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Rapid Bay

Nestled between a long sandy beach and towering cliffs, Rapid Bay is 105 kilometres south of Adelaide and reached by a steeply descending road from the main Normanville-Cape Jervis Road. Here you'll find an important South Australian landmark - a boulder on which Colonel Light carved his initials after he first stepped ashore. It's reported that he said 'I have hardly seen a place I like better'. Rapid Bay was named after the brig HMS Rapid in which Colonel Light and his staff came to South Australia, discovering Rapid Bay in 1830 en route to Glenelg. The HMAS Hobart was scuttled off Rapid Bay in November 2002 which has created an even more exciting dive experience for dive enthusiasts. See more of the Fleurieu Peninsula and a coastal playground famed for its laidback lifestyle, beach breaks for surfers of all levels of experience, and top fishing spots. It's a paradise for divers and snorkellers, with dramatic shipwrecks and stunning marine life, including the famed Leafy Seadragon. Enjoy some of the best produce and vineyards in Australia. The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to some prestigious winemaking regions, including McLaren Vale. The history of winemaking in this region goes all the way back to 1842, and it consistently produces some of the best drops you'll ever taste. There's also national parks, golf courses, top quality cuisine and more.

Rapid Bay

Rapid Bay: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Rapid Bay Beach


Nestled between long sandy beaches and towering cliffs, Rapid Bay is 105 kilometres south of Adelaide and reached by a steeply descending road from the main Normanville-Cape Jervis Road.

Rapid Bay is well known for its very long jetty. While the original jetty built in 1940 is closed to the public, a new jetty (opened in early 2009) is now available for use. Take a stroll along the jetty and enjoy fishing or the beautiful views.

At Rapid Bay, you'll also find an important South Australian landmark - a boulder on which Colonel Light carved his initials after he first stepped ashore. It's reported that he said "I have hardly seen a place I like better".

Rapid Bay was named after the brig HMS Rapid in which Colonel Light and his staff came to South Australia, discovering Rapid Bay in 1830 enroute to Glenelg.

Rapid Bay is usually calm and relatively safe, just watch the deep water right off both beaches. It's a paradise for divers and snorkelers, with dramatic shipwrecks and stunning marine life, including the famed Leafy Sea dragon.

It is an unpatrolled beach.





Finnis Drive
Rapid Bay, SA, 5204

Located 0.5K from Rapid Bay

Second Valley Lasseters Reef


Steep coastal cliffs, fascinating geological formations and a small sandy beach help to make Second Valley unforgettable.

There are multiple ways to to begin your dive, swim across the first bay, walk around the second bay and begin there or enter from the jetty.

Two small caves are easily found at the base of the cliff on the southern point of the second bay and around a little bit further are some easy swim-throughs.

About 20 metres off shore is a small bommie which is home to a good variety of fish including both Leafy and Weedy Sea Dragons.

Best dived in south easterly winds.




Second Valley Jetty
Second Valley, SA, 5204

Located 3.0K from Rapid Bay

Second Valley Beach


Second Valley Beach is one of South Australia's most instagramed locations. It offers stunning views of the coastline and unique geological formations. This beach is popular for swimming, jetty fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving.

Follow the open valley that narrows at the coast to a gap, through which flows the small Parananacooka Creek and the road to the beach. The small town and caravan park lies on the landward side of the gap. There is a small car park leading to a jetty with the two small beaches to either side.

The eastern beach is sandy and popular for swimming. To the west is a north facing curving long boulder beach attached by rock reefs to a small headland. Conditions are usually calm at this part of the beach; however it is dominated by rocks and reef.

Public toilet facilities are located in the car park. Second Valley Jetty Store is close by for takeaway and ice creams or book in historic Leonards Mill for a gourmet lunch.




Finnis Vale Drive
Second Valley, SA, 5204

Located 3.0K from Rapid Bay

Starfish Hill Windfarm


The Starfish Hill Wind Farm is located across two hills on the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula near Cape Jervis. It was the first wind farm built in South Australia. The site was selected because the area has consistently high winds, is sparsely populated and was previously cleared for farming and grazing.

There are 23 wind turbines with 15 located on Salt Creek Hill and eight on Starfish Hill. Each of the turbines has three blades with a tower height of 68 metres and overall height of 100 metres from the ground to the blade tip.

The wind farm provides enough energy to meet the needs of about 18,000 households (around two per cent of the State's residential customers) and adds one per cent to the available generation capacity in South Australia.

Access to the wind farm is not permitted however there is a public observation area located close to the wind farm and is accessed via a gravel road off Main South Road. For further information contact the Yankalilla Bay Visitor Information Centre.




Yoho Road
Cape Jervis, SA, 5204

Located 4.0K from Rapid Bay

Delamere Art Wall


The picnic area by the general store at Delamere has been colourfully decorated by local artists, residents and students from Yankalilla Area School and Rapid Bay Area School. The artists worked on developing artistic panels that are now permanently on display as part of the Leafy Sea Dragon Festival (now Festival Fleurieu) which is well worth a stop to enjoy the artwork.




104 Main South Road
Delamere, SA, 5204

Located 4.9K from Rapid Bay

ex HMAS Hobart Dive Site


On 5 November 2002 the ex HMAS Hobart was scuttled in Yankalilla Bay to form an artificial dive reef. The Hobart's final resting place lies four nautical miles west north west of Marina St Vincent.

Of the three naval vessels that have been scuttled in Australia,the Hobart is currently the most intact with 90,000 square metres of the ship open to diver access including access to the engine room, missile launcher, gun turrets and both funnels.

The Hobart was nicknamed the 'Green Ghost' for her reputation has quiet vessel during three tours of duty of Vietnam. The Hobart was the most decorated naval vessel of her era and we are proud that her final resting place is in Yankalilla Bay. As a premier dive attraction, her memory and that of the people who serve on her will live on. A land based memorial has been established at Lady Bay where the anchor from the ship lies pointing in the direction of the wreck.

It's Australia's most accessible and exciting wreck, scuttled off Wirrina Cove. You need to be with a licensed operator to dive the ex HMAS Hobart. Visit the website for permit information.




Paradise Drive
Wirrina Cove, SA, 5204

Located 6.5K from Rapid Bay

HMAS Hobart Lookout


The HMAS Hobart was a Charles F Adams class guided missile destroyer in the Royal Australia Navy (DDG 39), built in the United States of America and commissioned in 1965 in Boston. Her role was air defence of the fleet.

One of Australia's greatest naval destroyers, her distinguished career included being the first Royal Australian Navy combat ship deployed to fight in the Vietnam War and being part of the Royal Australian Navy disaster relief effort following Cyclone Tracy in Darwin in 1974 before being decommissioned in 2000.

Scuttled on 5 November 2002 at Yankalilla Bay, the ship is now a premier eco-tourism dive site and a declared marine reserve. It is also a lasting memorial to the ship and its crew.

The HMAS Hobart Lookout is located a three to five minute drive south of Normanville on the Main South Road, en route to Cape Jervis. The scenic site has off road parking and interpretive signage.




Main South Road
Normanville, SA, 5204

Located 9.3K from Rapid Bay

Lady Bay Beach


Lady Bay Beach is an unpatrolled beach found in-between Normanville Beach and Marina St Vincent.

The beach offers a rocky reef perfect for crabbing. It is also the location of the HMAS Hobart lookout offering amazing views of the beach and surroundings.

Further south of the lookout, the beach becomes sandy, making it perfect for swimming and collecting a variety of shells.

Lady Bay Beach is a beautiful and unique beach setting against the backdrop of dramatic hills.




Main South Road
Wirrina Cove, SA, 5204

Located 9.5K from Rapid Bay

Rapid Bay: Events

Fleurieu Meets Oregan USA Degustation.


Five - course dinner featuring local produce, matched with regional beverages. The menu will be sculpted from produce the chefs from Oregon USA and Townsville have sourced over the days of the Festival, ensuring it is seasonal paddock to plate and root to leaf.

This event is part of the Festival of Nature Fleurieu Coast for more information on this event or other events please go to our website.


Event Dates
2018
      8th Sep


Main South Road
Second Valley, SA, 5204

Located 3.8K from Rapid Bay

Deep Creek Waterfall Hike


Join True Nature Adventures on a guided hike of moderate climbs and descents leading to a cascading waterfall.

This event is part of the Festival of Nature Fleurieu Coast for more information on this event or other events please go to our website.


Event Dates
2018
      8th Sep


Deep Creek, SA, 5204

Located 9.7K from Rapid Bay

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