I walk around Adelaide with a camera and a tripod.
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Published May 16th 2015
Adelaide has plenty of great beaches within one to two hours drive from the city, perfect for a lazy day on the beach or for having some fun in the sand and surf. However, If you're a seascape photographer or interested in photography, postcard pictures of soft golden sand and burbling wavelets soon become mundane and quotidian.
If endless pristine beaches become pastel, beige and pleasantly ordinary and you find yourself craving jagged rocks, roiling whitecaps and crashing waves, then these are the beaches within 2 hours of Adelaide that you should definitely not miss. This is hardly an exhaustive list; extensive coverage of all interesting beaches has been sacrificed for a focus on a few which I have found the most high yield.
Warning: I accept no responsibility for any injuries sustained during travel to photographic locations and during photography of the sites themselves. Algae, wet lichen and slick rocks can be slippery - travel with a friend, be prepared and exercise caution!
1. Henley Beach
Henley Beach is only a short drive from the city. Although somewhat lacking in a foreground, there are always interesting pieces of driftwood strewn about the area, which can make for an interesting composition.
A popular beach with surfers (especially from Middleton Point), this is a perfect spot for photographs during Autumn and Winter, when decent cloud coverage can serve as a perfect counterpoint to the drama of waves breaking over the many unique rock forms below. If you're lucky, whales are frequently seen from here during the winter months.
Horseshoe Bay and Knights beach are interesting spots for a few quick shots. The Bay itself is a little over-photographed, but a short walk away yields many interesting textures from red lichen off pitted granite, especially at Knights beach. Watch out for rogue waves - the sea here can get quite rough.
Petrel Cove is a photographer's dream. A myriad of interesting rock forms, crashing surf and a breeze that carries sea spray away from a lens really allows for countless different compositions. It's also a lot of fun for an adventure - I've made many interesting (and somewhat macabre) finds while trawling the cove for photographs!
Although a popular beach for many, I've found Port Willunga to be a bit boring, especially after taking a few obligatory photographs of the skeletal remains of the jetty at sunrise/sunset. Definitely worth a visit or two, but probably not a third one.