THE TRAVEL SET.
with Chelsea Needs
Falling for the Fleurieu- The Spring Edition
As you wind your way down the Fleurieu coast, you will venture past the vineyards of Mclaren Vale, cute coastal towns and the picturesque Myponga Reservoir. After a short drive you will arrive in Yankalilla. Here you can have a shop for your last snacks for the night. Make your way to Lady Bay camping area and seek the perfect spot to set up camp. Location, location, location! Take your pick as you go along the many dirt tracks. Each spot has a unique view of the lush shrub and sea.
Pitch up the tent or roll out the swag and light the fire to keep you toasty. Finally take a moment to rest and take it all in, look up at the fire crackling under the starry sky. Begin to prepare some much-needed dinner on the portable BBQ if you brought it along. There’s no better way to eat a cooked meal than on the sand of a secluded bay right? Let the soft sounds of the ocean waves echo against the hills behind you to put you to sleep.
In the morning, the sun will shine through the tent zips and wake you up naturally to the beautiful surroundings outside. It’s the more pleasant alarm to wake up to. Take a short drive back into Yankalilla for an extra hot takeaway coffee from the One Little Sister café. Take it back to camp and watch this little spot come alive before you set off exploring.
Head up the coast towards Rapid Bay. It’s filled with never ending cliffs and holiday homes spreading across the valley. Stroll along the rocky beach and if it’s warm enough, take a dip into the bright blue water and be refreshed for the day. If you continue your walk, you will probably venture into the caves nearby which are incredible to walk in and see.
Follow along the road to Second Valley. As you enter the beach take the rock paths and observe the heritage of the old industrial fishing area. The walks are filled with views down the coast all the way back to Rapid Bay. Setup your place in the sand and bask in the sun while you watch the fisherman on the jetty. If you brought your snorkels, take a tour around the bay and observe all its underwater beauty and wildlife.
Have a picnic along the sand dunes on the Onkaparinga river mouth. This is a perfect spot for a refreshing dip in the shallow water or a paddleboard around.
When you’re ready to head back to the city, stop by Maslin beach and walk beneath the cliffs. You can watch the surfers do their thing in the last light of day. Watch the colours against the sand dunes while the sun sets. Pull out the camera and take a few shots to freeze the memory. Soon you will become nothing but a silhouette against the ocean.
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