"Serenity with a View" Second Valley by lovinoz
Second Valley Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 26 photos
We went to Second Valley for a weekend in early April and hired a big house (Periwinkles) just down the street from the caravan park.
SV itself is really tiny, not worthy of being called a town, more just a cluster of houses near the jetty along with a caravan park. the caravan park has a good reputation since my husband (from the barossa valley) and many friends have stayed there in the past and enjoyed the experience. the caravan park is a stones throw away from the jetty and has a tiny store (shoe-box sized) with fish & chips, canned sardines, bait etc.
Jetty & Beach
The jetty and surrounding beaches are fantastic for fishing and snorkelling. Theres a small peninsula near the jetty with big rocks that you can hike over and do some rock fishing. my brother in law said he saw a seal over there. from the jetty we saw a big (1.5 meter wingspan) eagle ray lingering around the jetty. i would have jumped in to snorkel with it if it had been a couple degrees warmer. ;) if you are into fishing, don't expect huge fish or quantity. we caught a few squid, one cuttlefish, couple tommies and a leatherjacket (this is with 5 lines in the water for 4+ hours). maybe its better at a different time of year. didnt matter cuz we were there for fun.
The house we rented is a couple streets up from the jetty, which means up the hill, and we had a stunning view of the ocean, hills and could even see Adelaide off in the distance! See my accommodation tip below for more info about the house.
Scenery on the way
Second valley is about a 1.5 hour drive from adelaide, with the last 30 minutes of driving along a very curvy but scenic road through some hills and partly along the coastline with great views of the ocean.
The photo to the left is of Myponga Reservoir which is well worth the detour off the main road to have this view during daylight!
Make sure you click on the thumbnail to properly see the gorgeous view.
Groceries & Petrol
There are a couple small towns (normanville and yankalilla) about 20kms away from SV that have a grocery store and petrol station etc.
If you travel 5-10km south of SV, you can visit Rapid Bay which has a really long jetty, currently closed for renovation. but if you walk north along the beach near the jetty, it will lead to a huge cave that is really impressive. bring a torch if you plan to do a bit of spulunking. ;)
CLICK HERE for more photos of Rapid Bay.
There is an incredible wind farm that is worth checking out ... you can catch glimpses of the windmills on your drive down to Rapid Bay. if you go a bit farther south of Rapid Bay (back on the main road), look for a sign on the left side of the road for a church tellign you to turn right. turn right here, drive up the hill, past the church and follow the road for a couple KMs until you are nearly underneath one of the 23 windmills ... there is a big sign with info about the wind farm right alongside the road. some signs along the road say local traffic only but we considered ourselves local and went anyways. definitely worth a visit. :) See the photo to the left to get an idea of what the wind farm looks like, although this does not do it justice. Click on the thumbnail to appreciate it more.
CLICK HERE for more photos from the wind farm.
Not much farther south of there is Cape Jervis, launching point for the Kangaroo Island ferry (50 minute trip on the ferry).
Deep Creek Conservation Park
A little bit east of Cape Jervis is Deep Creek Conservation Park, which is spectacular for hiking, fishing and observing wildlife. See my Rapid Bay VT page for a couple photos from Deep Creek from eons ago when we went there last. its a good place to see lots of roos in the wild fairly up close. I think Deep Creek is about 20km from SV.
- Pros:Great views and very serene
- Cons:No night life, limited choices for food so bring your own
- In a nutshell:you have to see it to believe it's beauty! :)
We stayed at Periwinkles for a weekend in early April 2006. The house is not 5 star accommodation, but very practical... more travel advice
If you travel 5-10km south of SV, you can visit Rapid Bay which has a really long jetty, currently closed for... more travel advice
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