Finding school holidays activities for teenagers and younger children can be a challenge, but we have lots of suggestions for fun things to do on the Fleurieu Peninsula which the whole family will enjoy and won't break the bank.
Cycling is great family fun, especially if your kids are a bit older. Why not go for a ride through the scenic McLaren Vale on the easy 8km Shiraz Trail to Willunga? It's part of the longer Coast to Vines rail trail, and has the advantage of some fantastic gourmet food and wine being available in the area. If you don't have bikes you can hire them cheaply from Oxygen Cycles for $5/hour ($15 minimum). Of course scooters or blades work just as well, letting you quickly explore the Fleurieu Peninsula attractions.
Whale Watching for Free
July is a great time to go whale watching, one of the free things to do at Victor Harbor and at Middleton. Pop in to the Victor Harbor Whale Centre for current information on whale sightings at the information booth, and while you're there whale watchers should collect a free whale information booklet. It includes a detailed map of Encounter Bay to help locate the whales at the viewing platforms located around the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Activities for Kids at SA Whale Centre Surprising Sperm Whales - during the July school holidays kids can learn about whales during fun, hands-on experiments and activities. Discover how blubber keeps whales warm and make your own paper sperm whale. Sessions are on held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on July 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17 between 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Bookings are essential. Sessions cost $8 per child and include entry into the SA Whale Centre. One adult gets in free when accompanying a child under five years of age.
Horse Drawn Tram Rides It has never been easier to get to Granite Island than on the only horse drawn tramway in Australia. Why wear yourself out walking over the long causeway? A family return ticket costs $25 but leaves you with lots of energy to check out the other Granite Island attractions. While you're there, don't miss the delicious New York inspired food available at the Castaway pop-up food truck.
See the Penguins The colony of penguins on Granite Island has been delighting kids since I was a boy. Nowadays the Penguin Centre is a popular school holidays destination for kids, who can participate in guided penguin tours at dusk. Travel the 630 metre long wooden causeway to Granite Island on the Horse Drawn Tram powered by a friendly Clydesdale horse. Guided penguin tours cost $12.50 per adult, $11 concession, $7.50 per child and $36 for a family (2 adults, 2 children, extra children $5). Bookings are essential.
The Magnificent Duke of Edinburgh Steam Engine - Locomotive 621
Ride the Cockle Train One of my favourite Fleurieu Peninsula things to do is to take a steam train, and the SteamRanger's Cockle Train runs from Goolwa to Victor Harbour and back through some wonderfully scenic countryside. It's one of the activities for kids that they will be sure to love, return trips cost $15 for children and $29 for adults, and you can find more information here.
Quad Bikes Finding school holidays activities for teenagers can be particularly challenging, but let them near a quad bike and you won't see them for dust. Of course it's not particularly cheap, but since when did teenagers care about your money?
Enjoy the thrill of riding a quad bike through a working farm on new, guided scenic and adventure farm tours with experienced guides. No experience is necessary and tours start from $70 per person and for a family of four it's $240. (Children must be 12 years and over).
If your children don't like any of the activities for kids listed in this lot, then perhaps they are just fussy and would rather explore the Battunga Country. But I think they will find most of these good enough to drag you out to enjoy these awesome Fleurieu Peninsula attractions.