Pristine beaches are never more than a short drive away in South Australia. Here are our state’s must-see beaches.
Drive your car two hours out of Adelaide and right onto North Beach. The beach destination, one of South Australia’s favourite weekend escapes, has white sand and waves perfect for kayaking, swimming, and fishing. The town of Wallaroo is also worth checking out, with great cafés, pubs, and waterfront views making the spot popular for beach shacks and family getaways.
The aptly named Long Beach stretches seemingly endlessly along Robe’s gorgeous coastline. With shore as far as the eye can see, Long Beach is a great spot for watching sunsets, sunbathing, and leisurely strolls. For those after a bit more action, the beach is also renowned for fishing and surfing, and the main town is known for fun pubs and bars. For an easily accessible beach with pristine white sand and aqua waves comparable to the world’s most famous beaches, spend a weekend in Robe.
Second Valley Beach is an intimate, secluded beach in the Fleurieu Peninsula with cliff jumping, turquoise waters, and rocky caves. The peaceful beach, which goes from small to smaller when the tide rolls in, is also a great spot for jetty fishing, snorkelling, and picnics – either on sand or cliff cave.
As the gateway to the Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, there are very few locations on Yorke Peninsula that can match the reputation of Marion Bay. After a day spent by the beachside, you can cure the rumbling stomach at the Marion Bay tavern. Make a weekend of it and pitch a tent at the Marion Bay Caravan Park. Popular for swimming, fishing, and surfing, Marion Bay is the best place for a saltwater fix. Fancy yourself an angler? The long jetty at Marion Bay is legendary for big squid. Whilst you’re in the area, the Guuranda-Innes National Park is a famous surfing destination. Some of the most well-known breaks located in close proximity are Pondalowie Bay, Daily Heads and Chnamans.
At the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula is where Coffin Bay lies. Sand dunes wash away into the glassy waters of the shore whilst the bushland sings with wildlife. A fisherman’s dream, Coffin Bay offers countless fishing opportunities and destinations to make for a worthy trip. The deep-water reef systems wide of Coffin Bay are teaming with Samson Fish, Nannygai, Blue Groper, Blue Morwong, Kingfish, huge King George Whiting, and many other weird and wonderful reef dwellers. Tuna is abundant out here in summer. Discover pristine beaches and adventure into the remote beaches, epic swells, and secluded coves. Oyster fans also should take note with arguably the best oysters on the plant lying within the turquoise water oyster farms.