October Long Weekend Activities on the Fleurieu

The October Long Weekend is always a popular time to venture out, get away for a few days or visit one of the many events and festivals on offer.

On the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula we have the following events taking place between 4-6 October:


Yankalilla Show – 5 Oct Corner Jervois Road & Main South Road, Yankalilla. Always a popular outing this annual event brings together many aspects of life on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula.  See here for more details.


Field Good Festival – 5 – 6 Oct Alma’s Hem Amphitheatre, 123A Prouse Rd Inman Valley.  Now in its second year this intimate music and arts event is set in a natural amphitheatre in the picturesque township of Inman Valley. For more details click here


McLaren Vale’s Spring Affair Festival – 6 Oct  A roaming tour of 5 of McLaren Vale’s best know wineries as well as a pub tour.  For more details click here


Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct Street Party – 4 Oct Ocean Street, Victor Harbor.  A celebration of Stage 2 of the Main Street upgrade with stalls, food, live music and activities for the kids.  Click here for details.


South Australia’s History Festival


There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know  – Harry S Truman


Talisker Mines - Crushing House

Talisker Mines – Crushing House


As this edition of our newsletter ‘goes to print’ we are in the midst of the start of

South Australia’s History Festival which runs from 27 April to 31 May.

Under the theme ‘Discover a different story’ each region of our State

presents its own tailored program reflecting our regional history.

The Fleurieu Peninsula is no exception covering activities from as far

afield as Myponga to Goolwa and Strathalbyn.


Rapid Bay township

Rapid Bay township during the mid 1900-s


Highlights for our region include a guided tour on the Talisker

Silver Mines near Deep Creek Conservation Park,

book launches on Rapid Bay’s history as well as 160 years of

education on the Western Fleurieu Peninsula and a

Hats & History tour of our region departing from Adelaide Central Bus Station.

For more information on the full programme go to this link



The original Yankalilla Area School

The original Yankalilla Area School

It’s Show time at Yankalilla.

Fun for all at the Yankalilla Show

Fun for all at the Yankalilla Show


Roll up, roll up.  Yes, it’s that time of year again when the Yankalilla,

Rapid Bay & Myponga Agricultural & Horticultural Society presents its annual show.

This year the show will not only feature traditional displays that reflect

the rural backbone of our region but also a host of attractions for all ages.



Yankalilla Show

Some of the entries on display at the Yankalilla Show


Be sure to catch the shearing demonstration by a member of the

National Shearer’s Hall of Fame.  In addition to show rides and market stalls

this year’s show also includes motorbike stunt riders, ‘radicool’ reptiles and a high jinks rock wall.

The Show runs from 9am to 4pm on Saturday 29 September and is held

at the showgrounds on Main South Road between Yankalilla and Normanville.

The official opening by Peter Goers will take place at 12 noon.



Main Hall, Yankalilla Show

Main Hall, Yankalilla Show

Art, Dance & Sustainable living

Here are some of the highlights of activities planned for the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula in the coming weeks.  Be sure to mark these events in your calender:




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As part of the annual South Australian Living Artists SALA festival, local artists Karen Hammat and Emanda Fretwell have teamed up to present an exhibition titled Curiouser & Curiouser?


Their vision is something like, Alice in Wonderland trips through a Boho Victorian parlour with mad, odd, intriguing and unusual results.


The works will be on display at Yankalilla Yarns Fine Art Gallery at the end of Glebe Ave in Yankalilla, from August 4th to 12th, 2018 between 10am and 4.30pm.

‘One of those days’ by Karen Hammat.




Yankalilla Bush Dance

Australia has a wonderful choice when it comes to folk dancing.  One style that has truly become Australian is Bush Dancing. The Yankalilla Show Hall is the perfect venue and for those new to it you’ll be a Bush Dancer by the end of the night. This event will be held on Saturday 11th August, 2018 7pm to late at The Yankalilla Show Hall, Main South Road Yankalilla.  Tickets: Adult $20, Concession $15, Child 16 and under $0.  Book online or at The Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre 163 Main South Road Yankalilla or by Phone: 1300 965 842. Bar facilities available but BYO nibbles.




Festival of Nature

This 5-day festival seeks to inspire, empower and celebrate sustainable living through a vibrant program of open homes and gardens, pop-up workshops, talks, demonstrations and exhibits. And as if that’s not inspiring enough it is delivered against a backdrop of delicious local food & wine. The Festival of Nature commences at 9am, 5 September 2018 and for more details on each day’s itinerary contact 1300 965 842 or (08) 8558 0240.


Coastal bike ride for the family

View from Carrackalinga Point

Enjoy the views all the way back to Rapid Bay


Many of our guests are familiar with the stunning scenery that Deep Creek

Conservation Park has to offer but did you know that there is a wealth of other

attractions to explore in our district?  The coastline along the Southern tip of the

Fleurieu Peninsula is a treasure trove of wonderful scenery and photo opportunities.

Today the focus is on a walk/bike trail that runs from the foreshore carpark at Normanville

to North Bay at Carrickalinga. This journey is an easy 20 minutes each way by bike.


Normanville foreshore

Normanville foreshore


Starting at the Normanville Beach carpark follow Jetty Road

till the end and turn left on to Carrackalinga Road.

There is a dedicated shared bike/footpath separate from the main

road that runs all the way to Carrackalinga.


Carrackalinga Bike Ride

The path is separated from road traffic for most of the way.


Once you cross Carrackalinga Creek turn left on to Riverview Drive

which then turns in to Gold Coast Drive.  As the road turns back towards Bennett Street

you will again see a shared pathway on your left for pedestrians and cyclists only.

Follow this past Haycock Point lookout all the way to Carrackalinga Point

lookout (the half way mark).  Take a moment to savour the views all the way back to Rapid Bay.

The return journey is sweetened by the thought of refreshments at the Normanville Beach Cafe.


Normanville Beach Cafe

Reward yourself at journey’s end at the Normanville Beach Cafe


If you would like a Google map click on the link here here for more detail.




Time for a cruise to Yankalilla

One of many hot rods on display at the Yankalilla Cruise


Feeling like a nostalgic trip down memory lane or perhaps you just love

the look of classic cars?  Well on Saturday 19 November 2017 it is the 10th

Anniversary of the Yankalilla Cruise.  This annual event starts at Castle Plaza,

Edwardstown and culminates at the Yankalilla Memorial Oval.


Yankalilla Cruise at Memorial Oval

Cars gather for the annual Yankalilla Cruise at Memorial Park, Yankalilla.


It is a great opportunity to get a closer look at custom and classic cars

as well as hot rods from a bygone era.

There is also plenty of entertainment including live music with a dance floor,

bar, and food facilities as well as a free bouncy castle.

Entry fee is $15 per vehicle or $5 walk in with children under 14 free.

The cruise arrives at the Yankalilla Oval at approximately 11.15am

with other vehicles on display at the Oval from 10 am onwards.



2017 Yankalilla Cruise

2017 Yankalilla Cruise event details