Fleurieu and Cockle Train Overnighter
Two Days: March 2021
- Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
- Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
- All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
- Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.
Join us for two fabulous days exploring the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula, staying at Victor Harbor in one of South Australia’s best accommodation venues — the McCracken Country Club. On this tour we visit the farm of well known skin care brand Jurlique, we enjoy the spectacular coastal views of the peninsula, meander through country towns such as Yankalilla and ride the Cockle Train to Goolwa. Escape and recharge your batteries with some fun in the Fleurieu on this overnight getaway.
(includes light lunch and two course dinner)
We depart Adelaide this morning after completing home pick-ups (limited areas*), venturing east to the Adelaide Hills for morning tea.
Just past Mylor we come to the biodynamic farm of one of the world’s most famous skincare brands, Jurlique. Here they grow many of the flowers, plants and herbs which are used in their diverse range of products and we take a guided tour to learn more about the farming and bee keeping. We’ll see the amazing display garden, herb drying shed and other areas of the farm before visiting their shop, which is only accessible to visitors on a guided tour. (For safety reasons Julique ask that we wear closed-in, flat footwear and long pants on this tour.)
After leaving the farm we head to the coast at Myponga before continuing to Normanville where we will stop for lunch and take some time to enjoy the unbeatable views.
From here we continue a short distance inland to Yankallilla to browse through the Visitor Information Centre. The Centre houses a great historical museum and art display and there will also be free time to wander along the main street.
As we continue our drive along the Fleurieu, we head past Wirrina Cove and Second Valley to Cape Jervis on the south-western tip of the peninsula. Often only synonymous with the Kangaroo Island Ferry, Cape Jervis is a truly beautiful spot. Overlooking three bodies of water: the Gulf of St Vincent, Investigator Strait and Backstairs Passage, the views are fantastic.
Our destination for today is the ever popular coastal escape of Victor Harbour. Boasting clear turquoise waters and stunning views over Encounter Bay it’s not hard to see why. We will be staying at the lovely McCracken Country Club (to be confirmed) where there will be time to unpack and freshen up before coming together for dinner in the hotel restaurant.
(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)
After a hearty cooked breakfast, we farewell our hosts at the country club and head off for a scenic drive around Victor Harbor. We will venture to Encounter Bay and the Bluff to look at the spectacular views across the coast and town. Formed some 500 million years ago, when molten rock squeezed up to the surface from deep within the earth, the Bluff, like Granite Island, consists of extremely hard granite.
As we make our way back to Victor Harbor, we head towards the railway station. There will be some time to visit the Victor Harbor Regional Gallery which is situated opposite the station. This community gallery is a cooperative, run by volunteers, to showcase the variety of artistic talent which exists in the region. You will see everything from paintings and sculptures to jewellery and woodwork, and there are a variety of smaller items for sale, such as gift cards and scarves.
Late morning we board the Cockle Train for our journey east to the old river port town of Goolwa. The track we travel along, is the oldest steel railed railway in Australia, dating back to the 1880’s. It was constructed to link the River Murray with the wharf at Port Elliot and then later Victor Harbor. The name comes from the days when the train was horse drawn and locals used to travel to Goolwa to collect Cockles near the sandy beaches at the Murray mouth.
Our driver will be waiting to meet us as we disembark in Goolwa, at the wharf precinct. The precinct has grown over recent years to be a meeting place for the local community, with an array of businesses, regular events and the opportunity to board a train or a boat.
We will cross the bridge to Hindmarsh Island taking time to explore the area and see how the Island has developed. While here, we will enjoy lunch at the Islanders Tavern, overlooking the river on the west coast.
Returning to Goolwa, we board the afternoon train back to Victor Harbor where are driver will meet us as we board the bus for home. It’s an easy journey back to Adelaide, passing through Mt Compass and the southern suburbs. As we travel, there is time to reflect on our short break to the Fleurieu Peninsula and the wonderful experiences we have enjoyed!