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What’s to Love about living in the City of Onkaparinga??? Part 1: Beaches

By Scott Nowak

The City of Onkaparinga has approximately 31 kilometres of picturesque coastline which extends from O’Sullivan Beach to Sellicks Beach, The variety of conditions on the beaches make the coastline ideal for a number of activities from boating, fishing, snorkeling, swimming, surfing, paddle boarding and many more.

Sellicks Beach: Sellicks Beach is the southmost point of the City of Onkaparinga, it is where the Mount Lofty Rangers meet the sea and is renowned for its plentiful fishing and has boat launching facilities.

Silver Sands: Located at the end of Norman Road, Aldinga Beach it is the ideal place for a family day at the beach, with its wide expanse of sand and calm waters. From the start of October through to the end of April you are able to take your vehicle down onto the beach with a beach pass at a cost of $6, or if you are the owner or tenant of a residential property within the council area you are able to get a free beach pass for the summer from council offices and libraries starting in September.

Aldinga Beach: Divers can explore the Aldinga Aquatic Reserve with its amazing ‘drop-off’ underwater cliff. A walk along the boardwalk allows you to see into the Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park and vehicles are also allowed on the sand in certain sections of the beach with a beach pass.

Port Willunga: It was in 1888 that the sailing ship “Star of Greece’ was driven ashore during a bad storm, 11 of its crew were lost. At low tide the wreckage is sometimes partly visible and is a popular site for scuba diving and snorkelling.

Maslin Beach: Australia’s first nudist beach. Offering a protective cove, high cliff-face and a long expanse of sand it is one of the prettiest coast lines. If you would like to enjoy this beautiful beach but wish to do so clothed you can at the northern end of the beach.

Moana: Popular amongst tourists as the Moana Beach Tourist Park is located adjacent to the beach. Vehicles may also be driven on the sand with a beach pass.

Southport: This beach is a favourite with surfers, popular for its low to moderate waves. Southport is also where the Onkaparinga River meets the ocean and is a great place for fishing. Care should be taken when swimming as rip channels and strong currents are common.

Port Norlunga: The Port Noarlunga Reef and Aquatic Reserve are a fantastic place for diving and snorkelling. There is also a long jetty which finishes down at the reef, so if the deep water is not your thing you can still admire the reefs beauty. Port Noarlunga Beach is also great for having a splash around as the reef also shelters the beach from large waves.

Christies Beach: Christies Beach is popular with photographers as they are able to capture great scenic shots from atop of or looking up at Witton Bluff.

O’Sullivan Beach: If you have a boat O’Sullivans Beach is the place for you, as well as the boat ramp there is also plenty of parking available for you to leave your car whilst spending the day out on the water. It is also a popular beach with dog owners.

If you are after more information regarding vehicle beach passes or rules regarding dogs on the beach you can check out the City of Onkaparinga Website.

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