The south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula is always a popular spot for surfers, from novices to the most experienced, there are beaches to suit all abilities in this region around 80 kilometres from Adelaide. Middleton, Goolwa, Waitpinga and Parsons are magnets depending on the daily conditions that suit the different beaches. The beauty of this part of the coast are the long straight beaches and mostly easy access points to surf spots and lots of car parking.
Middleton Beach is around 2 kilometres long and the most popular area to surf is Middleton Point. It has exposed rocks and can sometimes be quite crowded when conditions are best. There is smaller consistent surf along Middleton Beach and it’s regularly used by surf schools for beginners.
There are perfect viewing areas for photographers to catch the action from cliffs above and starting any time from now on and throughout winter, Southern Right Whales and their calves will begin migrating here to the sheltered waters and can often be spotted just out past surfers. The public toilets and shelter shed at Middleton also have some excellent bright artwork to check out.
Goolwa Beach is a more exposed 3 kilometres of beach without rocks but it does have rips and strong currents to watch for. Winter tends to have the best surf conditions with offshore winds. Goolwa also has visiting whales and surf schools operate from the Beach Road car park.
After a surf here you also have the added bonus of being able to get great food at the Kuti Shack or have a drink and take in the view along the coast from the newly built Surf Life Saving Clubrooms. (When they are open after current restrictions)
Waitpinga Beach (Waits) is another very exposed beach, around 3 kilometres long and it’s also a popular fishing beach. The warnings for this beach include to beware of rocks, rips and sharks!
Parsons Beach is right next to Waitpinga and there is excellent viewing from the cliffs above which means a long trek down to the beach for the surfers. This is another wild Southern Ocean beach where the warnings include to watch out for rocks and sharks.
Whether you visit to surf or watch the surfers and look for whales, you won’t be disappointed with the coastline vistas.