Port Willunga - The small beach community calls
Port Willunga is located approximately 60km south of Adelaide, on the breathtaking Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. This region is world renowned for whale watching, hiking, wine production, surfing fishing and diving, amongst other activities. Visitors to this region consequently have no problem finding an activity, sight or holiday accommodation to suit their taste and budget.
Things to See and Do in and Around Port Willunga
Port Willunga is a small beachside community, which means that surfing, fishing and diving generally play a large roll in most international tourist’s holiday itineraries. Travellers in the area are spoilt for choice when it comes to surf breaks, with great surf beaches such as Aldinga Beach and Maslin Beach dotting the coast both north and south of Port Willunga. Holiday makers can also surf directly at Port Willunga, which means that visitors with beachside holiday villas have the opportunity to hit the waves at their convenience.
If surfing seems a little to daring or strenuous, travellers can choose to just relax on the beach and do a spot of fishing. Serious fisherman can additionally choose to utilise one of the various deep-sea fishing charter companies located in Port Willunga. These companies guarantee a great day out on the water, and generally send travellers back to their holiday accommodation with some great stories and delicious fish, which makes for a superb family barbeque.
International holiday makers visiting Port Willunga also have the opportunity to experience some of South Australia’s most renowned dive sites, as the “Adelaide Underwater Heritage Trial” begins directly off the coast of Port Willunga. This diving trail comprises four amazing shipwreck dives which were constructed during the period spanning from 1841 to 1893, and consequently provides divers with an insight into sailing vessels from this era.
Getting Back to Nature
Land loving travellers, or those that have had their fill of surfing, fishing and diving, will not be short on fantastic things to see and do during their Port Willunga get away. The Port Willunga region is home to numerous national parks and reserves such as: Moana Sands Conservation Park; Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park; and Onkaparinga River National Park, which provide international holiday makers with a taste of the real Australian “bush”.
Moana Sands Conservation Park and Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park are both within 10km of Port Willunga, and offer international visitor the opportunity to get back to nature, in close vicinity to their holiday rental. Both parks are home to rare Australian flora and provide holiday makers with fantastic bush walking tracks, which give an idea of what the area looked like pre-settlement. Bird watchers will also love these areas, as they are home to a variety of diverse avian species.
Onkaparinga River National Park, in comparison to Moana Sands Conservation Park and Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park, is located approximately 22km from Port Willunga; however, it is well worth the trip. The Onkaparinga River, which is the second major river in the Adelaide region, runs directly through the park and has resulted in a breathtaking gorge formation. The park is also home to a plethora of native Australian animals such as Kangaroos and Echidnas, making for some fantastic photo opportunities. Travellers that fall in love with the serenity that the park has to offer, can also choose to take advantage of some of the first rate holiday accommodation bordering the area.
The Ideal Climate for Visitors
Port Willunga, like many regions in southern Australia, experiences a subtropical Mediterranean climate, which comprises warm dry summers and mild damp winters. This environment makes the area an ideal year round holiday destination, although the summer months, which span from December to February are preferred by most international travellers. Holiday makers visiting the region in the ‘shoulder’ or ‘off-season’ however, have the advantage of not having to deal with crowds and being able to secure more reasonable holiday deals.
Travelling to Port Willunga from the UK
Travelling to Port Willunga from the UK is a simple process, as numerous large airlines offer flights to Adelaide departing from both Heathrow and London City Airport. Holiday makers can additionally choose from a variety of colourful stopover destinations, some of which are also located in Australia. Once in Adelaide, travellers need only undertake an hour long bus or car trip through the beautiful South Australian landscape to reach their relaxing Port Willunga beach side holiday home.