One of the great joys about living in Adelaide, South Australia is the easy access to get away from it all and head to the coast to enjoy a few days of rest and relaxation.
At this time I was based in Port Elliot, which is about 90 mins south from Adelaide, and on one day I decided it would be a good idea to walk to the closest town of Middleton along the beach. Luckily for me it was a beautiful day with the sun shining, little wind and one of the most peaceful days I have experienced. Middleton was about a 5-6km walk away and easy to do, especially when you take in the scenic views.
Starting the trek from just outside Port Elliot gives you a typical Australian bush view.
The little beach area is Sandy Bay. The water was so still and calming, it was the perfect starting point. Being the only person down here made me feel pretty special.
As you make your way along the beach, you do encounter some pretty jagged rocks. Definitely would not want to be washed ashore here.
Looking from a slightly elevated position on the sand dunes, you see Middleton Beach with the surfing waves starting to come in. Middleton is one of the main surfing destinations for Adelaide based surfers.
One of the locals out there on the waves. There are plenty of viewing platforms and space to see the action happening.
After a lovely walk its time for lunch. When in country towns, the best places for lunch are the local taverns/hotels. This was inside the Middleton Tavern that serves up great food for the hungry walker. It’s also got lots of memorabilia hanging from the walls showing the history of the town.
One thing I always like to do in towns I visit is seek out the local War Memorial and Gardens. To me its always important to pay homage to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so I have the freedom I enjoy today.
This seat pretty much sums up the town of Middleton. A great place to relax.
Time for the long walk back to Port Elliot on a full stomach. Very few people out on this day so it made it even better than it normally would be.
Back towards Sandy Bay. Small waves coming in and it was nice to take the thongs (flip flops) off and walk knee high though the breaking waves. Now that’s relaxing.