Welcome to South Australia, I’ll be your guide today because I, Claire Murphy, am a Southie. A what? I hear you ask! I am someone who grew up south of the city of Adelaide and in particular, on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
When I’m back home visiting, my favourite thing to do is rent a beach house in McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast. Many are built to take advantage of water views and have little private tracks down to the beach. There's nothing like falling asleep to the sound of the waves or heading out for an evening dip to cool off. McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast have some of the finest South Australian restaurants, cafes, pubs, wineries, breweries, distilleries and outdoor activities. There is nothing quite like it.
Before we continue, let me advise that we pronounce this word with seemingly way too many vowels, Floo-re-oh. It's a fancy French name, one that belonged to Charles Pierre Claret de Fleurieu, he was an explorer admired by Nicolas Baudin who explored the south coast of South Australia back in 1802.
So, as a local, here's some insider info on the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast: where to go, what to eat, where to get the best wine, and how to pronounce all the things in your best posh South Australian accent.
If you want any more tips and tricks, head to the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast website to plan your trip.
Where to eat
This is tough because there are literally thousands of great places to get amazing local food into your belly. So let me tell you where to get the best pizza.
Pizzateca in McLaren Vale and it’s so freaking cool, they also seasonally open a beachside eatery at Aldinga over the Christmas and New Year school holidays (which is reason enough to visit twice). They label themselves Oztalian cuisine: Southern Italian traditions, South Australian conditions.