A lot of Melburnians aren't aware of what there is to do in Adelaide despite being right next door. We decided to make the long drive over one long weekend as my friend has relatives living there, so we had some local guides.
I do love the outdoors and relaxing so that's what this weekend was all about.
1. Semaphore Beach, Semaphore We had an afternoon to spare after our eight hour drive across the border and someone recommended Semaphore Beach.
The water was a deep blue but the beach itself was not pristine. It was a good trip to a location with a lot going on. There was a bustling strip of shops and a grassy area for people to lie and relax while their kids play.
2. Ardrossan Jetty, Ardrossan South Australia has several peninsulas, so we drove a few hours across to Ardrossan on the Yorke Peninsula. We heard it was a good place for fishing and found a busy pier with visitors trying their luck.
We had come to try catch some squid as well as crabs with our net. However the sun was overtaken by a heavy bout of rain the moment we set up and many people started to leave.
Since we had driven all the way, we stuck it out and tried our luck. We only caught a few crabs by leaving our net in the water with fish heads as bait. In Victoria people use chicken but apparently this is not allowed in South Australia.
Something we discovered in South Australia is that there's a completely different way to catch crabs rather than dropping a crab net in the water.
This second method is more interactive. You wade in at low tide, usually night time, at a beach such as Parham Beach. I like to wear gumboots but any shoes that will allow you to step over rocky surfaces should be fine.
You also bring a bucket or large container for the crabs and tie it with a rope to your waist so it just floats along with you. Now to the fun part. You also bring rakes and the idea is when you see a crab move, you use the rake to trap it. The crab holds onto the rake and you shake it into your container.
The crabs get quite fast at night so don't forget to bring a head torch. The best time to do this is in warmer weather and when it's not windy, as wind makes it harder to see the crabs.
Find out more about crabbing and the limits in South Australia here.
4. Fishing along the Murray River
South Australia is also home to parts of the Murray River meaning there are multiple locations to try your luck. Unfortunately I can't share them as we were merely driven there.
It was a great experience, though, as we had cooked some Vietnamese soup before heading out. After we caught a satisfactory fish we cooked it and ate it with our soup using a trusty old portable stove; a very fresh meal indeed.
5. Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills
On the way back to Victoria, make sure to visit Hahndorf, a little German themed village in the Adelaide Hills. There are pubs, restaurants, lolly shops and gift shops to explore and get into the European mood.