Aldinga Beach

The rolling hills of the southern Mount Lofty Ranges form the backdrop to Aldinga Beach, a long curve of white sand facing Gulf St Vincent. One and a half kilometres off the coast is one of the state's best diving spots – the Aldinga Drop Off, an underwater cliff where divers say the marine life has to be seen to be believed. The township – to the west of the original Aldinga, which grew as a small farming centre in the mid-1800s – is a popular holiday spot.

Visitor Information

McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Centre, Main Rd, McLaren Vale; (08) 8323 9944 or 1800 628 410

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Willunga

    The historic town of Willunga grew rapidly around the slate quarries, which drove the town's economy until the late 1800s. Fortunately,...more

  • McLaren Vale

    McLaren Vale is recognised as a world-class region of vineyards, orchards and gourmet-produce farms. The first grape vines were planted here...more

  • Yankalilla

    Since the first land grant in 1842, Yankalilla has been the centre of a thriving farming industry. It is a growing settlement just inland...more

In Town

Gnome Caves: 5 theme 'caves', great for kids; Aldinga Beach Rd.


Star of Greece In 1888 the Star of Greece plunged to the ocean floor in a wild storm. The ship was only a short distance from land, but at 3am, and in gigantic swells, 17 of the 28 people on board drowned. Today a portion of the vessel can be seen from shore at low tide. A plaque lies on the seabed for the benefit of divers, but for those wanting to stay dry, pictures of the wreck line the walls of the Star of Greece Cafe. Port Willunga; 3 km N.

Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park: walk through remnant coastal vegetation; the park is ablaze with colourful wildflowers in spring; end of Dover St, off Aldinga Beach Rd; 1 km S.

Aldinga: Uniting Church cemetery has the graves of those who died in the Star of Greece shipwreck. Community Market held 1st Sat each month in Institute Hall, Old Coach Rd; 4 km NE.

Beaches: many north and south of Aldinga Beach including Port Willunga Beach, with the remains of an old jetty and caves built in the cliff by anglers (3 km N); Sellicks Beach, with boat access and good fishing (8 km S); and Maslin Beach, Australia's first official nudist beach (10 km N).

Lookouts: one south of Sellicks Beach (11 km S) and another over the Myponga Reservoir (23 km S).

Eco-friendly activities around town

Swimming along the Fleurieu Peninsula 34 km

There are plenty of great swimming beaches along the peninsula. Victor Harbor has a plethora to choose from – including Kent Reserve and Dump Beach – but there is also Horseshoe Bay at Port Elliot, and the... Find out more

Swimming with dolphins off Glenelg 34 km

Since 2002, the eco-accredited Temptation Sailing has offered a ‘swim with the dolphins sail’ on a 17-metre catamaran out of Glenelg, in which the bottlenose and common dolphins reputedly come to the vessel... Find out more

Diving and snorkelling off the Fleurieu Peninsula 34 km

Some of the state’s best diving – particularly in-shore and around jetties – is on the Fleurieu Peninsula, with leafy sea dragons, shipwrecks, dolphins and myriad fish species. Second Valley is great... Find out more

Whale-watching on the Fleurieu Peninsula 34 km

Between May and October, southern right whales often cruise right next to the shore of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Popular viewing spots include Port Elliot, Goolwa, Middleton and Victor Harbor, but your best starting point... Find out more

Birdwatching around the Fleurieu Peninsula 39 km

Abutting the Coorong, and with wetlands, beaches and a wide variety of terrain, the Fleurieu Peninsula is a top spot for birdwatching. There is a hide off Barrage Road at Goolwa, and the Goolwa Effluent Ponds can have... Find out more

St Kilda Mangrove Trail 41 km

Just 20 kilometres north of the CBD, a raised 2-kilometre boardwalk winds through the mangrove forest of the Barker Inlet Aquatic Reserve, where 200 species of bird have been recorded. The trail complex includes a... Find out more

Aboriginal gallery, Adelaide 42 km

The Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery at the South Australian Museum holds the largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts in the world. Some 3000 are on display at any one time.... Find out more

Adelaide Zoo 43 km

With its catchphrase ‘We exist to save animals from extinction’, this is another of Australia’s excellent zoos. Visit the Giant Panda enclosure to see the Wang Wang and Funi. The sea-lion display... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Links Lady Bay Resort 24 km

‘A pleasurable golf course,’ Dr Alister MacKenzie once wrote, ‘is not necessarily one that appeals at first sight, but rather one that grows on a player like good music, good painting, or good... Find out more

Glenelg Golf Club 36 km

Glenelg is to Adelaide what Bondi is to Sydney – the city’s most popular beach suburb. The terminus for the City to Bay tram, a Glenelg icon, can be found where Jetty Rd meets the beach, where you will... Find out more

Kooyonga Golf Club 39 km

Kooyonga is a thinking player’s golf course. One of the game’s greatest strategists, Peter Thomson, gave an insight into what is required to play well at Kooyonga after winning the 1972 Australian Open here.... Find out more

Royal Adelaide Golf Club 43 km

In the city of churches, Royal Adelaide is the golfing equivalent of the Vatican. Every visiting golfer should make a pilgrimage to this Dr Alister MacKenzie-designed layout, one of Australia’s top 10 courses,... Find out more

The Grange Golf Club (West Course) 44 km

Melbourne’s sandbelt wasn’t the only region in which golf course construction was booming during the 1920s. Various sites in Adelaide’s western suburbs – Kooyonga in 1922, Glenelg in 1926... Find out more

The Grange Golf Club (East Course) 44 km

Vern Morcom was working on the final changes to The Grange’s West course redesign when the club announced plans for a second course. Morcom was asked to design it, on 150 acres of adjoining land, and the East... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Star of Greece

This 1950s beachfront kiosk is a Fleurieu legend. It takes its name from a shipwreck on these shores, and while seafood is the specialty, the food direction is more modern Australian than anything Hellenic. The mix... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Goodlife 33 km

This innovative restaurant and takeaway not only makes carbon-neutral pizzas, but also places an emphasis on sourcing produce that is organic and local. Takeaway pizzas here even come tied up with string.... Find out more

The Organic Market and Cafe 38 km

This bustling cafe and organic produce outlet in Stirling was the national winner of the best organic retailer award. Something of an institution in the area, it has delicious antipasto platters and great coffee. About... Find out more

The Locavore 38 km

The Locavore (‘local eater’) at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills sticks to the ‘100-mile’ philosophy of sourcing food, which in its case includes the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and the... Find out more

Nearby breweries

The Steam Exchange Company 39 km

South Australia seems to have more than its fair share of craft breweries in significant historical locations, and The Steam Exchange Brewery is no exception. It’s housed in a heritage-listed former railway goods... Find out more

South Australian Brewing Company 42 km

Established in 1888, the South Australian Brewing Company became the state’s dominant beer-maker by steadily acquiring competitors like the Kent Town Brewery, West End Brewery and the Walkerville Co-operative... Find out more

Brewboys 46 km

One of the country’s newest craft beermaking enterprises, Brewboys is a partnership between Stephen Nelsen and Simon Sellick, who also operate the contract brewing company Fresh Cellars. At present they utilise a... Find out more

Coopers Brewery 46 km

More than any other Australian brewery, Coopers has grown significant market share over the past two decades on the back of increased demand for alternative beer styles. It was established in 1862 by Yorkshireman Thomas... Find out more

Adelaide Hills Craft Brewing 56 km

Located in the former Onkaparinga woollen mill complex at Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills, this brewery/bar is run by Alistair Turnbull and Phil Jones. The pair turned their backs on careers in banking to study brewing in... Find out more

Campsites around town

Jacks Paddock camping area 21 km

Opposite Kuitpo Hall, with access from Christmas Hill Rd, this paddock campground is 11 km south of Meadows. With a restored barn and horseyards, it’s recommended for group camping. Arrange your booking and permit... Find out more

Woodcutters Cottage 22 km

This former youth hostel is a 4-room stone cottage with a lounge, kitchen and sleeping room for 12, plus room nearby for tents. It is just 2 km from the information centre on Brookman Rd. Booking is necessary and a... Find out more

Chookarloo camping area 25 km

Creekside camping is permitted just 1.5 km from Kuitpo’s main information centre, 8 km south-west of Meadows on Brookman Rd.... Find out more

Cole Crossing camping area 25 km

Around 17 km north-east of Mt Compass, this peaceful camping area is reached from Cole Crossing Rd, 6 km south of Mt Magnificent Rd. No fires: only gas/fuel stoves are permitted.... Find out more

Rocky Creek Hut camping area 29 km

On the Heysen Trail, this camping area next to a cottage is on Razor Back Rd, 7 km north-west of Meadows. The stone cottage has a wood heater, sink, rainwater tank and sleeping platforms for 8. There is a short walk from... Find out more

Belair Park Caravan Park 35 km

Just off Upper Sturt Rd, close to the national park’s main entrance, this well-equipped caravan park has a playground and pool. Book ahead during peak holiday times, and bring a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Brownhill Creek Recreation Caravan Park 36 km

At this surprising natural nook just a few minutes south from Adelaide, mighty river red gums flank the creek, part of a major valley catchment. There are picnic areas and trails exploring the valley and beyond. To get... Find out more

Waitpinga camping area 40 km

Sheltered sites are set amongst coastal scrub a short stroll from Waitpinga Beach, 16 km south-west of Victor Harbor. Access is from Range and Dennis rds. A permit is required and cooking is by gas/fuel stove only.... Find out more

Stringybark camping area 41 km

Deep Creek’s main camping area is sheltered by delightful stringybark forest, a feature of the park’s higher ground. It’s a comfortable base camp for daytrips and walks on Tapanappa Rd, 9 km south-east... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Big 4 Port Willunga Tourist Park 4 km

In a quiet rural location about 4 km from Aldinga, this is a spacious park with well-established shady trees. Bookings are necessary at Christmas, January, Easter and long weekends and a minimum-stay period applies.... Find out more

Moana Beach Tourist Park 9 km

Only a short distance from the Moana town centre and close to the beach, this park is also not far from Adelaide’s southern suburbs. Bookings are required at Christmas, January, Easter and long weekends. There is a... Find out more

McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park 11 km

This is a spacious, quality park amid the vineyards of the McLaren Vale region. If you want to experience the great wines from the multitude of cellar-door outlets, you will find the park the best base on this part of... Find out more

Mount Compass Caravan Park 17 km

As neat as a pin, this newer caravan park in a rural setting has reached a high standard in its early years. It is a great inland base for exploring the Fleurieu Peninsula. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Jetty Caravan Park - Normanville 23 km

This is a neat tourist park alongside the beach. Bookings are required during Christmas and Easter holidays and a minimum-stay period applies at Christmas, January, Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Brighton Caravan Park and Holiday Village 27 km

Just 17 km from Adelaide city, this tourist park enjoys absolute beach frontage and has a nice, relaxed feel. It is a popular family park and bookings are essential during busy holiday periods. A 2-night minimum-length... Find out more

Marion Holiday Park 30 km

This tourist park in the southern suburbs is close to the enormous Marion shopping centre. It has very good amenities, shaded areas and good facilities including a recreation room and a tennis court. It makes a good base... Find out more

Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park 34 km

Right on the beachfront, this park is also within walking distance of the town centre (1.5 km). It is a quality tourist park with good facilities. Ideal for a few days or an extended stay, bookings are required during... Find out more

Port Elliot Holiday Park 35 km

Located just 2 km from Port Elliot, between Victor Harbor and Goolwa in a fabulous beachfront position, this is an excellent place to stay year round. We feel this is one of the great seaside caravan parks on the... Find out more

Brown Hill Creek Tourist Park 36 km

This picturesque owner-operated park is set in the Adelaide foothills, 7 km south-east of the city. Its 120-acre bushland setting offers lots of shade and facilities include a tennis court. A minimum-stay period applies... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Cockleshell Cottage

A short walk to Aldinga Beach and next door to the local conservation park, this attractive two-bedroom residence is a handy base for discovering this fantastic stretch of coast and its hinterland. The self-contained... Find out more

Silver Sands B&B

The postcard views from two decks reveal the magic of this B&B’s location. Out front there’s a ramble of dunes and scrub with sweeping gulf vistas. At the back, you peer across treetops to vineyards and... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Clarion Hotel Soho 41 km

Completed at the end of 2008, this five-star boutique hotel was designed with many hidden environmental features, such as water-recycling systems, sustainable building materials and airflow and passive cooling to reduce... Find out more

Ridgetop Retreats 42 km

Three funky, architecturally designed cabins sit in quiet seclusion in Deep Creek Conservation Park at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula. They have solar hot water, composting toilets, two bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling... Find out more

Antechamber Bay Ecocabins 67 km

This low-key, out-of-the-way spot in the east of the island is next to a beautiful and isolated beach. There are two fairly basic self-contained and solar-powered cabins with room for up to eight people each, half a... Find out more

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