Your quick guide to Southern Adelaide’s best surf and sand beaches. We have you covered from sunrise to sunset with long beach walks, driving on the beach or just enjoying surfing, swimming, snorkeling or paddle boarding.
The beach is the perfect place to set up for the day with the kids and the car. One of the beaches allowing cars on the sand, Aldinga is also known for flat waters and ideal for young ones to try boogie boarding, surfing or swimming. There’s a cycling and walking trail stretching from Maslin Beach to Sellicks so you can enjoy the views from the Esplanade. With beach shacks, holiday homes, cafés, restaurants and fish and chip eateries, this beach is bustling over Summer.
Popular with surfers and fishermen, Christies is also a snorkelling hotspot – locals recommend the reef around the picturesque Whitton Bluff. The beach is also safe for swimmers and home to an active surf life saving community. The stunning beachfront surf life saving club is one of best in the region, open to the public when the bar and bistro is open – the views are spectacular.
Famously known as the state’s only nudist beach (southern end only), its cliff-top walks and vistas are also amongst the most captivating in the region. Enjoy a walk along the northern end and take in the golden cliffs from the sand or the coastal views from the walking tracks above.
Home to a number of local surf schools, Moana is the perfect beach to learn, especially for the kids. The north side of the beach is packed in summer with learner surfers, swimmers and walkers, while the south side allows cars along the sand. Take down your kayaks, boards, picnics and gear for the day and settle in. Enjoy the views from the esplanade trail with vistas spanning down the valley that sweeps through to the main beach hub and along to Maslins in the distance. The coastline here is pretty special.
Close by to the buzz of the Port Noarlunga township, this beach is wonderful for a day trip with the family. There’s a playground nearby and an offshore reef to amuse the kids. The jetty is perfect for a spot of fishing, while the beach is safe for swimmers too. On a summer’s night, families line the stretch with frisbees, beach cricket and picnics up against the dunes and settle in to watch the sun sink beneath the old wooden jetty pylons.
Said to be one of the jewels in the crown, this gorgeous stretch of coastline, Port Willunga has one of the most picturesque vistas of all. People flock here during summer months to catch a glimpse of the glistening blue waters, the cliff caves, old jetty relics and stunning cliff views. The green hills of the linear park roll into the sand, while the deep orange cliffs are steep and striking all the way along the cove – a true sight to behold. Home to the famous ‘Star of Greece’ shipwreck (and beachside dining icon), the beach is popular with snorkelers and scuba divers, while the calm conditions of this cove are perfect for paddle boarding and swimming.
One of the state’s most popular surf spots, Seaford is known for its swell. While traditional surfing remains the most popular around here, alternative sports like paddle boarding and kite surfing have also become popular. Hire some gear, or simply sit and watch the action from the sand or the esplanade with a coffee or fish and chips.
With a boat ramp and avid fishing culture, Sellicks is one of the top spots along the coast to drop a line. Also popular with wind-surfers, the beach often called ‘the funnel’ by locals for its’ gusty winds is perfect for hang-gliding, wind surfing and paragliding. Take a stroll on the sand before heading to the historic Victory Hotel for a pint of local beer or a glass of local wine, with a delicious meal and watch the Sellicks seascape from their unbeatable hill-top locale.
With one of the best viewpoints along the coast, Southport is particularly unique being where the meandering Onkaparinga river meets the sea. Atop the towering cliffs at the river mouth, the lookout is one of the most popular spots to watch the sunset, with purple, pink and blue hues settling over the river, coastline and township below. Take a kayak or a paddle board down the river to the sea, or surf the waves with the pros.
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