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Delamere

Located 96 kilometres south of Adelaide, in hilly country astride the road to Cape Jervis. The township was originally called Glenburn but was renamed Delamere, after a town in Cheshire, England. Delamere is located on Tourist Route 52 and the Fleurieu Way Tourist Drive and is an ideal rest stop on the way to Cape Jervis and Kangaroo Island. Explore the nearby Deep Creek and Talisker conservation parks.

Delamere: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Delamere Art Wall


The picnic area by the general store at Delamere has been colourfully decorated by local artists, residents and students from Yankalilla Area School and Rapid Bay Area School. The artists worked on developing artistic panels that are now permanently on display as part of the Leafy Sea Dragon Festival (now Festival Fleurieu) which is well worth a stop to enjoy the artwork.




104 Main South Road
Delamere, SA, 5204

Located 0.2K from Delamere

Starfish Hill Windfarm


The Starfish Hill Wind Farm is located across two hills on the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula near Cape Jervis. It was the first wind farm built in South Australia. The site was selected because the area has consistently high winds, is sparsely populated and was previously cleared for farming and grazing.

There are 23 wind turbines with 15 located on Salt Creek Hill and eight on Starfish Hill. Each of the turbines has three blades with a tower height of 68 metres and overall height of 100 metres from the ground to the blade tip.

The wind farm provides enough energy to meet the needs of about 18,000 households (around two per cent of the State's residential customers) and adds one per cent to the available generation capacity in South Australia.

Access to the wind farm is not permitted however there is a public observation area located close to the wind farm and is accessed via a gravel road off Main South Road. For further information contact the Yankalilla Bay Visitor Information Centre.




Yoho Road
Cape Jervis, SA, 5204

Located 3.8K from Delamere

Deep Creek Conservation Park


Come and experience a wide range of activities such as bushwalking on an extensive network of trails, camping in five campgrounds and viewing the spectacular scenery of Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island and the rugged Deep Creek valley.

Deep Creek Conservation Park is the largest portion of remaining natural vegetation on the Fleurieu Peninsula and is home to an array of native wildlife such as western grey kangaroos, short beaked echidnas and 100 species of birds that can be heard and seen while walking in the park.

Deep Creek is the only national park within 100km of Adelaide that offers bush camping. Four campgrounds are accessible by 2WD and one is 'hike-in' only and situated on the Heysen trail, making it an ideal environment for a family adventure.

The 15 walking trails in the park provide spectacular scenery of Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island and the rugged Deep Creek Valley. The walks range from easy to very difficult so accommodating for all ages and abilities. The walking trail network in Deep Creek Conservation Park includes sections of the famous Heysen Trail.




Range Road
The Range, SA, 5172

Located 4.5K from Delamere

The Stable Studio by the Mill


The Stable Studio by the Mill is a working studio and gallery where artists Judith Sweetman and Gilbert Dashorst produce art work inspired by the beautiful Fleurieu and surrounds.

At The Stable Studio by the Mill (trading as Art Adventures) they display their art work for sale and also exhibit works by other local artists.

Gilbert runs workshops in Botanical Drawing and Painting (Gilbert was the Scientific Illustrator at the Botanical Gardens for 30 years). Also he specialises in other media and techniques.

Judith is a qualified art teacher with 30 years' experience teaching in South Australian schools, currently working part time at the Art Gallery of South Australia facilitating school workshops. She offers a wide range of classes in different media.

Be inspired by the Fleurieu Peninsula and tap into your inner creativity. Begin an Art Adventure!

A program of workshops is continuously being developed to suit groups and individuals. Please contact Judith for details.




7869 Main South Road
Second Valley, SA, 5204

Located 5.1K from Delamere

Rapid Bay Beach


Nestled between long sandy beaches and towering cliffs, Rapid Bay is 105 kilometres south of Adelaide and reached by a steeply descending road from the main Normanville-Cape Jervis Road.

Rapid Bay is well known for its very long jetty. While the original jetty built in 1940 is closed to the public, a new jetty (opened in early 2009) is now available for use. Take a stroll along the jetty and enjoy fishing or the beautiful views.

At Rapid Bay, you'll also find an important South Australian landmark - a boulder on which Colonel Light carved his initials after he first stepped ashore. It's reported that he said "I have hardly seen a place I like better".

Rapid Bay was named after the brig HMS Rapid in which Colonel Light and his staff came to South Australia, discovering Rapid Bay in 1830 enroute to Glenelg.

Rapid Bay is usually calm and relatively safe, just watch the deep water right off both beaches. It's a paradise for divers and snorkelers, with dramatic shipwrecks and stunning marine life, including the famed Leafy Sea dragon.

It is an unpatrolled beach.





Finnis Drive
Rapid Bay, SA, 5204

Located 5.1K from Delamere

Second Valley Beach


Second Valley Beach is one of South Australia's most instagramed locations. It offers stunning views of the coastline and unique geological formations. This beach is popular for swimming, jetty fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving.

Follow the open valley that narrows at the coast to a gap, through which flows the small Parananacooka Creek and the road to the beach. The small town and caravan park lies on the landward side of the gap. There is a small car park leading to a jetty with the two small beaches to either side.

The eastern beach is sandy and popular for swimming. To the west is a north facing curving long boulder beach attached by rock reefs to a small headland. Conditions are usually calm at this part of the beach; however it is dominated by rocks and reef.

Public toilet facilities are located in the car park. Second Valley Jetty Store is close by for takeaway and ice creams or book in historic Leonards Mill for a gourmet lunch.




Finnis Vale Drive
Second Valley, SA, 5204

Located 6.6K from Delamere

Second Valley Lasseters Reef


Steep coastal cliffs, fascinating geological formations and a small sandy beach help to make Second Valley unforgettable.

There are multiple ways to to begin your dive, swim across the first bay, walk around the second bay and begin there or enter from the jetty.

Two small caves are easily found at the base of the cliff on the southern point of the second bay and around a little bit further are some easy swim-throughs.

About 20 metres off shore is a small bommie which is home to a good variety of fish including both Leafy and Weedy Sea Dragons.

Best dived in south easterly winds.




Second Valley Jetty
Second Valley, SA, 5204

Located 6.6K from Delamere

Talisker Mine Ruins


Talisker Mine was once the largest silver and lead mines in South Australia. The Talisker Mining Company began working July 1862. After the arrival of a shipload of Cornish Miners from Glenelg six distinct lodes were located. Within one month ore was dispatched to England for assaying and start made with opening up the mine and building the nearby township of Silverton.

The silver and lead was shipped from nearby Fishery Bay where it was carried to the lighters moored in chest deep water for ferrying to the large ships. 36,000 bags of ore weighing 1,600 tones and 890 tons of ingots were carried in this way.

The mine ruins illustrate typical mid nineteenth century Cornish mining and ore processing techniques and are an important remnant of South Australia's heritage. The mine is located within Talisker Conservation Park and is listed on the Register of State Heritage Items.

Today an interpretive trail through the mine ruins and bushland has been created. The walk takes about an hour. Maps can be purchased from the Yankalilla Bay Visitor Information Centre.




Section 420 plus Rarkang Road
Delamere, SA, 5204

Located 7.2K from Delamere

ex HMAS Hobart Dive Site


On 5 November 2002 the ex HMAS Hobart was scuttled in Yankalilla Bay to form an artificial dive reef. The Hobart's final resting place lies four nautical miles west north west of Marina St Vincent.

Of the three naval vessels that have been scuttled in Australia,the Hobart is currently the most intact with 90,000 square metres of the ship open to diver access including access to the engine room, missile launcher, gun turrets and both funnels.

The Hobart was nicknamed the 'Green Ghost' for her reputation has quiet vessel during three tours of duty of Vietnam. The Hobart was the most decorated naval vessel of her era and we are proud that her final resting place is in Yankalilla Bay. As a premier dive attraction, her memory and that of the people who serve on her will live on. A land based memorial has been established at Lady Bay where the anchor from the ship lies pointing in the direction of the wreck.

It's Australia's most accessible and exciting wreck, scuttled off Wirrina Cove. You need to be with a licensed operator to dive the ex HMAS Hobart. Visit the website for permit information.




Paradise Drive
Wirrina Cove, SA, 5204

Located 8.8K from Delamere

Heysen Trail


Experience the Heysen Trail; one of the world's great walking trails and the longest in Australia. The 1,200 kilometre Heysen Trail extends from Cape Jervis on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges.

Named after the famous landscape artist Sir Hans Heysen, the trail boasts some of the state's most spectacular landscapes; passing through national parks, state forests, vineyards, orchards, acclaimed tourist destinations and historic towns that offer accommodation.

Join the trail at any point along its journey and enjoy a section as a series of half-day walks or complete the entire trail as a 60 day hiking adventure. Inexperienced hikers should stick to the sections of the trail closer to Adelaide and the south coast. Further out from Adelaide the trail becomes more challenging; the terrain is harder and more isolated.

Some of the most stunning sections of the Heysen Trail include:
Fleurieu Peninsula: Deep Creek Conservation Park, Tapanappa to Boat Harbor.
Adelaide Hills: Mylor to Mount Lofty.
Barossa Valley: Mount Crawford to Tanunda.
Flinders Ranges: Wilpena Pound to Parachilna Gorge.

Heysen Trail Northern and Southern guidebooks and maps are available from leading bushwalking and map shops, the RAA and park offices.




Cape Jervis to Parachilna Gorge
Cape Jervis, SA, 5204

Located 9.3K from Delamere

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