Fleurieu Peninsula - SA - Australia

The Fleurieu Peninsula is a picturesque peninsula located south of Adelaide in South Australia, Australia. The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to some of the best produce and vineyards in the country. McLaren Vale Wineries are dotted throughout the central part offering superb local wine of international standard surrounded by old vineyards and cellar door secrets. The Peninsula has more than twenty conservation parks where wildlife can be seen in natural bush settings. Granite Island is home to penguins, walking trails and shark aquarium. There are also stunning coastal walks, beaches and interesting towns. Victor Harbour on the southern coastline is a beautiful seaside holiday town with great whale-watching during the migration season. Other towns of interest in the area include the heritage town of Willunga, Mount Compass, Goolwa and Yankalilla. There is fine surfing at Waitpinga and Browns Beach and diving at Rapid Bay. A ferry travels between Cape Jervis, at the tip of the peninsula, and Kangaroo Island. The Fleurieu Peninsula was named after the French explorer and hydrographer Charles Pierre Claret de Fleurieu by the French explorer Nicolas Baudin as he mapped the south coast of Australia in 1802.