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THE SteamRanger Heritage
Railway operates a number of
different heritage steam and
diesel hauled tourist trains between
Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills, up
over the crest of the southern Mt Lofty
Ranges, down to Strathalbyn and on
through the coastal holiday towns of
Goolwa and Port Elliot to the tourist
resort town of Victor Harbor.
Trains operate up to 140 days a
year and are manned by volunteers
from the Australian Railway
Historical Society, who are also
responsible for maintenance of the
rail line and the heritage locomotives
Cockle Trains are now running
twice a week on Wednesdays and
Trains will run with a mix of her-
itage diesels, steam locomotives and
railcars and the 1920 vintage wooden
Yankalilla celebrates Bluegrass
music this September
Adventures for all ages
Whale encounters thrill
EVERY winter, South Australia enjoys the return of southern right whales to its
The first arrivals at Encounter Bay are under way, with whale watchers already
catching glimpses of the huge beasts from the cliffs and headlands of Victor
Harbor, Goolwa, Yankalilla and Middleton.
In some years, the whales have attracted up to 400,000 people to the area
during the winter months.
The SA Whale Centre's Information Booth at Victor Harbor is the perfect place
to start, with information on tours and whale watching. The centre is also a
museum and offers an opportunity to learn about the history of whales on the
Fleurieu Peninsula. There are also activities for children.
Whales sometimes approach as close as 100 metres from shore, providing a
good view of their immense size and rotund, 18m body.
• Need to know more? 08 8551 0752.
Penguin colony on the rise
GRANITE Island's colony of little penguins is building up num-
bers again and visitors can take a guided tour to visit the
island's unique inhabitants.
About 150 Eudyptula minor penguins call Granite Island
home and guided tours operate each evening at dusk.
Problems caused by unaccompanied visitors and the use of
white torches and camera flashes, which interfere with the
penguins vision and cause disorientation, had caused a drop in
population during the past few years but the island's conserva-
tionists say numbers are increasing again with better manage-
ment in place.
People wishing to view the penguins in the first two hours
after dark must join a guided tour. Visitors are then taken on a
tour of the northern shore, with a professional tour guide who
provides information and interpretation on the penguins'
adaptations and behaviour.
THE Victor Harbor horse-drawn trams are a
South Australian icon and have been serving
visitors to Granite Island and Victor Harbor
In early June 2010, the track between The
Causeway and the Tram Barn was replaced
after 24 years' service, but visitors to Victor
Harbor can now enjoy the unique experience of
riding the heritage double-decker trams across
the 630-metre wooden causeway to Granite
The tram uses 14 Clydesdale horses on a
rotational basis with the trams accommodating
about 50 passengers. Each horse works only
two shifts a week with the trams running on
roller bearings, to make it easy for them.
The tram departs from the start of the cause-
way, next to the information centre opposite
Operating seven days a week and departing
the Victor Harbor terminal every 20 minutes,
the daily service is the only all-year operation
of its kind in the world and the only recognised
horse-drawn tram service in the southern hemi-
sphere operating on a continual basis.
For many years, goods were conveyed
between the mainland and the island on rail-
way trucks drawn by horses. Steam-hauled
Cockle Trains now operate between Goolwa
and Victor Harbor.
BETWEEN May and October, southern right whales
often cruise along the Fleurieu Peninsula coast. Popular
viewing spots include Port Elliot, Goolwa, Middleton
and Victor Harbor, but the best starting point is the
South Australia Whale Centre at Victor Harbor. The
region also comes alive in winter with music, food and
wine festivals and adventures for the young -- and
young at heart. LIZ COTTON reports.
Yankalilla retains charm
SINCE the first land grant in 1842, Yankalilla has
been the centre of a thriving farming industry.
It is a growing settlement, just inland from the west
coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, but it still retains its
old country flavour.
It has even adopted the slogan Yankalilla Bay -- you'll
love what we haven't done to the place.
In September, the town will celebrate its agricultur-
al history and pay homage to bluegrass country music
with the inaugural Wirrina Bluegrass Festival.
To be held on September 7-9, it will be presented
by the Yankalilla Acoustic Music Group and showcase
South Australian bluegrass bands Old South
Bluegrass, Cripple Creek, Tombstone String Band and
The Cherry Pickers.
During the past 40 years, bluegrass music in SA has
become increasingly popular and has a strong grass-
Wirrina Resort, 90 kilometres south of Adelaide,
offers an excellent festival location where musicians
and audience can find accommodation, food and an
opportunity to perform and listen at a range of
• Details: www.wirrinabluegrass.com
A steam train takes passengers between Goolwa and Victor Harbor.
The historic horse tram carries people to Granite Island.
Heritage tram journey all set
Penguins are a major attraction on Granite Island.
Photo: Natalie Gilbert
There are more than 32 vendor stalls with delicious local
produce at Victor Harbor Farmers Market.
Fleurieu's wealth of produce
THE Victor Harbor Farmers Market showcases regional produce from across the
The market operates every Saturday, from 8am to 12.30 pm, at the Grosvenor
Gardens. Entry is free.
There are more than 32 vendor stalls with delicious local produce, including
gourmet pies, tempting dips and chutneys, locally caught fish and seafood,
organic vegetables, seasonal fruit, the region's honey, mushrooms, fresh flowers,
Fleurieu Regional wines, choice meat, breads and biscuits.
Visitors to the market can enjoy a great coffee, taste wine, and enjoy break-
fasts or brunch made on site from the best regional produce.
The huge beasts have arrived at Encounter Bay, much to the visitors'
Best beer on the coast
THE newly reopened and revamped
Myponga Brewery is a must-see desti-
nation in the Fleurieu.
Located at Myponga, directly
behind the markets off Main South
Road, it specialises in the production
of naturally brewed products -- alco-
holic and non-alcoholic.
Producing a large range of boutique
beers and topped off by the famous
Harry's Hog -- brewed with fresh chillis
and creating a surprising experience
for the taste buds -- the brewery's
unique range of refreshments are
made from a local supply of coral
All beverages are free of chemicals
Low alcohol ginger beer and sarsa-
parilla will appeal to the adults, while
the kids and designated drivers can
enjoy a traditional ginger beer and
sarsaparilla soft drink.
hole for visitors.
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