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Clayton Bay Foreshore Walk

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Published December 26th 2015
Walk by Waterfowl, Wading birds and Waterscapes
Clayton Bay is small town (pop. 240) situated 12 kilometres upriver from Goolwa on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. Although perhaps most well known for being a destination for watersports and cruising, Clayton Bay is also part of the Coorong, Lake Alexandrina and Albert Wetland complex, listed as a Ramsar Wetland. Such sites are of ecological significance, particularly as waterfowl habitats.

Clayton Bay Foreshore Walk Fleurieu Peninsula Goolwa
The Clayton Bay Foreshore


On the Clayton Bay foreshore is a 4km easy walking trail which gently meanders around the Clayton Peninsula. Heading north past the caravan park leads to a boardwalk through wetlands, while heading south along the trail leads to a few other walks including the Snug Cove walk and the Gumboot trail. Relaxing waterscapes with opaline water can be seen, and waterfowl are plentiful with wading birds purposefully striding on the banks and in the shallow water below pelicans and cormorants hovering on thermals high above.

Clayton Bay Foreshore Walk Fleurieu Peninsula Goolwa Birds Waterfowl
Pelican Hovering


Clayton Bay Foreshore Walk Fleurieu Peninsula Goolwa Birds Waterfowl
Panoramic Waterscape at the Clayton Bay Foreshore Walk


Another Panoramic Waterscape at the Clayton Bay Foreshore Walk


Clayton Bay Foreshore Walk Fleurieu Peninsula Goolwa Birds Waterfowl
Rope Assisted Descent to the Water's Edge


On descending to the water's edge, a few small caves can be explored.

If you're on the Fleurieu Peninsula and looking for an hour or two of easy strolling by the water, the Clayton Bay foreshore is perfect. Toilet and picnic facilities are provided.
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Why? For a short (4 km) lesiurely walk by the water
When: Anytime
Where: Clayton Bay on the Fleurieu Peninsula near Goolwa
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I remember this town,when it was not a town...except for one man who lived a primitive lifestyle and caught snakes for there venom and people threw out yabby nets.
Now days it is worth a visit like you say and best to go there,when there is some green about, as I am sure there are still tiger snakes lurking in the grass.

Not far from Milang or Goolwa or Strathalbyn,so it is certainly worth a visit.

I no longer know if the shop there is still operating....but it would be nice to know that is ,for obtaining drinks ,icecreams etc and maybe takeaway fish and chips.
by noelp (score: 3|1199) 1421 days ago
That rope assisted descent looks cool. I can think of a fair few places that could do with something like that. Nice pics
by Rota (score: 2|708) 1422 days ago
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