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Published April 16th 2016
Rapid Bay is a popular site not only for camping but also recreational fishing and squidding. The town of Rapid Bay is located on the west coast of Fleurieu Peninsula and under the District Council of Yankalilla. Rapid Bay got its name from the 160 ton ship of Colonel William Light, the first Surveyor-General of the Colony of South Australia. Light is famous for choosing the site of the colony's capital, Adelaide, and for designing the layout of Adelaide's streets and parks. He sailed in the area in 1836. Rapid Bay is an hour and a half drive from Adelaide City.
Rubbish bins Toilets (water is trucked in so use considerately)
Wide open parking spaces for caravans or cars
Wide open grassy spaces to set up campsite
Pets are permitted
Total fire ban
Camping fees apply - $7/night for adults and $3.50/night for kids
A long stretch of sandy beach is also just within the perimeter of the campground. Booking is not really required as there is usually some place to squeeze in even at peak times. The campground is surrounded with pines trees that provide shade, and there are also towering cliffs and caves. At night the campsite is really cold and windy.
There are two jetties in Rapid Bay which is just adjacent to the campground. One is BHP Jetty which is closed. It was constructed as an ore-loading jetty from 1930 to 1942. The 240 metre long new jetty has been open to the public since 2009 and is a popular spot for recreational fishing or squidding.
One of Australia's Premier Diving Sites
Rapid Bay is also a premier spot for snorkelling and diving. The presence of the endangered Leafy Sea Dragon has made Rapid Bay a popular site for diving enthusiasts.