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Alyssa Tresider
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The Best Beaches In SA.

When it comes to road trips in Australia, South Australia is one of those unforgettable places. From rugged coastlines and charming towns to the vibrant city and incredible nature, there is something for everyone in this southern state. 

This guide is going to let you in on all our must-visit beaches when visiting South Australia, as well as places to stay in a campervan hire. Plus, with the Apollo Adelaide Camper branch conveniently located near the heart of the city, it makes picking up and dropping off your camper a breeze, and a great opportunity to enjoy all the family-friendly things to do in Adelaide. So read on, get inspired to plan a travel itinerary so you can get out there and start exploring Australia sooner.


What’s South Australia known for?

South Australia is known for its diverse landscapes, bustling cities, acclaimed wineries, and stunning natural wonders. Adelaide, the capital city, is a hub of cultural festivals, and the state is celebrated for producing some of Australia's finest wines in regions like the Barossa Valley. South Australia is also home to Kangaroo Island, a wildlife haven where visitors can encounter kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and sea lions in their natural habitats. Additionally, South Australia is famous for its outback scenery, which includes the vast desert landscapes of the Flinders Ranges and the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. 

For those who appreciate history, the state has a rich cultural heritage, with numerous museums, galleries, and historic sites, such as the Adelaide Oval and the South Australian Museum. And families will love the huge amount of family-friendly things to do in South Australia. All in all, South Australia has something to offer for everyone, making it a great destination for anyone travelling on an Australian road trip in a campervan or motorhome.


What’s the best way to explore the beaches of South Australia?

If you're looking to explore the best beaches of South Australia, a campervan hire is one of the best options available. A campervan allows you the freedom to travel at your own pace, stopping wherever you wish to enjoy the scenery and attractions. A camper is also an affordable and convenient option, providing both transportation and accommodation in one package. 

Easily travel between beaches, exploring the coastline and enjoying the ocean views from the comfort of your own vehicle. It's important to remember that campervans and motorhomes should not be taken onto the sand as it can damage the local environment. Apollo Campers have a range of vehicles to choose from, to suit your travel companion size and needs. So, if you're planning a trip to South Australia, consider a campervan hire with Apollo to explore the beautiful beaches on offer in this stunning state.

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The best beaches in SA

1. Glenelg Beach

South Australia boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, and Glenelg Beach is up there with the best. Located just 20 minutes from Adelaide's city centre, it's easy to get here by camper, with ample parking available near the beach. Glenelg is a lively and vibrant area, with plenty of restaurants, cafes, and shops to explore. The beach itself is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing, with crystal-clear waters and soft, white sand. For those who enjoy water sports, there are also opportunities for jet skiing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. While here be sure to check out the historic jetty that stretches out into the ocean, providing stunning views of the coastline.

Where to stay near Glenelg Beach

If you're planning to stay in the area, West Beach Parks is an excellent option. Located just a short drive from Glenelg Beach, Big4 West Beach Parks offers great campsites and a range of facilities, including a swimming pool, playground, and BBQ area, making it the perfect base for exploring beaches in Adelaide.


2. Christies Beach

Next on our list is Christies Beach which is definitely worth adding to your road trip travel itinerary. Located just a 30-minute drive from Adelaide, the beach is easy to get to and promises a great day out. While here, try your hand at surfing, or simply enjoy the sunshine and good vibes. There's also a long stretch of coastline to explore, with plenty of opportunities for fishing and beach walks. Nearby Christies Beach is known for its laid-back vibe, with a great selection of restaurants, cafes, and shops to enjoy.

Where to stay near Christies Beach

Nearby you’ll find Christies Beach Caravan Park which is a great place to stay to extend your time in the area. Located just a short walk from the beach, the park offers a swimming pool, playground, and BBQ area, as well as spacious campsites and family-friendly atmosphere.


3. Maslin Beach

Maslin Beach, which is located just a 45-minute drive from Adelaide City, is another gem along South Australia’s coastline. This beach is popular for surfing, swimming and simply enjoying time in the sunshine. It is also famous for being Australia's first legal nude beach, with a designated section for those who wish to sunbathe and swim in the nude. The area surrounding Maslin Beach is known for its natural beauty, with stunning cliffs and scenic walking trails to explore.

Where to stay near Maslin Beach

To extend your explorations of the area, then Moana Beach Tourist Park is an excellent option to book into. Located just a short drive from Maslin Beach, the park offers a family-friendly atmosphere, great campsites and facilities.


4. Long Beach

Long Beach is next on our list and as soon as you arrive you’ll see why. Located in Robe, a charming seaside town on the Limestone Coast, Long Beach is a stunning length of coastline that stretches for miles. You’ll be happy to know that if travelling by camper, it's easy to get here, with ample parking available near the beach.

Where to stay near Long Beach

If you're planning to stay in the area, Robe Holiday Park is our go-to. Located just a short drive from Long Beach, the park offers modern amenities, private campsites and a great location.


5. Aldinga Beach

This list of the best beaches in South Australia wouldn’t be complete without this next spot. Located just a 45-minute drive from Adelaide, Aldinga Beach is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing, with crystal-clear waters and soft, white sand. The beach is also home to a unique feature known as the Aldinga Reef, a submerged reef that visitors can explore by snorkelling or diving. Plus, nearby Aldinga Beach invites you to explore walking trails or just bask in its beauty.

Where to stay near Aldinga Beach

The Aldinga Beach Holiday Park is our top choice when staying in the area. Located just a short walk from the beach, the park offers all you could need for a comfortable stay including modern amenities and spacious sites.


6. Coffin Bay

Last but certainly not least on our list is Coffin Bay, which is located on the Eyre Peninsula. This is a little bit of a drive from Adelaide, but still easily accessible by camper and definitely worth it. Coffin Bay is a popular spot for fishing, swimming, and boating, with crystal-clear waters and soft, white sand. The area surrounding Coffin Bay boasts spectacular landscapes and the town of Coffin Bay is famous for its oysters, with numerous oyster farms in the area providing fresh and delicious seafood to enjoy.

Where to stay near Coffin Bay

The Coffin Bay Holiday Park is a perfect place to book into. Located just a short drive from the beach, the park will be your perfect base for exploring the local South Australian beaches and surroundings.

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Ready for your next adventure?

So there you have it, our guide to our top best beaches in South Australia. Now, the beauty of van travel means that you’re sure to find many more hidden gems along the way, as well as incredible places to eat and activities to enjoy. If you can’t wait to get out there and start exploring South Australia sooner, then be sure to book your Apollo Camper today.

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