Horseshoe Bay - Port Elliot

Horseshoe Bay is 700m long faces east at the jetty and swings round to face south against Commodore Point. Because of the protection afforded the bay waves average 0.5 m increasing slightly toward Commodore Point. The low waves together with the medium to coarse sand, produce a high, steep beach, with no bar following low waves, and a narrow bar after high waves. These conditions cause the waves to surge strongly up the beach. Regular beach cusps are a feature of the shoreline. Lady Bay is a great spot for fossicking in the break water and is a safe beach for swimming and snorkling.


Horseshoe Bay is a safe beach - most of the time - but is patrolled by life savers on weekends in summer.  Swim between the flags!!

Basham's Beach - Port Elliot

To access this fantastic beach take the road to the Port Elliot Caravan Park. There are some great walking trails through the sand dunes and around the head land. This is a great spot to view whales between May and July. The beach is a very safe beach that stretches to Middleton. Take in the old stone dairy along the way. 

Middleton Beach

This s a great beach for boogie boarding and very popular with surfers. It is relatively shallow and the entire beach is composed of fine sand and exposed to wave averaging over 2 m. These break across a 500 m wide double bar surf zone, characterised by numerous spilling breakers and substantial wave set-up and set-down at the shoreline, and during lower waves conditions widely spaced rips. At Middleton Point a strong permanent rip runs out against the rocks.

Goolwa Beach

The main beach access is at Goolwa Beach, 11 km northwest of the mouth. The road runs straight out to the beach where there is a large car park, toilets and a kiosk. There is also 4WD access to the beach out to Murray Mouth.

The entire beach is composed of fine sand and exposed to wave averaging over 2 m. These break across a 500 m wide double bar surf zone, characterised by numerous spilling breakers and substantial wave set-up and set-down at the shoreline, and during lower waves conditions widely spaced rips. 

Goolwa Beach is patrolled by surf life savers on weekends only. Beware of rips.

Victor Harbor

On the western side of the river the beach continues for 1.6km to the tip of the prominent sandy foreland in lee of Granite Island and the 500 m long causeway out to the Island. This beach becomes increasing protected by the Island. As it does so it narrows and seagrass grows to the beach. The entire beach is backed by a public reserve containing numerous recreation facilities, including a boat ramp near the point. The reserve is backed by the main shopping area of Victor Harbor.

The beaches in Encounter Bay are rocking with great pools to find fish or cool down in the summer

Waitpinga Beach

Waitpinga Beach is one of the more popular surfing beaches on the Fleurieu Peninsula. It is located 15km west of Victor Harbor, with a 3 km long sealed road leading from the main road right to the beach. There is a car park behind the dune and an elevated walkway across the dune to the centre of the 3.1km long beach. The beach is backed by largely vegetated dunes back, with Waitpinga creek and elongated lagoon behind the centre of the beach. A second parking area is located on the western headland, reached via the gravel Parsons Beach Road.

The beach faces almost due south exposing it to persistent high swell which averages about 2m. Ninety metre high Newland Head forms the eastern boundary, with a 40m high Waitpinga Hill head separating it from adjoining Parsons Beach. The combination of high swell and medium sand produces a steep beach and surf zone dominated by 8 to 10 large rips, separated by bars which are usually detached from the beach. The alternating bars and rips produce megacusps, large scallops in the beach in lee of the rips, and protrusions in lee of the bars. Strong permanent rips run out against each headland, in addition to rocks in the surf for 300m south of Newland Head. Waitpinga Beach is NOT SAFE for SWIMMING

Parsons Beach

Parsons Beach also known as Pareena Beach, lies immediately west of Waitpinga Hill head, and shares a cliff top car park with Waitpinga. There is a walking track from the car park down to the eastern end of the 1.2km long beach. It receive moderate to high waves which maintain a 150m wide surf zone dominated by two permanent rips at either end, and one to two central beach rips. Climbing vegetated dunes back the beach, with a small creek draining across the western end of the beach. Apart from the car park there are no facilities. Parsons Beach  is NOT SAFE for SWIMMING