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Small Seaside Suburb Off The Beaten Track
Tucked away from the busy outside world, O’Sullivan’s Beach is a secret waiting to be discovered.
If you make your way along the coast, just 28 kilometres south of Adelaide and tucked away off the main arterial roads, you’ll find the peaceful seaside suburb of O’Sullivans Beach.
Today a popular fishing and boat launching spot, the very first signs of civilization in this area can be traced back over 40,000 years. Aboriginal people identified this coastal area as an ideal seasonal place to reside and, in particular, the point where Christie Creek meets the ocean was an oft-frequented campsite. Present day, this seaside suburb remains as it began - a popular summer holiday spot, offering idyllic conditions for a raft of warm weather activities.
When modern settlement arrived, the area’s fertile soils were perfect for farming, and by 1923 agriculture was thriving. The roughly 1km long section of O’Sullivans Beach itself was formally recognized in 1926, and named after prominent Irish settler, Ignatius O’Sullivan who lived and worked in the area as far back as 1840.
As industrialization began to ramp up nearby, ‘Sullies’ as it is affectionately known by locals, was developed to provide close-at-hand housing for the many that worked in the Lonsdale and Port Stanvac facilities nearby.
However, by the 1960s, the area had become especially sought-after by those looking for a more peaceful and leisurely existence away from the larger, much busier, coastal suburbs, and public housing was largely converted to privately owned estates and holiday homes.
These days, O’Sullivans Beach, with its wide, sandy beach, well maintained boat ramp and stone breakwater is a haven for water sport enthusiasts and those seeking refuge from the daily grind. Fishermen, swimmers and surfers alike are attracted to its protected waters, good beach breaks and offshore reef, while the onsite kiosk proves a handy convenience when fresh bait (or a tasty snack) is required.
Away from the water’s edge, the suburb offers so much more. Boasting a number of coastal reserves and trails to explore, you’ll be well catered for if hiking is your thing.
The friendly Community and Sports Centre is a regular hub of activity where locals gather to cheer on their favourite team and share a drink. Offering something for everyone, young families will love the opportunity to get involved in the children’s activities and classes hosted there. And with several playgrounds and schools nearby, it is so very easy to meet like-minded people and immerse yourself in this charismatic close-knit community.
Just 5 minutes away, you’ll find the larger, redeveloped suburb of Christies Beach, where you can indulge in your choice of cuisine at a number of charming beachside cafés and restaurants dotted around the area. And every third Sunday of the month brings with it a flurry of activity as the Christies Beach Market takes over the foreshore Reserve. Every modern whim is at your fingertips, with good shopping, amenities and public transport making it easy to get around and enjoy the area.
For those looking to escape the usual beachside hotspots, but still wanting to enjoy a sea-change (and a stunning sunset or two), O’Sullivans Beach could prove the solution you’ve been looking for.
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