Venture through 31 kilometres of stunning coastline along South Australia’s new Route 31 Coastal Drive, and discover quaint seaside villages, internationally recognised wineries, and some of the most magnificent beaches South Australia has to offer along the Fleurieu Coast.
Start your adventure at O’Sullivan Beach, which is around 30 minutes (29 kilometres) from Adelaide. For fishing enthusiasts, O’Sullivan Beach is a must, with one of the best boat launching facilities in the region. O’Sullivan Beach is also known as one of the best vantage points along the coastline, so it’s a great opportunity to capture views of the coastal route ahead. Dogs are permitted off-leash at all times between O’Sullivan Beach and Christies Beach, so take your furry friend along for the ride!
Christies Beach makes for a great lunch spot with its collection of charming cafes and bakeries, with long vehicle parking conveniently available at various points along Beach Road. Christies Beach Tourist Park offers direct beach access, and the sunrise view is worth staying around for, so kick back here for a night or two. The kids will love swimming, surfing, fishing, kayaking and diving. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beachside shopping precinct, and venture into Port Noarlunga by foot.
With so many things to do and see, it’s no wonder Port Noarlunga is a local hotspot. Snorkelling, reef diving, surfing and fishing are all popular activities here. For those looking for a quieter way to spend their time, the seaside village is full of galleries, as well as homewares, antique and bric-a-brac stores. There are plenty of terrific cafes and restaurants that offer fresh seafood, baked goods and healthy delights, all with incredible views.
Southport is one of the most photographed areas in the region, with amazing views of sandstone cliffs and pristine coastlines. Hire a kayak or paddleboard and explore the meandering Onkaparinga River, and watch as the sky turns magnificent shades of orange from the lookout at the top of the main staircase.
To find out more about the rest of the journey, read the Winter 2022 edition of Caravanning Australia!
Image: Port Noarlunga (C) Kristy Billing (@gypsyandherwild).