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Secret Cove at Carrickalinga Beach

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by Jack Oram (subscribe)
18-year-old freelance videographer, photographer and writer living in the south of Adelaide. View my portfolio and blog at
Published June 24th 2018
Explore one of Adelaide's hidden gems today
The cove around the corner of Carrickalinga Beach is one of the neatest finds I've ever come across, and I didn't even know it existed until I stumbled across it by pure chance! Considering myself a pioneer at the time, it was unbeknownst to me that this little cove is a well-known local spot and for good reason. The stunning three-hundred-odd metre stretch of pristine sand, clear, teal water and jagged, beautiful rock is about a ten-minute hike and two-minute rock-hop from the carpark and is more than worth the venture there.

Beach Sea Ocean Sand Secret Cliffs
Quick snap of the secret cove. This place is unreal!

When a friend and I decided to venture down south for some advertisement photos for a sponsoring brand, we had no idea of the discovery that we'd make and our efforts were more than rewarded. As we rounded the corner, the serene presentation that lay before us was one of a distant tropical dream. As the teasing waves lapped against the warm, squeaking sand, we wandered down the coast as if we'd just awoken, shipwrecked on an isolated, unknown island. Besieged by jagged, spearing cliff faces and crumbling rock walls, the spot is the epitome of secluded, only the swaying of the tide and whistling wind being heard gliding in and out of the cove's natural, rock-clad amphitheatre.

As we went about snapping shots on this sweltering day, the sun laid a blanket of fire down any exposed skin and realising we were slowly getting more and more burnt, we decided to tackle the rock-invaded stretch of beach between the cove and Carrickalinga Beach and were not disappointed by the photo opportunities. As the sun set behind us, we drove back north to reality, hundreds of stunning photos and memories on our SD cards and stories to tell when we arrived.

To get there, first drive to Normanville, turning right into Carrickalinga when prompted. Then, left onto Broadbeach Drive, and follow that onto Gold Coast Drive until you reach the carpark. Then, walk north from the carpark, past the house with a 'no golf' sign on the front garden and follow the path until you can't go any further and you see the cove below you. At this point, descend to your left into the rocks and continue around the corner until the stunning stretch of sand presents itself to you.

The spot is a stunning location for photographers, hikers, daring rock-climbers or just the average beachgoer looking for a secluded or maybe just fresh spot to beach-go.
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