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Rapid Bay & Second Valley Adventure

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by Jack Oram (subscribe)
18-year-old freelance videographer, photographer and writer living in the south of Adelaide. View my portfolio and blog at
Published June 24th 2018
Get down south and appreciate our stunning coastline
Not many places can match the stretch of coastline between Rapid Bay to Second Valley in terms of beauty, exhilaration and accommodation. It's truly and honestly a coast-lover's paradise. A few mates and I decided to make the forty-five-minute drive down from Adelaide city a few days ago and it was one of the purest and most stellar experiences of my life.

Arriving at Rapid Bay under the cover of darkness, the temperature was around sixteen or seventeen degrees, as it had been a steamy Australian day and the warmth had not yet seeped from the surroundings. The smell of the ocean and a gentle sea breeze comfortingly embraced us as we left the car and stretched our legs, complimenting the journey. As we unenthusiastically set our swags, inhibited by the fatigue of the day, the gentle ebbing and flowing of the childish ocean waves were all that we could hear, and they would too be the lulling factor that eventually eased us into unconsciousness.

Beach Sea Ocean Sand Secret Cliffs Rocks Coast
A POV shot while I was sat on a cliff in Second Valley.

Once all was ready, we sat up and gazed at the galaxy above us for what felt like an eternity, philosophically speaking and occasionally cracking a new beer until the mixture of deep thought, the day's fatigue and the mild effects of alcohol soothed us into slumber.

Beach Sea Ocean Sand Secret Cliffs Rocks Coast
The view we had as we woke on Rapid Bay.

Upon our awakening, the blazing sun, in combination with the overcast day, befell a dazzling shade of blue across the horizon, and under this dreary sky, we snapped some shots, packed up and headed up the coast to Second Valley, one of my favourite South Australian locations. We clambered around the cliff faces and rocky outcrops until we arrived at a locally-famous cliff-jumping location, and a stunning display of the harshness and beauty of nature's coastline engaged our view for kilometres in both directions. The best spot to jump from is a massive rock formation that spears up about ten metres from the depths of the clear, teal water.

Beach Sea Ocean Sand Secret Cliffs Rocks Coast
A mid-air shot as I jump into the crystal, perfect ocean water.

As we spent the afternoon rejoicing in the location and paying homage to the stunning spot that we found ourselves in, the tide slowly did its job, slipping in and out of the cove at its lulling pace, and we headed back out of the spot and onto the jetty where we relaxed, got sunburnt, and fished until the sun began to ease its way down. Realising that it was time for our utopian getaway to come to a close, we headed up north, back to civilisation with fond memories at no shortage and our fire of inspiration now a raging inferno, one that will only settle when we next set out on an adventure.

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Great location and love the photos. Thanks for the story Jack.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11307) 1028 days ago
Cool photos! Welcome to WN Jack!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3667) 1027 days ago
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