The Fleurieu Peninsula is a popular destination for both tourists and locals. And one of the ways to explore the different townships of the Fleurieu is via a fun-filled road trip. Most of the towns are easily reached by car in about 1 or 2 hours drive south of Adelaide. You can jump in your car and start driving via the Southern Expressway and into the long Main South Road.
Here's a suggested day trip itinerary for a scenic road trip to 6 of the best towns of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
The Crows Nest Road Lookout. After slightly over an hour's drive from Adelaide turn to Crows Nest Road in Port Elliot and pull over at the Lookout and treat your eyes to some panoramic view overlooking Goolwa, Middleton and Port Elliot.
The Heritage Trail and Coastal vantage points. Proceed to Port Elliot town centre and wander around this charming historic town. At The Strand, you can take a leisurely walk around craft shops, cafes and historic buildings which were mostly built in the 1800s. Then follow the coastal scenic atmosphere on the Port Elliot Heritage Trail. Interpretive signs are nicely placed on the foreshore and you can explore the various vantage points such as Freemans Nob and the cliff top walking path for stunning views of the coastline.
Victor Harbor Country Markets. Along the Esplanade, the Country Market happens every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month offering a wide variety of local produce and handicrafts. You might opt to browse or simply have a picnic around the Soldiers Memorial Garden or the causeway and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Victor Harbor.
Next you can drive to Normanville for quiet seaside escape. This beautiful town offers a safe swimming beach with broad white sand and the jetty is a popular fishing spot. But if you simply just want to hang around and feel the seaside breeze, then on the foreshore along the pine trees is a perfect spot to chill. There is also the Normanville Kiosk and Café if you want to grab a bite.
This is an important South Australian landmark – a boulder on which SA's founding father, Colonel William Light, carved his initials after he first stepped ashore from his ship The Rapid. The drive from Main South Road is down a winding road with spectacular views across the gulf. For more information on other popular activities to do in Rapid Bay please click here.
5) Deep Creek Conservation Park (15 min drive from Rapid Bay)
Drive through the beautiful green scenery in the middle of the stringy bark forests and catch a glimpse of some western grey kangaroos. Then continue down scenic tourist drive 52 for a beautiful nature landscape treat.