Next stop: Carrickalinga!

7 12 2008

South Australia is full of these surprises. Imagine a sleepy country town on the coast, miles from anywhere, set amid farmland … and then the road turns right (or at least west), and out of the blue you’re on a beach like this, and — better yet — you have the whole place to yourself:

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If this were Europe, you wouldn’t be able to see the beach for tourists, umbrellas, rugs and picnic baskets. Quick — count the sunbathers at Carrickalinga. Yep, you’re right: 0. And yet this beachfront community boats holiday homes for rental that are absolutely five-star, and just back up the road from the empty white beach is the town itself, where you’ll find local shopping, bakeries, a restaurant or two:

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Carrickalinga is an easy drive south down the coast from Adelaide. Pass right by Silver Sands and keep going until you see this sign:

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…and then it’s your own personal beach (!), a holiday home to rent, utter peace and quiet — fishing, beachcombing, boating, snorkeling. Just a short drive north you’ll be right back in “wine country,” in McClaren Vale, and much closer at hand, in five minutes you can be in Normanville or Yankalilla — country towns where you’ll find some excellent restaurants as well as a good supply of local charm.

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