Fleurieu and the Cockle Train Overnighter
Two Days: 13th–14th March 2021
Twin Share: $595 per person. Sole Use: $685 per person.
Included in the tour:
- 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. We visit Jurlique farm, one of South Australia’s success stories, enjoy the spectacular coastal views of the peninsula, meander through country towns, travel along the oldest steeled railway in Australia on board the Cockle Train and stay the night at one of South Australia’s best accommodation venues — the McCracken Country Club. With so many wonderful experiences on offer, why not celebrate the start of Spring and escape with us on this overnight getaway.
Day One – SATURDAY 13 MARCH 2021
(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.
Travelling through the stunning Adelaide Hills in spring, we pass Mylor and arrive at the biodynamic farm of one of the world’s most famous natural skincare brands, Jurlique Australia.
These serene, perfumed gardens nurture potent herbs and botanicals and are home to some of the best kept secrets in the skincare world. We take a guided tour to learn more about the diverse range of plants used in Jurlique’s products, discovering more about their farming practices and bee keeping. We will 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 down 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.
Well known as the departure point for 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 here are fantastic.
Our destination for today is the ever popular coastal escape of Victor Harbor. 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 (Ph. 08 8551 0200) where there will be time to unpack and freshen up before coming together for dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Day Two – SUNDAY 14 MARCH 2021
(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)
After breakfast, we venture to Encounter Bay and the Bluff to look at the spectacular views across the coast. Formed some 500 million years ago, when molten rock squeezed up to the surface from deep within the earth, the Bluff, like Granite Island and nearby West Island consists of extremely hard granite. In fact, granite from West Island was used to build the steps for Adelaide’s Parliament House.
We return to Victor Harbor to visit the Victor Harbor Regional Gallery, conveniently located opposite the railway station. This community gallery is a cooperative, run by volunteers, showcasing prolific regional artistic talent. Exhibits include paintings, sculptures, jewellery and woodwork with many items for sale and proceeds benefiting the local art community.
Then it’s the time to board the Cockle Train for our journey east to the old river port town of Goolwa. The track we travel along, dates back to the 1880’s, 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. As the Cockle Train climbs to the top of the cliffs we will be rewarded with some of the most magnificent coastal scenery on the Fleurieu Peninsula, overlooking the Southern Ocean. The track follows beside the Encounter Bay coast, calling in at the historic Port Elliot Railway Station, before heading inland to Middleton and Goolwa.
Please note: Given the time of year we are travelling, it is unlikely that the Cockle Train will be driven by a steam engine on this tour.
Our driver will be waiting to meet us as we disembark at the Goolwa wharf precinct. Over recent years, many new businesses have made their home in this precinct and it has grown to become a popular meeting place for the local community and tourists alike.
Before lunch at a local café, we cross the bridge to Hindmarsh Island to explore and see how this area has developed.
Returning to Goolwa, we take 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 in the Fleurieu Peninsula and the wonderful experiences we have enjoyed!