Things to Do in and Around Cape Jervis

Cape Jervis is a pretty town set in South Australia on the tip of Fleurieu Peninsula. With approximately 300 people living there, it offers an intimate encounter with local life in Australia, as well as some fun and fascinating things to do. If you love wildlife, foodie culture, and incredible scenery, Cape Jervis is the place to go.

From the town itself you can see out across the coastline which connects the Gulf St Vincent, Investigator Strait, and Backstairs Passage, and you can see the Cape Jervis Lighthouse from the headland.

Cape Jervis

Things to do in Cape Jervis

Because of its close proximity to several bodies of water and its stunning scenery, Cape Jervis plays host to numerous outdoor and cultural activities.

Kangaroo Island

To get to Kangaroo Island you have to travel through Cape Jervis. From the town you can take a ferry across the small stretch of water to the island to explore the fascinating array of animal life that lives there. Expect to see seals, kangaroos, koalas and other native species, as well as a backdrop of pristine beaches and lush greenery.

Whale Watching

The seas that surround Cape Jervis are often home to magnificent whales, and you can take a boat out into the Victor Harbour area to catch a glimpse of these impressive creatures.


The Cape is also a hotspot for fishermen and, with a number of companies offering chartered boats out to sea, there’s plenty of opportunity to catch snapper, squid, sharks, tommies, and a other local species.


Throughout the Fleurieu Peninsula there are tonnes of tiny towns that host colourful local markets. Each weekend, country markets draw in tourists and locals alike with their homemade jams, fresh vegetables, and handmade trinkets.

Enjoy the Wine

Cape Jervis is renowned for being the gateway to some of Australia’s best wine regions, which means the restaurants in town serve up a delectable selection. If that’s not enough, you can venture out to some of the surrounding wineries and vineyards that pepper the countryside.

Get Back to Nature

There are a number of national parks that can be found in Cape Jervis’ vicinity. The closest, Deep Creek Conservation Park, is located less than half an hour from the town and boasts incredible hiking routes, breath-taking wildlife encounters, and stunning rural views.

Whatever you decide to get up to in Cape Jervis, you’ll have a great time getting to know this small and beautiful part of Australia.

Check out our Kangaroo Island Tours!

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