Second Valley Beach is one of the most spectacular places to visit on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Its insane blue water and endless rolling hills are unlike anything we had ever seen! From Second Valley Beach, you can either explore close to the bright ocean, or you can head along the valley. We explored both and they each have incredible views to offer!
How to get to Second Valley Beach
One of the only ways to reach Second Valley Beach is by car. It is roughly a 1 and a half hour drive from Adelaide city. Unfortunately there are no public transport options to get here. The Fleurieu Peninsula is a popular area for 4X4 driving so it’s best to have a car which can handle the sometimes rough terrain.
Where to stay
The Fleurieu Peninsula is a large area with a variety of accommodation options. The further down the peninsula you go, you’ll find less and less accommodation. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay close to supermarkets and shops, then you can try Aldinga Beach which is further north of the peninsula. Another big town on the peninsula is Victor Harbor which is located down south. Here you’ll find pretty much anything you need!
If you’re road tripping and looking for a campsite, we recommend Rapid Bay Campground. This campsite is probably one of the nicest we’ve stayed at since it is right on the beach. For us we found this spot to be perfect as it was close enough to all the best attractions and only 15 minutes to Second Valley Beach. It costs $9 per person and you pay the ranger who comes around every night. There are also no big supermarkets nearby but there is a local grocer with some basic items.
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What to expect
Second Valley Beach was definitely one of our favourite stops on the Fleurieu Peninsula. We spent all day at this one place because there was so much to see and explore! As you arrive, you’ll notice a small beach to your right and a jetty to the left. To the left past the jetty you’ll be able to walk around the rocky cliffs for as far as you want. If you walk far enough, you’ll come to the popular cliff jumping spot which is very busy in summer. From these cliffs, you have a perfect vantage point to view the incredible blue water. We were really blown away by how vibrant and blue the water was.
To the right of the beach, you can follow the paths along the top of the hills to find some awesome viewpoints. We didn’t walk too far but some people spend hours hiking here as this is a popular hiking track for locals. As we were following the path, we even saw 2 giant kangaroos hop right past us and over the hill. This side of the beach gives you a different perspective as you can see the entire surrounding area.
During summer this whole area can get very busy as it’s the perfect spot to spend a hot day. The massive hills that meet the blue ocean are incredible and so unique! We definitely recommend checking this place out and exploring yourself. You’re sure to run into some kangaroos or find an awesome spot.