Looking for entertain the kids over the summer school holidays? Look no further! Here are a few options to keep the family busy on the south coast.
Get involved in community events
There is always loads happening on the south coast over summer time - whether it's 'come and try' sailing events in Goolwa; live music gigs at Port Elliot; or the famous New Year's Eve Festival at Normanville. To keep in touch with what's going on, make sure you grab your copy of The Times each Thursday, or keep an eye on the our website.
School Holiday Fun at the SA Whale Centre – Sensational Science, Victor Harbor
Explore the wonderful world of whales in this sensational session that gives children a chance to learn and have fun with science. The program costs just $8 a child and includes entry into the SA Whale Centre. Accompanying adults are free. Sensational Science will be held on January 8, 11, 15, 18, 22 and 25 between 1pm and 2pm.
For details, click here, or phone 8551 0752.
The Big Duck, Victor Harbor
Guaranteed to get the adrenalin pumping, The Big Duck Boat Tour takes visitors to inaccessible areas of coastline in a 7.3m expedition-style rigid inflatable boat, spotting seals, dolphins, seabirds, penguins and whales in their natural environment along the way. Speeding around South Australia’s most treacherous reefs and stunning landscapes, this is a trip to remember. Groups are limited to 10 people, spray jackets and lifejackets are provided and private charters are available. Tours start from just $35 per adult, $25 per child (under 12) or $110 for the family (2 adults, 2 children).
For details, click here, or phone 0405 125 312.
Cockle Train, Goolwa to Victor Harbor
All aboard! Take a ride on the Cockle Train, a historic steam train journey hugging the coast from Goolwa to Victor Harbor along the oldest steel railed railway in Australia. Departing Goolwa station, in the historic wharf precinct perched alongside the River Murray, the Cockle Train heads off across the plains to Middleton, picking up and dropping off passengers on request, and then to Port Elliot where it reaches the Encounter Bay coast before terminating in Victor Harbor. Return trips cost $14.50 per child and $28 per adult.
P.S. Oscar ‘W’, Goolwa
Take a cruise aboard the historic 100-year-old paddle steamer as it makes its way along the Lower River Murray from The Wharf to Laffin Point. Departing from Goolwa Wharf, watch the stokers fire the boiler and feel the vibrations from the paddle wheel as you begin the one-hour cruise back in time along the river. Step up onto the top deck, see the wheel-house and talk to the officers on the bridge about the boat and its history. Cruises cost $8 for children aged 5 to 15, $15 for concession and $20 per adult.
For details, click here, or phone 1300 466 592.
Granite Island, Victor Harbor
Across the Causeway from Victor Harbor is magical Granite Island, home to a population of Little Penguins and the iconic Horse Drawn Tram. Guided penguin tours are always popular with the kids, held at dusk every night. A professionally trained guide takes visitors to view the penguins as they come ashore after a day’s fishing. The best way to travel the 630 metre wooden Causeway to Granite Island is on the Horse Drawn Tram, powered by a gentle Clydesdale horse. Guided penguin tours cost $12.50 per adult, $11.00 concession, $7.50 per child and $36.00 for a family (2 adults, 2 children, extra children $5.00). Bookings essential.
For details, click here, or phone 8552 7555.
Kangaroo Island Sailing, Wirrina Cove
Embark on a journey onboard the luxurious Lady Eugenie, a 75ft ketch skippered by Ashley and Renee Newman across the waters of Fleurieu Peninsula. Operating out of Wirrina Cove, this is a truly magical experience with a range of tours ranging from two-hour sunset cruises to three-day Kangaroo Island adventures. Sailing options start at just $89 per child and $99 per adult for a two-hour sunset cruise.
Victor Harbor, Middleton, Port Elliot and Goolwa offer some of the best surfing breaks in the state, so why not make the most of them this summer!? For those that are yet to ‘hang ten’, a number of surf schools will have you catching waves in no time. Ocean Living Surf School, Surf Culture Australia, Surf and Sun, South Coast Surf Academy and Surfing South Australia Surf School all offer fun ways to learn surfing, safely.
Bring your bike, scooter or blades and discover the network of cycling trails the Fleurieu Peninsula has to offer. The Encounter Bikeway travels from Victor Harbor to Hindmarsh Island, offering 30 kilometres of scenic coastal cycling. Winding its way from Marino Rocks to Willunga is the Coast to Vines Rail Trail, taking cyclists past magnificent cliffs before arriving in McLaren Vale. The Shiraz Trail is an easy eight kilometre cycle through vineyards between McLaren Vale and Willunga. Oxygen Cycles in McLaren Vale offers bike hire starting from just $5 per hour ($15 minimum).
For details on Oxygen Cycles, click here. For information on the Encounter Bikeway, click here. www.tourismvictorharbor.com.au; To find out more about bike trains in the Onkaparinga council area, click here.
Strawberry Picking, Mount Compass
Situated in the picturesque Mount Compass Valley is Agon Berry Farm, famous for delicious strawberries, jams, berry fruits and even sweet corn. And while their strawberries and jams are available all year round, between November and April Agon invites people to pick their own strawberries, making it a perfect day out.
For details, phone 8556 8428.