POSITANO, Sorrento, the Cinque Terre. It seems like everyone is away on a luxurious Italian coastal getaway at the moment.
But did you know you can see rocky cliffs that plunge down into turquoise blue waters here in Adelaide?
It’s time for a drive down to Marino, just 19km – or 30 minutes – from the Adelaide CBD. If you’re coming from the east, north, or northwest and you’re not in a rush, it’s worth weaving your way along the coast as much as you can, past Glenelg, Brighton and Seacliff, just to breathe in the sea air and marvel at our beautiful beaches. It beats bustling Brighton Rd any day.
From the south, you can do the same thing – perhaps choosing to drive down Commercial and Lonsdale roads rather than the Southern Expressway so you get more ocean glimpses.
Or, if you’re lucky enough to live nearby, then you should be a Marino regular.
Make your way down towards Marino Rocks and, if you’re feeling active, it’s time to leave the car here.
There’s a carpark right in front of the Marino Rocks Café. Otherwise, you can get a glimpse of the views by continuing to drive up Marine Parade.
If you’re on foot – preferably with sneakers on, and maybe a water bottle in hand – wander up Marine Parade and then hit the track at the end of the road.
This boardwalk, part of the Marion Coastal Walking Trail, hugs the coastline all the way to Hallett Cove, providing stunning views out into St Vincent Gulf.
If you’re lucky (like us) to choose a day that’s sunny but not too warm, the water will be the most beautiful aquamarine, the birdlife soaring overhead, wildflowers bordering the path and the hike all the more bearable.
Get ready to climb up and down stairs and along steep embankments as you make your way across the rugged cliffs and the gullies that cut through them.
The entire trail, all the way to Heron Way, Hallett Cove, is 5.1km and should take about 90 minutes to two hours one-way.
If you don’t have enough time to walk the whole stretch, just pick a section to tackle. Or, with the train line not far away, you could always walk one way and catch the train back.
Need to catch your breath? No problem. There are plenty of bench seats along the way where you can eat a packed lunch, watch the fishing boats dart through the water, or just soak in the peace and quiet.
Yes, the serenity and untouched beauty of this coastline is breathtaking – and one thing we’ve certainly got over the tourist crush on the Amalfi Coast!