South Australia offers some of the country's very-best coastal experiences. Let loose your inner Dundee with our top 10 coastal experiences.
The South Australian coastline is wild and untamed, punctuated by some of Australia’s best beaches. Explore Kangaroo Island’s crystal-clear coves, stretches of seemingly-endless pure white sand and spectacular, rugged cliffs. Walk amongst a colony of seals, swim with dolphins, sea lions and sharks or cast a line from uninhabited beaches thriving with fish.
1. Almonta Beach, Eyre Peninsula
Located in the stunning Coffin Bay National Park, Almonta Beach boasts the whitest sand and bluest water in all the Eyre Peninsula. With easy vehicle access, this beach is home to an abundant array of wildlife and it’s common to see kangaroos and emus enjoying a day out on the sand.
Almonta Beach, Coffin Bay, Eyre Peninsula by @brett_m_photography
2. Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is home to countless beautiful beaches, but none outshine Vivonne Bay. This U-shaped bay is postcard-perfect. Here, white sandy shores meet gently lapping waves, perfect for wading waist deep. With a jetty framing the south-end and distant dunes in the north, it’s a great excuse to slip away from the world famous Southern Ocean Lodge for the day without another soul in sight.
Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island
3. Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island
After pulling up in the carpark at Stokes Bay, you’ll weave through a labyrinth of caves before emerging onto some of the whitest sand and clearest water in Australia. On Kangaroo Island, it's easy to jump from one picture-perfect cove to the next without running into anyone. And it’s just down the road from one of the best wildlife parks on Kangaroo Island which is home to koalas, kangaroos, dingoes and wombats.
Waves and Wildlife, Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island
4. Southport Beach, Fleurieu Peninsula
Southport is like the land down under’s own blue lagoon and it’s only 40 minutes’ drive from downtown Adelaide. Locals are known to duck down and catch a quick wave before or after work and the beach is known for its great ﬁshing, perfect kayaking conditions and beautiful scenery,
Southport Beach, Fleurieu Peninsula by @_ryanmcgrath_
5. Salmon Hole, Limestone Coast
The Salmon Hole is the Limestone Coast’s ultimate swimming sanctuary. Its turquoise waters and bordering sandhills are an adventurer’s playground, offering excellent snorkelling, sand boarding and, of course, top-notch fishing. Those who just want to chill out can relax in calm, crystal-clear waters – it’s the perfect destination for a family outing at the beach.
Salmon Hole, Limestone Coast by @southaustralianbeaches
6. Snellings Beach, Kangaroo Island
At Snellings Beach on Kangaroo Island, the sunsets are just as incredible as the fishing. After an enchanted dinner with Hannaford & Sachs, wrapped in the branches of a giant fig tree, watch the sun slip over the horizon and the white sand turn to gold. Snellings Beach is said to be home to a pod of friendly dolphins who are known to join swimmers unannounced.
Snellings Beach, Kangaroo Island by @nigelinthesky
7. Long Beach, Limestone Coast
One of the Limestone Coast’s most famous beaches, Long Beach is a must-visit all year-round with crystal clear water, pure white sand, great walking tracks and incredible scenery. Drive down 17 miles of pure white sand or embark on the nearby Obelisk Trail, passing teetering cliff faces and rugged coastal scenery.
Long Beach, Robe by @southaustralianbeaches
8. Blowhole Beach, Fleurieu Peninsula
You'll find Blowhole Beach in the Deep Creek Conservation Park, about 1.5 hours’ drive from Adelaide. The beach itself is only small but it's rarely crowded due to its location. There’s plenty of wildlife to encounter in and out of the water.
Blowhole Beach, Fleurieu Peninsula by @tommymarts
9. Fishery Bay, Eyre Peninsula
Fishery Bay is a picturesque bay, perfect for swimming and surfing. There are three options for keen and experienced surfers, with right point, left point and the beach break, all working in different conditions. For those seeking adventure, there are some amazing rock pools at nearby Whalers Way that will provide you with some great photo opportunities.
Seafood Platter, Fishery Bay, Eyre Peninsula
10. Memory Cove, Eyre Peninsula
Like the name suggests, Memory Cove is likely to remain etched in your mind for quite some time. The fact that there’s a shady beachfront campsite here means you’ll have even more time to take-in the pristine water and tranquil scenery. Keep an eye out for local kangaroos who often frequent the beach and are known to be extremely friendly. The surrounding Lincoln National Park has some beautiful beaches and it is certainly worth exploring.
Pelican at Memory Cove, Eyre Peninsula by @micks_winch