Aldinga Beach is one of the few in Australia where cars are permitted to drive on parts of its broad, sandy beach, making access to its safe swimming and surf especially easy.
Aldinga Beach is a top spot for scuba diving and snorkelling, with the beach overlooking a unique aquatic reserve established to protect a rare reef formation.
An underwater trail includes a spectacular drop-off, or underwater cliff. A boat ramp provides easy access to the water.
See more of the Fleurieu Peninsula – a coastal playground famed for its laidback lifestyle, beach breaks for surfers of all levels of experience, and top fishing spots.
It`s a paradise for divers and snorkellers, with dramatic shipwrecks and stunning marine life, including the famed Leafy Seadragon.
Enjoy some of the best produce and vineyards in Australia. The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to some prestigious winemaking regions, including McLaren Vale. The history of winemaking in this region goes all the way back to 1842, and it consistently produces some of the best drops you`ll ever taste.
There`s also national parks, golf courses, top quality cuisine and more.
CHECK OUT THE FILM "THE BOYS ARE BACK" filmed around ALDINGA BEACH
DIVER'S DELIGHT AT ALDINGA BEACH
The Aldinga drop off is the edge of Aldinga reef lying 1.5kms off the Aldinga beach. The reef drops away to 21m creating a spectacular dive with a lot of over hangs hiding soft corals and many fish. The drop off is where the big schools of snapper stay when traveling north to their breeding grounds. When the snapper are running it is recommended not to dive here as the occasional white pointer sometimes follows the snapper school. This is where Rodney Fox had his encounter with a shark, although this is a spectacular dive, it is best to be cautious.
Aldinga reef aquatic reserve was estabilished in 1971 for the protection of equatic plants and animals associated with the large intertidal limestone reef and spectacular precipitous underwater cliff known as the drop off and the surrounding sandy substrate for the purpose of education and recreation.
Aldinga Reef Aquatic Reserve consists of a large intertidal platform which extends approximately 500 metres offshore, and submerged reef complex which extends approximately 1200 metres offshore. it is a moderate wave energy coastline. The area is popular with scuba divers. The cliff and overhangs are extremely rich in marine life, particularly sponges and kelp plants.
Aldinga Beach Locality Guide
Aldinga stands at the centre of a somewhat triangular region which includes some of the most beautiful and sought after coastal townships in South Australia, i.e. Moana Beach and Sellicks Beach. Around 45 Kilometres from Adelaide CBD, in the heart of the Southern Wine Growing District and at the gateway to the lovely Fleurieu Peninsula, it offers an incredible lifestyle for residents and visitors alike.
It is principally a rural district, the primary industries being winemaking, gourmet food production, cereal, livestock, farming and tourism. However, it also has the advantage of being within easy commuter distance of the southern industrial zones of Lonsdale, St Marys etc. and the business district of central Adelaide. Flinders University campus is just a 30 minute drive away and Adelaide Airport around 50 minutes. These centres are accessed by the recently opened Southern Expressway.
With its unique combination of tranquil countryside, pristine beaches and some of the best wineries and restaurants in Australia, the district offers an unbeatable lifestyle opportunity. For those wishing to "get away from it all" yet still have lots of things to do when they choose, they can do no better that this still-affordable area. Abundant B&B facilities make visiting the area viable to all budgets.
For the history buff, South Australia’s roots abound here. Port Willunga was once a thriving sea port where ships loaded the local cereal crops for transportation to the distant city of Adelaide. (Remnants of the old jetty still stand in stark contrast to the white sandy beach).
Amongst the other attractions in the area are bush-walking, wine tasting and gourmet eating. The visitor can explore the myriad attractions of the lovely Fleurieu Peninsula and perhaps hop on the ferry from Cape Jervis (approx. 1 hour from Aldinga) to Kangaroo Island for a fascinating day out. Then of course there are the beaches! Kilometres of sandy beaches can be enjoyed by families of all ages, vehicle access is often allowed.
Lapped by the pristine waters of the Gulf of St Vincent, the beaches in the area are truly unbeatable. Gently rolling surf on soft golden sands, an extensive natural reef teeming with aquatic life, miles of empty beach often backed by nature reserves or fascinating cliffs sculptured by the southerly winds. We even have Australia’s first official unclad bathing beach at Maslin Beach. Boat access is available at Aldinga Beach for small trailer craft whilst further down the coast Wirrina allows the bigger boats to fish the Gulf waters and Kangaroo Island.
For the sports enthusiast there are facilities for hiking, cycling, horse-riding, rock-climbing, camping, skating, bushwalking, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, diving, sailing, surfing, kayaking and sail boarding. Both wreck and reef diving pursuits are enjoyed by locals and tourists from Australia and overseas. So there is no need to be bored!
Local festivals are becoming a major tourist attraction and include The Tour Down Under, Celtic Festival, Wine Bushing Festival, Sea and Vines and the Almond Blossom Festival, all of which are held annually. Many other individual events are staged from time to time.
The area also boasts good local shopping, including a number of shopping centres, public transport, schools and medical facilities and a wealth of local community associations for young and old alike.
Beach fishing from mattjfleet
Aldinga Beach is growing fast with several subdivision's being developed. It used to be just a small holiday shack town, but is now an outer surburb of Adelaide.Some long time residents do not like the fast expansion of the area and the ever increasing traffic. But, with the wonderful sea breezes the clean fresh air it's a great place to bring children up. Its about 45minutes by car from Adelaide.
New houses Aldinga Beach
Aldinga Beach Shopping Centre
Aldinga Beach has two supermarkets with the usual array of smaller shops, hairdresser's, shoes, clothes, bank, butcher's etc. A very good library, doctors medical practice and a couple of dental practices.
Mums and Bubs gentle stretch and Yoga course
Wednesdays 9.45 - 10.45
GP Plus, Pridham Boulevard Aldinga Beach
Mother and baby yoga is a great way to share the benefits for your mind and body, and finding a fun way and relaxing way to interact with your baby.
Based at the scenic, charming, foxy and delightful Aldinga Airfield, Adelaide Biplanes is all about delivering some of the most awesome flying experiences it's possible to imagine.
From the joy and sheer romance of a gentle WACO biplane flight at 1,000 feet, along the scenic Adelaide south coast, with a delicious sunset as your personal backdrop.
To an extreme Super Decathlon aerobatic trip aloft that offers a totally unique, adrenalin-pumping experience, that literally puts all your senses on overload.
To the ultimate buzz of actually learning to fly at the most motivating, challengingly-fun, inspiringly-easy going and singularly safe flying school.
An interesting area is the Aldinga Scrub, the Scrub is the only existing example of coastal scrubland of its kind in South Australia. Which was a major focus of Aboriginal occupation of the Adelaide region. Recent sites are a rare store of information about a way of life which no longer exists. Stone tools and campsites suggest occupation for at least 20.000 years. There are well marked walking trails and this park offers some excellent bird watching. Depending on the season you may see honeyeaters, woodswallows, elegant parrot, rufous songlark, white throated gerygone, mistletoe bird, yellow thornbill, white-browed babbler, rainbow bee-eater and birds of prey.
An important new service in Aldinga Beach is the GP Plus Health Care Centre on Saturday 1pm - 8pm and Sundays 10am - 6pm an after hours doctors service is available. During the week services at the centre
Antenatal and postnatal careChild and adolescent mental healthChild health clinicsChronic disease servicesCounselling servicesEarly childhood development programs
Health promotions and lifestyle education programs
Nutrition servicesParent support and education
d foot care
Aldinga Play Group...(08)8210 1000
Aldinga Community Kindergarton ..(08)85565483
Primary Schools include:
Galilee Catholic Scho
Aldinga Primary School (08)85565060
Southern Vales Christian Community School (08)85566118
ALDINGA BAY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION INC
Meet on 2nd Wednesday of each month (except January) at Symonds Reserve Hall, Aldinga Community Centre, Stewart Avenue, Aldinga Beach.
Meetings start at 7.30 pm, usually with a guest speaker (refer page 2 of Coastal Views each month). Meetings usually end about 9 pm. You don't have to be a member to attend - everyone welcome.
ALDINGA BAY WATCH SA
(Neighbourhood Watch) Incorporated into the Aldinga Bay Residents' Association meetings, held 7.30 pm on second Wednesday of every month (except January) at the Symonds Reserve Hall, Stewart Avenue, Aldinga Beach.
ALDINGA BAY SCOUT GROUP
Storey Avenue, Aldinga Beach Monday nights: Joeys 6.30 to 7.30 pm, Cubs 6.30 to 8.00 pm, Scouts 6.30 to 8.30 pm Come and try - boys and girls from 5 to 14 years. Enquiries phone 8130 6000 and ask for Aldinga Scout Group Leader.
ALDINGA BAY CALLISTHENICS CLUB Classes are held at the Aldinga Primary School, Quinliven Road, Aldinga Beach. New members always welcome.
First lesson free
Tinies 6 years & under 4 - 4.30pm
4.30 - 5.15pm
Sub Juniors 9 years & under 5 - 6.30 pm Juniors 12 years & under 6.15 - 7.45 pm Intermediates 16 years & under 7.30 - 9.15pm Seniors 17 years and up 7.30 - 9.15 pm For more information please contact:
ALDINGA BAY BOWLING CLUB Inc LAWN BOWLS The Bowling Club is situated off Port Rd, Aldinga, west of the Oval, opp. the Art-Eco Village.
Social bowls are played Tues & Thurs (& Sat afternoons until October,)
1.00pm for 1.30 start; usually concluded by 4.00pm. All visitors welcome. Casual dress, flat-soled shoes. Club bowls available. $2 green fees. The club is also the home of 8 Ball and Darts Clubs. Contact :
Neil on 8557 7088 (mob 0427 092 695) or Tony on 8556 6321 (mob 0416 264 282) or clubrooms 8557 7467 & leave a message..
DOWN SOUTH CRAFT GROUP Meet Thursdays, 9.30 to 11.30 am. at 31 Starboard Road, Seaford.
BYO craft or learn something new. Friendly, casual atmosphere.
Contact Wendy on 8326 5999
or Sandra 8327 3419
ALDINGA COMMUNITY GROUP Meet weekly on Fridays at the Aldinga Senior Citizens Club, Cnr Valiant & Quinliven Roads, Port Willunga from 9.30 am - 2.30 pm. Lunch provided at small cost. This group will also provide respite for carers.
Phone Jan Ifould on 8323 8258.
ALDINGA COMMUNITY GARDEN
is at Symonds Reserve, Stewart Avenue and is open every Wednesday 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and
Sundays 10 am to noon. NZJ Everyone is welcome to join in 1"-z-7-7-- for hands-on gardening, or just a
chat and a cuppa'. "Grow it - Eat it"
There is no cost, and it's children and wheelchair-friendly. Contact: Sue 8556 8090 or Darryl 8327 1069
ALDINGA BAY CROQUET CLUB New players and visiting players are always welcome.
The club caters for both ASSOCIATION CROQUET (the traditional game), which develops physical skills and keeps the mind agile and GOLF CROQUET, a short devious and fun filled game which develops both skill and tactics. Both gamesare played on equal terms between both genders and the first coaching sessions are absolutely FREE. The club is located at the bowling club facilities at the Aldinga Sports Complex, Port Rd, Aldinga.
PLAYING TIMES: Association Croquet -Mon, Wed and Sat 9.00am to 12.30pm Golf Croquet- Mon 1.00pm to 4.00pm Fri 9.00am to 4.00pm
For further information please contact Bob on 8556 2659 or Lorraine on 8557 8907.
ALDINGA NETBALL CLUB Ph: 8557 7544 leave a message, Jackie 8556 6974, Sarah 0413 096 547, Lee-Ann 0408 855 657
ALDINGA QUILTERS Meetings start at 10.00 am on 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.
Held at the Aldinga Institute, Old Coach Road, Aldinga.
For anyone interested in patchwork and quilting, friendship and fun. All welcome. For further information call:
President: Margaret Doe 8557 8558. W/shop convenor: Karen Bennet 8556 3875.
PLAYGROUP - MARY OF GALILEE
LEARNING CENTRE Mondays, 10 am to 11.30 am, cnr Quinliven and How Roads, Aldinga. Mums & Dads, Grandparents and others welcome.
Contact Carolyn: 0403 163 818.
ALDINGA SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB Inc.
Cnr Quinliven and Valiant Roads, Port Willunga - Ph. 8556 5918,
Mon: Bridge from 12.30 pm, pool / snooker Tues: Pool / snooker from 1.00 pm
Wed: Bingo 10.00 am, Sausage sizzle last
Wednesday of month. Club day,
bowls, cards, pool / snooker 1 pm. Fri: BINGO from 7.30 pm
BABY PLAYGROUP - ALDINGA
runs every Friday 1.30 - 3.00 pm during term time. The playgroup is free to all parents, grand parents and carers and their babies up to the age for 18 months. The playgroup is supported by early childhood staff from GP Plus Health Care Centre. For more information contact
Jacqui on 8392 4500.
TODDLER PLAYGROUP - ALDINGA
COMMUNITY CENTRE Tuesdays 9.30 am 11.30 am during school term. Come along and enjoy a relaxed, fun time playing with your child & getting to know other parents.
We welcome children under 4 years and their Dads, Mums, Grandparents and Carers. Playgroup costs $2 per child (over 12 months) to cover activities.
IOUs are welcome during tricky weeks. Jacqui, an Occupational Therapist from GP Plus - Aldinga, coordinates the Playgroup and can answer questions you may have about your child's development.
Contact Jacqui Barfoot, Ph. 8392 4500.
Every Friday in school term for pre-school children at the Sellicks Community Hall, Riviera Road, Sellicks Beach. 10 am - noon. Bring a piece of fruit per child for a shared morning tea. Games, craft, singing and sometimes some baking. Supported by
GP Plus, Aldinga. $2 per family.
Contact Evette on 8556 3011.
FITNESS SENIORS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CLASS
Class for over 50's at Aldinga Beach
Low intensity chair based exercise class at Aldinga Community Centre, at 11.00 am on Thursdays. $4.00.
Enquiries: Venton 0402 608 993.
Active class - moderate intensity, including light weights, core stability and toning exercises. Tuesday mornings 9 - 10 am and 10.15 - 11.15 am at Aldinga Community Centre. $4.00 incl. tea/coffee.