I’m happy to report that a favourite caravan and camping magazine, ‘On the Road’ is back in print again. Like so many other industries, some print magazines have struggled to keep issues going during 2020. Printing and distribution would have caused some problems as would have the reality of cross border travel not being possible and in some Australian states, lock down even made travel within the state impossible.
My home state of South Australia is blessed with around 5,000 kilometres of coastline and with two gulfs there are plenty of beaches to visit. Depending on where you stay you can be greeted with the sun rising from the sea at east facing beaches or witness some spectacular sunsets when the sun dips into the sea in the west.
Most Australians tend to gravitate to the beaches during summer holidays and with more than 1200 beaches on mainland South Australia, there is space aplenty if you know where to go and beaches to suit everyone. Whether you are looking for surf and action water sport beaches or something more sedate for swimming, kayaking or paddle boarding, there is a beach in South Australia perfect for it.
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.
For the time being in Australia it’s a good idea to stay within your postcode area. On the bright side this does give you the benefit of getting to know your own neighbourhood better and perhaps see it in a new light. Now can also be a good time to practice your photography, experiment with your camera and gain more confidence in using it. We are fortunate to live near a beach which is usually a popular holiday area but thankfully most people have been adhering to the idea of staying at home for the moment. This is obviously hitting local businesses hard but they can be guaranteed that as soon as we can, we’ll be happily spending money with them, especially if it involves going out for a drink, a good meal and socialising again.
Now that school and public holidays seem a distant memory, it can be a good time to take a few days off and seek out those perfect caravan and camping spots, taking advantage of them at this quieter time. Also given the health crisis going on everywhere, a perfectly isolated beach is looking even more attractive! One such campground can be found at Rapid Bay in South Australia. This campground is extremely popular through summer and on weekends mainly due to the fact that it has an incredibly picturesque position, right on the beach and has a long jetty with deep water, perfect for fishers. Being only around 100 kilometres from Adelaide it’s an easy one to get to as well.
It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for a relaxed restaurant specialising in dishes containing Goolwa cockles, than behind the sand dunes overlooking the beach where they can be harvested. The Kuti shack is at the end of Beach Road at Goolwa Beach and sits between the new Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club and the popular surf beach. If you’re planning a holiday to the Fleurieu Peninsula region of South Australia, you will want to add the Kuti Shack to your list of places to try if you want the best views and seafood experiences on the coast.