Situated about 40 minutes drive south of Adelaide (the capital of South Australia), Moana Beach is a delightful cove of about 1.5 km. It is flanked by steep cliffs that reveal the layers of time in the coloured soils and rock content and has a low-lying reef at one end, that is very interesting to explore at low tide. The rolling hills of the southern Fleurieu Peninsula form a snug backdrop.
A drive-on beach (I think we only have 2), fishing and swimming are very accessible, while the steady surf provides amusement and challenge for body, boogy and boards surfers alike.
We stayed at the caravan park, 30m walk from the beach, and the sound of the surf pounding the soft sand is a constant siren call. A good park, with neat facilities and good-sized sites.
A border of posts at one end stops cars from progressing all the way along the beach at one end and they are restricted from going in the other direction, ensuring people with young children or those averse to the traffic can feel comfortable. The posts make for some nice photo shots, as you’ll see.
Well-weathered stones are littered along the beach and it is difficult to find a shell, but they are there for the true forager.
Walkers can choose from clifftop tracks, bitumised, along the beach or a combination if you take the steps. Dog-friendly, you can travel in company at any time of the day.
A sparsely-populated suburb, the coastal site offers a very good cafe and a surf lifesaving club that is sporadically open, but worth the visit.
Very pretty and quiet, although on Australia Day it was half full by 8.30 am! Everyone was friendly and we got a lot of g’days.