Tour Description

Fleurieu Overnighter featuring the Cockle Train

(Adelaide Departure)
Two Days: 2nd – 3rd July 2024

Twin Share: $785 per person. Sole Use: $885 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
  • All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
  • Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.

 

Embark on a captivating journey through the Fleurieu Peninsula, where the stunning landscapes and rich cultural tapestry promise an unforgettable adventure. Start your days with breathtaking views of rugged coastlines and tranquil bays, and explore a region steeped in natural beauty and historical significance. Delight in visiting local art galleries showcasing regional talent, and experience the thrill of traveling on historic railways that trace scenic routes along the sea. Join us as we uncover the hidden gems of this spectacular region, offering you a perfect blend of relaxation and discovery.

 

Day One – TUESDAY 2 JULY 2024

Our journey begins as we depart from Adelaide. After completing chauffeured home pick-ups, we venture east towards the lush Adelaide Hills, where a refreshing morning tea amongst the rolling landscapes awaits us.

As we travel through the vibrant spring hues of the Hills, we pass the quaint township of Mylor, arriving at Jurlique Australia biodynamic farm. This sanctuary is where potent herbs and botanicals thrive, contributing to one of the world’s most famous natural skincare brands. Here, amidst the perfumed gardens, we delve into a guided tour that reveals the secrets behind their iconic products. We learn about their sustainable farming practices and beekeeping, explore the impressive display garden, and visit the herb drying shed. An exclusive stop at their on-site shop offers a chance to acquire Jurlique products that are only available to visitors on this tour. (Remember, for safety, we are asked to wear closed-in, flat footwear and long pants.)

Following our immersive experience at Jurlique, we journey down to the coastal area of Myponga before continuing to Normanville. Here, we pause for a leisurely lunch, soaking in the coastal atmosphere. The journey then takes us a short distance inland to Yankallilla, where we explore the local Visitor Information Centre. This center not only boasts a fascinating historical museum and art display but also offers free time to stroll along the charming main street.

Our drive resumes along the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula, past Wirrina Cove and Second Valley, until we reach Cape Jervis at the peninsula’s southwestern tip. Known as the gateway to Kangaroo Island, Cape Jervis offers breathtaking views over the Gulf of St Vincent, Investigator Strait and Backstairs Passage. The panoramic vistas here are truly a photographer’s delight.

As the day winds down, we arrive at our final destination, the idyllic coastal retreat of Victor Harbor. Known for its clear turquoise waters and spectacular views over Encounter Bay, Victor Harbor is a beloved escape that captures the essence of coastal beauty.

Our accommodation for the night is the renowned McCracken Country Club (Ph. 08 8551 0200), where we’ll have time to unpack, refresh, and relax in comfort.

The day concludes with dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, where we can share stories of the day’s adventures. This perfect end to a day full of exploration and discovery sets the tone for the rest of our enchanting journey through the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Day Two – WEDNESDAY 3 JULY 2024

After a delightful breakfast, our day unfolds with a journey to the breathtaking Encounter Bay and the Bluff. Here, perched atop cliffs formed over 500 million years ago, we are treated to a dramatic panorama across the coast. The Bluff, composed of exceptionally hard granite similar to nearby Granite Island and West Island, holds a special place in history; granite from West Island was even used to craft the steps of Adelaide’s Parliament House.

Our exploration continues as we return to Victor Harbor, where we visit the charming Victor Harbor Regional Gallery. Positioned just opposite the railway station, this community-driven gallery showcases the profound artistic talents of the region. Managed by volunteers, it features a vibrant collection of paintings, sculptures, jewellery, and woodwork, with many exquisite pieces available for purchase, supporting the local art community.

The highlight of the day awaits as we board the historic Cockle Train for our scenic journey east towards the old river port town of Goolwa. This railway track, dating back to the 1880s, was initially constructed to connect the River Murray with the wharf at Port Elliot and later Victor Harbor. Originally horse-drawn, the train’s route takes us past stunning coastal vistas that are among the most spectacular on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

As we climb the cliffs aboard the Cockle Train, we’re rewarded with majestic views over the Southern Ocean. The train meanders along the coast, stopping at the historic Port Elliot Railway Station before winding through Middleton and finally arriving at Goolwa. In Goolwa, our driver meets us as we disembark at the lively Goolwa wharf precinct, a bustling hub for locals and tourists alike, enriched by a variety of new businesses.

Before enjoying lunch at a local hotel, we make a brief visit to Hindmarsh Island to witness its development and scenic beauty. Later, we return to Goolwa and catch the afternoon train back to Victor Harbor, where our journey began. Our driver will be waiting to guide us back to Adelaide, passing through the picturesque landscapes of Mt Compass and the southern suburbs.

As we travel back, it’s the perfect time to reflect on our delightful break in the Fleurieu Peninsula and all the wonderful experiences we’ve savored. This brief getaway, rich in scenic beauty and local culture, leaves us with lasting memories of South Australia’s enchanting southern coast.