Where can you find accommodation that is right next to beach and isn't a dirty, crowded caravan park? I was sick of having to holiday in typical tourist parks where you would have to share showers with strangers. I hated being cramped into a cabin or tent. My six friends and I were desperate for a coastal escape that could accommodate for us and truly be a relaxing getaway.
We found the answer at the South Shores Village in Normanville.
It was clean before our junk exploded everywhere. Image: Emma Jane Warren
This private resort is almost a suburb of its own. Just to get inside, you need a pin code to get through the large security gates. Once you're in, you'll see that there are over 100 two-storey villas in South Shores. They all wrap themselves around a lagoon, so many of the villas have a view of this water feature.
Every villa is designed reasonably similar. They all have floorboards throughout, huge decks for entertaining, multiple televisions, quality kitchen appliances, and large bi-fold doors on the top level. The villas are incredibly spacious in the upstairs living area. Most villas have the capacity to hold up to ten guests. The layouts have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. This means you should be able to fit your family and friends with no worries.
The location of the South Shores villas could not be any better. A short boardwalk through the sand dunes takes you directly onto Lady Bay/Normanville Beach. This stretch of coast is very lengthy and had great hard sand for walking along. If you're up to it, you can walk the entire distance to Carrickalinga.
Some of the facilities within South Shores include BBQ areas, two swimming pools, a tyre swing, and a playground. Outside of the resort, there's also a golf course at Lady Links and eateries/shopping down the main street of Normanville. Rapid Bay and Second Valley are other scenic beaches only a short drive South from Normanville.
The boardwalk to the beach has a great lookout. Image: Emma Jane Warren
Normanville is unlike many townships on the opposite side of the Fleurieu Peninsula such as Victor Harbor and Port Elliot. The coast near Normanville is entirely unspoilt and less 'tourist developed'. This destination is where you need to holiday if you really want to get away from civilisation and large cities. However, whilst saying that, the South Shores resort is of high quality, and could be described as a man-made diamond dropped in a country town.
In Summer, the sun sets in the centre of the horizon. My friends and I went to the beach every single night to idle at the big golden ball falling into the ocean. During the day, we tried our skills in fishing, snorkelling, and paddle boarding. The mostly calm ocean waters in Normanville are perfect for children or less confident swimmers.
The Normanville Jetty and town centre are less than a kilometre from South Shores. Image: Emma Jane Warren
Not all of the villas within South Shores are available for holiday rental. To see what is available, head to this webpage on Stayz and look for accommodation with 'South Shores' in the title. Many of the holiday rentals are run through Real Estate Agents. If so, to get the key to the villa, you'll have to drop by their office in the centre of Normanville. Otherwise, the owner of the house may meet up with you to hand over the key.
The region gets busier around Christmas and Summer. The cheapest and quietest time to head to South Shores is around the second week of February, when school has just gone back.
South Shores is located on Willis Drive, off of Main South Road, in Normanville. If you're travelling from Adelaide, you will be following Main South Road for your entire journey toward Normanville. It is just under an hour and a half drive (or 80km) from Adelaide.
Although I have been to Normanville many times, over along period of time,I have not been here.As you say it is a beautiful stretch of beach.The area is so scenic as well.Tourists that I have met in this neck of the woods, describe it as one of the best areas they holidayed in...in Aust.