The Best Guide to Driving on Sellicks Beach (2021)


A lap around Australia will see you hit some incredible beaches along the long sandy coastline but none more impressive than the beaches found along the southern ocean coastline of the Great Australian Bight, individually none more stunning than Sellicks Beach. 

Where is Sellicks Beach?

Less than an hour from Adelaide CBD along the southern expressway past the rolling winery hills of McLaren vale you will find the suburb of Sellicks Beach.

The coastline to the west along Sellicks Beach road turns into the Esplanade, where you can find a road that leads down to a carpark at the foreshore of the beach opposite Sellicks Beach general store.

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Beautiful coastline of South Australia – January 2021
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Sleeping at Sellicks beach

If you’re into stealth camping like we are,  but  you use the many apps that help overlands get around finding places to stay then you won’t find anything suggesting to stay at Sellicks Beach.

Officially we couldn’t find anything to suggest sleeping at Sellicks beach was breaking any rules however; we turned up to the carpark and found there to be lots of Vans parked up at the bottom car park and had been there for many nights. 

Unofficially it is the greatest night’s sleep you can have as an overlander.

Unobstructed views of Sellicks Beach, next to a decently clean and sized toilet block

We found that most people who realised we were sleeping there in the van were more than happy for us to do so and even encouraged it! We even got advice from a guy walking his dogs pointing us in the direction of the nearest shower block!

View from above with the Mavic Pro – Sellicks beach South Australia 2021

Drive along Sellicks beach

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As you make your way along the Fleurieu Peninsula coastline heading south towards Kangaroo island the entire Peninsula is surrounded by gorgeous coastline where wildlife including dolphins, seabirds and even whales track during the winter months. 

Sellicks Beach is our favourite beach on the entire South Australian Coastline, and trust me we almost saw them all!

Sellick beach in South Australia attracts visitors to its shore because of the hard white sand that allows you to drive your car along the whole beach, north to south.

You don’t necessarily need to have a car capable of four wheel drive or off-roading, so long as you stick to the hard part right in the middle, not venturing too close to the water or the softer sand closer to the cliff you will have the time of your life. 

Many people here park their vans or Ute’s on the shore all day with an entire camping set up complete with BBQ and table and chairs, others use it to soak up the rays and make a quick dash out of there should the tides quickly rise unexpectedly.

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Laura sitting a the viewpoint at Sellicks Beach – South Australia January 2021

Accommodation in Sellicks Beach

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If your home isn’t on your wheels and you prefer the creature comfort of a brick and mortar home then there are a bunch of incredible places to stay along Sellicks Beach, all with magnificent views of the Ocean.

The great thing about staying here is the view from the top of the hill with 180 degree panorama views over the entire Sellicks Beach stretch.

You most likely will see Dolphins swimming by, whales during the winter months and a variety of sting-rays, possibly turtles and other cute Australian marine life. 

Explore the broader area

Head further down south along the Esplanade and you will find a short boardwalk that has incredible views over the jagged, almost Jurassic park looking sandstone cliffs with insane colours of red yellow and orange that line almost all of the coast.

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Christopher Aiello
Christopher is the head writer and co-founder of Chris and Laura Travels. Having travelled to over 27 countries and counting, he has a passion for adventure travel in a responsible way. Christopher and Laura currently live in Melbourne but share their time between down under and the Canadian Rockies of Alberta. We aim to inspire others to get outside and explore through our storytelling imagery and video. Keep up to date on where we are by visiting us on our Instagram page or find out more of our story on our About us page.

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  1. Great job on the travel guides Chris, looking forward to getting to Australia and following these routes.

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