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Hallett Cove Beach

Home > Adelaide > Beaches | Animals and Wildlife
Published December 14th 2014
Why visit a beach full of rocks?
Hallett Cove Beach would not be on many people's list of "Must See Beaches in Adelaide."

The shore is covered in rocks, the views are vast and intimidating, and there are a lot of shrubs. But before you keep driving without even giving this obnoxious place a second glance...

Stop.
Roll down your window.
Take it in.

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Hallett Cove Beach


First there's the massive grass space with shaded BBQ areas and playgrounds, the perfect spot for family gatherings. Enjoy the comfort of seating, cooking areas and things to keep the kids entertained. When I was younger during the summer we would freeze massive blocks of ice and ride them down the hill. The giant five man swing set was also a crowd favourite, with everyone always trying to connect in the middle.

Next to the grass area is the Boat Shed Café and the beginning of the Hallett Cove Conservation Park. Here you'll see a whole lot of shrubs and a clutter of various shaped mountains. Each has different swirls of brown plastered across them. Its surface is smooth like a sculpture, as though it's been carved by Mother Nature herself. These are Each of them are a recording of an Australian ice age that occurred 280 million years ago, evidence of a completely different world that once existed here in this spot.

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Glacial Striations Hallett Cove
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Above is a trail that leads to the top of the cliff. Depending on the time of year this is a perfect spot for whale watching. But even if there are no whales it's a great place to come and face the daunting blue sea that stretches on to nothingness.

On the shore the surface is made up of rock. This is what turns most people off about Hallett Cove Beach. A beach where you can't swim? But let me, let you in on a little secret…this is the best thing about Hallett Cove Beach. My siblings and I used to come here and catch crabs. We'd roll up our pants, grab our buckets and make our way through the rocks, picking up the small ones to find sea creatures hiding underneath them. Whoever was the bravest would pick up the big rocks and catch the big crab, and they'd walk away triumphantly as the winner of the "who can find the biggest crab" game.

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Crabbing at Hallett Cove



Keep walking down the beach and you'll come to the cliff face. Here there is a small area of beach which will actually allow you to swim. But be careful, the ground is still a little hard. Next to this is the cliff face. A lot of people come here to fish, along the shards of rock that stretch out into the sea.

They set up their deck chairs and rods and wait for a bite. I can't tell you whether it's a good spot for fishing because I've never tried it. But it sure is a scenic place to fish.

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Hallett Cove Beach


If you continue walking along the rocks, past the fisherman, you'll come across my favourite spot in Adelaide; a small curve in the cliff that almost turns into a cave. Here there's nothing but rock and the sea.

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Hallett Cove Beach


This little spot is cut off from the world. Pebbles make up the ground, the cliff edges curl towards you and there's nothing but a small wall of rock blocking you from the ocean.
Of course this area is safe only when the tides out, which is during the day. But don't worry you will be able to tell when the tides coming in.

This spot is good because it almost feels isolated from the surrounding suburbs, like you're in a different place. This can also be said about the rest of the beach. Its excessive views and evident imprints of history make it unique and inviting.

This is why Hallett Cove Beach is worth a second look.
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We've been hiking along this spot, the rocks make it so interesting as part of the trail. Some nice spots to stop for a picnic too!
by Laura Turner (score: 2|476) 1329 days ago
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