Countdown: Blog 150: Surf’s Up – the best of McLaren Vale beaches by Brioni

Sellicks Beach

Start South at Sellicks Beach, a great spot to take the tinny out and catch some snapper or squid. After all that fishing, a quiet ale at the Victory is always a must!

Further north is Port Willunga, a gorgeous little beach protected by the cliffs. It’s a great beach for relaxing, swimming or walking around the old ship wreck of the Star of Greece. Apparently the Star of Greece was set off for the UK with a load of wheat until it came to grief in July 1888. The remains are still visible and well worth a look.

The café at the top of the cliffs named after the Star of Greece is a great spot to grab some fish and chips to complete your seaside adventure! Or step it up a notch and dine in at the restaurant overlooking the sea. I was there over summer on a beautiful balmy night watching the sun set sipping on a G&T when two dolphins started playing in the last of the sun light.. Perfect!

Moana Beach

Moana Beach is one of the last beaches you can drive your car onto. In summer this beach is packed with people, with Moana shades as far as the eye can see. I remember getting picked up from school on a hot day and heading straight down to Moana beach for a swim in the rolling waves then chicken and chips for dinner from the corner shop.

Winter is a great time at Moana beach looking for shells that have been washed up from a storm or walking the dog to Deep Blue café for the best banana smoothie this side of Adelaide! Or if you’re feeling more adventures get out the surfboard and crack a few waves.