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What to do in Cape Jervis, SA

Small town, big appeal: Cape Jervis. Credit: Tourism Australia.

We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of BIG4 Cape Jervis Accommodation & Caravan Park to our network. And, as we discovered, this is the perfect base for awe-inspiring adventures.

Cape Jervis is within easy reach of many stunning Fleurieu Peninsula beaches. Credit: Jem Cresswell.

Positioned near the western tip of SA’s stunning Fleurieu Peninsula, Cape Jervis is a small town with big appeal.

Its glorious location puts it within easy reach of stunning stretches of coastline and brilliant beaches, famous wine regions, and enthralling adventures.

In addition, Cape Jervis is a gateway to magnificent Kangaroo Island with a ferry terminal leading directly to this star-studded area.

Want to know more? Read on for your guide to this spectacular slice of SA.

Kangaroo Island is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Credit: Isaac Forman Serio.

Quick facts

Where: 105km south of Adelaide (1hr 45min drive).

Population: 264 (as at 2016 Census).

Local landmark: An unusually shaped lighthouse.

Cape Jervis' lighthouse isn't your average.

Things to do in and around Cape Jervis

Fishing

Considering its prime coastal positioning, it should not surprise that Cape Jervis is a fishing hotspot.

Several fishing charters operate from Cape Jervis and explore waters buzzing with abundant species.

Just south of town is aptly named Fishery Beach, a popular spot for dangling a line. It was once home to a whaling station, and ruins from its former life remain today.


Deep Creek Conservation Park

This extensive park is ideal for wildlife watching, home to kangaroos, echidnas, and dozens of bird species. And while admiring the beautiful coastal vistas, whales can be spotted during migration season, usually June-October.

A network of walking tracks, from moderate to challenging, reveal Deep Creek’s many highlights, which also include a waterfall and seasonal wildflowers. And it’s all just a 20min drive from Cape Jervis.

Unearth the many scenic wonders of Deep Creek Conservation Park. Credit: Jack Brookes.

Fleurieu Peninsula beaches

Cape Jervis is within grasp of some seriously spectacular beaches, which are often crowd dodgers. Approximate distance from Cape Jervis in brackets.

  • Rapid Bay (17km): Paradise like, backed by towering cliffs. Reached via a sharply descending road.
  • Second Valley (19km): Sparkling beach suited to swimming, fishing, and snorkelling.
  • Yankalilla Bay (28km): Pretty patch with a backdrop of bold bluffs. Popular fishing spot.
  • Normanville (32km): Lovely sandy swimming beach.
  • Carrickalinga (35km): Another glittering stretch that attracts swimmers and with a glorious background.

Spectacular beaches like Carrickalinga are within grasp. Credit: Courtney Clark and Jason Batey.

Fleurieu Peninsula golf courses

Pack the clubs if heading to Cape Jervis. The town is within range of a few fabulous fairways. Links Lady Bay at Normanville and New Terry Golf Resort are within a 30min drive and Victor Harbor Golf Club and McCracken Golf Club can be reached inside an hour.

Links Lady Bay Resort is among the many fabulous fairways in these parts. Credit: SATC.

Popular towns close to Cape Jervis

Day tripping has its rewards. This trio of coastal destinations are all neighbours and can be reached in about an hour’s drive or thereabouts.

Victor Harbor: Popular, vibrant town well-known for its horse-drawn tram service that reaches Granite Island and its colony of little penguins. Markets, museums, and a steam train service to Goolwa are among other leading attractions.

Port Elliot: Cute town home to boutique shops and overlooking glorious Horseshoe Bay.

Goolwa: Historic port location offering paddlesteamer rides and a pretty wharf with a microbrewery and distillery among other attractions.

A visit to Granite Island is a must while in Victor. Credit: Graham Scheer.

A tempting wine region

Roughly an hour’s drive from Cape Jervis is the world-famous McLaren Vale district. This alluring area is regarded as the birthplace of SA wine and features upwards of 70 cellar doors that blend iconic labels with boutique beauties.

Rich reds rule here – notably shiraz and cabernet sauvignon – but a wide selection of wines is available to sample. Hugh Hamilton, Wirra Wirra, and d'Arenberg are among many solid selections.

Explore majestic McLaren Vale. Credit: Hugh Hamilton Wines.

Gateway to Kangaroo Island

This treasure-rich patch is Australia’s third-largest island and combines epic wildlife encounters, brilliant beaches, funky rock formations, caves, sand dunes, a thriving art and craft scene, delicious produce, and so much more.

And getting to Kangaroo Island is best achieved via either the SeaLink ferry, which is a car and passenger ferry; or Kangaroo Island Connect, which is a passenger-only ferry. Both have daily services between Cape Jervis and Penneshaw.

There’s even a special Penneshaw Markets return ferry special available at selected times.

Please note: Kangaroo Island suffered significant damage from bushfires in late December 2019 and early 2020. However, parts of it have reopened and the island is again welcoming tourists.

This page from southaustralia.com has the latest updates about travelling to Kangaroo Island.

Kangaroo Island is crammed with treasure. Location: Pennington Bay. Credit: Isaac Forman Serio.

Accommodation in Cape Jervis

BIG4 Cape Jervis Accommodation & Caravan Park

Park type: Classic.

Boasting a tranquil, country feel and offering sweeping sea views, this charming park blends its past as a historical sheep station with the present.

There is some unique accommodation among the many options that reflect the property’s heritage, including a shearer’s quarters, homesteads, and cosy cottages. It’s all backed by spacious caravan and camping grounds in beautiful surrounds.

Onsite facilities include a licensed restaurant/bistro that’s open daily, an action-packed kids’ play area, and a camp kitchen.

And for those not wanting to take their car or caravan to Kangaroo Island, BIG4 Cape Jervis has a secure parking lot available.

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BIG4 Cape Jervis blends tranquil vibe with unique accommodation options.

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