Wirrina Cove is unlike many of the other holiday destinations in South Australia, in that Wirrina Cove’s dedication to tourism did not come about by accident. Wirrina Cove was actually purpose-built for holidaymakers as a premier destination of the Fleurieu Peninsula. While the surrounding area was settled in the 1840’s (Yankalilla township grew to supply and support the surrounding cattle industry), Wirrina Cove’s holiday offerings are a more modern event. Instead of a focus on preserving history, Wirrina Cove focuses on maximizing your enjoyment of the present. Golf, watersports, rental accommodations, and gourmet restaurants are well prepared to welcome you.
The area is centered around two main points of interest: the Marina St. Vincent and the outstanding Wirrina Cove Golf Course.
The Marina St. Vincent is first and foremost the arrival point of those fortunate enough to own their own vessels, but the Marina also welcomes others with a wide array of activities. This is a jumping-off point for sailing tours, fishing expeditions, and even diving. Consider taking advantage of all of these activities, but ensure that your holiday rental accommodations in Wirrina Cove are nearby, to minimize your travel time between events.
The main diving attraction here is the wreck of the HMAS Hobart, an Australian naval destroyer. After seeing extensive action during the Vietnam War, the ship was eventually decommissioned in 2000 and intentionally sunk as a diving wreck. The diving site is about ten minutes out from the marina, and the water here has about 10 meters clear visibility around the wreck.
If fishing is more to your liking, you can also hire a charter boat leaving from the marina. Snook, salmon, whiting, and snapper are frequently taken from these waters, and the charter team can provide full kit if needed. This takes the pressure off for the planning – you need only show up and go fishing!
Sailing tours in St. Vincent’s Gulf are also a popular pastime. A specialized tour company operating from the marina offers luxury sailing tours. Imagine viewing this pristine natural habitat, champagne cooling beside you, and dolphins alongside the boat backlit by a stunning southern hemisphere sunset.
The Wirrina Cove Golf Course welcomes the avid golfer as well as the beginner. The 18-hole course is not only a challenging, championship golfing venue, but also offers amazing views of the Fleurieu Peninsula and St. Vincent’s Gulf. A round here sometimes takes longer than on other courses, as you’ll surely spend as much time looking around you as you spend looking for your ball.
Kangaroo Island is a must-see for anyone visiting the Wirrina Cove area, and is conveniently reached by boat. The island is 155 km in length and has a permanent population of only 4400. You can visit the first official European settlement in South Australia, Reeves Point. The island is a wildlife sanctuary, and sightings of kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, koalas, and more are frequent. You will also find here a very pure breed of Italian honeybees, and their honey is a special treat. While on the island, be sure to also stop by one of the many wineries or the island’s own distillery to sample sumptuous wines from island-grown grapes. Boutique production is very much alive on Kangaroo Island, with every producer taking care to produce the highest quality goods. Grab a fine bottle and take it back to your holiday villa to complement the fresh fish you’re about to throw on the barbie.
The weather in Wirrina Cove is very similar to the environment of Adelaide, as both locations share the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula and the warm breezes off St. Vincent’s Gulf. December, January, and February are the warmer months. Days will be sunny and warm, with modest rainfall and temperatures averaging 27 degrees C. At night, temperatures fall to a still-enjoyable 15 degrees. Cool season visitors (June through August) can relax with 16-degree days. At night, plan for temperatures around 7 degrees. Remember that Wirrina Cove is all about quality, not quantity, so book your holiday rental home or villa as far in advance as possible.
Reaching Wirrina Cove is a simple task, even though the area is not heavily developed. All major carriers have multiple daily options from London to Adelaide. On arrival, hire a car and travel about 1.5 hours southwest from the airport. The drive is a mix of A and B class roads along the western coast of the Peninsula, and is an enjoyable part of the trip in itself. You may find yourself dawdling to your holiday accommodation in beautiful Wirrina Cove.