Fleurieu Peninsula Visitor Guide : 2016 2017 Fleurieu Peninsula Visitor Guide
31 wildlife | fleurieupeninsula.com.au peaceful bay, riding the bow wave of a boat or even dropping in on surfers riding the waves. Australian sea lions can sometimes be spotted by boat off the small islands around the coast and Long-nosed fur seals are quite a common sight along the coast and particularly around the barrage in Goolwa. Little penguins The aptly named Little penguin – the world’s smallest penguin – is one of the most captivating members of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s wildlife community. Numbers at the region’s best-known colony on Granite Island, Victor Harbor, have fallen over recent years. Speak to the Visitor Information Centre about guided penguin tours. Birdwatching The Fleurieu Peninsula, with its diverse habitat of forests and scrub, open paddocks, wetlands, rivers, estuaries and ocean, is home to over 250 bird species. Species of high conservation importance include the Southern Emu-wren, Yellow-tailed Black cockatoo, Glossy Black cockatoo, Peregrine falcon, White-bellied Sea eagle, Painted Button quail, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, White’s Thrush, Elegant parrot, Sooty Oyster Catcher and Hooded Plover. The Onkaparinga River Estuary, Aldinga Scrub, Mount Compass, Goolwa, Milang, Strathalbyn and Hindmarsh Island offer sightings of lorikeets, Red-browed finches, Great egrets and raptors. For further information regarding bird details, maps, brochures and books, drop into one of the local Visitor Information Centres or visit www.fleurieubirdwatchers.org Further ashore On land, there’s plenty of wildlife all year round although some can be shy. At certain times of the day you may see Western Grey kangaroos. A delightful place where they can be reliably seen is around Tent Hill in Deep Creek Conservation Park, one of the best places on the Fleurieu Peninsula for wildlife. You may even spot the Short-beaked echidna, Ring-tailed possum and Yellow-footed antechinus. Urimbirra Wildlife Park, near Victor Harbor, is another great place to experience local wildlife. TEL 8554 6554 www.urimbirra.com.au CRUISE THE COORONG • Murray Mouth and Coorong National Park • Circumnavigate Hindmarsh Island • Coorong seal colony • Bushtucker and cockling demonstrations • 16 passenger maximum • Includes lunch and morning/afternoon tea Advertisement on page 33 www.cruisethecoorong.com.au THE BIG DUCK BOAT TOURS Victor Harbor’s spectacular ocean adventure experience. Explore islands and coastline, and see beautiful dolphins, seals, whales and seabirds from our expedition-style boat. Advertisement on page 33 www.thebigduck.com.au Go where the locals go Cheryl Johnson, wildlife expert Thousands of school children have played with, fed and patted the animals at Urimbirra Wildlife Park, just outside Victor Harbor. Cheryl Johnson, who bought the park 20 years ago, was drawn to the region because of its rolling hills and unspoiled coastline. “I love living here because of the natural beauty and the easy accessibility to the city and coast,” she says. Like most long-term residents, Cheryl enjoys the change of seasons, nominated Autumn as her favourite time of the year. “But each season has its own charms,” she says. One of her favourite places on the peninsula is Horsehoe Bay, Port Elliot. “A great place to take visiting friends and family,” she says.