This post written for Australian Outdoor Living.
At the time of writing this, it is the perfect South Australian spring day. The sun is shining, the sky is a calming blue with wisps of cloud floating lazily across it, and from where I sit in my front garden, the sun shines on my luminescent winter legs, and I can see the calm blue ocean with the rolling, green hills of Boston Island just beyond. There are the sounds of birds in the trees, singing their springtime tune, and lawnmowers cutting the grass that winter rains have watered, and just past that, if you listen carefully, you can hear a common sound on days like this: the sound of indecision.
Where I live, in the city of Port Lincoln on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, these are the days where you get out and do stuff. It’s a small town so our entertainment is not filled with concerts and shows or the latest movies (although those events do happen). Instead, sunny days are met with beach trips and four wheel driving, and chasing squid, or snapper or bream. A day like today has so many possibilities and that’s why it is so hard to decide what to do.
It’s not just a case of ‘do I make the most of the sun and wash all the things?’ (a consideration Boatman is less likely to take into account than I am), but also where will we go? What should we do?
Now in my opinion – and this is the opinion of a Territorian who only moved south 18 months ago- there are two things that SA does fabulously. Wine and beaches. The wine, most people know about, but the beaches… well I think they are one of our best-kept secrets, and so I have to state for the record, that Boatman is categorically against me writing this (in case it inspires an influx of tourists in Summer). If you’ve been to Adelaide, you’ve no doubt checked out the foreshore of Glenelg, or Semaphore or Brighton, and they are impressive. But the beaches over here on the EP are something else.
We’re talking rugged coastlines, white sand that is so clean that it squeaks, and a busy day being three other cars spread over the length of the shore.
But why just read about it, when you can see the evidence yourself?
So you’ve heard of Coffin Bay Oysters no doubt; arguably the best of the best, but Coffin Bay has so much more to offer. Whether it’s strolling along the Oyster Trail, having a wine at a beach shack, or watching the Emus stroll through the streets, Coffin Bay is well worth the visit. As is hiring a four wheel drive and visiting the Coffin Bay National Park; a day trip is great but will only show you some of the sights; in all honesty you need to come here for the week.
Port Lincoln National Park
While I love Coffins, Port Lincoln National Park is definitely my favourite of the two. Part of that is that I’ve visited it more, but also because it’s just so beautiful. It’s the ideal way to see the Australian Outback, with perfect beaches, stereotypical Aussie bush walks, and sand dunes for miles.
I’ve spoken about Streaky before, in a story that I’m surprised hasn’t been turned into a mini-series yet. 😉
I’ve only been there once, but I will go again, and hopefully stop at all the beautiful places along the way; Sheringa, Elliston, Venus Bay… all places I’ve heard great things about. (And not just from my fishing mad husband.) The road from Port Lincoln to Streaky is beautiful; typical South Australian bush gives way to salt lakes, and open plains, and suddenly sand dunes appear, and the smell of the ocean tickles your nostrils, making you wish you could get out of the car and find just where the beach is.
Our time in Streaky was spent in Fisherman’s Paradise, visiting Yanerbie and The Pools. It was beautiful, and I can’t wait to head back in Summer.
A multitude of almost nameless beaches you must visit
Yes there are some big, amazing, well-known places, but one of my favourite things about SA, and in particular, the EP, is that there are any number of almost unknown beaches that you can visit. Beaches that for the most part, you can have to yourself for the day or night, or long weekend.
So many things to do
The beach is fantastic because no matter who you are (even my newspaper-reading father), you can find some way to enjoy it. Whether you’re heading there for the day or the weekend, there’s always something to do.
Now I know that at this point some of you are saying, ‘but Jess, what about the sharks?’ And yes it’s true, we have them, and I wouldn’t recommend swimming at certain places at dawn or dusk. But I’ve never seen a white pointer and I have seen some amazing other animals instead.
I may not have been a South Australian long, but I’m more than happy to call it home. The wine, the beaches, and all the opportunity for memory-making — well it just makes sense to me. Even if it does make for hard decision making on sunny days. 🙂
If you live in South Australia (or if you’re thinking about visiting South Australia), be sure to check out the Australian Outdoor Living Guide available here – filled with loads of ideas for getting the most out of the outdoors life in SA.
So who’s coming to visit me?
What’s your favourite thing about the beach?