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Top 5 Tours on the Southern Fleurieu

When most people think of tours, they usually form an image in their mind of buses filled with tourists who hop out of a bus, snap a photo while their guide offers a brief explanation of a sight’s importance, then they hop back on the bus and go on their merry way. Unfortunately there’s a tendency to disparage tours because of this stereotype. But not all tours are like this; there are many different kinds. However one thing they all have in common is they allow you to experience new things, learn new things and meet new people. Also having a guide to teach you about your destinations can be much more interesting and fulfilling than just exploring them them on your own.

Whether you are a visitor to this state or you are a born and bred South Aussie, it doesn’t matter, tours can be great fun for everyone! Our choice of the top 5 tours on the Southern Fleurieu are nothing like the bus scenario above, they are simply awesome! So, do something completely different this weekend or add one or two of these tours to your next Southern Fleurieu holiday itinerary. You won’t be disappointed!

Waitpinga Quad Bike Adventure Tour

Waitpinga Farm Quad Bike Adventures

Duration: 1.5 hours
Location: Waitpinga Farm – 1161 Waitpinga Road, Waitpinga, SA
Head to Waitpinga and hop on a Quad bike for an exhilarating guided tour through 400 acres of beautiful farming country! Explore the historical working farm on quad bike and visit the local farm animals! Cruise through grassy plains and rugged creek crossings while admiring the stunning ocean views and natural landscape during your 1.5-hour ride! No experience necessary – unique activity the whole family can enjoy! Get out in nature on an adventure quad bike tour just 15 minutes from Victor Harbor!

Information:

  • 1.25 hours Adventure tour
  • $95 per person (4 or more people $75 pp)
  • $75 per person (4 or more $60 pp))
  • 1 hour Scenic tour available also
  • Tour times Fri – Mon 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm

For more information visit The Waitpinga Farm website

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Southern Fleurieu ‘Full Day Out’

Wine Coaster

Duration: 8 hours (9am – 5pm)
Pick up point: Pick up and drop off anywhere in the Southern Fleurieu (Victor Harbor through to Goolwa and surrounds)

Get picked up from your door in a luxury 4WD and enjoy a fun, relaxing day out tasting fantastic wine from various top Southern Fleurieu wineries, enjoy a mouth watering platter, a yummy main course or even a long lunch with quality wine, do some local shopping then be delivered safe and sound back to your accommodation doorstep (on the Southern Fleurieu) with any treasures you purchased during the day. Sounds like heaven right? Well that is what the Wine Coaster Southern Fleurieu ‘Full day out’ tour is all about!

This full day Southern Fleurieu tour includes:

  • Visiting 4 cellar doors, wine tastings at each cellar door
  • Scenic drive / morning tea
  • Lunch platter and a glass of wine included with lunch
  • Pick up and drop off on the Southern Fleurieu
  • This tour is available Thursday through to Monday weekly
  • Typically runs from 9am to 5pm (can be negotiated)
  • $200 per person (4 passengers) | $250 per person (2-3 passengers)

Wineries often included (subject to availability):

  • Shaw Family Vintners at Currency Creek
  • Mt Jagged
  • The Wharf Barrel Shed
  • No. 58 Cellar Door and Gallery
  • Fleurieu Hills Vineyard
  • K1 by Geoff Hardy
  • Lazy Ballerina

For more information visit The Wine Coaster website

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Southern Ocean Adventure Cruise

Duck Boat Tours

Duration: 1.5 hours (Departure 2pm)
Meeting point: Granite Island Causeway – Granite Island Rd, Victor Harbor

Big Duck Southern Ocean Adventure Cruise operates all year round and their tours are a great experience to be enjoyed by all the family. The boat is comfortable, has 360 degree breathtaking views and it feels extremely safe, even when they speed it up a little for the journey home! The commentary is informative, entertaining, and everyone is encouraged to keep their eyes open for seals, sea lions, dolphins and this time of year, Whales. You will cruise past offshore islands and spectacular cliffs too, so don’t forget to bring your camera. They also supply jackets to keep you dry, and warm!

Information:

  • Live commentary
  • Spray jacket and life jacket
  • Year Round
  • 90 minutes duration
  • See Seal Island, Wright Island, The Bluff, West Island, Waitpinga Cliffs
  • See seals, sea lions, dolphins and whales (in season)
  • Departs 2pm (Monday /Wednesday / Saturday / Sunday)
  • Adult $65
  • Child (2-15 years) $50
  • Family (2A+2Ch) $200

For more information visit The Big Duck website.
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Seal Island Cruise from Victor Harbor

Duck Boat Tours

Duration: 45 minutes (Departure 1pm)
Meeting point: Granite Island Causeway – Granite Island Rd, Victor Harbor

Another great ocean tour is the Seal Island cruise from Victor Harbor, it’s an adrenaline pumping, water splashing scenic tour of the coastline. This Seal Island cruise will take you to inaccessible areas of coastline in a 7m rigid inflatable boat. You will motor past Granite Island before arriving at Seal Island. Here, discover some of the most friendly creatures in the area: the Australian Sea Lion and the New Zealand Fur seal. Watch them bask their whiskers in the sunshine and flop into the ocean; don’t be surprised if they approach the boat to say hello! Be sure to look out for the other amazing sea creatures like the Common and Bottlenose dolphin, and the many sea birds such as the Cormorant, Shearwaters and
Petrel.

After hanging out off the shores of Seal Island for 15 minutes, the cruise will continue down to Wright Island, before making its way back to the Granite Island Causeway terminus. The Big Duck explores treacherous reefs and scenic landscapes and is certainly a unique tour which you will be talking about talk about for a long time.

Information:

  • Live commentary
  • Spray jacket and life jacket
  • Year Round
  • 45 minute wildlife cruise
  • See spectacular scenery & sea birds
  • See Seal Island
  • View seabirds including petrels, shearwaters and cormorants
  • Dolphin sightings are common
  • See seals, sea lions and dolphins at Seal Island and Wright Island
  • Departs 1pm
  • Adult $40
  • Child (2-15 years) $25
  • Family (2A+2Ch) $115

For more information visit The Big Duck website
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Coorong Ultimate Cruise

Cruise the Coorong
Duration:
6 hours (Departure 10:30 am)
Departs: Goolwa Wharf – Cutting rd, Goolwa SA

Experience the Storm Boy inspired 90 Mile Beach and glide past saltwater lagoons, sandy beaches and sweeping dunes on this half-day cruise of the Coorong National Park. Set sail from Goolwa Wharf and soak up the scenery as you pass Lake Alexandrina, Hindmarsh Island and the Murray Mouth. Stop for an all inclusive lunch at Cattle Point in the beautiful Coorong National Park. After lunch you’ll discover the region’s Aboriginal history as you visit fascinating archeological sites; hop off to stroll the sand dunes of Barker's Knoll; then spot New Zealand fur seals lounging on the rocks at the Goolwa Barrage. The vessel is designed to reach places larger vessels can’t and is equipped with custom-made seating, large viewing windows, and a toilet. You will have excellent views from the inside of the cabin whilst also being protected from the elements. The Coorong National Park and Wildlife cruise is perfect for the whole family who wish to get up close and personal with the wonderful wildlife of the Coorong.

Information:

  • Experience Storm Boy inspired 90 Mile Beach
  • All-inclusive morning/afternoon tea, lunch and drinks
  • Local beer and wine served with lunch
  • View Lake Alexandrina and the Murray Mouth
  • 2 guided walks into the Coorong National Park
  • See Coorong Seal Colony and Migratory Waders
  • Pass through Goolwa and Tauwitchere Locks
  • Maximum of 14 passengers
  • Dig for Pipis on the beach and try them stir fried
  • Native Bush tucker sampling during cruise
  • Expert commentary with Multimedia interpretation
  • Circumnavigate Hindmarsh Island
  • Half day tours also available
  • Adults $140
  • Seniors $130
  • Children $110 (0-15 yrs)
  • Prices correct November 2019

For more information visit The Cruise the Coorong website
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