With one of the state’s most stunning stretches of coastline, choose your own aquatic adventure or soothe the soul with a superb collection of beaches.
McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast is home to pristine beaches and coastal nodes, each with their own unique rugged coastline and seaside charm. Whether you’re a keen surfer, love your snorkelling or scuba diving, or simply want to stroll and soak up the sun on the sand, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Here’s a snapshot of the region’s beaches…
One of the region’s drive-on beaches, Aldinga’s expansive beach is patrolled by surf life savers and ideal for families on the sand. Fish and chips, picnic rugs, sun shades and sand castles, this beach was made for family fun.
A popular patrolled surf beach, Christies is ideal for water activities, or a great seaside walk to Port Noarlunga. It’s also a hit with snorkelers, with the stunning Whitton Bluff reef.
The state’s iconic nudist beach, Maslin’s is a great one for the bucket list. While the southern end of the beach is reserved for unclad swimmers, the remainder of the beach is dog-friendly and perfect for a dip. The rugged red cliffs are a stunning contrast to the crisp blue waters.
Moana is a great spot for kids and families with a nice beach break patrolled by surf life savers. The superb cliff-top walkway leads down to the beach and offers stunning vistas.
Port Noarlunga Beach
Port Noarlunga is an aquatic paradise. Drop a line off the jetty, or take a swim between the flags in the pristine waters, with the white sand just a hop, skip and a jump from the town centre. The reef towards the end of the jetty is also a perfect spot to catch a glimpse of some local sea life, forming part of the Encounter Marine Park.
Port Willunga Beach
One of the region’s most photographed beaches, Port Willunga is known for its golden cliff faces, crystal clear waters, white sands, famous old jetty and fishermen’s caves, carved into the cliffs. Because the beach almost forms a cove, the swell is ideal for paddle boarding and kayaking.
Known as one of the top surfing beaches in the area, it’s a regular hot-spot for locals. Seaford is also popular with kite-boarders and wind-surfers too. There’s a number of cafes and restaurants in nearby Seaford township when you need to feed the sea air driven hunger.
Often called ‘the funnel’ by locals, Sellicks is ideal for kite-boarding, wind-surfing and paragliding. It’s also a top spot for fishing and home to a popular boat ramp. Swimming and walking are also stunning, providing an epic coastline view stretching down the Fleurieu coast.
South Port Beach
Where the river meets the sea, this is one of the most photographed areas of the region. A culmination of red sandstone cliffs, the aqua-toned river and pristine blue sea. Sunrise and sunset is a must at the lookout located at the top of the main staircase. Home to many aquatic activities - swimming, surf lessons, locally patrolled beach, as well as kayak or paddle board hire offering an opportunity to explore the Onkaparinga River.
To experience the region like a local, talk to the specialists at the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre and visit www.mclarenvaleguide.com