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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Sand between the toes — in Noarlunga

25 11 2008

Not long ago, Noarlunga was a town, separate from the city of Adelaide. In the last thirty years of metropolitan sprawl, it’s been absorbed and is now an outer suburb … yet much of the original character of the old town endures, giving Noarlunga a charm all its own.

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One of Adelaide’s most in-demand features would have to be its white beaches. Miles and miles of them … and almost empty, and all of them accessible right from the suburbs, which sprawl north and south along the eastern shores of the Gulf Saint Vincent. Only at Christmas do you see quite a crowd on the beach — Christmas dinner by the sea is an old, old Aussie tradition.

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Noarlunga offers fishing, snorkeling, body-boarding, sailing and sunbathing, with blue-green waters, red-gold cliffs, and a long jetty extending out to the rocky reef.

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And for those people who’re addicted to the other side of life — you can literally shop till you drop on Beach Road, in scores of little “hole in the wall” specialty stores. Everything from a shop selling reptiles, to a magic shop, and “op shops” galore. Best of all, this green-ocean playground is about fifteen minutes from downtown … you can get there by metropolitan train, and (!) there’s a monster shopping mall at the other end of Beach Road, if you have to shop or die!





Jade, Dave and Mike … online at last!

24 11 2008

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This blog … Exploring South Australia … will be a collaborative work in which three locals to one of the most beautiful areas in the world travel, explore, taste, photograph, and share. South Australia is incredibly varied, with landscapes and seascapes, culture and wildlife, so diversified, you might imagine yourself in five different countries — while you’re still thirty miles from the heart of downtown Adelaide! Join us for a ramble through South Australia … discover nooks you never knew existed. We’ll tell you how to get there, where to stay, the best things to eat and drink, and where to find them.

Updating every few days — join us soon!

Jade, Dave and Mike