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.

Swimming beach Second Valley Rapid Bay, South Australia


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.


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