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List of shore dive locations within 2 hours drive from Adelaide

August 25, 2017|Posted in: Coastal activities, Jetties

I’ve always been flummoxed by the trend whereby divers who live in Adelaide continually revisit a handful of the state’s innumerable shore diving locations. While the popularity of Rapid Bay jetty, the rocky reefs of Second Valley, the soft coral encrusted columns of the Port Hughes jetty and the built and natural habitats of Port Noarlunga is not undeserved, I’ve compiled this list in the hopes that it encourages divers and snorkelers to branch out and try somewhere new for their next dive or snorkel. Afterall, we’re spoiled in South Australia, with literally thousands of kilometres of accessible coastline, and dozens of accessible jetties and marinas just waiting to be explored.

The list below focuses on shore-based diving and snorkeling sites which can be comfortably visited by car in either a day trip or half-day trip. The list is sorted by travel time, from shortest to longest. Distances are measured in kilometres, times are measured in hours:minutes (one way) and suggestions for the expansion of this list are invited.

Data was sourced from Google maps, and travel times are conservative.

Revised and expanded on 26 August 2017. Thanks to Mark Young for his suggestions. On 5 September, the Points of Interest column was added, following a suggesstion for further detail made by committee member, David Muirhead.

Adelaide to… Region Water body Kms Time (one way) Points of Interest
Henley Beach Greater Metro Adelaide Gulf St Vincent 11.4 00:20:00
  • Jetty
Glenelg Greater Metro Adelaide Gulf St Vincent 11 00:21:00
  • Jetty
  • “The Blocks” artificial reef
Grange Greater Metro Adelaide Gulf St Vincent 13.7 00:25:00
  • Jetty
Brighton Greater Metro Adelaide Gulf St Vincent 15 00:26:00
  • Jetty
  • Seagrass meadows
West Lakes Greater Metro Adelaide West Lakes 14.3 00:27:00
  • Floating pontoons
  • Artificial reef structures
Semaphore Greater Metro Adelaide Gulf St Vincent 16.1 00:29:00
  • Jetty
Marino Rocks Greater Metro Adelaide Gulf St Vincent 18.8 00:30:00
  • Rocky reef
Garden Island Greater Metro Adelaide Barker Inlet 21.6 00:30:00
  • Jetty
  • Mangroves
  • Ships Graveyard wrecks
Outer Harbor Greater Metro Adelaide Gulf St Vincent 25 00:33:00
  • Long breakwaters
O’Sullivan Beach Greater Metro Adelaide Gulf St Vincent 28.5 00:34:00
  • Marina
  • Rocky reef
Hallett Cove Greater Metro Adelaide Gulf St Vincent 24.8 00:35:00
  • Rocky reef
Port Noarlunga Greater Metro Adelaide Gulf St Vincent 31.4 00:36:00
  • Jetty
  • Rocky barrier reef
Ocre Point, Maslins Beach Greater Metro Adelaide Gulf St Vincent 39 00:42:00
  • Rocky reef
Aldinga Greater Metro Adelaide Gulf St Vincent 43.3 00:43:00
  • Rocky reef
Port Willunga Greater Metro Adelaide Gulf St Vincent 45.4 00:46:00
  • Jetty remains
  • “Star of Greece” wreck
Haycock Point Fleurieu Peninsula Gulf St Vincent 74.8 01:07:00
  • Rocky reef
Myponga Beach Fleurieu Peninsula Gulf St Vincent 71.5 01:08:00
Carrickalinga Fleurieu Peninsula Gulf St Vincent 74.1 01:08:00
  • Rocky reef
Normanville Fleurieu Peninsula Gulf St Vincent 76 01:09:00
  • Jetty
  • Seagrass meadows
Victor Harbor Fleurieu Peninsula Encounter Bay 84 01:12:00
  • The Bluff
  • Screwpile Jetty
  • Oliver’s Reef
  • The Causeway
  • Granite Island
  • Wright Island
Lady Bay Fleurieu Peninsula Gulf St Vincent 81.3 01:23:00
  • Rocky intertidal zone
Second Valley Fleurieu Peninsula Gulf St Vincent 90.5 01:25:00
  • Jetty
  • Rocky inshore reef
  • Seagrass meadows
Rapid Bay Fleurieu Peninsula Gulf St Vincent 99.1 01:36:00
  • Fishing jetty
  • Old BHP jetty
  • Leafy seadragons
Morgan’s Beach Fleurieu Peninsula Gulf St Vincent 107.8 01:38:00
  • Rocky reef
Ardrossan Yorke Peninsula Gulf St Vincent 149.5 01:50:00
  • Fishing jetty
  • Arrium jetty
Wallaroo Yorke Peninsula Spencer Gulf 158 01:58:00
  • Jetty
  • Marina
Moonta Yorke Peninsula Spencer Gulf 162 02:01:00
  • Jetty
Black Point Yorke Peninsula Gulf St Vincent 172 02:05:00
Port Hughes Yorke Peninsula Spencer Gulf 166.1 02:06:00
  • Jetty
Port Broughton Yorke Peninsula Spencer Gulf 175.2 02:10:00
  • Jetty
  • Sheltered bay
Port Julia Yorke Peninsula Gulf St Vincent 179.1 02:11:00
  • Jetty
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Dan Monceaux is a documentary filmmaker with a keen interest in marine biodoversity and conservation issues. He joined MLSSA in 2013 and served as Secretary from April-December 2014. Dan snorkels and has burning passions for underwater photography and citizen science.

2 Comments

  1. mark young
    August 25, 2017

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    port willunga jetty, star of greece wreck, myponga beach and jetty,stansbury jetty, haycock point, lasster’s reef, port turton, port victoria, wallaroo jetty, the edithburg area encopassing port klein to edithburg [ wool bay port giles edithburg jetties ] maybe slightly > 2hrs ,marino rocks , victor harbour has oliver’s reef ,rosetta head ,etc outer harbour grecian wreck

    • Dan Monceaux
      August 26, 2017

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      Thanks for your suggestions, Mark. Those within roughly 2 hours travel time from Adelaide have been added to this list. Wrecks and offshore reefs will likely be the subjects of future articles.

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