Residential, Lifestyle And Rural Property


Medium Price

Median House $641,000 average of 38 days on market 

Unit (2 bedrooms) $410,000

(12 Months to May 2022 Source RP Data)


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Suburb Profile - Moana - July 2021

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Small Town Feel, Beautiful Beach Appeal

If feeling like you’re on holiday every day sounds like a dream come true, this beachside suburb could make it your reality.


Just under 40km south from the hustle and bustle of the Adelaide CBD, and dotted with delightful Norfolk Island pines, lies the stunning seaside suburb of Moana. With a combination of gorgeous coastlines, sandy beaches and relaxed lifestyle living, yet with modern conveniences at your fingertips, it is a much sought‐after area in which to reside. One visit here, and you’ll never want to leave.


Moana is located in the Onkaparinga council district, which, sitting at the gateway to the Fleurieu Peninsula, extends south along the coastline to Sellicks Beach and east across to the furthest boundary of the stunning McLaren Vale wine growing region ‐ meaning world‐class wineries and restaurants are just a stone’s throw away.


Being coastal, it is a haven for those craving an active lifestyle, where major drawcards like swimming, fishing, snorkeling, and coastal walks are an everyday luxury for locals. Another perk? It’s drive‐on beach ‐ one of only a handful in the state. Although visitors must pay a fee for the privilege, being local entitles residents to a free, summer‐long beach pass.


But Moana offers so much more than just an idyllic location. It has a rich history that spans back more than 165 years.


Originally farmland, the area that now accommodates the suburb was known as Dodd’s Beach, after a local landowner. The stretch of ocean that runs adjacent was used heavily for shipping and transport, and on one fateful day in 1855, the Nashwauk, a ship carrying immigrants, crashed ashore. All passengers were rescued by locals, so thankfully the story had a happy ending.


By the mid‐1920s, the south’s best kept secret had well and truly been discovered, and interest from tourists was booming. As a result, the land was sub‐divided for holiday homes. A friendly ‘name the town’ competition was held… and the fitting winner? ‘Moana’ ‐ a traditional Maori word meaning ‘blue sea’.


The 1950s attracted yet more attention ‐ this time from aspiring residents ‐ as the arrival of automobiles made the long journey down the coast from the CDB decidedly more agreeable. 


Today, Moana retains its delightful community charm, while offering all the conveniences of modern living. It is a veritable melting pot of beach shacks, modern homes on spacious blocks and Hamptonstyle apartments, dotted with delightful cafés where you can find the locals indulging in freshly brewed coffee over breakfast, or a glass of wine paired perfectly with some of the freshest local produce you’ll find anywhere.


Public transport ensures that getting to and from the city is a breeze, with regular services running to several nearby CBD‐bound interchanges located at Seaford and Noarlunga. These two hubs both feature major shopping centres and all the conveniences and amenities expected of metro living.


But don’t take our word for it ‐ we invite you to come and have a look for yourself. Tourist or resident alike, this place really is incredible.



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