Getting away and escaping the everyday is something that most of us have been craving at the moment. Well, at least those I speak to. I think we are all getting itchy travel feet. Craving a change of scenery and a few weeks of summer holidays to reset after a challenging year. Setting off with your family or a friend can be fun, but I also like to take time away for myself. A relaxing few days away to recharge before the madness. To sit in silence, or thoughts and nature.

There are so many incredible locations to choose from here in South Australia, but one of my nearby favourites has to be the Fleurieu coastline around Carrickalinga. I still think it’s one of the most picturesque in Australia, and it’s literally just down the road, only an hour away from Adelaide. We are so lucky!

With the scenery at the moment, you could be on a European countryside vacation. Rolling Hills, with resting cows, baby calves, sheep and horses making every turn a Sound of Music soundtrack.

There are a lot of varied accommodation options to choose from too depending on your interest and budget. With most homes in this region being of the holiday variety, many are available to rent on websites like Stayz and Airbnb, or local real estate agents also have holiday rental listings. This time of year, you have to get in fast.

I laid my hat at Coast and Co’s villas just out of Carrickalinga. Perfect for a mini getaway. On arrival there’s a little peep hole teasing you to the view. Once inside the door and out on to the deck you see the flawless rolling hills that part to show off the most incredible view of Carrickalinga and the headland around to Rapid Bay. If you wanted to completely switch off, bunker down here. The deep claw foot bath and fireplace (for the cooler evenings) had me at hello.

As soon as I arrived, I unpacked and then jumped straight back in the car and headed to Normanville to get some supplies. Whenever in this part of the Fleurieu, I always like to stop at One Little Sister in Normanville for a coffee and something sweet, and then a quick pop into South Coast Surf and dare to bare in a new pair of swimmers. The service station in the centre of the town has been replaced with an expansive lawn area, and a few new shops have popped up too including gift shop Maudie and Fox.

Takeaway almond latte on board, I wanted to catch Myponga Beach before sunset. The view as you drive down to the beach is mind blowing if you’ve never been. The swell was obviously good, because I’ve never seen so many cars lined up on such a small stretch of the beach car park. Who needs Netflix when you have the sun setting and surfers in view? It’s so peaceful to watch. I couldn’t get too settled. After all, my cosy villa and bottle of Wirra Wirra red were waiting for me. I also had to gun it to catch the last of the sunset from my deck. Sensibly of course.

It so peaceful to just stand and watch the sun sinking into the sea, glass in hand. No where to be. Listening to the birds and waves in the distance. As the temp dropped I made my way inside and got snuggly in one of the big armchairs, a cup of white tea and magazine for my ideal night in front of the fire. One of the last cool ones for a while I suspect. Bliss.

With delicious continental breakfast provisions to wake up to the next day I could take the morning slow. The low morning clouds cleared just in time to enjoy a drive out to Rapid Bay and Second Valley. Sleepy townships during the week and off-peak times which was perfect for the vibe of this mid-week getaway.


A little climb of the rocks and stretch of the legs, followed by fresh fish for lunch at the Yankalilla Hotel is just what the Dr ordered. Then it was time to head back and run a mid afternoon bath and get entrenched in my new novel while my time’s my own. This is of course what me time is all about.


Guest blogger: Kelly Golding @kelly_golding_
Photography: Kelly Golding @kelly_golding_

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