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7 must-see places on the Fleurieu Peninsula

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

The Fleurieu Peninsula is only 40 minutes south of Adelaide and offers some of the best coastal, natural, scenic and wildlife experiences. Below we share seven spots that we found well worth a look if you are thinking of checking out this stunning section of South Australia.

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Sellicks Beach

This magical beach has become our favourite so far and for a few reasons. The water is crystal clear, you can drive onto the beach, even with our bus Indy, there is a leash free dog area at one end and the best feature is the views of the rolling hills of the peninsula and dramatic cliffs. We spent countless days parked up admiring the view, swimming in the pristine water and checking out the local wildlife.

It is just 45 mins from Adelaide and accessible by 2WD. In the summer months you will often need to pay around $8 for all day access, which we think is well worth it and the money either goes to the upkeep of the area or to local clubs fundraising.

Worth a mention are also the neighboring beaches of Silver Sands and Aldinga Beach which offer a similar experience, just a little further from the hills.

Second Valley

A great little bay/beach offers amazing views of the coastline and hills and unique rock formations. It has a lovely jetty that extends over the blue water and a little beach perfect for calm dip or snorkeling. You can also hike up to the rolling hills for some great views.

There is a caravan park in the small town, and a small carpark with toilet facilities next to the jetty.

Rapid Bay

A beach nestled between towering cliffs and coastline hills; Rapid Bay is a dramatically beautiful location. The beach provides usually calm conditions, with a cave at one end. You can climb around the rocks at the north end to a hidden little private beach or take a walk along the long new jetty.

There is a campground situated right on the beach if you are wanting to stay overnight. This beach is popular for snorkeling and diving with wildlife sightings in abundance.

Carrickalinga Beach

Famed for its stunning rockpools, long white sandy beach and views of neighboring bays, Carrickalinga Beach is a popular holiday destination and well worth a look. We found some excellent rockpools and swimming holes on the north side of the beach by taking the dirt track around he headland and climbing down to the rock formations. We also saw multiple pods of dolphins swimming by on multiple days when we visited.

Heart shaped rock pool - Carrickalinga Beach

Deep Creek National Park

Offering a range of bushwalks and natural attractions, Deep Creek National Park is a vast and natural section of vegetation (the largest on the Fleurieu) home to an immense amount of wildlife. There are multiple campgrounds and even more walking tracks. We only had time to do one – the Deep Creek Cove Hike from Trig Picnic Area – but head to this website to find a list of them all:

Port Willunga Beach

Port Willunga Beach is a popular photography spot, and for good reason. Apart from it being a beautiful beach, what also draws people here are the old and weathered down jetty pylons that remain from the pier built in 1868 as well as the caves carved into the rock face that used to be used to store fisherman’s boats. Now, the caves are used as a place to get shade from the sun or a picnic spot and together with the pylons make a particularly lovely photography spot at sunset.

Also worth a look is the nearby Blanche Point – a dramatic geological site with unique cliffs falling into the water.

Onkaparinga River Mouth – Port Noarlunga South

Famous for the staircase leading down to the beach, this section of Southport Beach is where the river meets the ocean among a stunning coastal section. If you go at the right time when the tide is pulling the river out to the ocean, you can enjoy floating down the river as the current takes you to the beach – lots of fun on an inflatable or kayak. This spot also makes for a great sunset with white rocks as the backdrop and a nice sitting spot for a picnic.


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