Carrickalinga Esplanade Walking Trail


There are few things in life more peaceful than a stroll along the Carrickalinga Esplanade walking trail on a crisp, sunny day. There are usually few other people  (if any) around and the views are breathtaking.

Carrickalinga is situated just 60kms or so south of Adelaide, on the western shore of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Carrickalinga Beach cuts a broad sandy swathe into the gently rolling hills that surround it. The location of Carrickalinga means it is a beautifully quiet area but those who have discovered its gentle waters, reef snorkelling, brid watching and even the walking trail know what a hidden treasure it really is.


Carrickalinga Esplanade Walking Trail

Spring flowers along the walking track of Carrickalinga Beach

The walk begins on the side of Gold Coast drive, near Bennett Street and continues along Gold Coast drive for about 2.5 km (one way). If you would prefer a shorter walk, there are a number of carparks along the way, so you can leave the car and begin your walk from that point.

You will get lost in the serene environment, with views of crystal white sand, stunning flora (especially in the spring), fresh sea air to breath in and quite often the sight of dolphins playing close to the shore.


Carrickalinga Esplanade Walking Trail

Dolphins are regularly seen close to shore at Carrickalinga Beach. Photo courtesy:

Towards the Northern end of the track, the path becomes quite narrow and goes around the edge of the Carrickalinga Point cliff. It is important, if you decide you want to continue walking around this part, that you be wearing sturdy shoes with good grip as it can be dangerous otherwise.

Carrickalinga Esplanade Walking Trail

A view of the walking path running alongside Goldcoast Drive. Photo: Wikipedia

Once you have made it around the cliff, you’ll overlook a small and scenic bay at the end of the trail. It’s a great spot for photographs or even to just sit and reflect.

There are no shops or major facilities in Carrickalinga. There is simply the beach, some houses (mainly holiday homes) and the walking trail. If you need to use facilities such as toilets and supermarkets, the nearest town is Normanville which is only a few kilometres south down Carrickalinga Road.


Carrickalinga Esplanade Walking Trail

Haycock point Photo credit:

There are usually only two types of people in Carrickalinga; the locals, who have chosen to move there for the peaceful lifestyle and the people who swap the busyness and noise of the city for a short escape to this serene spot. If you are interested in spending a few days or even a few weeks enjoying this beautiful area then we can certainly help you out!

Pet Let has two beautiful holiday homes in Carrickalinga, one on Solitude Drive, overlooking the ocean and with million dollar views from both balconies and the other on Stacey Drive  which also has lovely views of the ocean. And of course, as always, pets are very welcome at both properties!


Carrickalinga Esplanade Walking Trail

12 Solitude Drive, Carrickalinga – Million dollar views!

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