RAPID BAY SOUTH AUSTRALIA
The township of Rapid Bay is in the District Council of Yankalilla on the west coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. It is approximately 100 kilometres south of Adelaide City. Its name derived from the 162 ton brig Rapid ship which was boarded by Colonel William Light SA’s Colonial Surveyor General who made a historic landfall in 1836. Popular activities to do in Rapid bay includes: Camping, Swimming, Fishing, Squidding, Snorkelling and Diving
Rapid Bay features a campground that has all the basic amenities for an enjoyable weekend camping activity with either friends or family. Here’s a list on what to expect at Rapid Bay campground.
-covered electric BBQ pits
-covered picnic tables
-open-air cold showers
-Toilets (water is trucked in so use considerately)
-Wide open parking spaces for caravans or cars
-Wide open grassy spaces to set up camp
-Dogs are permitted
-Total fire ban
-Camping fees apply – $7/night for adults and $3.50/night for kids
A long stretch of sandy beach is also just within the perimeter of the campground. Booking is not required just turn up and there is usually some place to squeeze in. The campground is envelope with some pines line up which provides shade, towering cliffs and a cave which is just a walking distance away.
FISHING AT THE JETTY
There is a pair of jetties in Rapid Bay which is just adjacent to the campground. The BHP Jetty originally 490 metres long was constructed as an ore-loading jetty back in 1930 to 1942. BHP Jetty has been closed since 1991. A new jetty 240 metres long is open to the public since 2009 and is a popular spot for recreational fishing or squidding.
Rapid Bay is also an ideal spot for snorkelling and diving. The presence of endangered Leafy Sea Dragon has made Rapid Bay a popular site for diving enthusiast.
Getting there: Accessible via Main South road follow the signs to Cape Jervis (to the Kangaroo Island ferry).
Address: Essington Lewis Drive, Rapid Bay SA 5204
Coordinates: S 35°31.278′, E 138°11.121′
Nearby Attractions: Cape Jervis, Deep creek conservation Park and Kangaroo Island