Less than an hour from the CBD is the Fleurieu Peninsula. The Fleurieu's beaches are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and picnicking. Along that coastline, there are also a few beaches that allow vehicles to drive directly on the sand.
The beaches of Aldinga, Moana, Sellicks and Silver Sands are a perfect spot to spend the day. For generations, families have travelled to these beaches and enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing day out along this spectacular coast.
But, did you know, that if you're a home owner or a residential tenant within the council district of the City Of Onkaparinga you are entitled to receive a free summer-long vehicle access beach permit?
The permit is valid from 5.30am to 12 midnight between December and March each year.
Beach passes can be collected from November each year from the following council offices:
Noarlunga Office, Ramsay Place, Noarlunga Centre, Monday to Friday 8.30am–5pm. Aberfoyle Park, The Hub, Aberfoyle Park, Monday to Friday 9.30am–5pm. Aldinga, 11 Central Way, Aldinga Beach, Monday to Friday 9.30am-1pm. Willunga, St Peters Terrace, Willunga, Monday to Friday 9.30am–5pm. Woodcroft Office, 175 Bains Road, Morphett Vale, Monday to Friday 9.30am–5pm
Passes can also be collected from any of the district libraries or from the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre.
Or, you can call the Council on 8384 0666 and have one posted out to you.
You will need to provide proof of residency when collecting your beach permit (eg drivers licence or rates notice).
Non-residents can purchase a day beach pass for $8 at the ramp. Ramps are attended on most weekends, public holidays or when the temperature at Noarlunga is forecast to be above 25°C.
The beach ramps are monitored by volunteer community groups who collect fees as part of their fundraising activities. The majority of community groups will have EFTPOS facilities available at the beaches. Fines of up to $187 may apply for driving on the beach without a permit.
And please don't forget about the birds that share our beaches! The Hooded Plover is native to the area and breeds on the beaches during summer. The bird is under threat of extinction. Please give them some space on the beach and drive only on the hard sand.
There is a maximum speed limit of 10km p/h on the beaches and there are parking restrictions around Hooded Plover nests.
An absolutely fabulous article taking me back to earlier days at Moana Beach and recently to Sellicks Beach while staying at a clifftop rental, with the grandchildren.These days, I visit Goolwa Beach occasionally, in the 4WD, one of the most amazing straight sections of beach in Australia.Great photos too!!