Frequently Asked Questions

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This tour happens outdoors in the dark on a flat compacted gravel area, and you walk about 50 metres from your car parking along a flat compacted gravel driveway to the telescopes. Baby prams and wheelchairs traverse it without problems. There is a “long-drop” toilet in a shed near the telescopes but it’s not wheelchair friendly (yet). The shed is big enough to contain a pram or wheelchair.

We provide bench seating for guests, but you’re welcome to bring your own portable chair or a sit-on walking frame. Your kids may prefer to lie down on your picnic blanket instead.

If you’re booking directly with us you will be asked if anyone in your booking has difficulty standing up or using a stepladder. You also get the option to include a certified carer / medical assistant in your booking for free. Note: some of our booking agents are unable to ask you these questions due to the deficiencies of their systems 🙁

We’ve got telescopes that can be setup for use from a seated position, a height-adjustable telescope chair, and if someone in your booking struggles to walk any distance then we can get you to drive close to the telescopes for drop-off & pickup. Previous “difficulty in standing up…” reasons on tours have included: arthritis, multiple sclerosis, post polio syndrome, chronic hip knee or ankle problems, paraplegia, strokes, and people recovering from surgeries. If your booking indicates these kinds of issues we’ll contact you before tour day to discuss details and any specific preparations we can do for you. And incidentally if you were healthy when you booked and then get injured, let us know. Your recently broken ankle won’t be the first one we’ve met!

Children under 5 years old also get free entry to Fleurieu Stars tours. In our experience babies will sleep through the tour if they’re (1) warm and sheltered from wind, and (2) they can hear or feel their parent. Bring their pram or baby carrier with you. Toddlers usually fall asleep during the tour. Preschoolers vary: some will fall asleep immediately, others will stay awake and be fully participating (including profound and interesting questions…).

We use free-standing stepladders with grab rail on these tours. Ideal for getting your eye into exactly the right alignment with telescope eyepieces, and for holding up small children at the right height for the telescopes.

Assistance Dogs in harness or on leash are welcome, but for everyone’s safety all other animals are prohibited during tours. Please leave them at home or inside your car.


Some of our walking on this tour is over uneven rough ground, up and down slopes, around historic ruins and rubble, and over loose gravel. Also there’s some optional boulder-hopping. If it’s been raining recently there may also be puddles, mud and slippery surfaces; but we’ll be actively avoiding the most hazardous spots. For these reasons it’s unsuitable for anyone with balance or mobility problems. It’s also unsuitable for prams, walkers or wheelchairs.

Many of our stops on this tour have public toilets, and there are public toilets near the pickup locations in Normanville & Victor Harbor.

Also see the Minibus Accessibility notes below.


This tour includes about 600 metres of walking along a fire track over flat terrain, returning to the bus parking location. If it’s been raining recently there may be puddles or mud patches on the track. If you’re unable to walk this distance then you can skip this part of the tour, take a seat, and watch us setup the other equipment at our parking location.

There is a toilet at our parking location, and there are public toilets near the pickup locations in Normanville & Victor Harbor.

Also see the Minibus Accessibility notes below.


3 of the passenger seats in our minibus are fitted with anchor points for your own baby carrier or toddler seat; which we will install for you. We can also transport folded-up prams or strollers. Children 5 years or older are usually tall enough to use the bus seat belts directly.

Our minibus is not equipped to carry passengers travelling seated in wheelchairs, but we can transport folded-up wheelchairs or walking frames. The bus entrance has grab rails for balance, and we carry a helper step to alleviate leg mobility problems.

Assistance Dogs travel free of charge in our minibus but need to stay on the floor. We’ve found they’re happy to sit on our towel on the floor beside their owner. Any other animals must travel inside a Pet Carrier for safety reasons.

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Pickup locations for the Southern Fleurieu Heritage tour , which departs either from Normanville or from Victor Harbor, on different dates:

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All of our Gift Vouchers are listed here. To redeem these newer gift vouchers, use the online link shown in the email sent to the gift card recipient. To redeem one of our older pre-2024 night sky tour gift vouchers, with expiry dates before 1 January 2027, contact us.

Gift Vouchers are valid for 3 years from date of purchase, and can include a custom message to the recipient. Gift vouchers for specific tours are immune to any subsequent price rises for that tour.

Unused or expired gift vouchers are NOT refundable.

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Please dress like you’re going to the South Pole regardless of the weather forecast. It’s easy to remove layers to cool down if you’re too hot. It’s impossible to warm up using any clothing that you left at home…and all of our night tours are outdoors.

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  • Fleurieu Stars has off-street car parking space at the tour venue. But it is NOT suitable for large buses, nor for vehicles towing a trailer or caravan.
  • For pickups at Normanville for Southern Fleurieu Heritage and Southern Fleurieu Twilight Experience, there’s free off-street and on-street car parking within 200 metres. Please do not use car parks close to shop entrances if you’re going to be away all day on a tour with us.
  • For pickups at Victor Harbor for Southern Fleurieu Heritage and Southern Fleurieu Twilight Experience, there’s on-street all day parking along Flinders Parade (to the north), and along the Esplanade to the west of Hotel Victor. Many of the other car parks nearby have either parking meters or a 3 hour time limit, and they are patrolled by parking inspectors.
  • Parking for the Wild South Coast Way / Heysen Trail:
    • Cape Jervis — There’s a free 24 to 72 hour car park just uphill from the ferry terminal; and free un-timed car parking north of the ferry terminal around the lighthouse. DO NOT park on the lighthouse’s helipad! Also do not park in the midst of the truck & road train marshalling area, nor in the ferry loading lanes. Sealink has a secured car park by the ferry terminal; contact them for cost and availability.
    • Fishery Beach (5.0km walking distance from Cape) — Car park at the end of Fishery Beach Road next to the electricity substation. Do not park in front of gates.
    • Cobbler Hill camp ground (13.0km from Cape) — Roadside parking outside of the camp ground entrance is free, because legally you’re still on the public road just outside the Deep Creek National Park boundary. We do not service the Blowhole Beach car park because it’s at the end of a rough 4WD-only track.
    • Trig camp ground (20.0km from Cape) — You will need a Deep Creek National Park day permit or camping permit to park here. Many car parking spots in addition to the camping sites.
    • Tappanappa camp ground (26.0km from Cape) and Tappanappa lookout — You will need a Deep Creek National Park day permit or camping permit to park at either of these places. There is a small roadside clearing east of the camp ground which is used by Trail walkers to park their cars for the day, plus a larger carpark at the lookout & picnic area. The Tappanappa lookout is bypassed by the Heysen Trail but is linked to it by other Deep Creek park trails.
    • Tunkalilla Beach carpark (34.5km from Cape) — The Heysen Trail / Wild South Coast Way are on the beach. The carpark is about 110 metres above sea level, inland on a steep hillside above the beach. Walkers are allowed to use the (steep and eroded) trail directly up the hillside to the car park. The shared driveway going up the hillside to the car park is prohibited to walkers.
    • WARNING: the final 500 metres of Tunkalilla Beach Road into the car park is a 1-in-5 steep descent on a gravel track. Always put your vehicle into FIRST GEAR (NOT “Drive” or “D”) before starting down this slope. People have died here after overheating their car’s brakes and losing control. And if it’s raining and you don’t have a 4 wheel drive or all-wheel drive car with good tyres, then don’t drive down this slope at all. People have also died here after losing traction while going downhill. Park in the small roadside clearing before the top of this slope, and walk down. You should also park here if you’re doubtful of the descent anyway…or doubtful about your front-wheel-drive car going up this slope afterwards.
    • Callawonga / Balquhidder (39.7km from Cape) — The corner of Callawonga Creek Road and Tunk Head Road. Park along the road side but (a) don’t block the farm gates, and (b) don’t park on top of dry vegetation. Also leave enough room for tractors and livestock trucks to use the road.
    • Kurri Ngawanthi (formerly Ballaparudda) camp ground (42.5km from Cape) — Very limited roadside parking near the camp ground along Mt Scrub Road. Beware of large stones and boggy ground alongside the road, and leave enough room for tractors and livestock trucks to use the road.
    • Waitpinga camp ground (53.5km from Cape) — Free parking bays along the entrance road to the camp ground. There’s also a large carpark at nearby Waitpinga Beach, and another large carpark at Parsons Beach (about 4km walking distance away). Both of these beach carparks will get busy if there’s good surf happening.
    • Kings Beach lookout (64.5km from Cape) — Park along the roadside at least 50 metres from the lookout. This ensures your car won’t be damaged by someone who naively towed their big caravan down here, and is now doing a 19-point turn to get it out again. From here the Heysen Trail follows the road inland, but Wild South Coast Way continues another 4km along the coast into Victor Harbor.
    • Victor Harbor (about 69km from Cape) — Contact the visitor information centre for car parking details. The caravan parks in Victor Harbor offer multi-day car parking when they’re not busy; contact them for costs and availability.

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Heysen Trail & Wild South Coast Way service map for bush walking transport.

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How to pay your deposit for a private tour or for a bus trip. To pay for our various public tours, book now or use the booking links on the tour descriptions.

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The weather at our tour venues can be completely different from Adelaide or Victor Harbor or McLaren Vale. The Fleurieu Peninsula has a lot of micro climates and localised weather phenomena.

Our night tours are all “Weather Permitting”. Our telescopes don’t like strong winds and they can’t see through clouds or rain. On the day of the tour we will be reading the weather & cloud forecasts for the evening, and examining latest weather satellite images. If conditions are unfavourable the tour will be cancelled, and we will try to notify you via a message to your mobile phone before 3pm on the day of tour. Conversely if weather is favourable we will notify you to confirm your tour is ON. If you haven’t heard from us by 4pm, phone or message us.

If we cancel your booked night tour, we will try to offer you an alternative tour date if possible. Otherwise you will receive a refund of any payment we’ve already processed; or the option to convert to a Gift Voucher.

If clouds interrupt a tour in progress, we’ll wait for them to clear and then resume the tour. Or look at something else in a different direction. We have occasionally started tours later than scheduled if we know sunset clouds are going to clear away. Or earlier than scheduled if we know a clear evening will become cloudy later. We’ll notify everyone of the changed starting time in the tour confirmation message.

Our daytime tours will be cancelled if there’s thunderstorms or heavy rain in progress, or forecast to happen during tour. The tour will also be cancelled if the roads & tracks we use have been officially closed by the relevant authorities. We will do a daytime tour if it’s only light rain / occasional showers, but we may modify it to avoid walking on any steep slippery slopes, or driving on any “dry weather only” tracks.
Shade temperatures exceeding 40 degrees C are common during November to March. If it’s a hot day our vehicle(s) will be carrying extra drinking water. We may also modify the tour to reduce your risk of heat exhaustion. If Catastrophic Fire Danger conditions are forecast then many of our venues will be closed as per their safety policies, and we will cancel the tour due to “severe weather” as per our tour terms and conditions.

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