitless.

Day 1:
After packing up the car we drove south and went for a walk at Port Willunga Beach before popping in to the Victory Hotel for lunch at Sellicks Hill. The views and food were just as magnificent as I remember from the many times my family ate there when we stayed at my grandparents holiday house at nearby Sellicks Beach while I was growing up. When I checked out the menu before we left and saw they had my favourite King George Whiting from Kangaroo Island it was a must on my to do list.

Once we had finished our delicious meals, we traveled through many small towns with shops and art galleries to look at. We passed many signs to wineries and pick your own fruit farm and stopping in Yankalilla for some groceries and local bread. Next stop on the itinerary was Ingalalla Falls. This short drive out of Normanville ended at a nice, shady car park with cows on one side and lush green trees on the other. The actual waterfall was only a short walk from the car park over a creek and down a tree lined path. It was gorgeous. Having traveled through Normanville many times before I was surprised to learn of waterfalls existence. It is a must if you find yourself in the area! 

We headed to Cape Jervis, where we were staying, then unpacked our stuff before heading out to explore the town. At the Sealink ferry terminal where you catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island we stopped for a cool drink and grabbed some brochures with Kangaroo Island tours and information (for next trip) then went to the lighthouse before driving down to the beach.

Day 2:
After having an early night and an early morning we headed off to Deep Creek National Park. Driving through the park we passed many kangaroos along the way.Our first stop was Blowhole Beach. I did some research beforehand and found you could either go on a hike to the beach which would take two and a half hours return or there was a 4WD track to take you down which would mean there would only be a short walk to the beach. I decided because there was a different hike that wasn’t accessible by car we would drive to Blowhole Beach and hike to the next place. My dad let us borrow his 4WD so we were all set. Blowhole Beach was stunning and peaceful. At the time we got there only two others were on the beach. I could have sat there all day! 

After leaving Blowhole Beach we drove to Trig Campground where we set off for our hike to Deep Creek Cove. The way there was easy as it was mostly downhill. As we got towards the end it got quite steep and rocky. I remember thinking to myself how am I going to get back up to the top!

After a celebratory high five, a snack and downing some water we headed back to Cape Jervis where we stopped at the local pub to try and get an early dinner only to discover they didn’t serve meals until 6pm. We made some sandwiches to get us through the next two hours until we could go back to the pub. When we went back I ordered a chicken schnitzel and you’d think it would be hard to stuff up a schnitzel but the oil they fried it, and the chips, in left a gross aftertaste in my mouth. I couldn’t even finish it 😥 . Next time I think we will try one of the other dinner options. Back at the house we had a movie night before bed.

Day 3:
On the third day we packed up and drove home via the BEST bakery at Yankalilla where I had the freshest chocolate donut and a yummy juice.

Can’t wait for the next adventure! Happy New Year 😀