The Stunning Fleurieu Peninsular

Trip Start Apr 05, 2011
Trip End Nov 15, 2012

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Jetty Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Friday, April 15, 2011

Leaving the gorgeous Lake Albert behind we soon found ourselves boarding the car ferry which crossed the mighty Murray River at Wellington. Upon reaching the western banks we joined the scenic Fleurieu Way.

This route took us through Strathalbyn and south to Port Elliot where we stopped at Horseshoe Bay to drink in the gorgeous scenery and have some lunch.  From Victor Harbor we cut across the peninsula to Normanville, the drive was so pretty winding through vineyards and pastoral land.

Rod did an amazing job of reversing the caravan into a sensational spot (first time!), located right on the fence line which separated us from the beach. Set amongst the Norfolk Island Pines we were able to make the most of our site and this time we ensured we actioned step one, popping the top of the big white beast first, and then we really were set up in no time.

We started our first day in Normanville with a ninety minute walk along the beach.  The water was the most beautiful colour and just so very inviting, just a shame it was so cold!

We met back up with the Fleurier Way heading south and were blown away by the breathtaking scenery.  There were treeless rolling green hills, secluded bays complimented by the glorious depth of colour in the turquoise water.  In stark contrast, around a bend would be the quintessential Australian bush with towering gum trees draped in great strips of bark just swaying casually from the beautifully formed branches whilst kangaroos grazed nearby.

We could seriously rave on and on about this stunning peninsula however it's probably best that we just suggest if ever you get the chance come and spend a week or two here!

Scattered with charming little unspoilt hamlets we fell in love with Second Valley and Rapid Bay. Here we could have parked the van right on the water's edge and spent our time in a less commercial setting.  It is hard to believe they are so close to Adelaide.

Having been told not to miss Myponga Beach we set off along a road filled with spectacular scenery. Across the Myponga Reservoir wall and along a dirt road that followed the ridge of one of the rolling green hills, again it was just simply stunning. The little village itself was so cool, barely a soul there and so untouched, we just loved it.

Day two we drove north again following the coastline… yes, as I said I could go on and on, but get on a plane and get over here it is beautiful! At Aldinga Beach we looked back along the coast and we could have been in the Mediterranean, the stark sandstone cliffs just dropping onto the beach, again contrasted with the stunning colours of the ocean.

Had the water not been so icy we would have loved to have done some snorkelling at Pt Noarlunga.  There was a reef a few hundred metres from the beach and the jetty stretched all the way out to meet it.  We could have just climbed straight into the water and enjoyed the underwater world.

Vowing to return we headed inland to McLaren Vale and the vineyards.  It was a nice relaxed Sunday afternoon and everyone was out and about making the most of the fine weather.  It was such a lovely time to drive through the area with the vines all displaying their best autumn colours.  The suggested scenic drive was delightful and took in some great views as we climbed into the hills and gazed back over the valleys spread with vineyards, it looked like a patchwork quilt.  The wine tasting wasn’t bad either! 

Having stocked up on enough wine to get us to Margaret River, we arrived back at our camp in time to witness the sunset. We had remembered about ten minutes too late on the previous two nights!  The sky was clear and the water still so it was the perfect night to watch the sun descend over the water and we were not disappointed, it was simply stunning.

On Monday we took the opportunity to head into Adelaide and catch up with friends for lunch.  Even though we have only just set off on our journey we were amazed at how quickly the pace of the inner city was just too fast for us!

Highlights of Normanville:

-          The Fleurieu Way – the tourist drive around the Fleurieu Peninsula

-          Myponga Beach and the drive into it from the main road

-          Rapid Bay

-          Sunset over the ocean from Normanville

-          Pt Noarlunga Jetty and Reef

-          The drop dead gorgeous scenery throughout this stunning part of the world

-          Oh, and of course McLaren Vale wines!
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Darren W on

Great work Brownltd - loving the detail in the posts, keep it up. Best of luck for your search for the next 'big' atraction.

Darren W on

Sorry, *attraction.

Jimmy D on

Hey Brown Nomads, you should be stopping at Mc Laren Vale best place in Oz, we might shift there. You guys could visit. But there would NOT be enouhg Savi Blanc for Chris and Lyndal..


Donna Rowe on

Backing in the van...most impressive!! Must be all that Navy training.
Go you good things. Cheers Donna and Charlie

belcino on

The theory is that you guys have not travelled a kilometre, and that you just got sick of us. Those photos really look like Shelly Beach....can almost see the stack of the Newport power station. Remember the moon landing ????

Flash Mick from Jindavik on

Team B,
dont forget as you head west to bring some rain!
We are tracking your progress and will see you soon. Vintage Fiesta at Fiddlers Green on the 30Apr if you are around

Kaz on

hello Brown Nomads! i STILL dont know if i am talking to you - you look like you are having a tough time! I have both the girls here for the weekend (Jenna permanently) so having a good time, eating too much and spending too much money. Taking Keezy with us tomorrow to the football (league).
take care and have a drink for me - I'll have one for you too xx

Georgey on

Bringing back some great memories. Keep having fun and look forward to future posts.

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