Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia: Best places to stay

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1. Birks Harbour Luxury Retreats, Goolwa. (www.birksharbour.com.au)

These three luxury retreats are secluded slices of riverfront history. The Boathouse Retreat almost hangs over the water itself while the others are set in sprawling gardens with views of floating pelicans.

2. The Australasian Circa 1878, Goolwa. (www.australasian1858.com)

Fusing contemporary Asian décor with 19th century charm, The Australasian Circa 1878 is a restored Murray riverfront gem. It features five unique and luxurious rooms, and a top-notch restaurant raved about by foodies.

3. Narnu Farm, Hindmarsh Island. (http://narnufarm.com.au)

If your kids have gone missing they could be in the playground, or horseriding, or feeding the emus and goats. Seven wooden ensuite cabins make for a comfortable stay.

4. Beach Huts Middleton, Middleton. (http://www.beachhuts.com.au)

A dozen stripey beach huts set village-style in lovely gardens add up to a good value getaway for couples and families. They are well spaced, and plusher than you might expect.

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5. The Vineyard Retreat, McLaren Vale. (www.thevineyardmv.com.au)

Drink in those vineyard and rolling hill views from these four tasteful guesthouses. Your romantic guesthouse getaway includes all those special touches, from an indoor pot-bellied stove to an outdoor jacuzzi.

6. McCracken Country Club, Victor Harbor. (www.mccrackencountryclub.com.au)

This golfer's paradise is close to the coast and has delightful views across the course and beyond. Rooms are nice, while a day spa, pool, casual bistro and an upmarket restaurant add to the mix.

7. Willunga House, Willunga. (www.willungahouse.com.au)

A cottage-style mansion close to the vineyards, Willunga House oozes historical charm. It's warm and spacious, with cosy rooms and an upstairs lounge with plenty of oak and leather.

8. Ridgetop Retreats, Deep Creek Conservation Park. (www.southernoceanretreats.com.au)

No wonder these high-comfort, eco-friendly retreats have won so many awards. With their huge glass windows you could almost believe you were outside in the forest with the birds and the kangaroos.

The article brought to you in association with the South Australia Tourism Commission.

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