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A popular day trip destination, quiet Aldinga Beach draws swimmers and surfers to its long stretch of sand. Trails at Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park take in dunes, rare orchids, echidna anteaters and birdlife, and nearby Thomas Street Reserve is a grassy seaside picnic spot. The relaxed dining scene consists of cafes, pubs and fish-and-chip shops. Wineries in the nearby McLaren Vale region offer tours and tastings.
44 kilometres from Adelaide
Aldinga Beach is one of the few beaches in Australia where cars are permitted to drive on sections of the broad sand, making access to the beach especially easy. It is renowned for its safe swimming and impressive surf, which sees the population in the local area boom come summer.
Aldinga Beach is also a top spot for scuba diving and snorkelling, with the beach overlooking a unique aquatic reserve established to protect a rare reef formation. An underwater trail includes a spectacular drop-off or underwater cliff, and unlike other dives in South Australia you can swim among rock pinnacles extending from the sea floor to just below the surface. A boat ramp provides easy access to the water.
Aldinga Beach neighbours the Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park, which is home to some 166 species of birds, as well as numerous other native wildlife and vegetation.
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BEACHES & WATERWAYS
Long sandy beaches, rugged cliff scapes and sheltered coves introduce a range of year round activities
Activities include fishing, surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, swimming and winter whale watching.
The Fleurieu Peninsula has a long and varied coastline that includes secluded beaches rarely visited by humans, as well as fiercely weathered limestone cliffs and headlands that take the full force of the Southern Ocean.
It has surf beaches that attract surfers from around Australia, fishing beaches, sailing beaches – and reefs and wrecks for scuba divers to explore.
Quaint little fishing shacks can be found tucked behind beaches and sand hills, tiny ports have fishing jetties and country pubs, while sheltered bays and coves provide moorings for fishing and sailing boats.
Stretching from Port Noarlunga’s iconic reef at Onkaparinga River Recreation Park around to the Murray Mouth at Coorong National Park, Encounter Marine Park protects our iconic species such as the Leafy Sea Dragon and is home to some of Australia’s best dive sites in South Australia, such as Aldinga Reef.
Take on surf breaks along Waitpinga Beach and Parsons Beach located in Newland Head Conservation Park, and watch whales from Granite Island Recreation Park or Basham Beach.
There’s no shortage of places in which to stay overnight, with cottages and apartments for rent, and caravan parks and conservation park campsites with million dollar ocean views.