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Top 5 Photography Beaches Near Adelaide

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by Reductio ad absurdum (subscribe)
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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.

This photograph was taken of some driftwood at Henley Beach, a short drive from the city centre of Adelaide in South Australia Edmund Khoo 2015

2. Middleton Beach

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.

Whispering Waves
This photograph was taken at Middleton Beach in South Australia. I had hardly started firing off a few frames when the clouds rolled in and started haemorrhaging an icy rain, pervading the beach with a haunting, sepulchral gloom Edmund Khoo 2015

Despite arriving an hour too early after a night spent grappling with insomnia, the air was pleasantly warm. The gentle, balmy breeze carried salty sea spray out into the ocean. Twinkling stars and an incandescent moon transformed into a sky resplendent with a cornucopia of colours at sunrise. Edmund Khoo 2015

3. Port Elliott

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.

This photograph was taken near Port Elliott on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. Edmund Khoo 2015

4. Victor Harbor

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!

Simmering Stones
Petrel Cove, a photographer's dream location in Victor Harbor. Edmund Khoo 2015

5. Second Valley

Walking through Second Valley is an inspiring experience, with walls of granite rising out to the side of a narrow pathway by the sea. Plenty of interesting photographs are possible here.

Waves relentlessly froth and foam over pitted rocks at Second Valley, South Australia. Edmund Khoo 2015

Honourable Mention: Port Willunga.

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.

Good luck and happy shooting!
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Your Comment
Colourful imagery and narrative - great work!
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11309) 2645 days ago
What amazing photography!
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2645 days ago
Great photos. Welcome to writing for WeekendNotes.
by Steve Hudson (score: 3|1251) 2645 days ago
Stunning photos. Great resource for people looking for photography spots
by Rota (score: 2|717) 2645 days ago
all good, also Maslin Beach. Lovely shots
by Paul (score: 1|21) 2644 days ago
Great photgraphs buddy ! Keep up the good work

Christopher Nirmal
by chris (score: 0|2) 2512 days ago
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