Point near Aldinga
Attractive beach and holiday destination at
the edge of Adelaide's commuter belt.
Located 45 km south of Adelaide on the Fleurieu
Peninsula, Aldinga is an interesting and unusual
township which is notable more for its beautiful
long, flat beach rather than the township
itself. Today Aldinga is rapidly becoming a
desirable commuter destination south of Adelaide
with the advantages of rural quietness and ready
access to the city.
The region was first explored in 1802 when
Matthew Flinders circumnavigated Australia.
Flinders was impressed by long beaches and
gently rolling green hills behind them which
characterise much of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Aldinga became a thriving settlement in the
1860s when it operated as a port for the
surrounding farming communities. As such it had
two mills for the wheat and there were, for both
locals and the sailors who plied the coast, no
fewer than six pubs. The Aldinga Hotel, which
reputedly first came into existence in the 1840s
although it was updated in the 1860s and the
1880s, is a remnant of this earlier history.
Sir Ivor Hele, who was an official war artist
in both World War II and the Korean War and who
won the Archibald Prize in 1951, 1953, 1954,
1955 and 1957, lived in an old coaching inn
situated on the corner of Little Road and Adey
Road. The inn had been built about 1840 and Sir
Ivor rented it in 1935. He subsequently
purchased it in 1937 and lived their until he
died in 1993. The house is currently owned by
the artist Fred Schmidt.
Things to see:
grave for those who died aboard the Star
The town's oldest church is St. Anne's Anglican
Church which was built in 1866. The cemetery at
the town's Methodist (now Uniting) Church has
the mass grave for the eleven people who died
aboard the Star of Greece which sank when it was
driven ashore at Port Willunga during a gale in
1888. It is still possible to see parts of the
wreck of the Star of Greece at Port Willunga at
Most people visit Aldinga to go to the beach
which is located 4 km from the town centre.
There are other attractions in the area
including the Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park
which offers pleasant bushwalks at there are
interesting views across Gulf St Vincent from
the various rocky headlands to the north and
south of the town.