Wet and wild adventures just an hour from Adelaide

With white sands, dramatic cliffs and varying shades of clear blue seas, the Fleurieu Peninsula is a haven for water lovers! Whether it’s surfing, swimming, Snorkelling or diving there are endless salty adventures to choose from.



Beginner and experienced surfers alike are sure to find a wave to ride on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Moana and Middleton are great for the novice looking to increase confidence and enjoy a day on the water. For those who are more advanced, Waitpinga and Parsons Beach offer larger Southern Ocean swells. Stay safe as Waitpinga Beach is notorious for rips. Don’t have your own board? No worries! Hire one from Surf & Sun or even book a lesson to take your skills to the next level.

Stand Up Paddle Board

If surfing is a bit too extreme why not give Stand Up Paddle boarding a try? There are plenty of protected beaches along the Fleurieu Peninsula that provide perfect SUP conditions. Paddle at your own pace along the scenic coastline and enjoy the sounds of the ocean lapping against the shore. Hire a board, take a lesson or even find your zen with SUP yoga at the iconic Port Willunga beach.

Surf a private beach on the Fleurieu Peninsula

Rapid Bay board rider. Image courtesy of Elliot Grafton

Dive or Snorkel

Go from on top of the water to underneath it and explore the unique marine environment of the Great Southern Reef. There are many diving spots close to Adelaide that are worthy of a dip. Some of the best shore diving locations include Rapid Bay Jetty, Aldinga Reef and the Port Noarlunga underwater dive trail. Keep your eyes peeled for the endemic Leafy Sea Dragon as you follow the trail. You will also find an abundance of fish such as old wives, leatherjackets, cowfish and pufferfish. You might even spy bull rays and the adorable Port Jackson shark.

Some of the best boat dives include Aldinga Reef and the ex HMAS Hobart. The 134 metre shipwreck now acts as an artificial reef with plenty of marine life calling it home. The wreck lies within the Rapid Head Sanctuary Zone which is part of the Encounter Marine Park. Get certified or enjoy a diving tour with Diving Adelaide and let the experts spot all the fascinating creatures for you!

Fancy yourself more of a snorkeller? Try the crystal clear waters of Second Valley or the abundant Port Noarlunga Reef Aquatic Reserve. This reserve boasts over 200 species of marine plants and animals and more than 50 species of fish. Access the reef from the Port Noarlunga jetty stairs. Why not join Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries on a guided snorkel? With Marine Biologists and experienced guides, it’s a great way to explore a snorkelling site that you’ve never been to before!


Snorkel or dive Port Noarlunga Reef Sanctuary Zone

Leafy Sea Dragon. Image courtesy of Scott Portelli


Kayaking is one of the best ways to experience the Fleurieu Peninsula coastline. Hire a kayak from the Second Valley Caravan Park and see if you can find the famous Second Valley sea cave. Keep a lookout for seals, sea lions, dolphins and sea eagles along the way. Always check the weather and be prepared as sea conditions can change quickly. 


Perhaps join a guided tour and let an expert guide show you the best techniques and areas to explore. Adventure Kayaking offers limited departures from Rapid Bay in warmer months. You can expect to visit isolated beaches, mysterious sea caves and spot local marine life.


Kayaking Morgan Beach

Kayking Morgan Beach. Image courtesy of dronedynamicssa.


A wet and wild adventure wouldn’t be complete without a quick dip at one of the gorgeous beaches lining the South Australian coast. Port Willunga offers a long stretch of beach where you’re sure to find a quiet spot to take a relaxing swim. Hang around for sunset and enjoy the light bouncing off the orange cliffs. You might even be lucky enough to experience pastel coloured skies as the sun dips behind the ocean.


Second Valley isn’t only a great snorkel spot but also a popular beach for swimmers. It’s hard to believe that this little gem is only a 90 minute drive south of Adelaide. On a summer’s day, the beach is buzzing with activity and provides a wholesome holiday feel. Go for a swim, rest on the beach, rinse and repeat.


Over the other side of the peninsula is Port Elliott’s Horseshoe Bay. Horseshoe Bay is a sheltered swimming beach and a great choice for families. For those feeling like getting in a few extra strokes, there is a pontoon to swim out to and enjoy.


If you’d rather skip the ocean dip then the new Fleurieu Aquatic Centre might be more your style. With a school holiday program that includes a splash and play park, inflatable obstacle course and inflatable rope swing it is sure to keep the kids (and big kids at heart) entertained for hours.


Swimming at Adelaide's best beaches

Swimming at Carrickalinga Beach. Image courtesy of @a.simple.meandering.


Header image: Parsons Beach. Image courtesy of South Australian Tourism Commission.

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