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Sunday Mail - - WILL KING -

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!

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