Fleurieu Peninsula | Family Friendly Things to See & Do | South Australia

Visiting the Family-friendly Fleurieu Peninsula

The Fleurieu Peninsula has so much to offer including beautiful beaches, scenic drives, farmers markets, playgrounds, historic townships and of course the wine region of McLaren Vale.

Just 40 minutes south of the city, the Fleurieu is perfect for a day-trip or why not stay longer and book a weekend away. A favourite region for school holidays with families and interstate visitors, the coastline is beautiful all year round.  Check out the renowned d’Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale, explore Myponga Reservoir or visit the popular towns of Normanville, Victor Harbor, Port Elliot and Goolwa. 

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d’Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale

Read our posts and reviews below of where to visit, what to see and do, and where to eat while visiting the Fleurieu Peninsula with kids:

Fleurieu Cherries Farm l Pages Flat l Review

Discover Fleurieu Cherries at Pages Flat, South Australia. A visit to the fabulous Fleurieu Cherries farm is a fun and relaxing way to spend a Sunday with family and friends. They have cool play areas for kids, a cute bar ...

Whale Watching Season | Victor Harbor | May – October

The Whale Watching Season around Victor Harbor, South Australia is typically from May to October, but sightings can begin as early as April. Only an hour's drive from Adelaide is the majestic southern Fleurieu Peninsula and each winter we are ...

Summer Cockle Trains | Goolwa to Victor Harbor | Dec & Jan

Summer Cockle Trains - Goolwa - Port Elliot - Victor Harbor The Summer Cockle Train season will start from 27 December 2023 with 6 trains running daily until 3 January 2024, plus 26 January, when they will then continue to ...

Pick Your Own Cherries | Cherry Season | Adelaide Hills & Fleurieu Peninsula

Pick Your Own Cherries around Adelaide and Cherry Farm Gate Sales in South Australia. There's nothing that says Summer more than when fresh, sweet, juicy local cherries are available. When the cherry season arrives it reminds us that Christmas is ...

McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre l Review

McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Coast Visitors Centre, Cafe and Play Space. Don’t be fooled by the name... McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre is so much more than a place for tourists. With its cute kitchen garden café, art ...

Family-friendly Holiday in Middleton, South Australia | Review

Just 81km from Adelaide, this thriving hamlet on the Fleurieu Peninsula is brill for beachcombing, surfing, whale-spotting and much more. by Carla Caruso Ah, Middleton … If you’re looking for a sleepy seaside town, which comes alive during the holiday ...

Pick Your Own Strawberries at Harvest the Fleurieu l Review

Pick Your Own Strawberries at Harvest the Fleurieu in Mt Compass. Review by Jo Parkinson There’s nothing quite like the delicious taste and sweet smell of freshly picked strawberries. And there’s no better way to experience this, than by spending ...

Aldinga Biplanes Cafe l Aldinga Airfield l Review

Adelaide Biplanes Cafe at Aldinga Airfield, Review By Jo Parkinson Up, up and away! If you’re a fan of flight, food and fun, then you will love Adelaide Biplanes Cafe! Located at Aldinga Airfield, this is not your usual dining ...

Flat to Vale Trail l McLaren Vale to McLaren Flat l Review

Flat to Vale Trail, City of Onkaparinga, Review By Jo Parkinson It’s time to dust off the walking shoes! The City of Onkaparinga’s fantastic new Flat to Vale Trail from McLaren Vale to McLaren Flat is scenic, peaceful and a ...

McLaren Flat to McLaren Vale Scenic Trail

Flat to Vale Trail - a safe and scenic trail connecting the iconic townships of McLaren Flat and McLaren Vale for families, runners, cyclists, walkers and visitors. The 3.6-kilometre Flat to Vale Trail—which runs between Blewitt Springs Road, McLaren Flat, ...

Jungle in Willunga | Jungle, Fairy Garden and Plant Nursery | Review

Jungle in Willunga - Review By Jo Parkinson Are you needing to get your cheeky monkeys out of the house these school holidays? Then let them run wild in the jungle! The Jungle in Willunga is so much more than ...

Tealicious Cakes | Willunga | Review

Tealicious Cakes at Willunga Review by Jo Parkinson If you enjoy cupcakes, coffee and cuteness, then hop on into Tealicious! This pretty little boutique cupcake shop is situated in the heart of Willunga, on Aldinga Road. Owner Natasha has perfected ...

Route 31 Coastal Drive | McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Coast Tourist Drive

Route 31 Coastal Drive from O’Sullivan Beach to Sellicks Beach McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast is home to a new tourist drive showcasing 31 kilometres of idyllic coastline that starts less than an hour from Adelaide. Pack up the car ...

The Southern Encounter | SteamRanger Train Journey

SteamRanger Train Journey - The Southern Encounter SteamRanger Heritage Railway operates a number of different heritage steam and diesel hauled tourist trains between Mt Barker in the Adelaide Hills, up over the crest of the southern Mt Lofty Ranges, down ...
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Willunga Farmers Market | Every Saturday

Willunga Farmers Market Willunga Farmers Market is South Australia’s premier regional farmers market bringing Fleurieu Peninsula farmers, producers and community members together for fresh, locally grown produce. There will be stalls in one convenient location with room to relax and ...
Woodstock Wines

Woodstock Wines | Family-Friendly Winery | Wildlife Sanctuary | McLaren Vale | Review

Family-friendly winery with wildlife sanctuary, playground & beautiful grounds to explore by Sharon Harrington Woodstock Wines in McLaren Vale is a gorgeous spot for a long sunshiny lunch with the family. Daily kangaroo feeding, outdoor seating next to the playground, ...
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Deep Creek Waterfall | Bushwalking with Kids | Fleurieu Peninsula

Bushwalking with kids to Deep Creek Waterfall. by Katrina Gogel Deep Creek Conservation Park, on the coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, is a fantastic place to spend a weekend exploring. One of the main attractions in the park is Deep ...

Myponga Reservoir | Walking Trails, Bike Tracks, Fishing & Kayaking

Enjoy, Explore, Preserve at Myponga Reservoir Myponga Reservoir on-water access for kayaking available from 28 March 2021. In April 2019, Myponga Reservoir Reserve became ours to enjoy with access for land-based recreational activities, which was then extended with an extra ...

New Hurricane Vortex Water Slide & Double Bucket | G’Day Parks Victor Harbor Holiday & Cabin Park

Victor Harbor Holiday & Cabin Park's New Water Play Area Expansion Victor Harbor Holiday and Cabin Park has announced that it will be undergoing an expansion to its water play area and as part of this, it will be home ...

Family-Friendly Weekend Stay in Victor Harbor | Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

Family-Friendly Weekend Stay in Victor Harbor, South Australia Have a whale of a time in the idyllic town of Victor Harbor, known for its whale-spotting, and historic horse-drawn trams. Review by Carla Caruso Victor Harbor is a town I have ...

Family-Friendly Winery Bremerton Launches Tasting Room & Outdoor Area | Langhorne Creek | South Australia

Family-Friendly Winery Bremerton Launches Tasting Room and Outdoor Area in Langhorne Creek, South Australia Feel like you’re on the set of the ABC’s Aftertaste series, amid the vines and countryside, at Australia’s only sister-run winery ... a winery which has ...
Victor Harbor Library

Victor Harbor Council Library | Review

Victor Harbor Council Library - Review The Victor Harbor Council Library is a wonderful resource for families, whether you live nearby or if you're just visiting the Fleurieu. As well as books for all ages, you'll find a huge array ...

Reservoirs in South Australia to Visit with Kids

Reservoir Reserves open for public access in South Australia for a fun family day out. Some of South Australia's reservoirs are now much more accessible and feature scenic walking and cycling trails, or access for kayaking and fishing. Other reservoirs ...
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G’Day Parks Victor Harbor Holiday and Cabin Park – Family Fun for Everyone | Review

Time for a holiday in South Australia? G'day Parks Victor Harbor Holiday and Cabin Park is the place to be. We discover everything you need to know about their new fully accessible Hindmarsh Cabin. by Brooke Hendry Have you been ...
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Forktree Brewing – Family Friendly Dining at Carrickalinga – Review

Forktree Brewing - Carrickalinga 935 Forktree Road, Carrickalinga A real gem in the Fleurieu Peninsula, full of country hospitality, good food, family friendly vibes, and the most amazing views across the hills and sea. Forktree Brewing is a must visit ...
GT Fisher Victor Harbor Foreshore Playground

GT Fisher Nature Playground Victor Harbor Foreshore – Train Park

George T Fisher Playground - Foreshore, Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor The George T Fisher Nature Playground (also known as the GT Fisher Playground or the Train Park) has always been a popular one in Victor Harbor. After community consultation it ...

Mount Bold Reservoir Reserve | Review

Walking along the dam wall at Mount Bold Reservoir - Review After a moody spot to revel in while the weather cools? This amazing feat of engineering is one of Adelaide's best-kept secrets. by Carla Caruso There’s a spooky scene ...
Port Elliot Bakery donut

Port Elliot Bakery Review | Fleurieu Peninsula

Port Elliot Bakery - the iconic bakery destination that's a South Australian favourite in the Fleurieu Peninsula Port Elliot Bakery is an iconic destination for visitors to the Fleurieu Peninsula. South Australians know that a trip to Port Elliot or ...
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Environment SA’s 10 Top Spots to Snorkel in South Australia

Environment SA's 10 Top Spots to Snorkel in South Australia South Australia’s marine parks are full to the brim with great spots to snorkel. Here are 10 places to try. From leafy sea dragons to giant Australian cuttlefish, about 85 ...
Normanville Beachside Holiday Park

Biggest Waterpark in South Australia at Normanville Beachside Holiday Park

Splash out at the largest waterpark in South Australia The amazing new jungle-themed waterpark is now open at Top Parks Beachside Holiday Park in Normanville. As soon as you turn down the long driveway towards the holiday park, it's the ...
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Goolwa Skate Park Pump Track

Goolwa Skate Park New Pump Track The seaside town of Goolwa in South Australia now has a brand new asphalt pump track, designed and constructed by TrailScapes (in front of the skate park). The new pump track will be a ...

Brownhill Creek Tourist Park, Mitcham & Softfoot Alpaca Farm, Hindmarsh Valley | Review

Softfoot Alpaca Farm in Hindmarsh Valley (near Victor Harbor) and Brownhill Creek Tourist Park Not many local Adelaide tourist parks can claim to have had a pet mascot, except this one. Read about Alan the Alpaca’ who lived at Brownhill ...
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Down The Rabbit Hole Cellar Door – A Family Friendly Winery in McLaren Vale | Review

Are you looking for a cellar door in McLaren Vale with a difference? by Brooke Hendry Wanting to visit a cellar door that is actually family friendly? Well then, don't be late and hop right in to Down the Rabbit ...

SteamRanger Heritage Railway Journeys | Timetable & Station Locations | South Australia

SteamRanger Train Journeys in South Australia SteamRanger Heritage Railway operates a number of different heritage steam and diesel hauled tourist trains between Mt Barker in the Adelaide Hills, up over the crest of the southern Mt Lofty Ranges, down to ...
Review of the Greenman Inn by Susannah Marks

The Greenman Inn, Ashbourne | Review

The Greenman Inn, Ashbourne Review by Susannah Marks, 2 March 2019 Driving through Ashbourne on the way to the Fleurieu is a pleasant drive and it takes you through some pleasant countryside and small towns. Instead of taking the expressway ...
Soldiers Memorial Reserve Victor Harbor Playground review by Susannah Marks

Soldiers Memorial Reserve | Victor Harbor Playground Review

Soldiers Memorial Reserve Victor Harbor Playground Review Soldiers Memorial Reserve is a beautifully kept park with everything you could need for a fun family outing. Located by the seaside along The Esplanade at Victor Harbor, it’s a great spot for ...
Victor Harbor Skate Park review by Susannah Marks

Victor Harbor Skate Park | Review

Victor Harbor Skate Park Victor Harbor Skate Park is in a great location just next to the foreshore. This popular skate park has a quality surface and ramps; and enough to keep skaters, scooters and riders of all ages busy ...
GT Fisher Playground aka Victor Harbor Train Park Review by Susannah Marks

GT Fisher Playground (Victor Harbor Train Park) | Playground Review

GT Fisher Playground aka Victor Harbor Train Park *** EDITORS NOTE: This playground is now reopen as of 6 July 2019 after redevelopment. Read more here. You can’t miss this brightly coloured playground as you drive along the foreshore at ...

d’Arenberg Cube | d’Arenberg Winery | McLaren Vale | Review

d'Arenberg Cube at d'Arenberg Winery. Recently, on a day trip adventure to Port Elliot, we were passing through McLaren Vale and saw the iconic d'Arenberg Cube jutting out of the flat landscape. On a whim, we decided we ought to ...

Oceanic Victor In Sea Aquarium | Victor Harbor

Oceanic Victor Experience life beneath the waves in Victor Harbor. Oceanic Victor opened their in-sea aquarium in Victor Harbor, South Australia in 2017. Located just off Granite Island in the clear, clean waters of Encounter Bay, the experience offers fun, ...
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Middleton Surf Lessons for Families | South Coast Surf Academy | Review

If you've wanted to try surfing but not sure where to start, then having lessons is a great way to go. The kids had lessons last year with Middleton surf school South Coast Surf Academy and loved it, so this ...
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10 Family Friendly Places to Visit on a Day Trip to McLaren Vale | Review

Guest Post by Becky Hirst A family day trip to the McLaren Vale wine region Visiting a wine region with your kids? Surely that’s no fun, right? Wrong! Visiting a wine region isn’t about consuming as much wine as you ...
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Beach Road Wines | McLaren Vale | Review

Beach Road Wines | McLaren Vale Review by Susannah Marks We stopped for lunch at Beach Road Wines on a recent trip to the Fleurieu Peninsula and were immediately impressed by the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful setting. Less than an ...

Goolwa Nature Playground | Fun by the River | Playground Review

Goolwa Nature Playground Review Bristow Smith Reserve | Barrage Road, Goolwa South by Baby & Toddler Destinations Adelaide The lovely ladies of Baby & Toddler Destinations Adelaide have written another fantastic review - this time for the great new Nature ...

The Big Duck Boat Tours | Victor Harbor | Review

The Big Duck Boat Tours Victor Harbor An exciting ocean adventure featuring seals, sea lions, dolphins, whales, beautiful islands and our stunning South Australian coastline. As a family we have been down to Victor Harbor many times, sometimes just for ...

The Bluff Summit Walk & Lookout | Victor Harbor | Review

The Bluff Summit Walk & Lookout Victor Harbor The Bluff, also known as Rosetta Head or Kongkengguwarr, is one of Victor Harbor's favourite tourist attractions offering a fabulous 360 degree view of this picturesque coastal region. From the top of ...

Goolwa Animal Farm | A Family Farm for Great Outdoor Play

Goolwa Animal Farm Since the Goolwa Animal Farm opened recently in December 2013, we have had a few Play & Go readers contact us, sharing positive feedback and telling us we must visit them. We finally fit in a visit ...

Kangaroo Island | Discover a Holiday Destination with Natural Beauty, Wildlife & Adventure | Review

Kangaroo Island South Australia's Kangaroo Island is a true natural paradise, perfect for families wanting a getaway with that real holiday spirit. There is so much to see and do on Australia's third largest island from action adventures to peaceful ...

Big Rocks, Beach, Cliff Walk, Trees to Climb, Whales, Glorious Views, all from Horseshoe Bay | Port Elliot

Port Elliot on the Fleurieu Peninsula Big rocks, beach, cliff walk, trees to climb, whales, glorious views, all from Horseshoe Bay Port Elliot is a quiet township about 80km south of Adelaide, at Horseshoe Bay on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula ...

Yankalilla & Normanville | Places to Eat for Families

Yankalilla & Normanville - Places to Eat for Families One of the great things about Normanville & Yankalilla is that there are many great options for food. If you want a night off (or three) from cooking (why not when ...

Normanville Beach – A little bit of SA paradise | Review

Normanville Beach - a little bit of SA paradise It's not hard to see why Normanville Beach is one of our most favourite places to be, and a great place for a family beach holiday in South Australia. Over the ...

Yankalilla Youth Park & Playground | Review

The Yankalilla Youth Park is a great spot to visit with the kids when you want to take a little break away from the beach. The skate park is very popular with anyone with wheels of any sort - bikes, ...

Narnu Farm on Hindmarsh Island | Family Weekend Away | Review

Narnu Farm Narnu Farm on South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula is the perfect location for a idyllic weekend getaway or short holiday. Designed with families and children in mind, this quaint coastal destination provides a taste of country living in a safe, quiet environment.  The spacious ...

Granite Island Recreation & Nature Park | Victor Harbor | Review

Granite Island, Victor Harbor The Granite Island Recreation & Nature Park can be seen from Victor Harbor and is best known for being home to the magical Little Penguins. The island is a must visit destination if spending time at ...

Horse Drawn Tram at Victor Harbor | Step Back In Time | Review

Horse Drawn Tram at Victor Harbor - Step Back In Time Victor Harbor's Historic Horse Drawn Tram is a "South Australian icon and a living, breathing piece of industrial heritage!" Located at Encounter Bay in the seaside town of Victor ...
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Sellicks Beach | Beautiful Silver Sands | Review

Sellicks Silver Sands Beach - a South Australian treasure! The view on the drive down Sellicks Beach Road is breathtaking as the coastline comes into sight. Only an hours drive from Adelaide makes getting there a breeze and the ideal ...

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