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Published July 5th 2015
There's no time to be bored these school holidays
School Holiday Fun in July The Fleurieu Peninsula is packed full of fun experiences that are available all year round. Many of these destinations have been around for many years because they are good at providing family fun. Try something new - SUP (see page 4), for the kids to 'show and tell' when they get back to school. For a truly golden classic experience for the kids to connect with grandparents about their childhood fun memories, try something old - ride to Granite Island on the horse drawn tram.
A Golden Classic Family Experience, catch the horse drawn tram to Granite Island
Photograph by TP Prior
So get outside, get active and feel alive.
Paddle, Peddle or Ride
Ride the Horse Drawn Tram Take a ride on the only horse drawn tramway in Australia. It runs all year round. The gentle Clydesdale horses will clip clop you along the causeway from Victor Harbor to nearby Granite Island.
Winter Beauty on Granite Island Photograph by JA Rossiter
The horse drawn tram operates daily (except Christmas Day) from 11.00am until 4.00pm.
Cost A family return ticket costs $25 (for 2 adults and 2 children) Adults $9 Children $7
Ride a Quad Bike At Waitpinga Farm Quad Bike Tours you can enjoy the thrill of riding a quad bike through a working farm. Experienced tour guides take you on a guided scenic farm tour. First time riders and experienced thrill seekers are all welcome.
Up Hill, Down Dale
Photograph by Waitpinga Farm Quad Bikes
Tours start from $50 per person. The minimum age for riding the quad bikes is 12 years.
Ride The Big Duck
Go for an adrenalin pumping, water splashing scenic tour of the coastline. The Big Duck Boat Tour at Victor Harbor takes passengers to inaccessible areas of coastline in a 7m rigid inflatable boat. Spot seals, dolphins, seabirds, penguins and whales in their natural environment along the way. The Big Duck explores treacherous reefs and scenic landscapes and is certainly a trip to talk about in days to come.
The Big Duck Boat Tours Photograph by B Engel, The Big Duck Boat Tours facebook page
Groups are limited to 10 people. Your spray jacket and lifejacket are provided. Private charters are also available.
Tours start from $35 per adult, $25 per child (aged 2-12)
Family $110 (2 adults, 2 children).
Ride the Cockle Train
All aboard the Cockle Train for a rollicking good time. Breathe in the sea air, wave to the pedestrians and enjoy the sea expanses on a historic steam train journey. The Cockle Train chugs along the oldest steel-railed train track in Australia as it hugs the coast from Goolwa to Victor Harbor.
The Cockle Train Photograph by JA Rossiter
Board the Cockle Train on the historic Goolwa wharf on the River Murray. First stop Middleton, then on to scenic Port Elliot. Enjoy the glorious sweep of Encounter Bay as you puff into Victor Harbor.
Adults $29 return
Children $15 return
Family $69 return (2 adults and 2 children)
Peddle a Cycling Path
Pack the bikes and scooters and discover new scenery on one of the many cycling trails the Fleurieu Peninsula has to offer. The Encounter Bikeway travels from Victor Harbor to Hindmarsh Island covering over 30 kilometres of scenic coastal cycling. Feel the exhilaration as you exert leg muscles on the Coast to Vines Rail Trail as it winds its hilly way from Marino Rocks to Willunga. Cyclists travel through tunnels and past magnificent cliffs before peddling into in McLaren Vale. The Shiraz Trail is a pleasant flat eight kilometre cycle through vineyards between McLaren Vale and Willunga.
Enjoy the scenery and the feel of the wind on your face Photograph by Oxygen Cycles
The Coorong Wetlands are internationally recognised and yet one of South Australia's best kept secrets. The Coorong National Park protects a string of spectacular saltwater lagoons. Paddling out on the water is the best way to see the Coorong wildlife without impacting the natural ecology.
Canoe the Coorong offers tours for people of all ages and skill levels. Experience the Family Fun Day Tour which offers half day and full day options. Paddle around the wooden boats of Goolwa, stop for a game of beach cricket, take time fishing and enjoy a guided walk through the dunes to the beach where you will find out how to cook the famous Goolwa cockles. A seasonal fruit platter, iced chocolate, homemade biscuits and cake are all included with your Canoe the Coorong tour.
Family Fun Day Tour costs $95 per adult and $65 per child (aged 14 and under) for a half day or guided 6 hour tours of the Coorong are $135 adults, $85 children.
Kayak hire only is single $75, double $90, per day
Enjoy a peaceful paddle on the Coorong Phtograph by Canoe the Coorong
Peddle, Paddle, Ride and Climb at Greenhills Adventure Playground Greenhills offers Moon Bikes, Aqua Bikes, Paddle Boats, a Climbing Wall and Imagination Playground and over 20 attractions to keep kids happy and active all day.
General Admission $35 with under 4 years free
Animal Farm Goolwa
Popular South Australian farm attraction Animal Farm Goolwa offers the ultimate farmyard experience. This is more than just a petting farm. Here children can enjoy horse riding lessons, rides on a mini train and tractor rides. There is even a play zone for babies.
Enjoy a ride on the tractor drawn train Photograph by JA Rossiter
A family entry pass costs $35 (2 adults and 3 children)
Free entry for under twos
Narnu Farm Narnu Farm is an animal farm for children. Children can be involved in feeding sheep, goats, deer, emu, rabbits, chickens, calves and piglets. The animals are friendly and love being patted and cuddled. Narnu Farm offers horse riding for beginners as young as 2.5 years, with a variety of farm and forest trails.
Experience horse riding at Narnu Farm Phtograph by Narnu Farm
Narnu Farm provides self contained Farm Cottages for a fabulous complete holiday destination. They offer truck rides in 'Elsie' Bedford, visits to the Chicken Hatchery, Fort Narnu and the Adventure Playground, room for ball games, barbeque areas and camp fires.
Horse Riding Cost
Child 2.5 years ¼ Hour Trail Ride $20.00
Child 4 years ½ Hour Trail Ride $30.00
Child 5 years 1 Hour Riding Lesson $48.00
See the website for accommodation charges
The South Australian Whale Centre at Victor Harbor provides a free whale information booklet which includes a detailed map of Encounter Bay to help locate the whales at the many spectacular viewing platforms throughout the Fleurieu Peninsula.
This July the SA Whale Centre are offering a program called Surprising Sperm Whales. Children will learn about whales with fun, hands-on experiments and activities. Make your very own paper sperm whale and discover how blubber keeps whales warm.
Sessions are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays running between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on July 7, 9, 10, 14, 16 and 17. Bookings essential. Sessions cost just $8.00 per child and include entry into the SA Whale Centre and a free adult admission when accompanying a child under five years of age.
Cost for Admission
Concession price $6.50
Family $24.00 (2 adults, 2 children)
Urimbirra Wildlife Park
Meet over 400 Australian native animals at Urimbirra Wildlife Park where you can stroll through six hectares of wetland bird sanctuary, see koala shows, feed kangaroos, pat farm animals, take part in a snake handling display or enjoy a barbeque or picnic. Children will be excited by the saltwater crocodiles, freshwater crocodiles, water dragons, black headed monitors and shingleback lizards and turtles that can all be viewed closely as you walk the 16 hectare site.
The cuddly and not so cuddly creatures of Urimbirra Photographs by Urimbirra Wildlife Park
Seniors & Students $10.00
Children (4 to 14 years) $7.00
phone (08) 8554 6554
The Penguin Centre Granite Island is home to some adorable wildlife. Walk around the Island and you may be lucky enough to spot a little penguin scurrying into its burrow. Or you can join a tour. The Penguin Centre is a popular destination for kids. Opening hours are 11.00am - 4.00pm and penguin feeding times are 11.30am and 2.30pm daily from Tuesday until Sunday.
You might be fortunate enough to spot a penguin Photograph by JA Rossiter
Adults $8, Children $6
Adults $12.50, Children $7.50
$36.00 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)
Tour times vary throughout the year. Check the website for details.