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Wine, wildlife and water

Wine, wildlife and water

The Alexandrina district is the easternmost region of the Fleurieu Peninsula, and is dominated by several impressive waterways.

Visitors coming from the eastern states and Victoria’s Great Ocean Road will enter the region via Wellington, gaining a sweeping view of Alexandrina and Albert lakes, the Murray Mouth and the western end of the Coorong National Park, all of which are fascinating natural features brimming with wildlife, especially waterbirds.

Watersport worshippers will be at home in the riverside town of Goolwa, which makes a good base to explore the region. Goolwa is known as the nation’s boating capital, and many boats still operate from its historic wharf. Hire a vessel of your own (anything from a powerboat, to a yacht or canoe) and chart a course on Lake Alexandrina, or else hop aboard a chartered vessel to explore the lower Murray and the Coorong on the water.

About half an hour’s drive inland from Goolwa sits historic Strathalbyn, the unofficial antiques capital of Australia and one of the state’s loveliest country towns. It’s a great spot to fossick for second-hand treasures or simply wander through the centre of town alongside the River Angas. From here, you can also explore the historic port town of Milang, about 20 minutes’ drive away. Perched on the banks of Lake Alexandrina, this once thriving river port offers excellent fishing and boating opportunities.

The nearby Langhorne Creek winemaking region is dominated by towering river red gums and best known for its premium red wines. This region, considered one of the best-kept secrets in Australian viticulture, has a proud history of family-owned and -run vineyards, with the oldest vines dating back more than 100 years.

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