Normanville is a beachside suburb located on the Fleurieu Peninsula, roughly 75km south of Adelaide. Owing to its close proximity to Adelaide this quaint coastal haven has, over time, become an unlikely favourite amongst both domestic and international tourists. Holiday makers visiting the region are consequently often astounded by the abundance of activities, sights and accommodation this settlement has to offer.
Unlike many of the other settlements on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Normanville has no real surf beach to speak of. This is generally not problematic for travellers however, as it means that Normanville Beach provides a pristine area for fishing, swimming and tanning, within walking distance of most holiday rentals in the district. Holiday makers that are interested in surfing also need only travel a mere 25 km north, for some fantastic surf breaks such as Sellicks Beach, Aldinga Beach and Maslin Beach.
Travellers who have had their fill of the beach also have a multitude of other activities to choose from in the Normanville region. A ‘must do for many international visitors is the McLaren Vale wine region, which is located roughly 45km north of Normanville.
The McLaren Vale wine region is considered to be one of Australia’s premier wine areas, and as such, is home to a myriad of fantastic vineyards and restaurants. Wineries in the McLaren Vale region produce everything from Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon to exotic French and Portuguese wine varieties such as Viognier and Verdelho, meaning that there is a wine here to please even the most selective wine connoisseur. Door to door tours are also offered in many areas, so that all holiday makers need to worry about is how much wine they can carry back to their holiday villa, and the possible hangovers which may ensue.
International travellers more interested in getting back to nature than wine tasting, have the option of paying Kangaroo Island a visit. Kangaroo Island is located approximately 130km south of Normanville and holds the title of being the third largest island in Australia after Tasmania and Melville Island in the Northern Territory.
Kangaroo Island is home to numerous ‘must sees’ however, Vivonne Bay is one of the most popular. A study undertaken by the Sydney University in New South Wales in 2003 found the beach at Vivonne Bay to be the most pristine in Australia, owing to its amazing water clarity and bright white sand. Travellers visiting this beach are consequently certain to end up with a digital camera full of amazing photos to sort through back at their holiday rental.
Holiday makers interested in seeing some native Australian wildlife are also spoiled for choice on Kangaroo Island. Visitors to the island can get up close and personal with the endangered Australian sea lion at Seal Bay Conservation Park, or spy on some sleepy koalas at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also not uncommon for travellers on Kangaroo Island to come across wild kangaroos and wallabies as well as other native island fauna, which makes for some once in a lifetime photo opportunities.
As Kangaroo Island is extremely large, and quite a distance from Normanville however, it is recommended that visitors to the Island look into overnight accommodation in order to give themselves a chance to properly uncover all that Kangaroo Island has to offer.
Normanville generally experiences warm dry summers and mild wet winters, which means that the majority of travellers frequent the region during the summer months, which span from December to February. Unbeknownst to the majority of holiday makers however, the region actually has a great deal to offer outside of the summer months, owing to the fact that whale watching and other specialty activities are only available in the off season. International visitors may also find much better holiday deals in Normanville during the off season.
Various airlines including British Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and Qantas fly regularly to Adelaide departing both Heathrow and London City Airports. Travellers touching down in Adelaide can then easily make their way to Normanville via bus or rental car depending upon their preference. Once they settle into their Normanville holiday home however, international visitors need only ready themselves for the holiday of a lifetime.