fleurieu peninsula valentines day weekend.
One of my all time favourite things about the relationship I have with my partner (Michael) is his love for adventure. If there's anybody that is always up for a surprise and absolutely loves the outdoors, it is him.
For valentines day, I thought it would be fun to plan a little weekend away and surprise him with it on the day.
My boyfriend works as a flight attendant and had been away for work the night before February 14th. He arrived home in the morning and had no idea what the day lying ahead was going to be like. Luckily, because he had been away for work... he already had a suitcase packed full of clothes and the essentials, so I didn't have to tell him to pack a bag which helped keep the surprise a secret.
I told him we would have to drive 2 hours south of my house for a valentines day surprise and he was up for it, so we got in the car and began driving.
As we drove towards the rolling hills and the seaside, he began asking questions and guessing what we were going to do. We pulled to the side of the road and I changed from my Birkenstocks in to my Nikes, this threw him off completely. 'Are we doing something crazy? are we going skydiving?' he said. I laughed and promised him it was nothing crazy and then we continued driving for twenty more minutes.
Driving through Normanville, South Australia we passed the hotel that I had booked us in to for a few nights. 'Apparently that hotel is really nice, we should come down here for a weekend away soon!' I said, throwing him off completely. 10 minutes later, we arrived at Second Valley Beach.
Second Valley is one of my favourite places in all of South Australia and I thought that it would be the perfect place to tell him what his surprise was. We got out of the car, he grabbed my hand and I guided him to the top of a rocky cliffs edge where we sat down, embracing the views around us.
We sat there next to each other, dangling our legs over the cliffs edge and I turned to him and said 'Do you want to know what your surprise is?' and watched his face light up. One of the things I love about Michael is how much he appreciates the little things and this time was no different. He couldn't believe there was a bigger surprise, he thought that the drive down to Second Valley together and just getting to sit and enjoy this view was enough of a valentines day gift from me. I began telling him the truth, that we were actually going to stay down the Fleurieu Peninsula for two nights, in the hotel that we passed earlier and that I had some activities planned to fill the weekend. I couldn't believe how happy it made him, he kissed me and I could literally feel the tears on his cheeks- he was so happy. So then, the trip began.
We made our way to the hotel to check in and start our relaxing weekend. The hotel we stayed at was the Links Lady Bay Resort and honestly, I couldn't recommend it enough.
We spent the first night just enjoying each others company. We went down to Normanville Beach to have a look around, got some hot chips for dinner, rented some movies and ran a hot spa bath. It really was the perfect night. I surprised Michael with some wine and chocolate covered strawberries and I honestly could have spent hours in that bath, it was so peaceful and definitely the most romantic moment we have spent together so far
The next day, we were out until the evening. We decided to take a drive down to Victor Harbour and go to Urimbirra Wildlife Park, get some lunch and then go to Granite Island.
Urimbirra Wildlife Park was somewhere I hadn't been since I was well and truly a child but it was just as magical as I remembered it. This wildlife park has large, open enclosures where you are able to walk around and feed the Kangaroos and most of the animals are really social and well-adapted to having people around. Michael and I could have stayed there feeding the kangaroos for hours and hours.
Once we ran out of kangaroo food (sadly) we drove in to central Victor Harbour and got lunch at Ninos Cafe, the food was utterly delicious - highly recommend the Zucca Pizza if you get it made vegan!
After our food babies were conceived, we walked over to Granite Island to enjoy the sight seeing, it truly is beautiful. Rumour has it you can see Sea Lions and Penguins there... we weren't that lucky.
After walking around Granite Island, we truly were exhausted so we headed back to our hotel to rest for a while.
We decided we wanted to watch the sunset from the cliffs edge at Second Valley so we got organised to go.
If there is anything I can say I regret on this trip... it's eating too many fritters. The first night at dinner we had potato and pineapple fritters... and we decided on our way to second valley to pick up some more potato and pineapple fritters, oopsie!!
The sunset was truly phenomenal, the sky turned pink and the ocean reflected the sky. No filter needed what-so-ever this night!
This final night was truly perfect. We were exhausted and so happy from the incredible day we had just shared together, we just lazed around all evening. We spent the night watching movies, eating snacks, cuddling, having a bath and sleeping in the comfiest bed ever.
Knowing we had to go home the next day was starting to hit me and I truly was not ready yet.
The next morning, we packed our bags and said goodbye to our room and hit the road again.
The first stop on the way home was Yankalilla Bakery. I had heard that they had incredible vegan options and Michael and I were both hungry so off we went and boy did they not disappoint!
I may have gotten a little excited about the fact that they had vegan sausage rolls... so I ordered two (I really didn't need two).
I wasn't ready for our little road trip to end, so instead of driving straight home I thought I'd show Michael a couple of my favourite beaches the south of Adelaide has to offer.
Port Willunga Beach: