The Fleurieu Peninsula was named by Nicolas Baudin in 1802 not long before he met Matthew Flinders at Encounter Bay in April of that year.

Both explorers were mapping the coast of New Holland, as Australia was known at the time, Baudin from the west and Flinders from the east. Although their countries were at war at the time the meeting in Encounter Bay was perfectly civilized and peaceful.

  • Above:  The magnificent hills and coast of the Fleurieu

The name commemorates Count Charles Pierre Claret de Fleurieu (1738-1810) who became a member of the Marine Guards when he was thirteen years old.

In 1911, the South Australian Governement, in response to a recommendation from the Royal Geographical Society of SA, made the name 'Fleurieu Peninsula' official.

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  • Above:  Blowhole Creek, Deep Creek Conservation Park  -  Photo Credit:  Richard Kozuszco

  • Above:  Port Willunga Old Jetty  -  Photo Credit: SATC

  • Above:  Second Valley  -  Photo Credit: Richard Kozuszco

  • Above:  Leafy Sea Dragon, Rapid Bay  -  Photo Credit:  Carl Charter

  • Above:  Sellicks Hill  -  Photo Credit:  Peter Barnes

  • Above:  Swimming and Boating  -  Photo Credit:  Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism

  • Above:  Surfers on Waitpinga Beach  -  Photo Credit:  Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism

  • Above:  Surfing Competition, Waitpinga Beach  -  Photo Credit:  Surfing South Australia