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Published March 8th 2016
The magic of Myponga Beach
Most of us lead hectic lifestyles these days when juggling different priorities including work, family and friends. In order for us to unwind and be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle, a break away from the routine can be the answer, even if it is for a relatively short period.
I discovered recently that you don't need to go far away from Adelaide to discover places that really tick all the boxes as far as relaxation and natural beauty are concerned, however also give you the feeling of being pleasantly isolated from the rest of the world. One of those places is Myponga Beach.
Myponga Beach is just over a 1 hour drive south from Adelaide located on the Fleurieu Peninsula and offers so much in terms of a small secluded cove surrounded by rolling hills and holiday houses overlooking great coastal views back north along the foreshore towards Sellicks Beach and beyond.
Access to the beach is via a dirt road which descends steeply through farming country and during the summer months, the brown of the landscape contrasts well with the blue sea below. The landscape then magically transforms during the winter months to a vivid green.
In order to really appreciate the surroundings, I decided to stay in a rented house for 5 days, and like any getaway, it can take a day or so to truly begin to unwind. However by the end of the 5 days, I was truly relaxed and felt ready to face the everyday challenges again.
One of the most impressive experiences for me were the nightly sunsets which were never the same over the course of the escape to this area. From ochre, to orange, to pink, the colours never failed to impress. To add to the whole nightly floorshow was the backdrop of the ruins of the old jetty, dating from 1860.
The jetty was originally built to cope with the export of local produce including grain, wattlebark and livestock, however like a lot of the jetties on the Fleurieu, gradually went into disuse and deterioration. These days the ruins of the jetty add a sense of mystery and rustic charm to the cove that makes up Myponga Beach.
The feeling of being away from it all is evident with the fact that there are no shops, petrol stations, pubs or restaurants. If you need supplies or want to grab a meal somewhere, then either Normanville or Myponga are only a short drive away.
Since Myponga Beach is quite small and in a protected cove, you don't experience the big crowds like you would in other parts of the coastline, so you almost think you are the only people around, apart from the other mostly temporary residents. Quite a few of the visitors had their own kayaks and small boats to make the most of the seaside environment, and there were dotted around the cove some fishing vessels, taking advantage of the adjacent rock reefs hopefully teeming with fish.
The Myponga creek flows cautiously out to sea and meanders under an old wooden bridge, which is still used for vehicle traffic.
Looking in the rear vision mirror whilst driving away from Myponga Beach and seeing the sparkling blue sea and the steep rolling hills filled me with the thought that I would definitely be returning at some stage.