If your kids are anything like ours, one of their favourite things to do is slip, slop, slap and wrap and head down to the beach for the day. It’s even better when you find a beach that has some awesome rock pools to explore. The team at Kids in Adelaide have searched high and low (and under a few rocks) to find some of the best rockpools for you to explore this summer.
Of course it goes without saying, always make sure your kids are super careful around rockpools (the best way to do this is carefully walking around the rockpools rather than running or jumping) as the rocks can be slippery and sharp. A pair of old sneakers or water shoes can come in handy too!
Also remember rockpools are home to a bunch of different critters so let’s keep their homes safe by making sure all rocks that are turned over are put back, leave all rocks and shells where you found them. Take only your rubbish and a whole bunch of photos home with you.
Here’s some of our favourites…. happy exploring!
Innes National Park
There are quite a few spots to explore in Innes National Park. Shell Beach is a bit of a walk from the carpark and better for older kids who are confident climbing on rocks. Or with little ones try walking north along the beach at Chinamans to find the ones in this photo.
Greenly Beach, Eyre Peninsula
Greenly Beach is located an hour from Port Lincoln and just half an hour from the famous oyster town of Coffin Bay. The rockpools are located just to the left of the stunning main beach. These rockpools are dependent on the tide, so try visit them in then the tide is low.
Corny Point, Yorke Peninsula
Sitting on the north west tip of Yorke Peninsula about 3 hours drive from Adelaide.
Olivers Reef, Victor Harbor
Olivers Reef is located in the Encounter Marine Park at Victor Harbor which is about an hour from Adelaide. It’s fantastic place for little explorers as there are tons of little rock pools to explore with a whole heaps of marine life especially sea stars and crabs.
Moana beach really does have everything you need for an awesome day out with the the family. The rockpools here are located at the northern end of the beach and as a bonus you can drive on the beach which makes it super easy to set up for a family day at the beach!
Encounter Bay near the Yilki Cafe is a great spot for shallow water rockpooling.
Photo: Matty Kent
Louth Bay, Eyre Peninsula
Louth Bay is located just 20 minutes North of Port Lincoln. These awesome rockpools are located in the stunning main beach at Louth Bay. We think it’s definitely worth adding these onto your next Eyre family holiday.
Second Valley, Fleurieu Peninsula
Second Valley is a firm KiA favourite as it’s only just over an hour from Adelaide making it a perfect day trip option. When you arrive at the Second Valley jetty, to the left is where you will find these awesome rockpools, and if you head to the right of the beach it’s perfect for a picnic and a swim.
Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island
The awesome rock pools at Stokes Bay are located on the North Coast of Kangaroo Island. There’s tons of rock pools to explore with a whole heap of marine life and also a really cool larger rock pool cave that you can swim in.
Kingston Park is just half an hour from Adelaide, just a little further South than Brighton. On the Southern side of the beach there is some larger rock formations and inbetween them is where you will find the rockpools. As an added bonus there is a beachfront playground just behind the beach which is perfect if the kids have any energy left after exploring the awesome rock pools!
Point Lowly, Eyre Peninsula
Located on a tiny peninsula in the Upper Spencer Gulf region you never know what you might find exploring these rockpools. Seastars, fish, octopus maybe even a cuttlefish!