Waitpinga Beach, Adelaide

Southeast Coastline

The coastline south of Adelaide is rich and varied with beautiful beaches, magnificent coastal scenery and abundant birdlife. The southern coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula is largely exposed to the mighty Southern Ocean. Here there are good surfing beaches, long expanses of sand, sheltered bays and harbors and stark, weathered cliffs. The western side of the peninsula is more sheltered. There are very few commercial developments on the southeast's coastline and it is easy to find quiet, secluded beaches for swimming, surfing, fishing or walking. Just off South Australia's mainland, Kangaroo Island boasts both pristine swimming beaches and ruggedly beautiful windswept cliffs. Distinguished points of coast line are listed below.

Port Noarlunga

Port Noarlunga, Adelaide

Port Noarlunga boasts a fantastic beach and a protected reef with marine ecosystems that can be explored by snorkellers and scuba divers on a fully marked 800-m (2,600-ft) underwater trail.

Cape Jervis

Cape Jervis, Adelaide

Visitors to the tiny hamlet of Cape Jervis can see Kangaroo Island, 16 km (10 miles) away across Backstairs Passage. The cape has good boating and fishing and is a hang gliding centre.

Kingscote, Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island, Adelaide

Kingscote, the island's largest town has a small sandy beach with a tidal pool. There is rich birdlife in swampland south of the town.

Waitpinga Beach

Waitpinga Beach, Adelaide

Waitpinga Beach, on the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, is a spectacular surfing beach with waves rolling in off the Southern Ocean. Strong, unpredictable currents make the beach unsafe for swimming and suitable for experienced surfers only. The long stretch of clean white sand is a favorite for beach walkers.

Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor, Adelaide

Holiday homes have been built in Victor Harbor since the 19th century. It later became a whaling station, but today southern right whales can be seen from June to October frolicking offshore.

Hindmarsh Island

Hindmarsh Island, Adelaide

The quiet escapist destination of Hindmarsh Island can be reached by a free ferry from the town of Goolwa 24 hours a day. On the island there are several good vantage points from which visitors can see the mouth of the Murray River.


Big Lobster in Robe, Adelaide

This pretty fishing port and holiday centre has many old buildings, a swimming beach and rugged shoreline. In 1865, more than 16,500 Chinese landed here and walked to Victoria's gold fields to avoid an immigration tax payable by those landing in Victoria.

Beach port

Beach Port, Adelaide

Historic Beach port was first settled as a whaling station in the 1830s. Today it is a quiet, unspoiled haven with swimming, surfing and fishing from its beaches, and a host of other water sports available.