Freelance writer, born and bred in South Australia.
Published October 18th 2016
Breathe in the fresh air
Our lives can get very overwhelming at times. Maybe work is getting too full on, problems are arising within family, or you're just struggling to find yourself in the busy haze you live amongst. It's normal.
But it's important to allow yourself some me time every once in a while.
Personally, I find that the most calming place for me is along the coast. Our metro beaches such as Semaphore, Grange, and Seacliff are blessed with wide and long stretches of sand. The ocean is usually quite calm with little or no waves. These beaches are the ideal spots to go for a casual walk along the water's edge. You can feel the water gently lap against your toes and your feet sink into the warm sand.
Rifle Butts Beach near Port Victoria. Image: Emma Jane Warren
Driving can be a relaxing activity that allows you to get away and spend time with yourself. If you're willing to use up some petrol, consider driving to an even more distant coastal location, such as somewhere along the Yorke Peninsula. The country townships along here are rarely busy with people and will provide the tranquility you desire. My favourite spots are Port Victoria and Sheaoak Flat.
McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Image: Emma Jane Warren
Another beautiful region is the Fleurieu Peninsula. Head inland and see the stunning country farms and natural scenery. A good sensual spot is at the Guan Yin Buddha Temple just South of Aldinga. Whether you are religious or not, you can visit the giant statue and witness the incredible view it has over the surrounding area.
Or, trek to the coastal locations on the Fleurieu. The Western side of the peninsula is generally quieter and less tourist developed. This includes towns like Normanville and Rapid Bay. However, on the other side, Middleton is an incredibly long length of beach where you can be sure to find a section to be alone.
There's also the Flinders Ranges which is about 200km North of Adelaide. This outback destination has vast hills and earthy land that continues on for what seems like forever.
Natural wildlife in the Flinders Ranges. Image: Emma Jane Warren
Otherwise, you could head to one of Adelaide's amazing lookouts and watch over the hustle and bustle of the city. Windy Point lookout and Mount Lofty lookout are two of the best positions. Although they can be popular with tourists during the day, they're often quiet at nighttime.