Fleurieu Peninsula Beaches
South Port Beach, or Port Noarlunga South Beach, is where the Onkaparinga River meets the sea & is located just across the road from COAST Motel and Apartments. This is one of South Australia's most photographed beaches for its beauty and raw nature, and was voted SA's most beautiful beach in 2009.
South Port is heaven for those who love to kayak, stand up paddle board, fish from the river or explore the sand dunes. With many rock pools to explore the kids will also have a ball at this amazing location.
One of the most unique parts about this beach is the South Port Surf Life Saving Club nestled into the sand dunes with the river behind it and the beach in front of it, only accessible by crossing the footbridge over the river - just beautiful! A great place for a beer whilst witnessing the amazing raw environment.
Port Noarlunga Beach is only a 3 minute drive from COAST Motel and Apartments and is truly one of a kind.
Port Noarlunga Beach is extremely popular for fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving and is a favoured holiday destination in South Australia. If you want to be amazed, walk the 400m Port Noarlunga Jetty to access the world famous Port Noarlunga Reef which runs parallel to the shore, is 1.6 km in length and is visible at low tide. You can also see the reef from our upstairs suites.
The Port Noarlunga Reef is home to over 200 species of marine life and plants. Explore the rocky reef for yourself with snorkel hire access, or take a guided snorkeling or SNUBA tour - both options are available from Port Noarlunga SNUBA, located right at the beach entrance.
Only a 15 minute drive from COAST Motel and Apartments, past Aldinga Beach, is the gorgeous Port Willunga Beach. This stunning stretch of white, sandy coastline along the Fleurieu Peninsula is sheltered by rugged cliff faces and is steeped in history, not to mention home of the world-renowned Star of Greece Restaurant.
On the shore you will see the ruins of the old Port Willunga Jetty, a reminder of its past maritime history, dating back to 1868, and directly behind these wooden piles you will find historic caves, which were dug out by fisherman to store their boats in port.
What Port Willunga Beach is most famous for is the Star of Greece Shipwreck which forms part of the Underwater Heritage Trail. The Star of Greece was a 3 masted iron ship that was wrecked over 125 years ago. This shipwreck provides a fascinating discovery when snorkeling or scuba diving and is visible at periods of low tide.
Maslin beach has just been awarded #6 most beautiful beach in Australia! When you see it you won't be surprised, it will truly take your breath away. It is well known for being Australia's first official nude beach and is located only a short 10 minute drive from the COAST Motel and Apartments.
Famous for reasons other than it's beauty, Maslin was Australia's first ever nude beach and today holds the Pilwarren Maslin Beach Nude Games, which has been running for over 30 years and attracts people from all over Australia.
If baring all at the beach isn't your style don't worry. Only the far southern end of the beach is the dedicated 'nude' area and is a good 1km walk from the beach entrance.
Second Valley is a small coastal town within the Fleurieu Peninsula and boasts one of the most gorgeous beaches South Australia has to offer - in fact, Second Valley Beach has been voted as one of the top 10 beaches in Australia.
A scenic 55 minute drive from COAST Motel and Apartments, the beach is small but steeped in history dating back to 1836 and is an excellent beach for exploring, snorkeling and scuba diving. Don't be surprised if you run into a fur seal either! Second Valley Beach is a must see on your South Australian vacation.
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Some of our other favourite beaches in the Fleurieu Peninsula include:
Blow Hole Beach
Boat Harbor Beach
See some more information on some great places to visit within the Fleurieu Peninsula at www.yankalilla.sa.gov.au