Summer is just around the corner, so it’s time to pack the sunscreen and towel and head to the beach! Sure, everyone loves Glenelg and Moana, but there’s way more to see when you get off the beaten track. Here are five awesome beaches you might not be so familiar with – but we bet they’ll quickly become your new favourites.
Stark, dramatic, and wonderfully secluded, Myponga Beach is one for true lovers of the outdoors. Lying in a small valley carved by the Myponga Creek, it’s surrounded by vast wetlands and wide grassy areas where you can pitch a tent and set up camp. We couldn’t blame you for wanting to stay – with the jetties of the old port still standing along the grey sands, and the vast lagoon sparkling blue in the sunlight, it really is a magical place to be.
If you’re seeking snacks, you should definitely check out the pastries at Country Picnic Bakery in nearby Myponga town. Have a browse through the ever-Christmassy Myponga Market, too!
Whether you’re swimming or sunbaking, catching a wave or throwing a frisbee, Sellicks Beach is big (and usually quiet) enough to indulge in all your favourite beachside activities in total peace. It’s also one of the only Adelaide beaches that allows cars onto the sand, which is very handy indeed if you’re loaded with gear. Roll up, stretch out on the golden-white sands, and watch the local birds soar overhead. Pure bliss.
Afterwards, we’d highly recommend swinging by the lovely old Victory Hotel for a bite. This is pub grub at its very finest, and the wine list rocks.
It might be known as the country’s first official nude beach (which is definitely an impressive title to hold!), but Maslin is as beautiful a spot as you’ll find anywhere around Adelaide. It’s a great mix of rugged cliffs and soft sand, and the nude areas are very clearly signposted if you’d prefer to keep your swimming costume on.
There may not be any shops nearby (so make sure to bring supplies), but Star of Greece is a top-quality choice for delectable summer dining. Try the angus sirloin – you won’t regret it!
If you’re looking for stunning seaside scenery that’s relatively close to home, Port Willunga is the spot for you. Less than an hour from the city, this beach is like a dream come true. With its pristine sand and greenery-strewn outcrops dotted with fascinating old ruins, you’ll wonder why you’ve wasted so much of your life being anywhere else!
If you work up an appetite taking in the gorgeous views, drop by the Home Grain Bakery. It’s got an impressive selection of sweets and savouries – and they make a damn good cup of coffee, too.
Many people would look at Hallett Cove’s rocky beach and drive by without a second glance – but don’t judge a book by its cover. Behind Hallett Cove’s rough exterior lies a secret paradise, with breathtaking clifftop views and loads of spots for crabbing and whale-watching. There are also playgrounds, and a huge grassy area that’s the perfect place for a family barbecue.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, Hallett Cove is also home to the Boatshed Cafe, where lunch is something of an art form. Just look at the pizzas!